Southern Oregon University is a welcoming community committed to inclusive excellence and the celebration of diversity. Without diversity, our educational process is diminished. Working together in support of our commitment to diversity, we strengthen and enrich our role as learners, educators and members of a tightly connected global community. We encourage those who share in our commitment to diversity, to join our community and we expect all our employees to demonstrate an ability and desire to create an inclusive campus community.
The Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University is seeking qualified candidates for a full-time, nine-month, tenure-track, Assistant Professor of Music – Director of Choral/Vocal Studies & Music History position in the Music Program. The Music Program seeks a candidate with great versatility who understands how diverse experiences in choral/vocal music link to the Creative Industries in myriad ways.
The Music Program in the Oregon Center for the Arts is a medium-sized program ranging from 40–100 undergraduate music majors (BM in Music Education or Performance, BA in Music, and BS in Music), and 10–12 graduate students (MM in Performance). The program also offers a Certificate in Music Industry, a Certificate in Sound Design, and Micro-Credentials in Contemporary Music Education and Music Education Pedagogy. The program maintains an active presence on campus and in the community, hosting over 100 events each year. The Music Program and the Oregon Center for the Arts are actively engaging in addressing and serving the needs of the growing diversity of its student body and welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds including historically underrepresented groups in higher education.
Duties include: assuming the position of Director of Choral/Vocal Studies and teaching the upper-division music history sequence. The successful candidate will direct all facets of the University Choral/Vocal Program including conducting the Chamber and Concert Choirs, developing a strong relationship with regional music educators, and leading the annual High School Honor Choir Festival. They will be expected to contribute to the program, division, and university through active recruitment, departmental and interdisciplinary committees, and ongoing engagement in scholarly, creative, and professional activities. They will initiate curricular and pedagogical approaches that reflect innovative directions by embracing stylistic plurality and cultural diversity in their teaching and music-making. The position will require a dynamic vision and an ongoing plan for recruiting and retention of music majors and ensemble members.
Additionally, assignments may include choral conducting, vocal/choral methods, individual instruction to majors and non-majors in the candidate's applied area, and/or courses in other areas of expertise; for example, courses and ensembles related to popular music, jazz, improvisation, or composition. In the long-term, the candidate could develop a Master of Music in Conducting or another appropriate graduate program.
As a tenure-track faculty member, the new hire will be expected to engage in ongoing professional development through a balance of teaching, service, and scholarship. SOU offers excellent comprehensive health and retirement benefits. The start date is September 16, 2022, and the position is tenure-eligible and will be open until filled with priority deadline of January 14, 2022.
Southern Oregon University is a public liberal arts institution of approximately 6,000 undergraduate and 500 graduate students and is located in the heart of the Klamath-Siskiyou bioregion, one of the most ecologically diverse regions of North America. Located in Ashland, the surrounding area is also known for cultural offerings such as the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Ashland Independent Film Festival, and the Britt Music & Arts Festivals. The Rogue Valley is also renowned for outdoor activities such as hiking, cycling, running, skiing, snowboarding, and fishing.
- More than two years of professional experience in a similar position or in the professional music field. - Demonstration as an accomplished vocal performer. - Demonstration of experience working with middle or high school choirs. - At least three years of successful public high school choral or university teaching experience. - Active member of ACDA, NAfME, or other professional organizations according to candidate's area of expertise. - Preference will be given to candidates with experience teaching and supervising graduate students, including students from diverse backgrounds.
All Listed Duties:
Professorial: Teaching, scholarship, professional development and service.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Must be willing to travel and attend training programs off-site for occasional professional development.
Must be able to work additional hours and adjust working hours to meet special jobs. May be called back periodically to perform work as needed on an emergency basis.
Must be able to successfully pass a pre-employment background check.
Under the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA): -Position classification defined as
Internal Number: 9417
About Southern Oregon University
SOU provides career-focused, comprehensive educational experiences to over 6,200 students. Along with an emphasis on student success and intellectual growth, SOU is committed to diversity, inclusion and sustainability. Theoretical and experiential learning programs provide quality, innovative experiences for students. At SOU, students build strong community connections through internships, mentorships, field studies, capstone projects, volunteer opportunities and civic engagement.