Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Professor (Pos #000992)
Posting Information: The Western Carolina University School of Music seeks a nationally renowned artist/scholar in music performance for a full-time, residential, tenure-track appointment as the Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Professor of Music and Coordinator of the Commercial and Electronic Music (CEM) program beginning in the fall of 2019. The Bachelor of Music in Commercial and Electronic Music degree combines traditional studies in music performance with specialized instruction in music technology, music industry studies, live sound, the recording arts, music for film/gaming/video, songwriting, MIDI/synthesis, jazz performance, commercial voice, commercial drumming, and other popular musical styles. The ideal candidate will be a visionary leader, able to teach, perform, and conduct research in one or more of the above performance or technical areas. She/he will have a national reputation and track record of excellence appropriate for the title of Distinguished Professor at the rank of Full Professor. The School of Music is committed to enhancing the diversity of its community and curriculum and seeks an individual who will engage and recruit a diverse student body while also embracing the values of a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach to research and teaching. Duties will include teaching in one or more of the disciplines represented within the CEM program while also serving as the CEM program coordinator. The position reports to the Director of the School of Music, who also assigns classes and duties, but program assessment, course management, curriculum development, advising, committee service, mentoring of faculty, and recruitment are part of the leadership responsibilities of the position.
Minimum Training & Experience Requirements: Master of Music, Master of Fine Arts, Master of Science in a field represented within the CEM program, teaching experience (applied lessons, or classroom) and a track record of nationally-recognized creative activity and/or research. In certain cases, extensive professional experience and creative activity can substitute for an advanced degree.
Preferred Qualifications: DMA or PhD in a field represented within the CEM program, university teaching experience (applied lessons or classroom), and a record of professional creative activity and/or research at the national and international level.
Special Instructions to Applicants: Applicants must apply online. Hard copy materials will not be accepted. Please attach a cover letter, a vita highlighting education, work experience, and professional activities, at least three names of professional references, and an unofficial transcript of the highest degree earned. For questions or additional information, please contact the search committee chair, Dr. Milton R. Laufer, [email protected] or phone (828) 227-7242.