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Assistant Professor, Director of Orchestras

Washburn University
Topeka, Kansas, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Jan 8, 2024

Job Details

Position Title: Assistant Professor, Director of Orchestras

Department: Music

Campus Location: Washburn University

The screening committee will review all eligible applications submitted by February 1, 2024

Position Summary: Washburn University’s Department of Music invites applications for the position of Director of Orchestras. The position will begin August 1, 2024. This position is a nine-month, tenure-track appointment as Assistant Professor. A completed doctorate is necessary for a tenure-track appointment.

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.

Essential Functions:
• Fulfill teaching expectations associated with a tenure-track appointment as an Assistant Professor. Teach on average 12-load hours per semester (either in-person or online, according to departmental needs) or an equivalent full workload as outlined in the faculty handbook. These courses will include courses in conducting and other classes that fit the successful applicant’s qualifications.
• Serve as Director/Conductor for the Washburn University Orchestra and Washburn University String Orchestra.
• Collaborate with community organizations such as Topeka Symphony Orchestra, Topeka Youth Symphony Orchestra, and Sunflower Music Festival.
• Division coordinator for all department orchestral activities.
• Collaborate with faculty to promote professional growth within the department.
• Establish a successful record of creative/scholarship activities.
• Contribute to the life of the department and university through service activities.
• Conduct Washburn Opera Studio productions, as assigned.
• Maintain an active level of professional activity in high school recruitment.
• Perform additional job-related functions as assigned or as appropriate.

Required Qualifications:
• Doctorate in music; ABD applicants will be considered with completion of the doctorate required by August 2025.
• Orchestral ensemble conducting at the collegiate level.
• Classroom teaching experience.
• Demonstrated commitment to developing inclusive teaching practices that engage students from diverse backgrounds.
Official transcripts will be required at time of hire.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Two years of public school teaching experience.
• University teaching experience.
• Budgetary and administrative experience.
• Demonstrated ability to recruit students at the university level.
• 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: cover letter, statement of teaching philosophy, and link to 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. Kelly Huff at .

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Washburn University

Washburn is a top-notch university in an urban setting where students are becoming their best selves.

Nestled in the heart of Topeka - the capital city with about 127 thousand residents - Washburn offers students from small towns a big-city feel, while providing students from major metropolitan areas a more manageable environment.

Washburn's beautiful campus - on 160 acres - is easy to navigate with state-of-the art facilities. Our Tech campus on Huntoon offers industry-standard programs leading to in-demand jobs. And with our low student/faculty ratio and small classes, you're going to get to know your professors. 

Internally, we're organized into five schools, the College of Arts & Sciences, the School of Applied Studies, the Business School, the School of Nursing, the School of Law and the Washburn Institute of Technology (Washburn Tech.)

Our mission is to provide opportunities for our students to realize their full potential; we can't do it without our dedicated faculty and staff. 

Washburn University employs more than one thousand faculty and staff on our campuses throughout Topeka. We strive to offer competitive wages, an excellent benefits program, supportive culture and healthy work/life balance. Washburn seeks to create an environment that reflects our core values: integrity, excellence, inclusion, accountability, respect, collaboration and innovation.

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