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Faculty job opportunity

Visiting Assistant Professor, Music Learning and Teaching

School of Music, Dance and Theatre

Job description:

The ASU School of Music Dance and Theatre seeks a colleague to help us broaden the ways people conceptualize music learning and teaching and expand where and how music education occurs throughout contemporary society. We seek a colleague to support the facilitation of communal music making centered around string instruments from diverse contexts, multiple perspectives, and varied practices. This is a one-year, full-time visiting assistant professor appointment beginning fall 2023. This position is on the ASU Tempe campus.

We are looking for someone who will collaborate with us, work in solidarity with our community and think deeply and expansively. We are looking for someone who imagines possibilities and embraces playful thinking. The successful candidate will help us grow the diversity of students entering our programs, help us expand the multiple pathways that students move through and beyond our programs, support the best of what occurs throughout music learning and teaching and help update and transform the status quo. Our new colleague will continue their own research and creative activity, teach and contribute to our learning community, serve with others to forward aspirational goals and collaborate with us and others to build and foster vibrant musical ecologies. Together, we will support our current students, partners, alumni and others to have a tangible positive impact in their communities.

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About ASU:

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 80,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.

About the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts:

Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts is the largest comprehensive design and arts school in the country, located within a dynamic research university focused on transformative change. Built on a unique combination of disciplines, the Herberger Institute comprises the Schools of Art; Arts, Media and Engineering; Music, Dance and Theatre; The Design School; The Sidney Poitier New American Film School, and the ASU Art Museum. The Herberger Institute is committed to redefining the 21st-century design and arts school through developing and scaling ideas that strengthen the role of designers and artists across all areas of society and culture, increasing the capacity of artists to make a difference in their communities. For more information on the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, visit herbergerinstitute.asu.edu.

About the School of Music, Dance and Theatre

The School of Music, Dance and Theatre in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University is widely recognized for preparing artists, scholars, visionaries and entrepreneurs to become creative leaders who transform society through their art. Our internationally recognized faculty artists, scholars and guest artists are motivating and compassionate mentors who work with students to cultivate excellence and personal growth. Our nationally recognized programs feature a comprehensive range of degrees plus minors and certificates and more than 600 concerts, events, performances, productions and recitals each year. Located in the culturally rich Southwest in one of the most vibrant, expanding urban centers, our programs afford students access to a diverse environment and engagement in Phoenix’s flourishing arts community. Above all, we value the creativity, personal experience and voice each student brings to the school. For more information on the School of Music, Dance and Theatre, visit musicdancetheatre.asu.edu

The music learning and teaching area offers a dynamic future-oriented undergraduate degree built on principles of flexible musicianship, innovative practices, inquisitive thinking about music and education, community leadership, justice, and equity. The master’s degree addresses the diverse interests, circumstances, skills, and understanding of people interested in music learning and teaching in any context. The PhD supports a community of highly motivated national and international students to deepen their inquiry, propel their work, and engage as leaders in diverse contexts of music learning and teaching. Undergraduate and graduate students have varied opportunities to collaborate with faculty on research, creative projects and socially embedded community initiatives.

Required qualifications:

  • ABD status or completed doctoral coursework in music education or related field.
  • Four or more years of successful music teaching in public and/or private schools or other educational contexts.
  • Scholarly/research achievement as demonstrated through publications and presentations;
  • Exemplary pedagogical skills and knowledge.
  • A record of professional activities in music education.
  • Evidence of a commitment to equity and diversity in thinking and representation.

Desired qualifications:

Candidates should provide evidence of demonstrated ability in one or more of these areas:

  • Completed doctoral degree in music education or related field.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide pedagogical and musical leadership in global approaches to communal music making centered around string instruments from diverse contexts, multiple perspectives, and varied practices.
  • Experience with teacher preparation programs.
  • Ability to conduct socially engaged research in an interdisciplinary community of scholars and artists, including music therapists, performers, composers, digital artists and scholars in the sciences and humanities.
  • Ability to advise and support graduate students’ research, thesis, and dissertation work
  • Demonstrated ability to support and mentor equity work.
  • Embodiment of and ability to support students’ flexible musicianship, inquisitive thinking, innovative practice, and community leadership.
  • Experience with music technology, digital media and/or interactive media.
  • Ability to develop, launch, and manage grants or large-scale initiatives.
  • Experience working or collaborating with non-profit organizations, government agencies, NGOs, or the corporate sector.
  • Ability to develop sustainable and equitable community partnerships and/or collaborations with other universities. 
  • 5+ years of successful K-12 music teaching in public and/or private schools, or other educational contexts.

We acknowledge the 22 tribes who are native to Arizona, and more specifically the Akimel O’odham (Pima) and Piipaash or Pee Posh (Maricopa) tribes on whose ancestral homelands ASU’s Tempe campus resides.

Application deadline:

The application deadline is June 4, 2023. Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool.  Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled.

Instruction to apply:

Please submit the following materials as separate items:

  1. Please submit a letter of interest, including a narrative addressing the applicant’s qualifications and ability to fulfill the required and desired qualifications and expectations of the position, in particular: work experience, creative activity and/or research, goals for your work at ASU, and commitment to innovative teaching as you imagine it in 2025.
  2. A curriculum vitae.
  1. A one-page statement addressing the candidate’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
  1. Contact information for three references.
  2. An example of research or creative work.
  3. One course syllabus developed by the candidate.
  4. An unedited video of 15 consecutive minutes of class instruction.

All applications must be submitted electronically via http://apply.interfolio.com/122495.

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