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Assistant Professor of Music - Jazz, Director of Jazz Studies

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Applicants should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, and full contact information for three references by clicking on the “Apply” button above. Documents should address specifically an interest in, and qualifications for, the job responsibilities listed above. No recordings, videos, syllabi or course evaluations at this time.   For questions of more information, please contact Dr. Edwin Powell, Chair of Search Committee, powell@plu,edu.

Posting Details

Posting Details

Posting Number: 0601559
Recruitment Type: Open to All Applicants
Position Title: Assistant Professor of Music - Jazz, Director of Jazz Studies
Position Type: Faculty
Position Status: Regular Full-time
Benefits Status: Benefits Eligible
FLSA: Exempt
Hiring Range: Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience + benefits package
Department: Music Department
Posting Date: 08/08/2017
Closing Date Review of application materials will begin November 1, 2017, but the position will remain open until filled.
Work Schedule:

Full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor position available September 1, 2018.

General Description:

The Department of Music at Pacific Lutheran University invites applications for a tenure-track, Assistant Professor of Music – Jazz, Director of Jazz Studies position beginning September 1, 2018.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

-Oversee the jazz program.
-Direct the University Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combos.
-Teach courses in History of Jazz, Private Instruction: Jazz, Jazz Theory Laboratory, and other courses as needed.
-Perform regularly on campus; specifically in collaboration with colleagues.
-Actively recruit jazz and instrumental students and participate in department recruiting activities (e.g. department scholarship auditions); develop strong relationships with area private and high school instructors; participate in applicable local, regional and national teacher/performer organizations.
-Develop relationships in the community with local jazz venues.
-Share advising responsibilities for majors in performance, Bachelor of Arts, and Bachelor of Musical Arts programs.
-Participate in School of Arts and Communication and Department of Music
faculty activities.
-Production of the Jazz Under the Stars concert series.
-Other duties/teaching as assigned based on the appointee’s strengths and department’s needs.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

-The ideal candidate will be an outstanding jazz musician and educator with demonstrated teaching excellence.
-Knowledge of current trends and teaching techniques in jazz, improvisation, rehearsal and private studio pedagogy, and related areas.
-Ability to continue and strengthen our program in jazz studies and work closely with other members of our faculty.

Required Qualifications:

-Terminal degree (DMA or PhD) in Performance, Jazz Studies, Jazz Performance, or Jazz Studies as a secondary area on a doctoral degree. ABD will be considered, but terminal degree must be in hand by September 1, 2018. Master’s degree plus justifiable professional experience and recognition may substitute for the terminal degree.
-Demonstrated excellence as a jazz musician and educator.
-Demonstrated competence in teaching courses in jazz, ensemble direction, and jazz history/theory.
-Evidence of active scholarly or comparable artistic activity.
-Applicant must have the ability to, after receiving an offer of or after starting employment, provide proof of US Citizenship or a current valid visa to work in this country, without any support from PLU.

Preferred Qualifications:

-Demonstrated evidence of visionary leadership in developing/running an innovative jazz program.
-Demonstrated collaborative skill working with diverse faculty, staff and student populations.
-National and/or International performance record of accomplishment in jazz performance, recording, and/or composition/arranging.
-Prior teaching experience at the college level.
-Interest and experience in commercial music and commercial music program development.

Work Conditions:
Physical Requirements:
Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applicants should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, and full contact information for three references by clicking on the “Apply” button above. Documents should address specifically an interest in, and qualifications for, the job responsibilities listed above. No recordings, videos, syllabi or course evaluations at this time.  

For questions of more information, please contact Dr. Edwin Powell, Chair of Search Committee, powell@plu,edu.

Other Information:

The Department of Music is housed within the School of Arts and Communication at Pacific Lutheran University. This comprehensive program of artistic and academic excellence, involving 25% of all undergraduates at the university, offers the professional Bachelor of Music in Performance and Bachelor of Music Education degrees, the Bachelor of Musical Arts degree, and the Bachelor of Arts in Music degree to approximately 150 undergraduate music majors. The music department’s faculty is composed of renowned performers, composers, and scholars, drawn from the nation’s finest conservatories and universities, in a rich mix of full-time (19) and part-time instructors (40). Housed in Mary Baker Russell Music Center, with its exquisite Lagerquist Concert Hall and state-of-the-art rehearsal and learning facilities, over 150 performances are presented by students, faculty artists, and renowned guest performers each academic year. The Department of Music has been accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) since 1978. Further information about the Department of Music can be found at: www.plu.edu/music

Pacific Lutheran University purposefully integrates the liberal arts, professional studies and civic engagement in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. With distinctive international programs and close student-faculty research opportunities, PLU helps its 3,100 students from all faiths and backgrounds discern their life’s vocation through coursework, mentorship and internships at world-class Puget Sound-area businesses and institutions.

Founded in 1890 by Norwegian pioneers, PLU continues the distinctive tradition of Lutheran higher education through its commitment to the advancement of knowledge, thoughtful inquiry and questioning, the preparation of citizens in service to the world and to its ongoing reform. Located in the Parkland neighborhood of Tacoma, Washington, PLU is set in a region that also offers vast opportunities for outdoor recreation, culture and sports.

Pacific Lutheran University welcomes applications from women, members of historically underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, and others who would bring additional perspectives to our learning environment. PLU is an equal opportunity employer.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Will you have a Master's degree or higher in hand by September 1, 2018?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Are you able to, after receiving an offer of or after starting employment, provide proof of US Citizenship or a current valid visa which would permit you to work in this country?
    • Yes
    • No

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Teaching Philosophy
  4. List of Three References
Optional Documents