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.
• 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
• Administer Topeka Youth Wind Ensemble and Capital City Marching
•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
•Two years of public school teaching experience
•University teaching experience
•Experience writing drill design and or Pyware for marching
•Demonstrated commitment to perform repertoire that is diverse and
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 email@example.com