Assistant/Associate Professor of Commercial/Popular Music
Assistant/Associate Professor of Commercial
Date Available: August 15, 2021 or January 3, 2022
Status: Review of applications will continue to be received and reviewed until the position is filled
Palm Beach Atlantic University (PBA), a private Christian institution located in West Palm Beach, Florida, seeks an inspiring and strategic Assistant/Associate Professor of Commercial/Popular Music who will provide administrative and musical leadership to the Popular Music Industry and Worship Leadership degree programs. Through creative vision casting, the successful candidate will build upon the interdisciplinary associations and collaborative relationship-building opportunities within the Department, School, University, as well as those with external performing arts organizations. Demonstrating strong interpersonal and communication skills, the new faculty member will be responsible for the leadership and administration of all aspects in the aforementioned programs, including artistic direction, event planning, community engagement and collaboration, student personnel, curriculum development, and budget management. The entrepreneurial candidate will further enhance the excellence and vitality of the Department of Music in accordance with the University mission. The Department is currently located in the School of Music & Fine Arts, however, Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Board of Trustees recently voted to merge the School of Music & Fine Arts and the School of Communication & Media to form the College of the Arts, effective August 2021. Programs of study in the College will now include Cinema, Communication, Dance, Digital Media, Gaming, Graphic Design, Journalism, Music, Preparatory Department, Public Relations, Sports Broadcasting, Theatre, and Visual Art. Typical teaching load is four courses each semester and this position reports to the Chair of the Department of Music. Rank is commensurate with credentials and experience.
- Minimum of an earned Master of Music or commensurate professional experience
- Successful record of professional experience in music industry and church music leadership
- Experience and commitment to building community across and within programs, departments, and schools
- Commitment to shared governance and consensus building within a university setting
- Demonstrated excellence in interpersonal and communication skills, as well as conflict resolution
- Commitment to worship leadership and contemporary church music ministry efforts
- An earned Masters degree with an emphasis in Music or closely related field
- Successful track record of curriculum initiatives and revisions
- Proven administrative leadership experience, financial management, fundraising, and organizational skills
- Record of successful teaching experience at the college/university, conservatory, or specialized music school level
Summary of Job Duties
- According to expertise, courses taught may include: Audio Engineering and Production, Creative Worship Design, Computer Applications in Music, Jazz Pop Theory, Songwriting, Entrepreneurship in the Arts, and American Popular Music
- Direct one or more jazz and/or pop ensembles
- Represent and promote the Popular Music program to the Chair, Dean, University Administration, and external community
- Maintain an active and sustained engagement in professional and creative activities to enhance the stature and reputation of the Department of Music
- Vigorously support student recruitment, retention, and persistence in collaboration with appropriate offices, according to established policies within the School and University
- Provide support and leadership for University functions and events
- Work collaboratively within the Department, School, University, and external performing organizations
- Oversee and coordinate all aspects of planning and execution of Popular Music events, with the assistance of support staff
- Regularly interact with current and prospective students, current and prospective faculty members, University personnel, representatives of external organizations, and friends of the University
- Develop and deliver interdisciplinary curriculum initiatives and content-specific programs, such as Audio Production
- Participate in University service, faculty development programs, and student advising
- Integrate Christian faith and pedagogy
- Demonstrable history of successful, compelling, collaborative, and interdisciplinary programming, community engagement, creative activity, and recruitment
- Other duties as assigned by the Dean
The successful candidate will possess the soft skills and hard standards to work effectively with an increasingly diverse array of students and colleagues and will have a demonstrated commitment to creating, fostering and sustaining a culture that celebrates entrepreneurship, innovation, and collaboration in and out of the classroom. This person will excel in attention to detail, effective oral and written communication, consensus building, creative problem solving, professionalism, and intrinsic work ethic. The self-motivated person will bring the inspiration and enthusiasm required to advance creative momentum, ensuring the Department’s achievements are broadcast widely and strategically.
The Department of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music with Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Arts curricular specializations in music education, performance, composition, music industry, and worship leadership. With more than 43,000 square-feet of performance, classroom, practice, and studio space, the Department of Music is located in the four-story Vera Lea Rinker Hall. Internal performing opportunities include involvement in a variety of ensembles including Concert Choir, Oratorio Chorus, Symphony, Symphonic Band, Pop Rock Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Woodwind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, String Ensemble, World Music Ensemble, and Opera Workshop.
Founded in 1968, Palm Beach Atlantic University is an interdenominational Christian institution with over 3,400 students in 60 academic undergraduate, graduate and professional programs. PBA’s programs are framed by a Christian worldview that is guided by accomplished experts and delivered in the breathtaking setting of West Palm Beach, Florida. PBA’s graduates launch lives of character, meaning, and accomplishment. From its presence in the academic curriculum, to weekly chapel, to service learning and mission trips, the faith-based foundation shapes the student experience and prepares them with the kind of ethical, principled outlook that today’s employers value.
Palm Beach Atlantic University’s offerings are proven and respected by top employers and elite graduate institutions. Its programs, such as the Frederick M. Supper Honors Program, offer distinctive, elevated learning opportunities. In addition, PBA’s six Centers of Excellence deepen students’ knowledge and skills and add dimension to the learning experience through distinctive programming, travel, fellowship, internship and networking opportunities. Through PBA’s unique Workship Program, students are able to improve communities locally, around South Florida or in countries across the globe by building homes for those in need, assisting with natural disaster recovery efforts, tutoring and mentoring students in after school programs, and packing meals for families living in underserved communities. To date, PBA students have volunteered 3.3 million hours of service through Workship. Additionally, in Fall 2020 the Wordship Program joins the PBA traditions of Worship and Workship to cultivate a practice of using our words wisely to edify others, including those with whom we disagree, as a form of worship. These three practices are the foundational, three-legged stool upon which the integration of faith and academics rests.
Students attending PBA find a fun, energetic and opportunity-rich destination with 40+ student-run clubs providing the chance to develop important teamwork and leadership skills. PBA offers some of the finest learning resources and facilities with state-of-the-art medical simulation labs; an 86,000 square-foot Warren Library; the John & Sheila Rinker Sports Center, which was completed in 2017 and is part of PBA’s 78-acre Marshall and Vera Lea Rinker Athletic Complex, and Watson Hall, a 163,000 square-foot, eight-story residence hall opened in Fall 2020.
For more information about the university go to www.pba.edu
Living in West Palm Beach, Florida, residents are surrounded by the unparalleled opportunities of South Florida. In addition to the natural beauty of its location on the Intracoastal Waterway, PBA offers endless professional opportunities, world-class cultural outlets, and exceptional shopping districts just minutes from campus.
One can find outdoor recreation at the Everglades, Lake Trail or MacArthur Beach State Park and more than 50 miles of pristine beaches nearby. Residents can also play a round of golf at any of the area’s more than 160 golf courses, catch the pro sports action of the NFL’s Dolphins, NBA’s Heat, MLB’s Marlins and NHL’s Panthers or take in a concert at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. West Palm Beach is also home to an eclectic and appetizing food scene, with cuisines representing everything from Caribbean and Cuban to Asian, German and Portuguese. With nearly 20 churches of various denominations located just minutes from the PBA campus, employees have an outstanding opportunity to become involved in a local faith community.
West Palm Beach is a city of approximately 100,000 located within Palm Beach County, which has 1.5 million residents. Located along Florida’s Atlantic Ocean coast, West Palm Beach offers appealing weather and year-round access to smooth-sand beaches and some of the nation’s most enticing waterways and is located a short drive to some of Florida's fabulous cities: Fort Lauderdale is 1 hour away; Miami is 1.5 hours; Key Largo is 2 hours, and Orlando is 2.5 hours away. Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) is located less than three miles from PBA’s campus, and was recently ranked #1 in the U.S. for shortest overall wait times at TSA checkpoints. West Palm Beach is also a stop on the Brightline passenger high-speed rail system that connects Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and eventually Orlando.
Applications for faculty/academic administration positions must include:
- A letter of application
- Resume or curriculum vitae
- Unofficial copies of all transcripts
- Three letters of professional reference or a list of three professional references
- Statement of your teaching philosophy
- Statement indicating how you have previously or intend to intentionally integrate a Christian theistic worldview in the teaching/learning process
- Completed & signed Faculty Applicant Questionnaire
Please visit https://www.pba.edu/human-resources/faculty-admin-positions.html to complete the application process.
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