Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow in Music

Location
Washington, United States
Salary
Competitive Salary
Posted
Apr 16, 2021
Employment Level
Fellowship
Employment Type
Full Time

The Gonzaga University Music Department in Spokane, WA invites applications for a post-doctoral teaching fellow in vocal music (2/2 teaching load) beginning Fall semester 2021.
This is a two-year program. The initial contract will be for one-year; a second year contract is contingent on reappointment. Depending on program needs, there is a possibility of renewal for a third year. While there is the possibility of a tenure track hire at the end of the fellowship, there is no expectation of continued employment nor guarantee as a result of participation in the URM Post-Doc Fellowship program. A separate offer of a tenure track position will be dependent on a number of factors including but not limited to departmental need, the availability of financial resources, and successful performance of the Fellow in their first, second and possible third year, as evidenced by favorable annual reviews and teaching evaluations.

The under-represented minority post-doctoral teaching fellowship program seeks to provide fellows with career growth experience in teaching at a supportive liberal arts university as well as contribute to the diversity and inclusion priorities of Gonzaga University. This position will teach vocal music in a variety of courses within a vibrant choral and vocal program committed to underrepresented composers and musicians. The successful candidate will bring to this music position direct expertise, cultural familiarity and competence, experience with underrepresented perspectives, and professional activity engaged with diversity, equity, and inclusion. For more information on the program, please visit https://www.gonzaga.edu/about/diversity-equity-inclusion/resources-and-publications/underrepresented-minority-post-doctoral-fellowship-program.

The successful candidate will demonstrate creativity and excellence in teaching vocal music to music majors and non-major liberal arts students in individual and group settings.

The Music Department is committed to inclusive excellence, diversity across the campus community, and access to music for a wide variety of students. In alignment with Gonzaga University’s mission, we welcome applicants with direct expertise, cultural competence and familiarity, and insider knowledge, who can share their lived experiences and demonstrated commitment to issues of social justice, diversity, global engagement, and care for/solidarity with vulnerable and marginalized communities. Candidates who have experience working with a diverse range of faculty, staff, and students, and who can contribute to the departmental ethos and campus climate of inclusivity are encouraged to identify their experiences in these areas. Gonzaga voice students are representative of the university’s demographics, and they eagerly research and learn music beyond the European Classical canon. The successful candidate will engage further with students in considering cultural appropriation, social justice in music, mentoring their repertoire programming by underrepresented composers, and guide their performance practice of singing music from diverse cultural traditions.

The Music Department serves over 850 students in courses each semester and is active in service to the University, Spokane, and Inland Northwest communities. In spring 2019, Gonzaga University opened the new Myrtle Woldson Performing Arts Center, a facility with two performance halls for innovative collaborations. Applicants should be eager to work in a liberal arts setting that fosters faculty collaboration and student engagement both inside and outside the classroom. Thus, we seek a colleague with potential for interdisciplinary collaboration with departments and programs in the College of Arts and Sciences such as Visual Art, Theatre and Dance, Women’s and Gender Studies, Native American Studies, Modern Languages, and others.

Gonzaga University is an internationally prominent university with a faculty dedicated both to innovative teaching and to socially transformative and justice-oriented research. Global engagement initiatives include intercultural exchange tours in Colombia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Florence, where Gonzaga has an established branch campus.

Teaching responsibilities will include a 12-credit teaching load per academic year (6 credits per semester); courses include applied voice lessons (using teaching load standards of the National Association of Schools of Music) and a combination of the following, depending on the candidate’s strengths: a choral ensemble, group voice class, musical theater, opera, and/or core curriculum music courses. Gonzaga’s choral-vocal program is a collaborative and supportive community of faculty and students, and the successful candidate will contribute to this community with a commitment to diversity, collaboration, and inclusion in teaching, performance, and advising.

Minimum Qualifications:

• D.M.A. in Vocal Performance, Vocal Pedagogy, or Choral Conducting with completion (degree in hand) between August 1, 2019 through August 1, 2021
• Evidence of potential or experience teaching voice to undergraduate students
• Evidence of regular professional activity as a vocal performer
• Evidence of scholarly potential in vocal music

Desired Qualifications:

• Demonstrated experience promoting social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion in an academic environment
• Demonstrated commitment to social justice, diversity, global engagement, and/or solidarity with marginalized communities through performances or creative collaborations
• Demonstrated success working with students of diverse backgrounds
• Experience in conducting a choral ensemble and/or directing musical theater, opera, or other staged performances
• Experience or potential to contribute to music outreach initiatives, such as educational and performance events
• Interest or experience in collaborating with music and interdisciplinary colleagues

To apply, please visit our website at: https://gonzaga.peopleadmin.com/postings/15286. Applicants are required to complete an online application and submit (1) a cover letter, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) a personal statement addressing interest in exploring a career teaching music in a liberal arts institution, (4) links to two solo vocal performances. When finalists are selected, they will be asked to provide names and contact information for two professional references to provide two confidential letters of recommendation.

Questions about the position can be directed to Dr. Timothy Westerhaus, Chair, Music Department, westerhaus@gonzaga.edu. Position closes on Friday, May 7, 2021, midnight, PDT. For assistance with your online application, call 509.313.6733.
Gonzaga University is a Jesuit, Catholic, humanistic institution, and is therefore interested in candidates who will contribute to its distinctive mission. Gonzaga University is a committed EEO/AA employer and diversity candidates are encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their disability status and/or protected veteran status.

Gonzaga University is a Jesuit, Catholic, humanistic institution, and is therefore interested in candidates who will contribute to its distinctive mission. Gonzaga University is a committed EEO/AA employer and diversity candidates are encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their disability status and/or protected veteran status.