Assistant Professor - Music

New Jersey, United States
Salary Not specified
Oct 08, 2020
Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Music
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

William Paterson University invites applications for a full-time tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor to lead the University Wind and Percussion Large Ensemble in a diverse and forward-looking institution. Preferred starting date January 2, 2021, with June 30, 2021 as the latest start date.

Department Overview:

The William Paterson Music Department is a diverse community of educators committed to professionalism in teaching, performance, creative activity, scholarship, and community service. It offers a Bachelors of Music (B.M.) with tracks in Jazz Studies, Music Education, Music and Entertainment Industries, Performance, and Sound Engineering Arts; and a Bachelor of the Arts (B.A.) with tracks in Musical Studies and Musical Studies with Popular Music Emphasis. At the graduate level we offer the Master of Music (M.M.) in Jazz Studies, Music Education, and Music and Entertainment Industries. Yearly performances include large and small ensemble concerts as well as our Midday Recital Series, our New Music Series and our Sunday afternoon Jazz Room Series. The Department of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

For more information about our music department, please visit:

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Displaying excellence in teaching:

  • Direct the Wind and Percussion Large Ensemble; oversee and participate in entrance and seating auditions, determine repertoire, direct rehearsals, plan and conduct all performances on and off campus
  • Coordinate and teach applied instrumental instruction within areas of expertise
  • Teach conducting
  • Advise B.M. classical instrumental students and M.M. Music Education thesis or capstone projects
  • Direct an additional wind/percussion ensemble, coach chamber ensembles, as needed

Demonstrating commitment to service:

  • Recruit students statewide and nationally in coordination with the Office of Music Admissions and other faculty; establish and maintain relationships with high school and community college band directors throughout the state and region; organize and participate in outreach activities, clinics in high schools and colleges, WP band day, and music educators' conferences (such as NAFME and NJMEA in New Jersey)
  • Serve on the department's Applied Committee
  • Collaborate with faculty to help develop a strategic plan for the wind and percussion program
  • Promote the WP Wind and Percussion Program and Music Department within the state, nationally, and internationally by coordinating with university marketing and public relations regarding web content, logos, social media presence; collaborate on the design or recruiting materials such as brochures, videos, and social media
  • Participate as a director and/or instrumentalist in departmental and professional concerts, recitals and performances
  • Participate in department, college and university service activities as needed

Maintaining evidence of scholarship and creative activity:

  • Maintain an active professional life, which may include professional performances as an ensemble director, performances as an instrumentalist; attend and participate in relevant conferences; serve on panels for festivals and competitions, develop and maintain a presence as an educator and music director
  • Produce scholarly publications relevant to the field

Required qualifications:

  • Doctoral degree
  • ABD candidates will be considered but a Ph.D. or DMA must be obtained by March 1, 2021 with a January 1, 2021 start date or Sept. 1, 2022 for a June 30, 2021 start date.
  • Three (3) or more years teaching in higher education
  • Professional music experience
  • Evidence of published scholarly or creative projects, which could include academic scholarship and/or professional sound recordings
  • Proven ability to recruit for, develop, and maintain a high-quality wind and percussion music program

Preferred qualifications:

  • Publications in the field
  • A strong regional, national, and/or international reputation as a music director
  • Participation in national organizations such as NASM, NAfME, State MEA's, NACWPI (National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors), CBDNA (College Band Directors National Association), National Band Association.
  • Minimum 3 years public school teaching experience

Personal attributes and traits:

  • Demonstrated commitment to teaching excellence, instrumental music teaching, and mentorship through identifying and prioritizing activities that lead to a common goal.
  • Clearly expressed visionary philosophy regarding the practice of music education and music making
  • Demonstrated charisma and strong leadership abilities
  • Ability to collaborate with others to meet objectives
  • Desire to help others expand their talents and potential.
  • Able to listen without bias and treat others fairly regardless of personal biases or beliefs.
  • Capable of seeing the big picture and long-term goals, to reach out to a wide range of a diverse stakeholders, and to build and maintain mutually beneficial relationships.

Invitation to apply:

Please click to view the description and apply for the position.

Interested candidates will be prompted to:

Complete an application

Submit a cover letter & CV

Submit video recordings and/or links to both recent performances and rehearsals with a Wind and Percussion Large Ensemble

Provide names/contacts of three professional references

Submission of all documents listed above is required for consideration.

Review of applications will commence immediately and continue until the position is filled. General questions related to this application process, please contact

About William Paterson:

William Paterson University is the third most diverse public university in New Jersey. As a longstanding member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), we have been designated by the US Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution. William Paterson University is also proud to be designated as a NASA MSI (Minority Serving Institution). The University offers more than 250 undergraduate and graduate academic programs that range from liberal arts and sciences to pre-professional and professional programs; it enrolls nearly 10,000 students from across the country and from over 40 nations. The University is situated on a beautiful, 380-acre suburban campus in Wayne, New Jersey, just twenty miles west of New York City.

William Paterson University is an equal opportunity employer that actively values and supports diversity among faculty, staff and students. Women, minorities, and members of under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.