The Western Carolina University School of Music seeks a full time, 9-month tenure-track faculty member in Piano and Piano Pedagogy to begin August 1st, 2021. Review of applications will begin on or about February 8, 2021 and continue until a candidate has been selected for hired.
The faculty member will be responsible for teaching music major core piano classes in engaging and innovative ways and will work with faculty colleagues to coordinate the class piano sequence with music theory and aural skills courses.
The successful candidate is expected to demonstrate commitment to student success, respect for diversity, an understanding of culturally responsive teaching, and knowledge of class piano as it relates to majors in different degree tracks in general music, music education, performance, and commercial music and audio production.
Primary teaching duties are in class piano with other duties assigned based on the School of Music needs. Sustained engagement in scholarship (research and/or performance) is expected, along with the ability and willingness to assist with the School's accompanying and recruiting needs.
An earned Doctorate (DMA or PhD) is required with specialization in piano pedagogy, including class piano.
Two years or more of demonstrated experience teaching class piano at the collegiate level are also required.
Primary consideration will be given to candidates with a record of successful group and solo piano teaching at the collegiate level, demonstrated ability to teach piano skills effectively in the context of an undergraduate musicianship core, experience coordinating class piano instructors and their schedules, and success in developing and ensuring uniform assessment standards across multiple sections.
Expertise in pertinent music technology and appropriate integration of teaching technology including learning management systems such as Canvas or Blackboard is also desired, as well as the experience or ability to teach seminars in piano pedagogy, collaborative piano, other keyboard-related areas, music theory, and aural skills courses.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Applicants must apply online in order to be considered. Hard copy materials will not be accepted for review.
In addition to the basic application, applicants must upload the following required attachments: CV, cover letter, a listing of courses taught including dates and institutions, unofficial transcripts from highest earned degree, and a list of references (include complete contact information).
For questions or additional info, please contact search committee chair, Dr. Shannon Thompson, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.