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Assistant Professor, Music

Please see Special Instructions for more details.

To apply, please visit our website at: www.gonzaga.edu/jobs. Applicants are required to complete an online application and submit (1) a cover letter, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) a statement of teaching philosophy (4) a statement of multicultural and inclusive teaching, (5) the names of three references [name, phone number, & email address] able to comment on teaching, composition, collaboration, and/or scholarly potential, and (6) the names and contact information for three letters of recommendation. All application materials must address the candidate’s integration with Gonzaga’s Jesuit, Catholic, and humanistic identity and mission. Questions about the position can be directed to Dr. Timothy Westerhaus, Chair, Music Department, westerhaus@gonzaga.edu or Cheryl Carney, Program Asst., carney@gonzaga.edu. Position closes on Wednesday, November 1, 2017, midnight, PST. For assistance with your online application, call 509.313.5996.

Posting Details

Position Information

Proposed Rank/Hiring Title Assistant Professor, Music
Department Music
Proposed Hiring Contract Type Tenure Track
Non-Tenure Track End Date
Appointment Percent 100%
Months per Year 9 months
Job Summary

The Gonzaga University Music Department invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track composer and music theorist at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning fall 2018.

The successful candidate will demonstrate creativity and innovation in musical composition, excellence and innovation in teaching undergraduate theory courses, mentorship of student composers within a liberal arts environment, vision and commitment to the development of a dynamic undergraduate composition and theory program, and dedication to service and teaching within a diverse community. We encourage applications from individuals with expertise in both acoustic and digital music and with possible areas of concentration including (but not limited to) electronic music composition, sound design, music production and engineering, jazz composition and arranging, and soundtrack composition for theatre, film, or video games. Teaching responsibilities include music theory, aural skills, and composition; additional courses may include core courses and advanced seminars in special topics, determined by the department and the candidate’s areas of specialization.

The Music Department is committed to inclusive excellence and to increasing the diversity of the campus community. In alignment with Gonzaga University’s mission, we expect applicants to demonstrate a strong commitment to issues of social justice, diversity, global engagement, and care for/solidarity with vulnerable and marginalized communities. Candidates who have experience working with a diverse range of faculty, staff, and students, and who can contribute to the departmental ethos and campus climate of inclusivity are encouraged to identify their experiences in these areas.

Applicants should be comfortable working in a liberal arts setting that fosters faculty collaboration and student engagement both inside and outside the classroom. Thus, we seek a colleague with potential for interdisciplinary collaboration with departments and programs in the College of Arts and Sciences such as Visual Art, Theatre and Dance, Women’s and Gender Studies, Native American Studies, Environmental Studies, International Studies, as well as emerging minors in Film Studies and Critical Race Studies. The successful applicant will demonstrate potential for contributing to new College of Arts and Sciences initiatives: the Center for Digital Humanities, the Center for Public Humanities, and the Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiry.

All members of the department contribute to and participate in student advising, peer review of teaching activities, department assessment and evaluation, academic citizenship, and recruiting.

Gonzaga University is an internationally prominent university with a faculty dedicated both to innovative teaching and ongoing teaching development and to socially transformative and justice-oriented research. University centers of global engagement include Colombia, Zambia, and Florence, where Gonzaga has an established branch campus. The Music and German Departments offer a summer study abroad in Graz, Austria.

Essential Functions
Minimum Qualifications

• Ph.D. or D.M.A. in Music Composition
• Evidence of compositional leadership through acoustic and/or digital media works that have been performed, recorded, published, reviewed, or professionally recognized
• Evidence of innovative teaching and curriculum development of an undergraduate theory and composition program integrating music literacy, creation, and performance
• Expertise in electroacoustic music software, hardware, and composition for digital media
• Experience in directing or collaborating with a contemporary chamber ensemble for at least one performance project

Desired Qualifications

• Evidence of innovative intra-curricular connections and collaborations with music colleagues
• Demonstrated success recruiting regionally and nationally
• Evidence of creative initiatives or theory with secondary school teachers
• Demonstrated success of composing music for theatre, dance, film, video games, and other non-concert digital media
• Demonstrated keyboard proficiency for teaching undergraduate music theory and aural skills

Posting Detail Information

Open Date 10/02/2017
Close Date 11/01/2017
Open Until Filled No
Application Review Begins on
Hiring Salary
Special Instructions to Applicants

To apply, please visit our website at: www.gonzaga.edu/jobs. Applicants are required to complete an online application and submit (1) a cover letter, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) a statement of teaching philosophy (4) a statement of multicultural and inclusive teaching, (5) the names of three references [name, phone number, & email address] able to comment on teaching, composition, collaboration, and/or scholarly potential, and (6) the names and contact information for three letters of recommendation.
All application materials must address the candidate’s integration with Gonzaga’s Jesuit, Catholic, and humanistic identity and mission. Questions about the position can be directed to Dr. Timothy Westerhaus, Chair, Music Department, westerhaus@gonzaga.edu or Cheryl Carney, Program Asst., carney@gonzaga.edu. Position closes on Wednesday, November 1, 2017, midnight, PST. For assistance with your online application, call 509.313.5996.

EEO Statement

Gonzaga University is a Jesuit, Catholic, humanistic institution, and is therefore interested in candidates who will contribute to its distinctive mission. Gonzaga University is a committed EEO/AA employer and diversity candidates are encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their disability status and/or protected veteran status.

Clery Statement

Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics

The safety of all members of the campus community is of vital concern to Gonzaga University. Information regarding crime prevention advice, the law enforcement authority of Campus Security, policies concerning the reporting of any crimes which occurred on the campus (and other specified locations), other security and safety-related policies, as well as the crime statistics for the most recent 3-year period may be found in the Campus Safety and Security Guide and Annual Fire Safety Report. The Gonzaga-In-Florence Safety & Security Guide is also available.

A paper copy of the Campus Safety & Security Guide and Annual Fire Safety Report or the Gonzaga-In-Florence Safety & Security Guide may be obtained by contacting the Student Development Office on main campus, College Hall 120. The Florence Guide may also be obtained on the Florence campus in room 105.

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Teaching Philosophy
  4. Inclusive Teaching Statement
  5. Professional References/Phone References
Optional Documents