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Xavier University of Louisiana invites applicants for a tenure-track position in Music at the assistant professor level beginning August 2024. The ideal candidate will have a DMA or Ph.D. in Music, preferably with symphonic band/wind ensemble conducting experience. Applied instrument teaching experience is also preferred.
The department is seeking a candidate with teaching and organizational experience in studio instruction. The successful candidate will teach applied lessons (on their primary instrument), courses in all music degree programs, and direct large and small ensembles in the music program. The ideal candidate will also have experience in commercial and contemporary styles of theory and composition and/or experience in music technology.
The Department of Music has been pivotal in the history of the great musical culture of Louisiana. As the center of cultural activity in the College of Arts and Sciences at Xavier University of Louisiana, it continues to be a significant force in developing great artists and educators who change lives around the world. Our faculty members are active scholars who teach a highly engaged undergraduate population. The department is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion and is particularly interested in candidates who can teach in a diverse university community and have demonstrated ability in helping students from diverse backgrounds succeed.
Duties and Job Requirements:
Teach undergraduate music courses and maintain a 4/4 course load of in-person instruction;
Conduct studio instruction for undergraduate music majors, minors, and non-majors;
Participation in student recruiting, auditions, recital hearings, recitals and committees;
Participate in curriculum and course development and revision/updates to the Music curriculum;
Develop and sustain an independent research agenda;
Serve as a mentor and advisor for students majoring in Music;
Participate in community outreach and engagement activities;
Participate in service to the department, division, university, and community; and
Participate in on-campus department, division, college, and university meetings and assemblies, as well as university convocations and graduation.
DMA or Ph.D in Music; (Degree must be conferred by the start of appointment)
Demonstrate a commitment and strong potential for excellence in teaching, mentoring, and advising of HBCU undergraduate students;
Conduct ongoing, independent research or performances resulting in scholarly outcomes;
An ongoing commitment to pedagogical innovation;
Demonstrate the ability and willingness to work collegially; and
A commitment to service and the mission of Xavier University of Louisiana.
Experience in applied instrument teaching;
Experience in commercial and contemporary styles of theory and composition and/or experience in music technology;
Experience teaching to a diverse student body and knowledge of effective strategies (e.g. culturally responsive or inclusive pedagogy, awareness of issues that may affect the success of underserved students) supporting underrepresented groups; and
Maintain an awareness of pedagogical best practices and an ongoing commitment to developing and maintaining knowledge in music (symphonic band/wind ensemble).
Xavier University of Louisiana, founded by St. Katharine Drexel and the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament in 1925, is Catholic and historically Black. The ultimate purpose of the University is to contribute to the promotion of a more just and humane society by preparing its students to assume roles of leadership and service in a global society. The only historically Black, Catholic university in the United States, XULA is a private, liberal-arts based, co-educational institution offering 40 undergraduate majors, 5 master’s degree programs and a doctor of pharmacy program. More than one-half of its 3,100 students are from Louisiana, but it draws students from nearly all fifty states and 35 countries. Xavier is recognized as a national leader in the sciences and the liberal arts: • #1 in the nation in the number of African American graduates who go on to complete medical school (AAMC data 2019). • Among the nation’s top four colleges of pharmacy in graduating African Americans with Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm D) degrees. (2018) • #1 in the nation in awarding bachelor's degrees to African American students in the biological and biomedical sciences, the physical sciences, and physics. ...(2018) • #3 in the nation in the number of African American graduates who go on to earn a Ph.D. in science and engineering disciplines. (2018) • The Department of Physics is #1 in the nation for awarding African Americans baccalaureate degrees in physics and the physical sciences, according to the American Institute of Physics. (2018) Xavier is consistently ranked by the American Chemical Society as one of the top 25 universities in the nation. • The 2020 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges named Xavier among its 300 “best and most interesting” four-year colleges and universities. • Xavier was also singled out as one of the nation’s 385 best institutions for undergraduate education by The Princeton Review in the 2020 edition of its annual “The Best 385 Colleges”. • College Consensus, a unique college ratings website that aggregates publisher rankings and student reviews, ranks Xavier as the nation’s #3 Historically Black Colleges and Universities) (2019). It also ranks Xavier as #3 among all Louisiana colleges. • College Factual ranks both Xavier’s biology and chemistry programs as program as No. 1 in Louisiana. (2019) • Your 2018 Guide to College Transfer lists Xavier as one of only 90 colleges and universities nationwide profiled as “transfer friendly” in this guide to the college transfer process by the Kaplan Educational Foundation. • The Student Loan Report ranks #Xavier 12 out of 800 Private schools who left graduates with the least amount of private student loan debt, a form of financial aid known for higher interest rates and less forgiving repayment programs. (2018) • Zippia.com named Xavier's Psychology Program as #1 in Louisiana. (2018) • Learn.org ranks Xavier Among the Top 50 STEM schools in the U.S. (2019) • The Edvocate ranks Xavier as the nation’s No. 3 Catholic University. (2019) • Zippia.com rates Xavier #1 in Louisiana in its 2019 report, “Best College in Each State for Getting a Job”.