Music Therapy Coordinator, Assistant/ Associate Professor
The Bower School of Music & the Arts at Florida Gulf Coast University seeks an exceptional and visionary music therapy educator for a full-time, 12-month, multi-year renewable appointment at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor and Music Therapy Program Coordinator beginning August 7, 2021. The Bower School of Music invites applicants whose teaching, scholarship and service are relevant to the education and clinical training of twenty-first century music therapists. Special consideration will be given to applicants who are members of diversity groups that have been historically underrepresented in faculty positions in higher education.
Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) is geographically located in Southwest Florida, one of the fastest growing regions of the United States. The local arts community, healthcare agencies, and FGCU are integral to this growth. The newly established Music Therapy Program is comprised of over 50 undergraduate students. The Bachelor of Music Therapy degree is one of four undergraduate music degrees offered by the Bower School of Music. The music therapy curriculum is in keeping with the theme of ‘research and innovation in practice’. Undergraduate scholarship and applications of technology across service delivery are emphasized. The Program has experienced rapid growth through philanthropy, an expanding music therapy community and local agency support. Opportunities into the future include the potential for a graduate program in music therapy, clinical facilities, and continued expansion throughout the many local, healthcare and educational agencies.
Florida Gulf Coast University is a comprehensive university dedicated to quality education, research and service. All faculty are expected to be excellent teachers, responsive to changing professional needs, committed to innovative delivery of instruction resulting in improved student learning; produce peer reviewed scholarship appropriate to the discipline; and provide service to the College, University, and Community. As ranked faculty and Program Coordinator, this is a 12-month contract, to include academic instruction, administration of clinical training, curricular development, budget oversight, and community partnerships. Teaching assignments may vary according to curricular needs of the school, may be on the main campus, or at off-campus sites within our region.
Typical duties may include but are not limited to:
- Teach the core, undergraduate and competency-based music therapy curriculum, including practicum supervision.
- Engage in advisement of current students in the music therapy curriculum, as well as to actively participate in the recruitment of prospective students.
- Expand and maintain practicum and affiliated internship sites.
- Mentor undergraduate music therapy students in scholarly activity, including formal research opportunities.
- Serve as Advisor to the FGCU Music Therapy Association, including modeled engagement with professional associations and credentialing bodies.
- Represent the best interests of the University, College, School, and Music Therapy Program through community outreach and advocacy.
- Provide oversight in the selection and evaluation of music therapy adjunct faculty and clinical supervisors.
- Administer budgets directly associated with the Music Therapy Program, including the purchase of materials and scholarship awards.
- Conduct programmatic assessments as required by university, approval, and accrediting bodies.
- Periodically monitor and recommend curricular changes consistent with best practice, whether within the discipline or School-wide.
- Engage in service opportunities to the University, College, School and the community;
- Pursue and maintain scholarly research and creative activity (including, but not limited to, presentation, publication, and performance);
- Provide meaningful contributions to other academic areas including the health sciences, whether formally or informally, or through peer collaboration.
- Contribute to instruction according to areas of expertise beyond the discipline of music therapy, as may be applicable.
- Attend and participate in regular faculty meetings at College, School and Department levels.
- Contribute to dialog and decision processes associated with establishing a post-baccalaureate equivalency program, as well as explorations of graduate studies and new facilities.
- Abide by policies, procedures, and guidelines established by the Office of the Provost.
Additional Job Description
- Terminal degree in music therapy or related discipline (music, music education, health sciences), from a nationally accredited institution or equivalent accreditation, completed by start of appointment;
- A minimum of 12 semester hours or equivalent of graduate credits in music therapy beyond undergraduate equivalency requirements;
- A minimum of 5 years of effective clinical experience as music therapist (or equivalent in part-time employment).
- Holds the credential, Music Therapist-Board Certified (MT-BC).
- Demonstrated professional competence as articulated by AMTA
- Able to teach music therapy courses across freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior years.
- Demonstrated experience providing clinical supervision for practicum students that is developmental and competency-based.
- Demonstrated record of scholarly/creative achievement through presentation, publication, and/or performance commensurate with career stage;
- Demonstrated experience and commitment to collegial and collaborative engagement with colleagues to support an increasing, diverse, multicultural student population.
- Demonstrated experience of administrative duties at a collegiate-level music therapy program.
- College/University teaching experience beyond the graduate assistant level, including music therapy courses and clinical supervision;
- Experience in advising undergraduate music therapy students;
- Established area of expertise, whether in research, teaching, and/or clinical practice;
- Knowledge and application of assisted-technologies;
- Clinical musicianship associated with voice and accompanying instruments, genres, and styles;
- Demonstrated engagement with professional associations and/or credentialing bodies, including peer-reviewed presentations and service;
- Disciplinary publications, including peer-reviewed research;
- Demonstrated excellence in program development, curricular design, novel uses of technology in the classroom, and creative approaches to teaching;
- Effectiveness in online teaching, whether for continuing education or academic instruction;
- Demonstrated experience with learning management systems at the collegiate level;
- Experience in programmatic budget management;
- Secondary area(s) of specialty complementary to existing BSMA faculty specialties;
- Demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging;
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Experience or commitment to the use of technology in distance learning & university teaching.
- Interest in collaborating both within and outside the University in the development and delivery of instruction resulting in improved student learning.
- Must value continued scholarship and service to the school and University.
- Ability to contribute effectively and collegially to a positive, dynamic, and inclusive learning environment that nurtures student creativity.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Appointment will be made on a 12-month multi-year appointment basis available August 2021.
Because applications and materials are subject to public review and retention under Florida’s Public Records Law, please DO NOT send examples of your project/scholarship unless requested to do so. Therefore, all submitted materials including articles, disks, slides, books, etc., become the property of FGCU and CANNOT BE RETURNED. As applicable, finalists will be notified of the need to submit specific additional materials. Such materials will become the property of FGCU.
Under Florida’s Public Records law, applications will be available for public review upon request.
Required Materials at the Time of Application:
All applicants are asked to submit the following materials at the time of application:
- Cover Letter
- Unofficial Transcripts
- Curriculum Vitae
- List of five professional references
- Statement of Teaching Philosophy, including applicant’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and access.
This position is listed as ‘open until filled”; however, applications received by Monday, March 1, 2021, will receive priority consideration.
Salary range - $75,000.00 – Negotiable
FGCU is an EOE AA /F/Vet/Disability Employer.