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Mr. Jim Donovan

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    Position: Assistant Professor, Director of Music and Wellness Minor and World Drumming Ensemble

    Department: Fine Arts

    Office: St. Joseph Hall 209

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    About Mr. Jim Donovan


    BA University of Pittsburgh, Classical Music Performance
    M.Ed. Saint Francis University, Masters of Educational Leadership


    Jim Donovan M.Ed. is a professional musician, Assistant Professor at Saint Francis University and TEDx speaker. His mission is to share the healing power of music through education and performance.

    At Saint Francis, he is the director of the university's brand new Music and Wellness Minor and the Saint Francis University World Drumming Ensemble. He also creates job placement partnerships between professional organizations such as Pyramid Health and Saint Francis University.

    Professionally, Mr. Donovan specializes in placing music and wellness programs in organizations who focus on people with disabilities and people recovering from addiction. 

    Donovan performs records with his band Sun King Warriors and was a founding member of the 3-time platinum band Rusted Root. There he co-wrote the song “Send Me on My Way” featured in the movie Ice Age and became the first song on Mars where it “woke up” NASA’s Mars Rover.

    View Donovan's recent TEDx talk How to Trick Your Brain Into Falling Asleep:

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