Assistant Professor Black American Music and Social Justice (Washington State University)

Assistant Professor Black American Music and Social Justice (Washington State University)

270-NN – Assistant Professor

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Assistant Professor Black American Music and Social Justice

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Washington State University

College of Arts and Sciences

School of Music

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Faculty – Academic – Not OT Eligible

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This recruitment is included in the Washington State University Racism and Social Inequality in the Americas cluster hire. For more information and the list of the other positions included in this cluster hire, please visit the Office of the Provost website at

Summary of Duties: The successful applicant will develop and teach Music of Black America, Music and Social Protest; they might also be asked to develop dedicated online versions of these courses for WSU Global Campus. Other possible teaching assignments will be dependent upon the strengths of the successful candidate and program needs. The successful candidate will direct a performance ensemble or guide our students in some form of applied music-making. They will build relationships with on-campus and across-system culture bearers to create social platforms allowing music, and other arts, to be a form of safe and creative expression. They will facilitate opportunities for students to engage in musical performance as protest, enabling students to acquire a transformative education while completing their college degrees. Additionally, the successful candidate will mentor Music majors, supervise graduate students, maintain scholarship, research, and/or creative activity, and provide service to the department, college, university and/or profession.

Tenure Track: Yes
Monthly Salary: Competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience
FTE: 100%
Position Term in months: 9

Required Qualifications: Terminal degree required, or commensurate professional experience. Potential to produce significant scholarly achievements, creative activities, and/or research related to the position. ABD candidates must have degree completed by August 15, 2021.

Preferred Qualifications: Prior college teaching experience; Jazz drumming background preferred but not required; Experience working in collaborative production spaces or on collaborative projects and programs; Commitment to retention of underrepresented students and student-success initiatives; Experience with, or willingness to, teach online.

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Background Check: This position has been determined to require a background check.

Location: Pullman, Washington 99164
Screening Begin Date: January 16, 2021

Special Instructions to Applicants: Please supply a letter of application, addressing creative activity, teaching qualifications, and links to relevant projects; Curriculum Vita; three current letters of reference; undergraduate and graduate unofficial transcripts; creative activity sample and statement; diversity statement, addressing commitments to diversity, inclusion, and anti-racist pedagogies, research, and creative activity; and Optional: Syllabi from any similar courses taught. For questions, contact Dr. Melissa Parkhurst,, 1-509-335-6481.

Required Documents: Cover letter, curriculum vita, three letters of reference, undergraduate and graduate unofficial transcripts, creative activity statement, diversity statement, and optional course syllabi.

Time Type:
Full time

Position Term:
9 Month

Posting Close Date (If empty, open until filled):

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