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Assistant Professor - Music Education

Central Washington University
Ellensburg, WA
Closing date
Mar 19, 2023

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Job Summary

Central Washington University Department of Music and the College of Arts of Humanities invites applicants for a Music Education position at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin September 2023. We seek a passionate musical colleague with a strong commitment to music 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. Faculty will integrate CWU's commitment to diversity and create a learning environment that is welcoming, accessible and inclusive for all students.

The Assistant Professor of Music Education will provide outstanding leadership of the undergraduate instrumental/choral music education program through collaboration/partnership with the CWU Office of Field Experience and School of Education for the placement of teaching candidates; teach courses in classroom methods (instrumental/choral/general depending on strength of applicant), techniques (instrumental/vocal), assessment and classroom management. Additional duties such as undergraduate conducting, applied instruction, general education, and ensembles will be considered based on qualifications, experience, and available workload.

The successful candidate will be expected to actively recruit for the Department of Music and mentor/advise undergraduate music education students.

Who we are:

We are a team of individuals committed to Changing Students' Lives. No matter what job, each of us plays a part in supporting and empowering our students to fulfill their dreams.

Working in higher education provides career growth and career choice. Think of a university campus like a mini city, operating across 380 acres. You'll find diverse academics, libraries, athletics and sporting events, full service and quick serve dining, conferences and events from small to large, recreation centers, housing for ~10,000 students, health services, police and public safety.

For the seventh time in eight years, CWU is a recipient of the prestigious Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. Come join us on our journey to encourage, inspire, and create spaces where all identities thrive on campus.

Tour our campus in Ellensburg here .

What we offer:

Our investment in you begins the day you join our team, a healthy and successful future for you is important to us. We offer medical, dental, life and disability insurance, retirement and optional savings plans, tuition assistance for you and your dependents, discounts across town, an employee assistance program for individualized counseling, and a wellness incentive program. Learn more: .

Minimum Qualifications

Master's degree in Music
A minimum of five years of K-12 and/or University teaching experience
Demonstrated excellence in teaching
Willingness to teach a range of music education courses at all levels and modalities
Teaching, research, 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

Earned doctorate in music
Experience in curriculum development and improvement
Experience in collegiate music-teacher education
A record of promoting diversity in classrooms and academic work environments
A record of engagement and inclusion of culturally diverse students


Accountability/Dependability: Accepts responsibility for quality of own work; acknowledges and corrects mistakes. Shows up on time, meets standards, deadlines and work schedules.
Judgement: Makes timely, informed decisions. Analyzes options and determines appropriate course of action.
Teamwork: Promotes cooperation and mutual support to achieve goals. Encourages participation and mutual support.
Adaptability/Flexibility: Responds positively to changing business needs and responsibilities. Adapts approach and methods to achieve results; recovers quickly from setbacks and finds alternatives.
Commitment to Diversity: Recognizes the value of diversity and helps create environment that supports and embraces diversity.

Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule

Salary : Commensurate with education and experience

Appointment : Full-Time, Tenure-Track, 9 Month Appointment. Additional Summer teaching may be available.

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 :
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How To Apply

To apply for this position, you must complete the on-line application and attach:

A detailed cover letter that clearly provides the candidates experience and potential for leadership in music education, addressing all minimum and/or preferred qualifications;
Curriculum vitae including work history, education, and training;
Statement of teaching philosophy (one-two pages);
A one-page statement of how you would contribute to the department's commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion;
Contact information for three professional references; and
Unofficial transcripts of the highest degree obtained.

Screening Begins: December 12, 2022 and 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. Priority will be given to applications received by the screening date. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Contact Information

Name: Dr. T. André Feagin, DMA
Title: Director of Bands/Search Committee Chair
Phone: 509-963-1916

Please contact Human Resources at or 509-963-1202 if you require technical assistance with the on-line application process.

Conditions of Employment

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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