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Full-time Lecturer Department of Music College of Fine Arts and Communication COFAC-3729L
Position: The College of Fine Arts and Communication, Department of Music, invites applications for a full-time 9-month Lecturer in Jazz/Commercial Guitar with complementary teaching areas in jazz ensembles, jazz fundamentals, jazz improvisation and arranging, jazz techniques for music educators, or CORE curriculum courses. The appointment begins August 2024.
Qualifications: MM or MFA in music. A working professional with a BM, BA, or BFA and at least 5 years of high-level professional experience in guitar performance may also be considered.
All candidates must possess the following: ? A significant record of jazz/commercial guitar performance as both soloist and ensemble artist across multiple styles, genres, and multi-media. ? Strong skills as an instrumental improviser and composer. ? Experience in work across multiple professional settings within the jazz/commercial discipline or related fields. ? Minimum of five (5) years of applied teaching experience at the University level or in an established private studio. ? A defined scholarship/creative activity agenda which includes solo/ensemble performances in jazz/commercial guitar or related scholarly/creative interests. ? Demonstrated success teaching courses in one of the complementary teaching areas: jazz techniques for music educators, jazz ensembles, jazz fundamentals, jazz improvisation and theory, jazz arranging, jazz repertoire, or CORE curriculum courses. ? A record of successful recruitment and retention of students. ? A desire to engage in service-related duties at the Departmental and College level. ? All applicants must demonstrate a commitment to equity and diversity initiatives that include working with underrepresented populations, community outreach, collaboration with diverse groups, including faculty, staff, and students.
Responsibilities: Lecturers are assigned an instructional workload of eight (8) course units or the equivalent in applied instruction per academic year. Teach applied jazz/commercial guitar to majors and non-majors (which may include online instruction) and conduct a weekly masterclass with jazz/commercial colleagues. Teach jazz/commercial guitar ensembles, jazz combos or other ensembles as assigned and based upon candidate’s expertise. Mentor and instruct students for real-world professional job opportunities. Teach additional courses as assigned based upon candidate’s expertise and profile which may include jazz techniques for music educators, jazz fundamentals, jazz improvisation and arranging, , CORE curriculum courses or Towson Seminar [TSEM]. Oversee the preparation of student degree recitals. Adjudicate end-of-semester juries, incoming auditions, and degree recitals. Engage in scholarship/creative activities and service commensurate with the expectations for lecturers at Towson University. Support recruitment efforts within the Department of Music. Contribute to the administrative duties of the Jazz/Commercial Division. Contribute to the ongoing diversity and inclusion initiatives at Towson University. Work collegially and collaboratively with faculty and staff and additional duties based upon applicant qualifications and departmental needs.
Department of Music: The Department of Music (http://www.towson.edu/music) is committed to fostering a learning community that mirrors the face of the population surrounding the campus, regionally and Statewide. The Department enrolls a diverse student population of approximately 260 students served by 27 full-time and over 50 part-time faculty. This comprehensive music program offers a variety of concentrations in Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees. The NASM accredited program is housed in the Center for the Arts.
Towson University: Towson University (www.towson.edu) was founded in 1866, is recognized by U.S. News and World Reports as one of the top public universities in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, is Baltimore’s largest university, and is the largest public, comprehensive institution in the University of Maryland System. TU enrolls over 19,000 undergraduates and more than 3,000 graduate students across six academic colleges (business, education, fine arts, health professions, liberal arts, science & mathematics), has of 900 full-time faculty, and offers 65 bachelor’s 42 master’s, and 4 doctoral programs. Our centrally located campus sits on 330 rolling green acres and is 10 miles north of Baltimore, 45 miles north of Washington D.C., and 95 miles south of Philadelphia.
Application Process: Review of applications begins December 1, 2023 and continues until the position is filled. A completed digital dossier will include: a) letter of application; b) curriculum vitae with a list of at least five (5) reference contacts; c) un-official college transcripts (official transcripts are required for appointment to the position); d) a functioning web link to a 5-7 minute performance video featuring the applicant; e) a functioning web link to a 10-15 minute video featuring the applicant’s teaching. All video/audio submissions must be functioning web links. Video files will not be accepted.
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Towson University is an equal opportunity employer and has a strong institutional commitment to diversity, as detailed in A More Inclusive TU: Advancing Equity and Diversity (2020 – 25). TU is a national leader in inclusive excellence, the only institution in Maryland with zero achievement gap, and 68% growth in minority enrollment over the past 5 years. We encourage application from a variety of (dis)abilities, cultural, ethnic, race, sex, gender identity/expression, national origin, age, veteran status, color, religious, socio-economic, sexual orientation and belief backgrounds.
The largest comprehensive university in the Baltimore area, Towson University is nationally recognized for its excellent programs in the arts and sciences, communications, business, health professions, education, fine arts and computer information systems. Located in suburban Towson, eight miles north of Baltimore, our beautifully landscaped, 328-acre setting offers a pleasant environment for study and a diverse campus life, as well as easy access to a wealth of university and community resources. Towson University's educational experience branches out to off-campus locations throughout Maryland, including a number of online options. Our many interdisciplinary partnerships with public and private organizations throughout Maryland provide opportunities for research, internships and jobs. Towson University is a founding member of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU).