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Assistant Professor of Music (Choral)

Whitman College
Washington, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Aug 16, 2023

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Music
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Assistant Professor of Music (Choral)

Location: Walla Walla, WA, United States
Open Date: Aug 15, 2023

Located in the vibrant community of Walla Walla, WA, Whitman College is home to an intellectually diverse, dynamic, and supportive community of some 500 staff and faculty serving roughly 1,500 students from the local region and across the globe. With exceptional students, accomplished faculty and staff, and engaged alumni, Whitman College continues to build on its national reputation for academic excellence as one of the top undergraduate, liberal arts colleges in the country.

The Department of Music seeks applicants for a tenure-track Director of Choral Activities beginning August 2024 at the rank of assistant professor. Applicants must have a terminal degree in a relevant field at the start of the position.

The successful candidate will offer courses in Chorale (large vocal ensemble), Chamber Singers (select vocal ensemble), Applied Voice, and a rotation between Music in Society (music introduction for non-majors) and a specialty elective (with preference towards a course that enhances and diversifies our curriculum), as well as courses that contribute to the College's general education requirements. The Director of Choral Activities oversees the Applied Voice Area. The ideal candidates will be able to demonstrate depth of expertise both on the podium and in the academic classroom. The standard annual teaching load is five courses.

The College provides a generous pre-tenure sabbatical leave program and professional development support for both research and teaching. The successful candidate will demonstrate potential to sustain an active scholarly or creative research agenda and to participate in faculty governance, mentorship, or other forms of service that contribute to the overall functioning of the college.

Within a personalized and inclusive environment, the Whitman Department of Music connects student passion for music with diverse approaches to new ways of understanding. Our supportive environment meets students where they are but also challenges them to surpass their own expectations as they perform, create, critically examine, and advocate for the music that matters to them. With three performance halls, a listening center, music technology studio, 14 teaching studios, 25 practice rooms, 2 rehearsal spaces, and the guidance of talented and specialized music faculty, the Whitman Department of Music has the resources to help students realize their dreams.

Whitman College is committed to fostering an inclusive learning community that values diverse identities, experiences, and perspectives. In the cover letter, candidates should describe their interest in teaching undergraduates, majors as well as non-majors, at all levels of instruction. In doing so, candidates should address how their lived experiences and classroom and scholarly practices will advance equity and inclusion in the learning environment and help Whitman promote antiracist, systemic change. The cover letter should also include a brief description of the specialized elective the candidate would bring to the department to enrich and diversify the curriculum.

To apply, go to The online application will prompt you to submit all of the required materials: a cover letter; curriculum vitae; separate statements addressing the candidate's teaching interests and scholarly/performance agenda; conducting footage; graduate transcripts; and evidence of demonstrated or potential excellence in undergraduate instruction. Conducting footage should include rehearsal footage (approx. 10') and performance footage (approx. 20') shot from the perspective of the musician along with a brief description. The committee will solicit three letters of recommendation from applicants who reach the interview stage.

Review of applications will begin on October 13, 2023.

Salary Range: $74,000-$82,000

Whitman College offers a competitive benefits package that is designed to attract qualified candidates and retain talented employees. Full-time employees enjoy the following benefits: Medical/Dental/Vision Insurances; basic life, accidental death and dismemberment and long term disability insurances with the capability to elect additional voluntary coverage; 403(b) Defined Contribution Retirement Plan with a 10% matching contribution after eligibility requirements are met; Tuition Remission - Dependent Children, after eligibility requirements; employee tuition waiver for one Whitman course per semester; and an Employee Assistance Program. New faculty receive reimbursement for moving expenses based on the distance of relocation and are compensated $1,500 for attending a required New Faculty Orientation.

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Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
Whitman College is cultivating a community built on inclusion and belonging. We recognize the value of those who can offer historically underrepresented perspectives and encourage applications from those whose background, knowledge, and insights from lived experience can add to the college’s working and learning environment.

Whitman College is an EEO employer. The college shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR §§ 60-1.4(a), 60-300.5(a) and 60-741.5(a). These regulations prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities, and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.


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