The primary location of this position is the main Cullowhee, NC campus.
The School of Music at Western Carolina University seeks a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Music in Voice. This is a 9-month per year appointment. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until a candidate has been selected. Anticipated begin work date is August 2023.
Responsibilities include teaching applied voice instruction to music majors and minors across a variety of degrees (vocal performance, music education, and commercial voice) and in a variety of musical styles (classical, musical theatre, contemporary, commercial, and pop repertoire). These duties include participating in weekly voice principal's classes.
Depending on expertise and departmental needs, the candidate will teach courses that may include vocal pedagogy; lyric diction; classical/jazz/commercial small ensembles; songwriting; popular music methods; and liberal studies. The person in this position will serve as an academic advisor for the voice students assigned to them.
All tenure-track faculty are expected to pursue peer-reviewed scholarship which may include solo and collaborative music performance, publications, recordings, pedagogical research, and/or guest lecturing.
As a member of the faculty of the School of Music, the candidate will take part in school, college, and university committees; serve on departmental recital panels and juries; recruit; assist in planning events such as visiting artists, master classes, recording sessions; and help to plan performances related to the voice area, including choral masterwork concerts, and classical/jazz commercial voice studio performances.
The Assistant Professor of Voice will be dedicated to teaching and performing works by diverse composers, particularly underrepresented composers within the African diaspora and from historically underrepresented communities.
Masters in Music or demonstrated professional equivalent.
Experience teaching voice majors at the collegiate level in a variety of vocal techniques (classical/CCM).
Demonstrated achievements as a performing artist, voice teacher, and/or scholar.
Completed terminal degree in music or demonstrated professional equivalent.
Tenor, Baritone, or Bass.
Documented experience teaching voice majors at the college level, including success with student achievement in competitions or placement in professional work environments.
Demonstrated commitment to inclusive pedagogy to support and build a diverse student population, including first-generation college students and students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds.
Understanding of or a willingness to learn sound technology and microphone techniques for vocalists on stage and in studio settings.
Experience teaching in a K-12 setting including an understanding of or willingness to learn protocols associated with the North Carolina public education system. Capable of serving as an academic supervisor for choral/vocal education student teachers and engaging with regional vocal programs.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Only those who apply online will be considered.
Applicants must include the following attachments with their application:
Cover letter addressing qualifications detailed throughout the position summary;
Curriculum vitae or résumé;
Unofficial transcripts from highest earned degree;
One- to two-page statement detailing efforts to create a more Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive learning and professional environment;
One- to two-page teaching philosophy statement describing perspectives on teaching diverse styles and vocal technique;
Links to three video performances that demonstrate diverse musical styles;
Names, phone numbers, and email addresses for five references.
For questions or additional information, please contact Dr. Andrew Adams at email@example.com
Priority will be given to candidates who apply before January 15, 2023
WCU embraces its role as a regionally engaged university and is designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a community engaged university. Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate a commitment to public engagement through their teaching, service, and scholarship.
As the westernmost institution in the University of North Carolina system, WCU provides comprehensive educational opportunities to residents in the state’s western region and attracts students from around the globe to explore the region’s vast natural diversity. Founded in 1889 as a teaching college, Western Carolina now provides an education to more than 10,000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs.