Music Professor Instrumental Ensemble & Music Theory South Puget Sound Community College

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Faculty, Full time Tenure Track (2) $53,217.00 per contract year (177 days) December 18, 2017
February 28, 2018
SPSCC Campuses in Olympia and Lacey, WA

South Puget Sound Community College seeks candidates for the 2018- 2019 academic year to fill a full-time tenure track position in Instrumental Ensemble and Music Theory or History. This position will begin effective September 10, 2018.

South Puget Sound Community College has been serving the city of Olympia and its surrounding communities for more than sixty years and is dedicated to excellence in teaching and learning, student success and community engagement. Our learning environment combines small class sizes, award-winning faculty and staff, and modern facilities. Our core themes revolve around completion, excellence, equity & diversity, innovation, and community.


Successful candidates will possess the interest, skills and abilities to help college teams lead the state in innovative and collaborative learning experiences designed to optimize student success. Successful candidates will exhibit the following qualities:

  •   Place student success at the center of all decision-making.
  •   Engage with students, faculty, staff and administrators to create a

    community of learners.

  •   Seek opportunities for teaching and learning excellence.
  •   Embrace change, risk-taking and innovation.
  •   Respect the richness of diverse cultural values, beliefs and practices of


  •   Contribute to the technical and general education of students who will

    apply learning to the world of work and transfer their education to a university.


    Faculty members will work with other faculty, staff, and administrators to:

  •   Direct college and community orchestral ensembles.
  •   Teach a range courses in the music curriculum, including some

    combination of the following: music fundamentals, music theory, music history, music appreciation, ear training and sight-singing, class piano, applied lessons.

  •   Collaborate with community members.
    •   Create and facilitate contextualized and integrated learning experiences in Music in relation to identified college pathways that are linked to career goals.
    •   Create authentic assessments of students’ knowledge, skills, and abilities that measure course, program, and college wide outcomes.
    •   Apply multiple teaching and learning strategies that promote the affective, cognitive and kinesthetic domains of learning.
    •   Teach online, hybrid, and/or e-Learning enhanced courses.
    •   Use local, state, and national data and analytics to continuously

      improve strategies for student success.

    •   Advise students regarding academic pathways and the courses needed

      to reach each student’s academic goals.

    •   Use a wide range of learning resources, tools and technologies to

      improve access and student success in higher education.

    •   Serve on committees that support the shared governance of the


    •   Work effectively with students of various cultural and socio-economic

      backgrounds, including a wide range of student preparedness and physical abilities.


    •   Master’s degree in Music or Music Education with a minimum of 18 graduate hours in Music from an accredited college or university.
    •   Evidence of excellence in general musicianship (musical skills, sensitivity in interpretation, a developed ear, etc.).
    •   Expertise in an instrument and knowledge of other instruments, including keyboard skills.
    •   Experience working with/and performing in both large and small ensembles.
    •   Evidence of regular and recent performance activity.
    •   Two years of teaching experience.


    •   Experience collaborating with other musicians to plan and coordinate concerts.
    •   Experience managing a budget and tracking departmental finances.
    •   Evidence of recruiting and retaining orchestral students.


      Interested candidates may apply by submitting the following items:

    •   Completed SPSCC Employment Application
    •   Letter of formal application that specifically addresses your ability to

      perform the responsibilities and essential functions described in this


    •   Resume of all educational and professional experience that

      demonstrates how you meet the minimum and any preferred


    •   Responses to the four Supplemental Questions below.
    •  Copies of unofficial transcripts.


      Please include responses to the following requirements to be considered for this position, not to exceed three pages.

      1. Teaching philosophy
      2. Portfolio requirement: Link to an online audio or audio/video files of a

        music performance you conducted and 2 sample programs from

        concerts you conducted in part or in total

      3. Two sample syllabi (preferably one for orchestra and one for another

        type of music class).

      4. Please include a statement of how you would contribute to the

        diversity of this campus.

      Send application materials via one of the delivery methods below, email is preferred:

      E-mail materials to: Mail:

      Human Resource Office South Puget Sound Community College 2011 Mottman Road SW Olympia, WA 98512

      Fax: (360) 596-5706


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