Assistant Professor - Piano and Piano Pedagogy - #000754

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Assistant Professor - Piano and Piano Pedagogy - #000754


School of Music

Position Summary:

The Western Carolina University School of Music seeks a full time, 9-month tenure-track faculty member in Piano and Piano Pedagogy to begin August 1st, 2021. Review of applications will begin on or about February 8, 2021 and continue until a candidate has been selected for hired.

The faculty member will be responsible for teaching music major core piano classes in engaging and innovative ways and will work with faculty colleagues to coordinate the class piano sequence with music theory and aural skills courses.

The successful candidate is expected to demonstrate commitment to student success, respect for diversity, an understanding of culturally responsive teaching, and knowledge of class piano as it relates to majors in different degree tracks in general music, music education, performance, and commercial music and audio production.

Primary teaching duties are in class piano with other duties assigned based on the School of Music needs. Sustained engagement in scholarship (research and/or performance) is expected, along with the ability and willingness to assist with the School’s accompanying and recruiting needs.

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:

An earned Doctorate (DMA or PhD) is required with specialization in piano pedagogy, including class piano.

Two years or more of demonstrated experience teaching class piano at the collegiate level are also required.

Preferred Qualifications:

Primary consideration will be given to candidates with a record of successful group and solo piano teaching at the collegiate level, demonstrated ability to teach piano skills effectively in the context of an undergraduate musicianship core, experience coordinating class piano instructors and their schedules, and success in developing and ensuring uniform assessment standards across multiple sections.

Expertise in pertinent music technology and appropriate integration of teaching technology including learning management systems such as Canvas or Blackboard is also desired, as well as the experience or ability to teach seminars in piano pedagogy, collaborative piano, other keyboard-related areas, music theory, and aural skills courses.

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Permanent Full-Time

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applicants must apply online in order to be considered. Hard copy materials will not be accepted for review.

In addition to the basic application, applicants must upload the following required attachments: CV, cover letter, a listing of courses taught including dates and institutions, unofficial transcripts from highest earned degree, and a list of references (include complete contact information).

For questions or additional info, please contact search committee chair, Dr. Shannon Thompson, [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: 1/22/2021
Application Due: 4/22/2021
Work Type: Full Time