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Assistant Professor of Elementary and General Music Education

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Work type: Faculty - Tenure Track
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Instruction, Music/Dance

Department: School of Music and Dance
Rank: Assistant Professor
Annual Basis: 9 Month

Application Deadline
October 15, 2017; position open until filled

Required Application Materials
Apply online by uploading:
a letter of application describing applicant’s experience and strengths in meeting required skills and experiences as well as any preferred qualifications
current résumé/curriculum vitae
example of professional or scholarly writing
a PDF with links to on-line videos of three (3) unedited recordings of recent classroom teaching in music education; at least one recording must demonstrate college-level classroom teaching in the specialty area of elementary music education (e.g., Elementary Music Methods)
names and contact information for at least three professional references; the search committee may contact each and request a letter of reference

Position Announcement
Full time, tenure-track appointment beginning September 16, 2018, at the rank of Assistant Professor. The University of Oregon School of Music and Dance is seeking a dynamic teacher and researcher to provide leadership in elementary/general music education for the state, region, and nation. Primary responsibilities include teaching music education courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels that may include Elementary Music Education Methods, Music in Early Childhood, Music in Special Education, Foundations of Music Education, Contemporary Methods, Music Fundamentals for Elementary Classroom Teachers, and Research Methods in Music Education. Additional responsibilities will include supervision of graduate and undergraduate research, assisting in student teacher observation, student recruitment, and advising graduate and undergraduate students. Position provides opportunities for summer session course instruction and development. Candidates will be expected to maintain an active program of research/scholarly and creative activities, serve on committees, and perform other appropriate university and professional service.

Department or Program Summary
The music program has an enrollment of approximately 400 music majors and a faculty and staff of nearly 100, plus 70 graduate teaching fellows. A wide variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs in music education are offered including a B.M.M.E, M.M., and Ph.D. The music education program has consistently placed 100% of its graduates in teaching positions for more than two decades.

The school is the largest and most comprehensive music and dance program in the Pacific Northwest offering music degrees through the doctorate in a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including programs in performance, collaborative piano, music education, composition, theory, history, jazz studies, piano and string pedagogy, conducting, music technology, and music with a liberal arts emphasis. In addition to the music and dance majors, the school engages one-quarter of the university's 23,000 student population through studio lessons, ensembles, and general-education courses.

Minimum Requirements
Successful candidates must have:
• A completed Ph.D. in music education by September 16, 2018
• Evidence of an exemplary record of music teaching, including a minimum of 5 years of teaching elementary music in the public schools
• Full-time college-level teaching experience
• Ability to produce scholarly writing and research sufficient to achieve tenure
• Knowledge of methodology and research in elementary and early childhood music education

We seek candidates with the demonstrated potential to contribute effectively to a faculty team dedicated to creating a positive, dynamic, and inclusive learning environment for an increasingly diverse student population. The finalist for this position is subject to a criminal background check.

Preferred Qualifications
Experience with edTPA
Documented service in state music education organizations
Grant writing skills
A desire to develop lab school partnerships

About the University
The Eugene-Springfield area has a population of 228,000 with large city amenities such as an unusually active musical and cultural life—including resident symphony orchestra, opera, and ballet companies—and yet maintains a small town charm. The university is home to the renowned Oregon Bach Festival, an art museum, a cultural and natural history museum, and plays host to national and international track and field competitions. The campus is within easy driving distance of the Pacific Coast, the Cascade Mountains, and Portland.


The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA.  The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status.

UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.

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