Music Adjunct Faculty

South Puget Sound Community College
Olympia, WA

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Arts & Humanities, Fine & Performing Arts
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Full Time
Institution Type
Community College

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Our Opportunity

Adjunct faculty salary for the 2022-2023 fiscal year is $980.00- $1,001.00 per credit hour as listed in the CBA.
South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) seeks highly motivated and qualified candidates for the position of adjunct or part-time faculty members in Music who will:
• Place student success at the center of all decision-making,
• Engage with students, faculty, staff and administrators to create a community of learners,
• Seek opportunities for teaching and learning excellence,
• Embrace change, risk-taking and innovation,
• Respect the richness of diverse cultural values, beliefs and practices of others, and
• Contribute to the technical and general education of students who will apply learning to the world of work and transfer their education to a university.

South Puget Sound Community College is committed to increasing its cultural diversity with an emphasis on equity and inclusion among its professional staff. A firm understanding of anti-racist policy development coupled with the skills to eliminate barriers that harm underrepresented people is a college requirement. The students that we serve come from a variety of backgrounds. On average, 43% of SPSCC students are people of color. We strongly encourage members of the underrepresented groups, veterans, and bi- or multi-lingual individuals to apply for this position to help meet the needs of our diverse students and service district
We also offer:
  • A healthy work/life balance for our employees with the opportunity for flexible work schedules and remote work depending on position and college needs
  • Fine dining in the Percival Room, offering vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free choices as part of our Culinary Arts and Baking & Pastry Arts programs
  • Campus bookstore offering snacks, apparel, and specialty supplies
  • FREE Bus service every 15 minutes to downtown Olympia and beyond
  • FREE parking on our campuses – permits are not required
  • On-campus child care
  • Percival Creek, which runs beneath our campus footbridge, provides year-round beauty and views of Chinook, Coho, and chum salmon pass through each fall
  • Many walking paths that are marked and on nicely paved sidewalks
  • Gym and recreation facilities
  • SPSCC promotes wellness with a variety of different workshops and events on campus
  • Lots of activities with our Artist & Lecture series, which are FREE for staff and faculty
  • Many community events in the Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts
  • Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) that offer an opportunity for SPSCC employees to gather and connect around issues that define them personally, and which affect their work at the College and their professional development. Current Employee Resource Groups include:
    • Staff and Faculty of Color (SFOC) ERG - an employee network which strives to create an intentional and relational foundation for community and trust building across different groups through shared values.

SPSCC accepts applications for adjunct faculty (part-time) positions on an ongoing basis to establish a qualified pool of applicants. The applicant pool is created for future, part-time professor appointments for the individual program or course indicated. This announcement will serve as an open and continuous applicant pool. Appointment availability varies from quarter to quarter.

South Puget Sound Community College invites applications for the Adjunct Music Instructor Pool to teach a variety of instruments including; violin, viola, cello, bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, horn, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, and tuba. Credit load will vary from quarter to quarter depending on student enrollment. Successful candidates will teach students in the Associate of Music DTA/MRP program as needed/assigned. Due to restrictions in place based on the COVID-19 pandemic, some instruction may occur virtually. What You'll Do

SPSCC seeks adjunct or part-time faculty with the following qualities:

  • Place student success at the center of all decision-making.
  • Engage with students, faculty, staff and administrators to create a community of learners.
  • Seek opportunities for teaching and learning excellence.
  • Embrace change, risk-taking and innovation.
  • Respect the richness of diverse cultural values, beliefs and practices of others.
  • Contribute to the technical and general education of students who will apply learning to the world of work and transfer their education to a university.

Teaching responsibilities include offering lessons to students of various skill levels and experiences (including online lessons), planning lesson activities, demonstrating appropriate techniques, and evaluating and assessing student performance and progress. The ideal candidate will have the ability to teach effectively in a variety of musical styles and show evidence of successful studio teaching at the collegiate level.

Faculty members will work with other faculty, staff, and administrators to:
  • Prepare students for, and participates in, final jury examinations for every student in applied lessons. Serve on jury panels as needed.
  • Provide quality-learning experiences for all students in accordance with their needs and abilities while maintaining the basic integrity of the course’s standards and objectives.
  • State clear objectives and criteria in each course syllabus; follow the course outline’s guidelines regarding course syllabi; integrate appropriate student learning outcomes into each course; evaluate students’ performance in light of these objectives and criteria.
  • Design and implement effective learning processes for students; provide feedback on student improvement in attaining the SPSCC’s college-wide abilities.
  • Order the appropriate books and materials in advance of the class start date.
  • Submit syllabi, student evaluations, grades, and other required information in a timely manner.
  • Create and facilitate contextualized and integrated learning experiences in (discipline) in relation to identified college pathways that are linked to career goals.
  • Create authentic assessments of students’ knowledge, skills, and abilities in (discipline) that measure course, program, and college wide outcomes.
  • Apply multiple teaching and learning strategies that promote the affective, cognitive and kinesthetic domains of learning.
  • Support students in and out of the classroom, which includes directing them to campus services and resources.
  • Be available to teach classes on a variety of days and times.
Qualifications You Possess

Minimum Qualifications:
1. Master’s degree in music or equivalent professional experience.
2. Knowledge of concepts, technologies, principles and practices of the teaching of music (instrumental) at a post-secondary level.
3. Effective oral and written communication skills.
4. Demonstrated ability to interact and collaborate effectively with a diversity of colleagues and students.

Preferred Qualifications:
1. Master’s degree in Music from an accredited institution.
2. Two to Three years of documented experience teaching music at the collegiate level.
3. Demonstrated teaching excellence at the collegiate level.

To Apply

Applications must include the following attachments:

  1. Cover letter addressed to the Screening Committee that addresses your qualifications as they relate to the minimum qualifications and required attributes described in this announcement.
  2. Current resume.
  3. Copies of unofficial transcripts from institutions of higher education.

Condition of Employment
Employment with the college is contingent upon the successful completion of a comprehensive background check. Any adverse information will be considered on a case-by-case basis and does not automatically preclude a candidate from employment.

Bargaining Unit
This position has been designated as a bargaining unit position represented by the South Puget Sound Federation of Teachers, AFT/AFL-CIO, Local 4603.

South Puget Sound Community College values diversity and is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Educator

South Puget Sound Community College provides equal opportunity in education and employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, creed, religion, or status as a veteran of war. Prohibited sex discrimination includes sexual harassment (unwelcome sexual conduct of various types). SPSCC provides reasonable accommodations for qualified students, employees, and applicants with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Federal Rehabilitation Act. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, Title II and Title IX, Samantha Dotson, Executive Human Resource Officer /Title IX Coordinator, 360-596-5361, [email protected], Building 25, Room 220, 2011 Mottman Rd SW, Olympia, WA 98512; South Puget Sound Community College is a smoke-free/drug free environment.

Applicants needing accommodation in the application process in an alternative format may contact the Human Resources office at (360) 596-5500.


South Puget Sound Community College is a public, 2-year school in Washington state. Our learning environment is a collaboration between faculty, staff, and students across our 102 acre, park-like main campus in the state capital of Olympia, and our 8 acre, urban satellite campus in the neighboring city of Lacey. The community enrichment that results from this collaborative process starts at the top; college Administration is driven by our historic mission to engage the community in learning.

Today, more than 7,000 students each quarter seek education at South Puget Sound Community College. We remain responsive to the changing educational needs of our district’s residents, and plays a prominent role in a county that is fortunately rich in higher education opportunities.

Mission: SPSCC’s Mission is to support student success in post-secondary academic transfer and workforce education that responds to the needs of the South Sound region.

Vision: SPSCC supports student success and builds prosperity by collaborating with leaders in industry, education, and our community to offer innovative, accessible, and affordable learning experiences. We employ devoted people who mirror the diversity of our community and contribute to an inclusive, welcoming environment.

By investing in the creativity of our staff and faculty, we construct clear and compelling pathways that lead our students to successful outcomes on their educational journeys. We are fiscally strong and our mindful use of technology embedded in purposeful instruction helps students persist and achieve their academic goals. Our graduating class reflects the community we serve, and our students successfully transition from higher learning into the leaders and innovators of tomorrow.

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2011 Mottman Rd. SW

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