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Lecturer Director of Bands

Washburn University
Kansas, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
May 1, 2023

Position Title: Lecturer Director of Bands

Department: Music

Campus Location: Washburn University

The screening committee will review all eligible applications submitted by May 16, 2023

Position Summary: Washburn University’s Department of Music invites applications for the position of Interim Director of Bands. The position will begin August 1, 2023. This position is a one-year appointment as Lecturer.

Each selected candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to pursuing teaching excellence at Washburn University, including a dedication to developing inclusive teaching practices that engage students from diverse backgrounds.

Washburn University is a teaching-focused, student-centered, public institution that has earned national recognition for its high-impact programs for first-generation students and that is located in the metropolitan setting of Topeka. Washburn has a student body of over 5,500 undergraduate, graduate, and law students, a significant and growing number of whom are first-generation and Pell-Grant eligible. The University has created educational pathways for all students to be successful and achieve their educational goals.

Washburn is dedicated to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty, staff, and student body and cultivating a vibrant and inclusive working environment and curriculum. We offer competitive wages, an excellent benefits program, a supportive leadership team, and a healthy work/life balance. At Washburn, we strive to ensure a campus climate that supports the success of every employee and appreciates the unique skills and expertise each contributes to serving our students.

Essential Functions:
• Fulfill teaching expectations associated with an appointment as a lecturer, including courses in conducting and other classes that fit the successful applicant’s qualifications.
• Serve as Director for the Washburn University Wind Ensemble, University Band, WU Pep Band, and WU Marching Blues and oversee all related fiscal responsibilities.
• Maintain an active level of professional activity in high school recruitment.
• Administer Topeka Youth Wind Ensemble and Capital City Marching Festival programs.

Required Qualifications:
•Master’s in Music
•Wind ensemble conducting and athletic band experience
•Classroom teaching experience
•Demonstrated commitment to developing inclusive teaching practices that engage students from diverse backgrounds

Official transcripts required upon hire

Preferred Qualifications:
•Two years of public school teaching experience
•University teaching experience
•Experience writing drill design and or Pyware for marching band
•Demonstrated commitment to perform repertoire that is diverse and inclusive

Special Instructions to Applicants:
•Please upload the following items as a pdf to the “additional document” field via the electronic application: a statement of teaching philosophy and a link to an online video demonstrating rehearsal and performance footage.
•Contact information for three current professional references will be collected as part of the application form.
•If you have questions about the position, please contact Dr. Sheri Cook-Cunningham at

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