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Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology

West Chester University
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted date
Oct 15, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Music
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology

Position Summary
Join a vibrant campus community whose excellence is reflected in its diversity and student success. The Wells School of Music at West Chester University of Pennsylvania invites applications for a full-time tenure-track faculty member in Ethnomusicology at the starting rank of Assistant Professor. The position will begin in August 2022.

West Chester University, a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, is a public, comprehensive institution committed to offering high-quality undergraduate education, selected post-baccalaureate and graduate programs, and a variety of educational and cultural resources for its students, alumni, and citizens of southeastern Pennsylvania. The University offers more than 100 graduate and undergraduate programs in the sciences and mathematics, business and public management, arts and humanities, health sciences, education and social work, music, and interdisciplinary studies. We are a community of educators dedicated to developing graduates who succeed personally and professionally and contribute to the common good.

The Wells School of Music at West Chester University is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, and offers B. Mus. degrees in music theory, composition, music history, education, performance, music therapy, general music with elective studies in an outside field, studio composition, as well as the M.M. degree with concentrations in theory & composition, music history, music education, performance, piano pedagogy, and conducting.

The Wells School of Music is seeking a gifted educator and scholar to teach courses in global music traditions within our general education, music major and graduate programs and to enhance our current curriculum by drawing on the candidate’s area of expertise.

Responsibilities include:

  • Teaching courses in Ethnomusicology and history of Western music
  • Candidates may have additional teaching assignments in music theory, musicianship, or other related music topics. The teaching load is 12 student contact hours per week per semester.
  • Maintaining active research in Ethnomusicology
  • Advising thesis projects
  • Contributing to the university community and department by serving on committees, helping to recruit potential students, and performing other services as needed

Minimum Qualifications

  • An earned a doctorate in Ethnomusicology by the date of appointment
  • A record of successful teaching in Ethnomusicology
  • A record of publication and active research agenda in Ethnomusicology

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ability to teach musicianship skills, using Western and/or non-Western methods
  • Expertise in directing a world music ensemble and/or teaching lessons in instrumental or vocal technique of non-Western traditions
  • Demonstrate potential for innovative curriculum development

Special Instructions
Apply by the online application at

Electronic application allows for cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching philosophy statement, diversity statement and a list of courses previously taught or within candidate's ability to teach. (all required). Three letters of recommendation must also be uploaded by references to the website above.

As part of your application for a tenure-track faculty position, we have requested a Diversity Statement. This request highlights our Department's commitment to promote diversity and inclusiveness and to cultivate a campus environment that welcomes all. This commitment reflects the Diversity Theme of West Chester University's Strategic Plan and supports initiatives of our Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (WCU Diversity Equity Inclusion). We expect that each applicant's statement will be unique, as informed by their own experiences and goals. Some issues you might address in a statement of 750-1000 words include the following: (1) Describe a time when you worked to incorporate diversity issues or diverse communities into your teaching, research, and/or scholarship. (2) What have you done to help students from diverse communities (such as underrepresented minorities, non-traditional, LGBTQ+, veteran, rural, and/or first generation) succeed? (3) If you were hired, how would you use this position to increase or enhance diversity and inclusion/belonging at West Chester University

Review of applications will begin December 15, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. Applicants must successfully complete the interview process to be considered as a finalist.

Developing and sustaining a diverse faculty and staff advances West Chester University’s educational mission and strategic Plan for Excellence. West Chester University is an Affirmative Action – Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

All offers of employment are subject to and contingent upon satisfactory completion of all pre-employment criminal background checks.


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