Assistant or Associate Professor in Music, Director of Bands

Job description

Category:: Academic / Faculty
Department:: Music
Locations:: Pella, IA
Posted:: Aug 28, 2019
Closes:: Feb 28, 2020 - 11:59 PM EST
Type:: Faculty

About Central College:

Central College of Pella, Iowa, is a private, four-year liberal arts college. Central is known for its academic rigor, leadership and character formation, global experiential learning, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and sustainability education, athletics and service. The Central experience is rooted in exploration and self-discovery and enhanced by life in a residential community of 1,100 students. Founded in 1853, Central values its long-standing relationship with the Reformed Church in America. The college participates in NCAA Division III athletics and is a member of the American Rivers Conference. Central is an active part of the Greater Des Moines region and just minutes from Lake Red Rock, Iowa's largest lake.

Job Description:

Central College's department of Music seeks an Assistant or Associate Professor for a tenure line appointment beginning August 2020. Successful candidates will possess a DMA or PhD (ABD considered), and have a strong commitment to teaching undergraduates in a liberal arts setting.

The Assistant/Associate Professor will conduct the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and instrumental education courses such as Conducting, Methods and Materials, and Jazz Band Methods. The Director of Bands will also organize annual tours and state-wide recruiting events. Opportunities are also available to teach applied lessons (preferably brass) and core courses in the Liberal Arts curriculum. The candidate must be enthusiastic about making connections with our local band directors, and will be active throughout the state as a leader in instrumental education and wind band conducting.

Central College offers a B.A. in music and in music education. The DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC has seven full-time faculty who offer a wide range of courses in music theory, literature, and applied techniques. A number of choral and instrumental ensembles are available for all students, and about a quarter of all students participate. Private study is available in strings, brass, woodwinds, percussion, voice, organ, piano and harpsichord. The Department of Music also works closely with the college's celebrated Education Department to deliver an excellent educational experience for our students, and to supply the state of Iowa with highly qualified educators. The Department of Music is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.


Successful candidates will possess a DMA or PhD (ABD considered), and have a strong commitment to teaching undergraduates in a liberal arts setting.

Additional Information:

Central College is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to creating a diverse community. Individuals from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. Central College is a drug/tobacco free workplace. Academic positions at Central College use E-verify.

Application Instructions:

To apply for this position please click "apply now". Review of applications will begin 20 September 2019. Candidates recommended for employment are subject to a background check. Please submit the following materials online:

  1. a letter of application relating your qualifications to the position at a liberal arts, residential college
  2. a curriculum vita
  3. copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts
  4. a one-page statement of teaching philosophy
  5. Links to examples to examples of conducting (one example of rehearsal technique and one of a performance)

Three confidential letters of reference addressing the candidate's qualifications sent electronically to [email protected] or mailed to: Vice President for Academic Affairs & Dean of the Faculty, Central College, 812 University, Pella, Iowa 50219.




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Posted: 8/30/2019
Application Due: 10/29/2019
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