Faculty Position: Assistant Professor of Music

Position Overview

Position Rank – Assistant Professor
Department – School of Music & Performing Arts
Supervisor – Dean of Music & Performing Arts
Benefits – Yes
Status – Full-time, 12-month (0.5 FTE Teaching, 0.25 FTE Technology Services, 0.25 FTE Administration)

About Bushnell University

Bushnell University is a Christian, private, liberal-arts, comprehensive university closely affiliated with churches of the Stone-Campbell/Restoration Movement. From this unique heritage Bushnell University embraces the ideal that we are “Christians only” – but not the “only Christians” – and offers its resources to students and congregations of many church traditions. These students are affiliated with denominational and non-denominational groups, such as Presbyterian, Baptist, Methodist, Foursquare, Lutheran, Nazarene, Episcopal, Assembly of God, Catholic, and Community Churches. The University was founded in 1895 and is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Position Information

Job Summary

The Assistant Professor of Music will be part of a dynamic group of staff and faculty in the School of Music & Performing Arts. The candidate should have a strong competence in music technology (live and recording), music industry, arranging and composing. A strong background in vocal music and musical theatre is preferred. This position requires administrative support to the Associate Dean and the department; accordingly, the candidate must possess a working knowledge of all office-related processes, equipment, and technology. Effective interpersonal and communication skills, collaboration with faculty and staff members, and the desire to support the mission of Bushnell University are paramount in this position.

The University has identified programs in Music as an area and opportunity for strategic enrollment growth and sustainability. This Music Faculty Position must contribute in measurable ways to the enrollment initiative, and performance will be evaluated significantly on the basis of that contribution.

Position Duties & Responsibilities

General for all Faculty

  • Maintain a 50% teaching load as described in the Faculty Handbook and as assigned by supervisor
  • As a teacher-scholar, actively engage with students in collaborative research and learning activities
  • Provide a solid role model of wisdom, faith, and service
  • Maintain and post regular office hours as specified in the Faculty Handbook
  • Attend all regular and special faculty meetings
  • Serve on faculty committees, as assigned by the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty within Faculty Handbook guidelines
  • Submit updated course syllabi each semester to the office of the VPAA for each course taught
  • Complete embedded course assessment and/or program assessment activities in TaskStream
  • Facilitate the evaluation of each class taught each semester and contribute to the evaluation of the curriculum and instruction, ensuring the delivery of quality academic programs
  • Contribute to development of library resources in area of teaching expertise
  • Follow the current Faculty Handbook as it pertains to faculty roles and responsibilities
  • Interact with the Registrar’s office in transcript evaluation and recording of student progress, as required
  • Actively participate in marketing of the programs as well as forming partnerships with colleagues and students where appropriate
  • Contribute to the integration of faith and learning by addressing this issue in class and in curriculum standards
  • Provide a solid model of ethical leadership while fostering academics and professionalism with students
  • Fulfill any other duties as assigned by supervisor

Specific to this Position

Technology (in partnership with Informational Technology): 25%
  • Staff and supervise Bushnell University event productions
  • Ensure all Bushnell University audio and visual equipment is functional, maintained, safe, and organized
Administration (in partnership with Associate Dean): 25%
  • Facilitate and administer all functioning facets of the School of Music and Performing Arts
  • Attend weekly department staff meetings
  • Assist with ensemble rehearsal camps, training, master’s classes, graduation, convocation, and other events as necessary
  • Assist with student recruitment and auditions

Experience and Qualification Requirements

  • Terminal degree in music and/or demonstrated professional experience in the related field of study.
  • Candidate must be actively engaged in a Christian congregation and able to identify with and support the Bushnell Theological Context for Community statement.
  • Listening skills and the ability to speak and write clearly are essential to this position. Individual must possess exceptional interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to utilize Windows based software including, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and experience utilizing e-mail for the purposes of organizational communications.

Working Conditions/Special Requirements

  • Bushnell University seeks candidates who demonstrate a vibrant and maturing Christian faith.
  • The position requires a strong commitment to multiculturalism and diversity.
  • The position requires working in a non-smoking, drug free environment.
  • The employee must adhere to FERPA guidelines and student confidentiality at all times.
  • All employees of Bushnell University are “mandatory reporters” under Oregon law. See http://www.oregon.gov/dhs/abuse/pages/mandatory_report.aspx for specific information.
  • The employee must have high personal motivation, with great attention to detail and accuracy.
  • This person must project a positive, vibrant and professional attitude in assisting people.
  • This person must have high ethics of honesty and confidentiality, with a genuine and gracious presence pertaining to the students, faculty, staff and business of the department and the University.
  • This position may require lifting up to 25 lbs, as well as bending, stooping, kneeling.
  • This position description is subject to change at any time.

Application Instructions

Bushnell University employees are expected to abide by the Theological Context for Bushnell Community Life. Please read this document before continuing.

Required Application Materials

To be considered for this position, please submit the following materials:

  • Bushnell University Employment Application
  • Cover letter addressing skills, experience, and knowledge
  • CV/Resume
  • A Personal Reflection essay (maximum 2 pages) that:
      • Addresses how the applicant’s Christian faith is expressed in his or her personal life which may include family and/or community life, and church membership.
      • Provides examples of how the applicant has integrated or envisions how they would integrate faith into his or her professional life.
      • Affirms the applicant’s understanding and support of Bushnell University’s Theological context for Community Life statement.
  • Official transcript/terminal degree transcripts
  • Contact information for 3 references. One reference is to be from the applicant’s pastor or another appropriate church leader, Christian friend, colleague, or associate who is able to address the applicant’s Christian faith engagement.

How to Send Application Materials

Option 1: Email application materials to academicsearch@bushnell.edu

Option 2: Mail application materials to:

Vice President for Academic Affairs
Bushnell University
828 E. 11th Ave.
Eugene, OR 97401

Please note: Incomplete application packets may result in disqualification. Final candidate will be required to undergo a criminal background investigation.


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