Assistant Professor for Music – Full-time Tenure track Columbia Basin College – Pasco, WA

Assistant Professor for Music – Full-time Tenure track 
Columbia Basin College – Pasco, WA 
Full-time, Contract
Columbia Basin College (“CBC” or the “College”) seeks an outstanding and enthusiastic individual who can teach a full range of lecture courses in the Department of Music. This position also serves as director and conductor of the Columbia Basin College String Orchestra. The coursework assigned may include Music Appreciation, Applied Music and Music Theory. 

The Music Department is dynamic and the individual chosen needs to be flexible with broad interests and willingness to teach in a variety of areas with a variety of methods, including eLearning and instructional innovations. This position reports to the Dean of Arts and Humanities. 


  • Passion for teaching and a commitment to student success;
  • Passion for recruitment and community engagement;
  • Commitment to the community college mission;
  • Commitment to shared governance and staying current in one’s discipline;
  • Willingness to become involved in campus activities beyond one’s discipline; and
  • Willingness to teach with a variety of methods, including eLearning and instructional innovations.

The salary for this position is $46,350 for a 176-day contract over the Instructional Year (Fall/Winter/Spring Quarters). When the College determines that a newly hired full-time faculty member possesses special skills that meet specific instructional needs, the starting salary may be increased by up to $3,000. 

This position will be assigned String Orchestra duties which include responsibilities as director/conductor of the CBC String Orchestra. 

Note: Additional compensation may be available for summer and moonlight teaching. 

Closing Date: Open Until Filled (First consideration closes December 8, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. PST) 

Primary Responsibilities: 

  • Develop, prepare, and teach Music courses in accordance with approved course descriptions and class schedules;
  • Serve as Director and Conductor of the CBC String Orchestra;
  • Be an active member of the Tri-City Arts Community by participation in community ensembles;
  • Develop syllabi and reading lists for each course taught and update annually; participate in departmental/divisional responsibilities in the selection of texts and related teaching resources;
  • Maintain a minimum of five (5) regularly scheduled office hours each week at times that provide reasonable opportunities for students to meet with faculty;
  • Maintain, submit, and retain accurate academic records, including verification of class rosters and student grades, by dates requested by the College and to comply with state and federal records retention laws;
  • Orient students at the beginning of each class to syllabi and addenda, subject to subsequent modification and notice to students;
  • Engage in shared governance by participating in department, division and College committees and assisting in the formulation of policy pertaining to educational programs;
  • Participate in commencement ceremonies;
  • Develop and attend professional improvement activities in order to maintain contact with one’s academic discipline, including teaching/learning processes and/or development of knowledge in one’s field of specialization;
  • Participate in outreach activities to promote educational programs;
  • Participate in special College projects, surveys, and studies;
  • Assist in the preparation of reports as needed by College units (e.g., Student Services, Grants Office, Athletic Department, Institutional Effectiveness) and by the College in general (i.e., for accreditations, program review and so forth);
  • Participate in the budget process through ASCBC for instrumental music and accurately maintain and facilitate the budget for travel, equipment, talent grants and additional line items;
  • Develop new instructional materials, techniques, course offerings or major revisions of the same;
  • Participate in community service activities consistent with the College’s mission;
  • Participate in student career development and related advising or mentoring activities and special retention programs;
  • Attend College-mandated trainings, professional development activities and/or meetings; and
  • Actively engage in departmental recruitment and outreach activities locally and regionally.

Required Qualifications: 

  • Master’s degree in Music with an emphasis in string pedagogy and/or performance specializing in Violin, Viola, Cello or Double Bass;
  • One (1) year of college-level or secondary-level teaching experience with proven experience in recruitment for performing arts ensembles;
  • Demonstrated success in student achievement and completion;
  • Passion and dedication for utilizing innovative instructional methods; and
  • Experience with computer applications for instructional purposes; e.g. PowerPoint, Word, and Internet.

Desired Qualifications: 

  • Two (2) years of college-level or secondary-level teaching experience with proven experience in recruitment for performing arts ensembles.

Skills & Abilities: 

  • Ability and interest to participate in learning outcomes and institutional effectiveness efforts;
  • Demonstrated ability to pursue creative and/or scholarly endeavors in area of expertise;
  • Demonstrated ability to get students excited about learning; and
  • Demonstrated ability to work positively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and ethnicity.


This position is available September 1, 2014 and is a tenure track position in which the faculty member is evaluated as a candidate for tenure under the College’s tenure review process and Chapter 28B.50 RCW. Schedule varies; assignment may include evening and weekend concerts, activities and events. 


In accordance with the Child/Adult Information Act, RCW 43.43.830, the candidate selected for hire will be subject to a Criminal History Background Check. Additionally, pursuant to RCW 43.43.845(3), an inquiry will be made for employees and volunteers in the Washington Courts database for civil adjudications as a condition for consideration of employment. 


In the interest of providing a healthy, safe and secure educational and work environment, and in order to meet the requirements of federal legislation, it is the policy of the College to maintain an alcohol and drug-free workplace for our employees and students. 


  • Occasional need to lift at least 20 pounds;
  • Ability to sit and stand for long periods of time;
  • Frequent need for oral, written and auditory communication;
  • Frequent repetitive hand and wrist motions;
  • Occasional need for travel; and
  • Ab ility to work in fast paced and sometimes stressful services environment.


This is a bargaining unit position represented by the Association for Higher Education. Pursuant to a collective bargaining agreement, the successful applicant must become a member of the Association or pay required dues to the Association within thirty (30) days of employment. 


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