Assistant Professor of Instrumental Music Education
About the University
Western Washington University, with over 16,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 83,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. Bellingham is ranked in the top ten nationally in several desirable categories including: most artists per capita (2nd), outdoor adventures, most secure, air quality, best place to retire, quality of life and environmental awareness. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master's-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2019 U.S. News & World Report rankings.
About the Department
The College of Fine and Performing Arts and the Department of Music support Western's mission, which states that together with our students, staff, and faculty, we are committed to making a positive impact in the state and the world with a shared focus on academic excellence and inclusive achievement. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.
The College of Fine and Performing Arts is comprised of the departments of Art/Art History, Design, Music, and Theatre and Dance, housed in eight buildings with five performance spaces, including a Performing Arts Center overlooking Bellingham Bay. The College also is home to the Western Gallery and Public Art Collection, one of the top ten outdoor sculpture collections in the country.
The Department of Music offers BM, BA and MM degrees to approximately 250 majors/minors. The faculty consists of 40 full and part-time faculty. The department serves as a focal point for the campus and the regional community through collaboration, participation and leadership in music performance and instruction. Public events include the Sanford-Hill Piano Series and Global Spice world music series.
The department and college are committed to creating equitable and inclusive learning and working environments for students, faculty and staff.
About the Position
Assistant Professor, Instrumental Music Education- full-time, tenure track
The Department of Music at Western Washington University seeks a dynamic, highly qualified Instrumental Music Educator to provide effective leadership, best practice instruction, and assistance in the instrumental ensembles of the university. The ideal candidate demonstrates an ability and commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion within the Department of Music. This individual is a forward-thinking music educator with a vision for the comprehensive preparation of future teachers, particularly those from underrepresented populations. The position will begin September 2019.
The position requires a strong commitment to teaching and high quality scholarship and service. The successful candidate will be expected to fulfill teaching and mentoring responsibilities in ways that provide equitable and inclusive learning environments for all students.
Teach music education courses pursuant to candidate strengths and departmental needs.
Duties may include:
Secondary Instrumental methods
Supervision of practicum students and student teachers
Technology for Music Educators
Conduct an instrumental ensemble
Engage in research/scholarly/creative activity
Provide support of the instrumental music education program
Recruitment to the department must include strategies for attracting students of diverse social identities, cultures, and backgrounds
Contribute to assessment for program admission to Department of Music
Work collaboratively with area K-12 music educators to assure robust partnerships in practicum and student teaching placements
Actively participate in faculty governance and university service
Maintain professional visibility through active participation in state, regional and national professional associations
Master’s Degree in Music
Evidence of successful public school teaching experience in the area of secondary level instrumental music
Demonstrated record of supporting the success of students traditionally underrepresented in the field
Evidence of a record of service to public school music programs and participation in music advocacy
Demonstrated ability to cultivate learning environments that are equitable and inclusive of students with diverse social and/or cultural identities and backgrounds
Strong communication and interpersonal skills
Evidence of successful mentoring of pre-service teachers
Earned Doctorate in Music
Evidence of successful university teaching
Evidence of university and /or professional level instrumental ensemble conducting
Experience in University level supervision of pre-service teachers
Commensurate with experience and qualifications
United Faculty of Western Washington
A complete application includes: (1) a cover letter addressing the required and preferred qualifications, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) a statement of how you cultivate learning environments that are equitable and inclusive of students with diverse social and/or cultural identities and backgrounds and your record of supporting the success of students traditionally underrepresented in the field, (4) contact information for five references, (5) Word document or PDF containing hyperlinks to media materials of recent presentations, instruction, and/or conducting of an instrumental ensemble (YouTube, personal website, etc.)
You must upload all the requested materials into Western PageUp as instructed.
Official transcripts documenting degrees will be required prior to a contract being offered.
Closing Date Notes
Application review begins January 10, 2019; position is open until filled
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With 15,000 students, 160 academic programs, and an energized campus community, Western offers the focus on students and the faculty access of a smaller college and the academic choice, resources, multicultural diversity, and room to grow of a large university. Western is located in beautiful Bellingham, a scenic coastal city of approximately 80,000 situated between Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia. With easy access to both the Cascade mountain range and the Pacific coast, the region is rich in cultural events and attractions as well as many recreational activities. Western is known nationally for its successes, including being named the top public master’s granting university in the Pacific Northwest by U. S. News and World Report and one of the best colleges in the nation to work for by the Chronicle of Higher Education.