SUMMARY: Palm Beach Atlantic University (PBA), a private Christian institution located in West Palm Beach, Florida, seeks an inspiring and strategic Assistant/Associate Professor of Popular Music who will provide administrative and musical leadership to the Popular Music Industry and Worship Leadership degree programs. Through creative vision casting, the successful candidate will build upon the interdisciplinary associations and collaborative relationship-building opportunities within the Department, School, University, as well as those with external performing arts organizations. Demonstrating strong interpersonal and communication skills, the new faculty member will be responsible for the leadership and administration of all aspects of the aforementioned programs, including artistic direction, event planning, community engagement and collaboration, student personnel, curriculum development, and budget management. The entrepreneurial candidate will further enhance the excellence and vitality of the Department of Music in accordance with the University’s mission. The Department is currently located in the School of Music & Fine Arts, however, Palm Beach Atlantic University's Board of Trustees recently voted to merge the School of Music & Fine Arts and the School of Communication & Media to form the College of the Arts, effective August 2021. Programs of study in the College will now include Cinema, Communication, Dance, Digital Media, Gaming, Graphic Design, Journalism, Music, Preparatory Department, Public Relations, Sports Broadcasting, Theatre, and Visual Art. The typical teaching load is four courses each semester and this position reports to the Chair of the Department of Music. Rank is commensurate with credentials and experience.
SUMMARY OF JOB DUTIES: According to expertise, courses taught may include: Audio Engineering and Production, Creative Worship Design, Computer Applications in Music, Jazz Pop Theory, Songwriting, Entrepreneurship in the Arts, and American Popular Music. Other responsibilities to include:
Direct one or more jazz and/or pop ensembles
Represent and promote the Popular Music program to the Chair, Dean, University Administration, and external community
Maintain an active and sustained engagement in professional and creative activities to enhance the stature and reputation of the Department of Music
Vigorously support student recruitment, retention, and persistence in collaboration with appropriate offices, according to established policies within the School and University
Provide support and leadership for University functions and events
Work collaboratively within the Department, School, University, and external performing organizations
Oversee and coordinate all aspects of planning and execution of Popular Music events, with the assistance of support staff
Regularly interact with current and prospective students, current and prospective faculty members, University personnel, representatives of external organizations, and friends of the University
Develop and deliver interdisciplinary curriculum initiatives and content-specific programs, such as Audio Production
Participate in University service, faculty development programs, and student advising
Integrate Christian faith and pedagogy
Demonstrable history of successful, compelling, collaborative, and interdisciplinary programming, community engagement, creative activity, and recruitment
Other duties as assigned by the Dean
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: An earned doctorate with an emphasis in Music or a closely related field is preferred, but a minimum of an earned Master’s of Music will be reviewed. A record of successful teaching experience at the college/university, conservatory, or specialized music school level, a successful track record of curriculum initiatives and revisions, and a successful record of professional experience in the music industry and church music leadership is preferred
QUALIFICATIONS: Along with the experience preferred in the previous paragraph, the successful candidate will have demonstrated excellence in interpersonal and communication skills, as well as conflict resolution. The strong candidate will have experience and proven administrative leadership experience, financial management, fundraising, and organizational skills. A proven commitment to shared governance and consensus-building within a university setting and a commitment to worship leadership and contemporary church music ministry efforts will be hallmarks in the successful candidate’s experience.
The successful candidate will possess the soft skills and hard standards to work effectively with an increasingly diverse array of students and colleagues and will have a demonstrated commitment to creating, fostering, and sustaining a culture that celebrates entrepreneurship, innovation, and collaboration in and out of the classroom. This person will excel in attention to detail, effective oral and written communication, consensus building, creative problem solving, professionalism, and intrinsic work ethic. The self-motivated person will bring the inspiration and enthusiasm required to advance creative momentum, ensuring the Department's achievements are broadcast widely and strategically.
ACCREDITATION: The Department of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music with Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Arts curricular specializations in music education, performance, composition, music industry, and worship leadership. With more than 43,000 square feet of performance, classroom, practice, and studio space, the Department of Music is located in the four-story Vera Lea Rinker Hall. Internal performing opportunities include involvement in a variety of ensembles including Concert Choir, Oratorio Chorus, Symphony, Symphonic Band, Pop Rock Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Woodwind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, String Ensemble, World Music Ensemble, and Opera Workshop.
About Palm Beach Atlantic University
STATEMENT OF DIVERSITY: PBA complies with all applicable federal and state nondiscrimination laws and does not engage in unlawful discrimination on the basis of age, gender, disability, veteran status, race, color or national origin in any employment practice, admissions, education program or educational activity. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment and access to and treatment in University programs, services and activities.
Palm Beach Atlantic University is a comprehensive Christian university focused on enlightening minds, enriching souls, and extending hands. Its purpose is to offer a curriculum of studies and a program of student activities dedicated to the development of moral character, the enrichment of spiritual lives, and the perpetuation of growth in Christian ideals. The University is located in the tropical beauty of West Palm Beach, Florida, and the campus is situated on the Intracoastal Waterway and across the waterway from Palm Beach, Florida. It is located within a vibrant business community and a diverse population.
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