Assistant Professor - Director of Jazz

Central Washington University
Ellensburg, WA
Closing date
Jun 30, 2022

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Central Washington University Department of Music and the College of Arts of Humanities invites applicants for the position of Director of Jazz (Assistant Professor of Music) to begin September 2022. We seek a highly energetic and enthusiastic colleague who is a passionate musician with a strong commitment to jazz education. We seek candidates with demonstrated potential to contribute effectively to a faculty team dedicated to creating a positive, dynamic, and inclusive learning environment for an increasingly diverse student population.

The Director of Jazz (Assistant Professor of Music) will administer all aspects of the jazz area. Responsibilities include direction of our award-winning Jazz Band I and other jazz ensembles within the department of music. The successful candidate will teach a course incorporating jazz harmony/theory, jazz keyboard skills, as well as the jazz improvisation sequence. Additional duties will be considered based on qualifications and experience which may include, but not limited to teaching jazz pedagogy and jazz composition/arranging. The Director of Jazz will be expected to actively recruit for the department of music, mentor and advise graduate teaching assistants, serve as coordinator for the annual CWU Jazz Festival and serve as faculty advisor for the Jazz Education Network (JEN) chapter. In addition, the candidate will be expected to serve on department, college, and university committees as assigned. The primary professional responsibilities of tenured and tenure-track faculty members are teaching, scholarship, and service.

About the Department

The CWU Department of Music is dedicated to creating a positive, dynamic, and inclusive learning environment for an increasingly diverse student population comprised of future music educators, performers, and scholars. The Department of Music has an enrollment of nearly 400 music majors, 21 full-time faculty, 15 adjunct faculty and 6 staff. The department prides itself for producing outstanding performing ensembles, and for preparing its students to enter the music profession. The department is housed in one of the finest music facilities in the Pacific Northwest and is an NASM accredited program. The department offers bachelor's degrees in music education, performance and composition. It offers master's degrees in music education, composition, performance, pedagogy, and conducting. For more information, the department website can be found at:
Minimum Qualifications
  • Terminal degree (DMA or PhD required) relevant to the discipline
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching
  • Willingness to teach a wide range of courses at all levels and modalities
  • Scholarship, teaching, service, or other experience that has prepared the candidate to contribute to CWU's commitment to the engagement and inclusion of culturally diverse students

Preferred Qualifications
  • University-level and/or secondary teaching experience
  • Experience in curriculum development and improvement
  • A record of promoting diversity in classrooms and academic work environments
  • Experience in curriculum development and improvement
  • Demonstrated participation in programs designed to promote inclusion
Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule
Salary : Commensurate with education and experience

Appointment : Full-Time, Tenure-Track, 9 Month Appointment. Additional summer teaching may be available. Central Washington University is on the quarter system with appointments from mid-September through mid-June.

Benefits : CWU offers a comprehensive benefits package including health insurance, retirement and optional savings plans, life and disability insurance.

Additional Information : For additional information about the University, visit:
For additional information about Ellensburg, visit:
How To Apply
To apply for this position, you must complete the on-line application and attach:
  • A detailed cover letter that clearly provides (a) evidence of excellence in teaching and directing at the secondary school and/or university level, (b) evidence of leadership in the field of jazz education, and (c) detail how teaching, service, and/or scholarship has supported students from racial, ethnic, and gender backgrounds that are underrepresented in their academic fields (applicants who have not yet had the opportunity for such experience should note how their work will further CWU's commitment to diversity);
  • Curriculum vitae including work history, education, and training;
  • Contact information for three professional references;
  • Statement of teaching philosophy (one-two pages);
  • Unofficial transcripts of the highest degree obtained;
  • Representative example of applicant's teaching through rehearsal footage in video format (Up to 15 minutes). Provide hyperlinks or URL's to hosted files; and
  • Representative example of applicant's teaching through performance footage in video format (Up to 15 minutes). Provide hyperlinks or URL's to hosted files.

Screening Begins: immediately and the position will be open until filled.

NOTE: Although copies of transcripts are acceptable for application purposes, all job offers are contingent upon verification of highest degree. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Contact Information
Name: Dr. T. André Feagin, DMA
Title: Director of Bands/Search Committee Chair
Phone: 509-963-1237

Please contact Human Resources at or 509-963-1202 if you require technical assistance with the on-line application process.
Conditions of Employment
Per Governor Inslee's Proclamation 21.14.1 , CWU employees must be fully vaccinated no later than October 18, 2021. Your vaccine status will be verified if/when a job offer is made. Information about medical and religious accommodations are available here: . Failure to meet the vaccination policy (or approval of a medical or religious accommodation) will result in revocation of the offer.

Prior to employment, final candidate(s) will be required to sign a Sexual Misconduct disclosure in pursuant to RCW 28B.112.080and submit to a background check. All information obtained through background investigations will be strictly confidential and revealed only to those required to have access.

The conditions of employment with Central Washington University are set forth in the Collective Bargaining Agreement between Central Washington University and United Faculty of Central, University policies and procedures, and applicable state and federal laws.

The Collective Bargaining Agreement may be found here: .

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