Posting Number: F00659P
The Department of Appalachian Studies at East Tennessee State University invites applications for an Artist in Residence in Bluegrass, Old-Time, and Roots Music Studies, to begin in August 2023. This is a full-time, non-tenure track position that will be appointed on the basis of outstanding professional attainments, creative accomplishments, and recognition in the bluegrass and roots music entertainment field. The appointment is for one academic year (Aug. 15-May 15), with possible renewal for one year. Total compensation will include a full benefits package and salary commensurate with experience.
The primary duties of the Artist In Residence are to produce and share live and/or recorded musical work, mentor students in private instruction and collaboration, and promote the Bluegrass, Old-Time, and Roots Music Program throughout the duration of their employment. Artists In Residence will have access to all of the resources of the program in order to support their activities, including state-of-the-art performance and recording spaces, the prodigious Archives of Appalachia (which include nearly 90,000 recordings), and dedicated teaching areas. Detailed activities and expectations will be determined in consultation with the successful candidate but may include some of the following: a performance residency at a local venue; workshops or masterclasses within the program and community; band leadership and mentorship; public lectures, performances, or collaborative presentations; written or musical publications; course development and instruction in the candidate's area of expertise.
Previous Artists in Residence include Brittany Haas (2021-2022) and Mike Compton (2021-2023).
ETSU is located in the scenic mountains of northeast Tennessee, a short drive from Bristol, Asheville, and the Carter Fold, an ideal location for the study of traditional music, history, and culture. The position requires a presence on campus when classes are in session, but allows flexibility to maintain an active touring schedule.
The ETSU Bluegrass, Old-Time, and Country Music Studies program is the oldest and largest program of its kind. Founded by Jack Tottle in 1982, the program launched the world's first baccalaureate degree in Bluegrass, Old-Time, and Country Music Studies in 2010. The Department of Appalachian Studies includes a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs in Appalachian Studies, Scottish and Irish Studies, and related programs. The Department includes the Center of Excellence in Appalachian Studies and Services, with its Regional Resources Institute, the Reece Museum, and the Archives of Appalachia.
This position supports ETSU's mission to honor and preserve the rich heritage of Southern Appalachia through distinctive education, research, and service programs. In addition, the position reflects the Department's goal to provide outstanding student learning experiences through a balance of academic and professional preparation.
All positions at East Tennessee State University are contingent upon sufficient funding.
ETSU is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all of our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. Successful candidates should have a demonstrated commitment and contribution to fostering and advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion. East Tennessee State University (ETSU) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
Disclaimer: The Job Summary is intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by individuals in this classification. It is not intended as a complete list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required. Management reserves the right to revise the job or require different tasks to be performed as assigned to reflect changes in the position. Employees must be able to perform the essential functions of the position satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations.
Job Category: Faculty
- Professional bluegrass, old-time, or roots music performing artist with outstanding professional attainments, creative accomplishments, and recognition in their field.