Department of Music
Music, Human Development, and Learning (Music Education)
The Department of Music at Augsburg University invites applications and nominations for the position of Assistant Professor of Music (Music, Human Development, and Learning/Music Education) beginning August 24, 2020. The department seeks an individual who will collaborate closely with other faculty in assuring music’s curricular alignment with university-wide values of social justice, urban education, community engagement/leadership, diversity, and inclusion. The department seeks a person who is professionally and personally committed to the three core curricular values of creativity, diversity, and integration in teaching, service, and scholarly pursuits.
Augsburg’s music department is primarily undergraduate, with majors and concentrations in music therapy, music, human development, and learning (music education), performance, and music business. It offers Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, and Bachelor of Science degrees and a master’s degree in music therapy. There are currently 115 undergraduate majors and 45 graduate music therapy majors. Approximately 20 students are currently enrolled in the music education degree, with recruitment and continued growth anticipated. A Master of Arts in Education with a concentration in music and post-baccalaureate licensure for teaching music in the schools of Minnesota are also available.
Since 2015, the traditional bachelor’s curriculum in music teacher education has been completely revised and reinvigorated to serve the dual aims of meeting licensure requirements for K-12 teaching in Minnesota and integrating a lifespan understanding of music learning and teaching in community and social settings outside of schools. Rather than two distinct programs, the curriculum is fully integrated in a context of lifespan learning, with content and process specified and practiced for a variety of educational settings. Students who choose not to pursue licensure for school employment are nevertheless rigorously equipped to implement research-based teaching in programs such as community music schools, church and synagogue programs, elder residential and day centers, preschools, and other venues. Internships may replace student teaching for non-licensure students.
The ideal candidate is committed to the holistic vision of lifespan music learning and teaching as a context for the development of systematic, research-based knowledge and skill adaptable across age groups, settings, and culturally diverse populations. Minnesota requires that professors teaching music methods courses must have spent at least one academic year of full-time music teaching in a school setting. Candidates’ specific interests/specializations within music education will be considered in view of their applicability to the holistic vision indicated above. The successful applicant will be expected to provide progressive leadership for the program within the music department, with the university’s teacher education department, and among the professional music and music education communities locally, regionally, and nationally.
Augsburg University’s student population is highly diverse, and the Department of Music embraces the goal of inclusion, access, and equity. It seeks applicants who will thrive in a diverse urban environment, are committed to working with prospective students in richly diverse school and community settings, and are interested in assuring that students whose pre-collegiate music opportunities have been limited may have opportunities to develop professionally as musicians.
The Department of Music has 13 full-time faculty lines and a large number of affiliate faculty, particularly in performance. Since 2015, the department has hired eight new full-time faculty and several new affiliate faculty. An endowed choral leadership faculty line supports the choral program, and successful fund-raising has enhanced scholarship opportunities. The department has active faculty and student international affiliations in Asia and Latin America and is pursuing a trajectory of integrated excellence and widened opportunity. Willingness to participate enthusiastically in this trajectory will be an important quality of the successful candidate.
Required qualifications include a completed PhD in music or music education at the time of employment, a minimum of three years’ teaching experience (at least one year of which must be in a full-time school-based position), a lifespan perspective on music learning and teaching, progressive and inclusive visions for music in school and community settings, and systematic student recruitment, particularly from racially and culturally diverse high schools.
Desirable qualifications include leadership potential, knowledge and interest in music of diverse cultures, a broad background in music learning and teaching, and a commitment to urban education.
The Department of Music is located on the Augsburg University Campus, centrally convenient by public transit to the artistic and cultural centers of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Adjacent to the University of Minnesota, Augsburg is located just a few blocks from the Cedar Cultural Center, a major venue for artistically outstanding performers of global music. World-class organizations such as the Minnesota Orchestra, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Guthrie Theatre, and the Minnesota Opera are complemented by a wealth of professional touring companies and outstanding local and regional music, theatre, and dance. The MacPhail Center for Music, a community music school serving 16,000 students, is located just a few blocks from campus.
Among the distinctive features of Augsburg University are its deep dedication to civic and community engagement, robust undergraduate research programs, and a strong belief in the integration of liberal arts and professional studies across all programs. The College’s commitment to the local neighborhood and the world is enhanced through the work of four signature centers: the Christensen Center for Vocation, the Center for Global Education, the Sabo Center for Citizenship and Learning, and the Strommen Center for Meaningful Work. Augsburg’s commitment to diversity is reflected in the student body: for the past four years, students of color comprised nearly 40 percent of the incoming first-year class. With approximately 1,000 students living on campus, Augsburg engages students in a wide range of co-curricular activities, including NCAA Division III intercollegiate athletics. At both undergraduate and graduate levels, students actively engage in international travel and intercultural experiences that broaden their view of the world and deepen their engagement in it.
To apply for this position upload a cover letter, CV, and official transcripts at https://www.augsburg.edu/hr/. As part of the online application process, you will be required to provide the names of three professional references. If your application advances in this search, you will be notified prior to Augsburg contacting your references. For assurance of full consideration, all application materials should be received by November 8, 2019. Application review will begin November 11; position open until filled. Candidates are requested not to send supplementary materials until/unless invited to do so.
Augsburg University offers more than 50 undergraduate majors and nine graduate degrees to approximately 4,000 students of diverse backgrounds. With a student/faculty ratio of 15:1, the university focuses on close personal interaction with faculty and experiential education opportunities on campus and in the community. An Augsburg education is defined by excellence in the liberal arts and professional studies, guided by the faith and values of the Lutheran church, and shaped by its urban and global settings.
Augsburg University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, national origin, familial status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status or public assistance status.