Assistant Professor - Voice - #000501

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Assistant Professor - Voice - #000501


School of Music

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The School of Music at Western Carolina University seeks a voice teacher at the rank of Assistant Professor (tenure-track). This is a 9-months per year appointment. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until a candidate has been selected.

Responsibilities may include: (1) Teach voice to music majors, including recital preparation, and across a broad spectrum of majors (including vocal performance, music education, and commercial voice) and across a broad spectrum of musical styles (including traditional and contemporary repertoire); (2) Participate in weekly voice principals classes; (3) Teach courses that may include vocal pedagogy; class voice; lyric diction; opera/jazz/commercial small ensembles; and other courses as needed; (4) Serve as academic advisor for voice students; (5) Pursue peer-reviewed scholarship which may include solo and collaborative music performance, publications, pedagogical research, and guest lecturing; (6) Serve on departmental recital adjudication panels and juries; (7) Take an active part in recruitment, including auditions, festivals, and outreach activities; (8) Take part in planning and organizing enrichment activities such as visiting artists, master classes, vocal competitions, recording sessions etc.; (9) Take part in planning and organizing major performances related to the voice area, including choral masterwork concerts, opera/jazz/commercial voice studio performances, etc.; (10) Serve on school, college, and university committees as assigned; (11) Commit to Western Carolina University’s and the School of Music’s diversity and inclusion efforts, including a commitment to performing works by diverse composers.

Carnegie statement:

WCU embraces its role as a regionally engaged university and is designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a community engaged university. Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate a commitment to public engagement through their teaching, service, and scholarship.

Minimum Qualifications:

MM or demonstrated professional equivalent

Experience teaching voice majors at the college level in a variety of vocal techniques (Classical/CCM).

Demonstrated achievements as a performing artist, voice teacher, and/or scholar.

Preferred Qualifications:

DMA/PhD Music Education (with vocal concentration) or demonstrated professional equivalent

Extensive experience teaching voice majors at the college level, including demonstrated success placing students in master’s or doctoral programs, or student achievement in competitions or professional work environments

Membership in and active involvement with the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS)

Teaching experience in vocal courses such as vocal pedagogy; class voice; lyric diction; opera/jazz/commercial small ensembles; Experience teaching microphone techniques for vocalists in stage and studio settings; etc.;

Demonstrated commitment to and excellence in teaching diverse student populations, including first‐generation college students.

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Permanent Full-Time

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applicants must apply online. Hard copy materials will not be accepted for consideration.

Interested applicants must include the following attachments: letter of application; curriculum vita; unofficial transcripts from highest earned degree; and a list of three professional references (including full contact information).

For questions or additional information, please contact Mary Kay Waters (Search Chair) at [email protected]


Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks.

Western Carolina University uses E-Verify to confirm employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit Proper documentation of identity and employability are required at the time of employment.

Credential Verification:

All new employees are required to have listed credentials/degrees verified within 30 days of employment. All new employees who will be teaching are required to provide official transcripts within 30 days of employment. Transcripts should be provided for the highest earned degree and/or the degree which is being used to satisfy credential/qualification requirements.


Western Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race; color; religion; sex; sexual orientation; gender identity or expression; national origin; age; disability; genetic information; political affiliation; National Guard or veteran status, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations, and policies, and the policies of The University of North Carolina. Additionally, the University promotes the realization of equal employment opportunity for minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and veterans through its affirmative action program.
Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call (828) 227-7218 or email at [email protected]

University Safety:

The Western Carolina University Annual Safety Report is available online at University Annual Safety Report or in hard-copy by request at the office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, 227 HFR Administration Building, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7147) or the Office of University Police, 111 Camp Annex, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7301). The report, required of all universities participating in Title IV student financial aid programs, discusses crime statistics, procedures for reporting suspicious or criminal activity, security, police authority, crime prevention strategies, university policies on substance abuse and sexual offenses, workplace violence and fire safety.




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Posted: 11/19/2020
Application Due: 2/17/2021
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