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Music Faculty Position (Rank Open) and Director of Athletic Bands

Christopher Newport University
Newport News, VA
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Working Title:

Music Faculty Position (Rank Open) and Director of Athletic Bands

Appointment Type:

Full Time

Purpose of Position:

The Department of Music at Christopher Newport University invites applications for an open-rank faculty position as Director of Athletic Bands, effective August, 2022. Candidates interested in securing either a tenure-track OR a non-tenure-track appointment are both encouraged to apply. Applicants must be committed to undergraduate education and demonstrate the potential for excellence in teaching and research with undergraduates. The successful candidate will be an effective and enthusiastic recruiter and a talented director and educator who will continue to build the enrollment, excellence, and visibility of the well-established Marching Captains. Responsibilities include leading the Marching Captains, Pep Band, University Band (spring semesters only) and teaching music education and/or applied music coursework relevant to the qualifications of the successful applicant.

To be considered for a tenure-track appointment: An earned Doctorate in Music, Music Education, Conducting, Performance or a closely related field is required for the rank of Assistant Professor. In some cases, exceptionally well-qualified candidates may be considered for appointment at a higher rank and ABD candidates who will not hold the earned doctorate by the time of appointment may be considered for appointment at the rank of Instructor. The nominal teaching load for tenure track appointments is 3-3.

To be considered for a non-tenure-track appointment:
An earned Doctorate in Music, Music Education, Conducting, Performance, or a closely related field is required for appointment at the rank of Lecturer. Individuals who are ABD and will not hold the doctorate by the time of appointment and/or possess a Master’s degree in a related field may be considered for appointment at the rank of Instructor. The nominal teaching load for non-tenure-track appointments is 4-4.

Final rank and tenure status will be commensurate with selected candidate’s experience. Phi Beta Kappa membership is highly desirable.

Departmental Information:

The Department of Music at Christopher Newport University is composed of 10 full-time and 20 adjunct faculty. The department offers the Bachelor of Music degree with concentrations in composition, music education, and performance, the Bachelor of Arts degree in music studies, and creative studies, and the Master of Arts in Teaching degree with concentrations in instrumental and choral music education. Entrance into the music degree programs is highly selective, although the department welcomes students from all disciplines into its many courses, ensembles, and organizations. The music majors, around 100, were leaders in their high schools and are thoroughly engaged in both their major and in the professional and social organizations within and beyond the department. Fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, the University recognizes the Department of Music as one of its outstanding programs. The arts are housed within the $60 million, I.M. Pei-designed Ferguson Center for the Arts, bringing to Virginia the finest performing artists in the world. The area of Hampton Roads is home to The Virginia Symphony, the Virginia Opera Association, military bands, and several other professional and community organizations and ensembles. Candidates wishing to know more about the department and its programs are invited to visit

Faculty Information:

Selected by The Princeton Review to be included in The 387 Best Colleges: 2022 Edition, Christopher Newport University is a public school offering a private school experience – great teaching, small classes, and a safe, vibrant campus. The University is located in Newport News, Virginia, enrolls approximately 5,000 students, and is dedicated to the ideals of scholarship, leadership, and service. Our Fall 2021 incoming class presented average high school GPA and SAT scores of 3.8 and 1213, respectively. Academic programs at Christopher Newport University encompass more than 90 areas of study, from biology to business administration and political science to the performing arts. The University is ranked by U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges guide as 3rd among public regional universities in the South and 6th overall, and has recently completed more than $1 billion in capital construction on its 260-acre campus.

Christopher Newport is committed to ensuring that all people are welcomed, honored and fully engaged in the life of our academic community. We recruit exceptional and diverse faculty and encourage applications from individuals who are underrepresented in their profession. Our faculty enjoy an atmosphere of collegiality and mutual respect that rewards outstanding teaching and fosters active intellectual and creative engagement. Faculty are productive scholars and researchers, supported by professional development funds. Faculty and administrators regularly consult and collaborate as the University works to sustain a culture of scholarly inquiry, informed debate, and civic action that enriches students, faculty, and the surrounding community. The result is a supportive and cohesive academic setting in which the University cultivates and carries forward its mission. The University is among the highest ranked in the nation for its quality of life and innovative spirit. Competitive salary with excellent health and retirement benefits and a well-designed family leave policy further enhance the CNU workplace. CNU also offers promotion opportunities for non-tenure-track appointments. For further information on CNU, please visit our website at

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Application Instructions :

To apply, please visit to upload a letter of interest, current curriculum vitae, graduate transcripts (photocopies acceptable for initial screening), statement of teaching philosophy, a one-page statement articulating how your teaching, scholarship and service would contribute toward fostering an inclusive learning environment on campus, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and a list of three references. Three letters of recommendation will be required if selected for an on-campus interview but are not required at time of application. (Letters should be emailed to [email protected] if submitted after the application deadline).

Review of applications will begin on June 1, 2022.
Applications received after June 1, 2022, will be accepted but considered only if needed.

Search finalists are required to complete a CNU sponsored background check.

Christopher Newport University (CNU) will make a reasonable effort to accommodate persons with disabilities in the application and/or interview process. Persons with disabilities who require accommodation should contact the CNU Human Resources Office by calling (757) 594-7145.

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EEO Statement :

Christopher Newport University, an EO Employer, is fully Committed to Access and Opportunity. Notice of Non-Discrimination & Title IX Policy Statement:

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