Assistant/Associate Professor of Instrumental Music /Director of Bands (FT053) Tenure-Track

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CLAFLIN UNIVERSITY, founded in 1869, is becoming recognized as one of the leading institutions of higher education in the southeast. With rigorous student-focused academic programs and a faculty comprised of world-class scholars, these attributes have contributed to the U.S. News and World Report ranking Claflin ninth in its 2021 list of the nation’s top historically black colleges/universities (HBCUs). Claflin is the only HBCU in South Carolina in this “Top Ten” ranking. Claflin has earned a place among the Top 10 HBCUs in the publication’s prestigious ranking for 10 consecutive years. U.S. News and World Report also ranked Claflin University ninth overall among the schools in the Best Regional Colleges in the South rankings.


The Claflin University Department of Music is an institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). Its degree requirements are in accordance with the latest published regulations of that association. The department is also accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). As a degree-granting department, we offer two major programs of study: BA in Music Education and BA in Music and will launch a jazz studies concentration in the fall 2021.


Develop a strategic plan for the band/instrumental program, conduct or supervise all instrumental ensembles, advise students, teach instrumental methods and band administration related courses, supervise student teachers, and teach other undergraduate courses in music education depending on the Department of Music needs. Additional teaching responsibilities may include other courses within the candidate’s areas of expertise. The Director of Bands (DOB) oversees the budget for all band and instrumental ensemble scholarship as well as the instrumental inventory. The DOB is expected to maintain a positive profile among South Carolina band directors to actively recruit instrumental students within the state. The DOB must work closely with studio teachers to recruit and maintain suitable numbers for each instrument in the department. The DOB must maintain an active presence with the SC NAfME Association and the SC Band Director Association. In addition, the DOB is expected to participate fully in departmental and community performance obligations consistent with all ensemble conducting appointments. The candidate is expected to participate fully in departmental activities such as recruitment, advising and mentoring, and to fulfill University requirements of committee service, grantsmanship, and expected to be significantly active in creative and/or research activities consistent with all faculty appointments. The DOB is also expected to promote the Department within the state, nationally and internationally.


A graduate degree in instrumental music education/instrumental performance is required; a completed doctorate is required for tenure-track appointment and the rank of Assistant Professor. Additionally, a valid teaching certification in Music Education with a minimum of 3 years of successful teaching within K-12 schools is required. The candidate should have a strong background in the study, performance and teaching of instrumental music and proven ability in recruiting for, developing, and maintaining a competitive Wind Ensemble/Instrumental music program. The successful candidate will have: 1) the ability to build and maintain professional relationships and to work collaboratively with public school band programs; 2) the ability to teach, advise and mentor students from diverse educational and cultural backgrounds; 3) a thorough knowledge of current technology and command of teaching in multiple learning modalities.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Applicants should complete a Claflin University Faculty Application located on our website Please visit: ( Official transcripts will be required upon appointment. Please send a letter of application, a current curriculum vita, copies of transcripts of all graduate work, three current letters of recommendation and the addresses, telephone numbers and emails of at least five references. Send all the above materials via email to:

Dr. Isaiah McGee, DeanSchool of Humanities and Social SciencesClaflin University400 Magnolia St.Orangeburg, SC 29115Email: [email protected]


Claflin University is a nationally ranked comprehensive institution of higher education affiliated with The United Methodist Church. A historically black university founded in 1869, Claflin is committed to providing students with access to exemplary educational opportunities in its undergraduate, graduate and continuing education programs. Claflin seeks to foster a rich community comprised of students, faculty, staff, and administrators who work to nurture and develop the skills and character needed for engaged citizenship and visionary and effective leadership.

In its undergraduate programs, Claflin provides students with the essential foundation of a liberal arts education. Emphasizing critical and analytic thinking, independent research, oral and written communication skills, the University invites students to use disciplined study to explore and confront the substantive challenges facing the global society. Claflin’s graduate programs provide opportunities for advanced students to increase their specialization in particular fields of study oriented toward professional enhancement and academic growth. Its continuing education programs provide students with expanded avenues for professional development and personal fulfillment.

Clafin Guiding Principles

At the center of everything we do is a system of values informing and guiding all policies and programs. These values, expressed through our decisions and actions, are defined by five overarching guiding principles:

Commitment to Excellence

Through doing things better and differently.

Commitment to Valuing People

By providing a safe, wholesome and healthy environment for our people to live, learn and work. 

Commitment to Being Customer Focused

Ensuring that everyone knows who the customer is, and takes steps to show it.

Commitment to Exemplary Educational Programs

By educating our students in a way to help them have a full, quality life and function as productive citizens.

Commitment to Financial Accountability

By putting in place sound and effective fiscal policies which are consistent with the mission and goals of the university.

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