Bluegrass faculty position open at ETSU

ETSUThe Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies program at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN is on the hunt for a new faculty member, starting with the Fall 2013 term.

This is a tenure track position which will entail both classroom and individual instruction, and leading or directing ensembles. Requirements include an advanced degree in a related field, prior teaching experience, and the ability to perform at a professional level on several bluegrass instruments or voice.

The official university job listing follows:

Assistant Professor, Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies
East Tennessee State University

The Department of Appalachian Studies at East Tennessee State University invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor of Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies to begin August 15, 2013 for a 9-month, tenure-track position. Essential functions may include directing and presenting student bluegrass performing groups; teaching individual instruction on instruments commonly used in bluegrass music and/or voice; teaching performance and presentation skills; coaching and mentoring artistic development in students; teaching traditional classroom courses; recruiting and advising students; maintaining a balance of teaching, service, and research/creative activities.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Hardworking, dedicated, experienced, professional-level bluegrass musician with strong interpersonal skills who is prepared to teach historical and contemporary bluegrass music; the ability to teach two or more standard bluegrass instruments, and/or voice, from beginning through advanced levels; ability to coach vocalists in singing lead and harmony parts; and ability to direct and manage student band rehearsals and performances.

Minimum Qualifications
Master’s degree required and terminal degree strongly preferred. Must have significant professional and/or pedagogical experience in the field of bluegrass, old-time, and/or country music.

Preferred Qualifications
Highest preference will be given to applicants holding the terminal degree in a related area. Experience teaching courses related to bluegrass, old-time, and country music theory or history at the college level is also desirable.

Please visit eJobs to apply.

Candidates should submit a cover letter addressing each of the minimum qualifications, the responsibilities listed, and how they would maintain a balance of teaching, service, and research/creative activities; a curriculum vitae (including contact information for 3 professional references – name, address, phone, and e-mail); and official transcripts.

In addition, each applicant must submit recordings (commercial or composite) of at least five performances of their work (instrumental and/or vocal). These should not exceed a total of 25 minutes. Each recording should be submitted in digital format (mp3 preferred) via individual emails to and accompanied by a track listing which identifies the instrument(s) played and/or vocals.

Review of applications will begin November 20, 2012, and will continue until the position is filled.

For confidential inquiries about the position, contact:
Daniel Boner, Director
Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies
East Tennessee State University

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