Assistant Professor of Music Education

Seattle Pacific University

Seattle, WA

ID: 7057477
Posted: May 29, 2019

Job Description

About Seattle Pacific University:
Founded in 1891, Seattle Pacific University has a long and distinguished history in Christian higher education. Its comprehensive academic programs serve more than 4,100 undergraduate and graduate students. Located just minutes from downtown Seattle, SPU seeks to be a premier Christian University fully committed to engaging the culture and changing the world by graduating people of competence and character, becoming people of wisdom, and modeling grace-filled community. Seattle Pacific University seeks applicants committed to its Christian mission. Due to our mission of cultural engagement, SPU is committed to building an excellent and diverse teaching faculty.

Seattle Pacific is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a "Best National University" for its full range of undergraduate majors, master's, and doctoral programs, and commitment to producing groundbreaking research. This person will join a faculty who is embedded into the Seattle music-making culture and whose mission is to prepare socially-conscience 21st Century musicians to create art and to serve others.

Job Description:
The Seattle Pacific University Music Department seeks to hire a dynamic, vibrant, and motivated Director of Music Education. An ideal candidate will also have additional skills in strings teaching, orchestral conducting, and/or an ethnomusicology background.

This Assistant Professor of Music Education appointment is a full-time, nine-month, tenure track-eligible position, to begin on September 1, 2019. This position includes the following responsibilities:

Lead, coordinate, and grow the Music Education program.
Teach undergraduate courses in Music Education from a global perspective and other courses in areas of the music curriculum commensurate with abilities and programmatic needs.
Coordinate with the School of Education's Masters of Arts in Teaching program
Supervise student teachers.
Informed by the candidate's skills and interests: conduct the orchestra, teach ethnomusicology courses, or teach other courses, as needed.
The successful candidate will be expected to display a demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching, service, and scholarship and a commitment to undergraduate education. The candidate should also possess communication and interpersonal skills sufficient to work effectively with a diverse array of students and colleagues.


Doctorate (or ABD) in Music or Music Education, or closely related field, from an accredited institution. ABD accepted.
Three years of K-12 teaching experience.
Seattle Pacific University seeks applicants who are committed to its Christian mission. The successful candidate must be able to work effectively with multicultural students. We welcome candidates who understand the barriers facing women and minorities who are underrepresented in higher education careers (as evidenced by life experiences and educational background), and who have experience in equity and diversity with respect to teaching, mentoring, research, life experiences, or service. More than forty percent of our students are persons of color, and a significant number of our students are first generation college students (see student profile). Thus, applicants who can demonstrate effective mentoring of students from underrepresented backgrounds are especially welcomed.


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