Assistant Professor, Music

Spokane, Washington, United States

Job description

The Gonzaga University Music Department invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track composer and music theorist at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning fall 2018.

The successful candidate will demonstrate creativity and innovation in musical composition, excellence and innovation in teaching undergraduate theory courses, mentorship of student composers within a liberal arts environment, vision and commitment to the development of a dynamic undergraduate composition and theory program, and dedication to service and teaching within a diverse community. We encourage applications from individuals with expertise in both acoustic and digital music and with possible areas of concentration including (but not limited to) electronic music composition, sound design, music production and engineering, jazz composition and arranging, and soundtrack composition for theatre, film, or video games. Teaching responsibilities include music theory, aural skills, and composition; additional courses may include core courses and advanced seminars in special topics, determined by the department and the candidate’s areas of specialization.

The Music Department is committed to inclusive excellence and to increasing the diversity of the campus community. In alignment with Gonzaga University’s mission, we expect applicants to demonstrate a strong commitment to issues of social justice, diversity, global engagement, and care for/solidarity with vulnerable and marginalized communities. Candidates who have experience working with a diverse range of faculty, staff, and students, and who can contribute to the departmental ethos and campus climate of inclusivity are encouraged to identify their experiences in these areas.

Applicants should be comfortable working in a liberal arts setting that fosters faculty collaboration and student engagement both inside and outside the classroom. Thus, we seek a colleague with potential for interdisciplinary collaboration with departments and programs in the College of Arts and Sciences such as Visual Art, Theatre and Dance, Women’s and Gender Studies, Native American Studies, Environmental Studies, International Studies, as well as emerging minors in Film Studies and Critical Race Studies. The successful applicant will demonstrate potential for contributing to new College of Arts and Sciences initiatives: the Center for Digital Humanities, the Center for Public Humanities, and the Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiry.

All members of the department contribute to and participate in student advising, peer review of teaching activities, department assessment and evaluation, academic citizenship, and recruiting.

Gonzaga University is an internationally prominent university with a faculty dedicated both to innovative teaching and ongoing teaching development and to socially transformative and justice-oriented research. University centers of global engagement include Colombia, Zambia, and Florence, where Gonzaga has an established branch campus. The Music and German Departments offer a summer study abroad in Graz, Austria.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. or D.M.A. in Music Composition
  • Evidence of compositional leadership through acoustic and/or digital media works that have been performed, recorded, published, reviewed, or professionally recognized
  • Evidence of innovative teaching and curriculum development of an undergraduate theory and composition program integrating music literacy, creation, and performance
  • Expertise in electroacoustic music software, hardware, and composition for digital media
  • Experience in directing or collaborating with a contemporary chamber ensemble for at least one performance project

How to apply

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Gonzaga University is a Jesuit, Catholic, humanistic institution, and is therefore interested in candidates who will contribute to its distinctive mission. Gonzaga University is a committed EEO/AA employer and diversity candidates are encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their disability status and/or protected veteran status.

Gonzaga College started in 1881 with $936 in hard silver dollars. It bought Gonzaga’s founder, Father Joseph Cataldo, S.J., 320 acres of land and water, what people then referred to as “the old piece of gravel near the falls.” Six years later, the College officially opened the doors of its only building for “young Scholastics, whose ambition it is to become priests.” Exclusively for boys, the College was under the charge of the Jesuit priests. Enrollment for the 1887-88 academic year was 18 boys and young men. Today, it is known as Gonzaga University, a private, four-year institution of higher education. More than 105 buildings dot the 131-acre campus overlooking the Spokane River. Students include both women and men, who can enroll in a multitude of undergraduate or graduate programs. Enrollment for the 2009-10 academic year was 7,837 students. A constant throughout the years is Gonzaga’s educational philosophy, based on the centuries-old Ignatian model of educating the whole person – mind, body and spirit. At Gonzaga, students discover how to integrate science and art, faith and reason, action and contemplation. "Cura personalis," or care for the individual, is our guiding theme.