Assistant Professor of Choral/Vocal 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. 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 180 majors. The faculty consists of 39 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.
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 of Choral/Vocal Music Education - full-time, tenure track
The Department of Music at Western Washington University seeks a dynamic choral music educator and experienced choral conductor to join the faculty beginning fall, 2019. The successful candidate will have expertise in secondary choral music education and performance practice, with teaching experience in public schools and the ability to recruit and retain students from diverse social identities and backgrounds. Candidates must be able to contribute effectively and collegially to a positive learning environment that prioritizes preparing strong music educators for careers in teaching music.
Specific teaching assignments of the position will reflect the candidate’s skill set and department needs, including:
Direct the WWU University Choirs (Adv. Treble Chorale, University Treble Choir, University Bass Choir, and others as needed)
Teach courses in choral music education
Supervise choral music education practica and internships
Engage in research/scholarly/creative activity
Work collaboratively with voice faculty to recruit and retain students
Work with music education faculty to advise choral music education students
Attend to administrative detail of the choral music education program as needed
Participate in faculty governance and university service
Create a strong regional presence through active participation in state, regional and national professional associations
Master’s Degree in Music
Minimum of three years secondary choral teaching in public schools
Demonstrated success in choral education and performance.
Strong background in diverse choral literature, including African American music traditions, vocal jazz, contemporary music, and other popular idioms
Demonstrated ability to cultivate equitable and inclusive learning environments for students with diverse social identities and backgrounds
Evidence of strong communication and interpersonal skills
Earned Doctorate in Music
Demonstrated success as a university-level choral methods instructor/choral conductor
Demonstrated success as a supervisor of student interns
Demonstrated success developing music education curricula
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 teaching philosophy and interest, including how you cultivate equitable and inclusive learning environments for students with diverse social identities and backgrounds, (4) contact information for four references, (5) Word document or PDF containing hyperlinks to media materials of recent performances, and a choral rehearsal video (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.