Lecturer sought for ETSU Bluegrass

ETSU-LogoThe Bluegrass, Old Time and Country Music Studies program at East Tennessee State University is accepting applications now for a lecturer spot in their program. This is a non-tenure track, contract position.

Here is the official announcement:

The Department of Appalachian Studies at East Tennessee State University invites applications for the position of Lecturer for Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies to begin August 15, 2015, renewable up to three years. Essential functions include coordinating roots music activities within Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies; directing and presenting student performing groups; teaching individual instrumental and/or vocal instruction; teaching performance and presentation skills; coaching and mentoring artistic development in students; recruiting and advising students.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Hardworking, dedicated, experienced, professional-level musician with strong interpersonal skills who has knowledge of historical and contemporary roots music, and the ability to teach a range of didactic and practical skills courses. Must be able to teach one or more instruments, and/or voice, from beginning through advanced levels; coach vocalists in singing lead and harmony in genre-specific styles; direct and manage student band rehearsals and performances; and develop and promote quality programing in their specific areas of focus.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree and significant professional work experience in the field of roots music or advanced degree in a related area.

Preferred Qualifications

Highest preference will be given to applicants holding a graduate degree in the field or a related area. Experience teaching courses related to bluegrass, old-time, Celtic, and country music, recording technology, music theory, or roots music history at the college level.


Please visit ETSU eJobs at https://jobs.etsu.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/position/JobDetails_css.jsp?postingId=173092 to apply.

Candidates should submit a Cover Letter addressing each of the Minimum Qualifications and the responsibilities listed, a Resume (including contact information for 3 professional references – name, address, phone, and e-mail), and Unofficial 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 (mp3s preferred under 8MB), each in separate emails to boner@etsu.edu, and accompanied by a track listing which identifies the instrument(s) played and/or vocals.

Review of applications will begin June 30, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled.

Please review ETSU’s Application Process before applying.

For confidential inquiries about the position, contact:

Daniel Boner, Director
Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies
East Tennessee State University
423-439-7072; boner@etsu.edu

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