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Assistant Professor in Music Education

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School / Campus / College: College of Arts and Sciences

Organization: Music

Title: Assistant Professor in Music Education

Position Details

Position Description

The School of Music in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington-Seattle invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Instrumental Music Education with an emphasis on African American music. This may include research and teaching in the areas of African American Music Education, African American ensembles, and/or African American music research. This position has an anticipated start date of September 16, 2024 and will have a 9-month service period (September 16-June 15). 

The School of Music is currently engaged in a fundamental rethinking of our values and shared goals, and the successful candidate will be expected to join us in our ongoing work to advance inclusivity and diversity in the School of Music in research/creative work, teaching and programming. We strive to create an environment of collaboration among our faculty and welcome initiatives that enrich and foster work between our different programs. We also strive to reach a student population outside the School of Music by developing and teaching large enrollment courses for non-majors, including ensembles in which non-majors can perform. For more information about the School of Music, visit:

The Music Education faculty and students at the School of Music actively engage with the local K-12 community and are expected to be leaders for the future of music education. The program encourages its faculty to work in transformative ways that are inclusive of other disciplines, with interest and knowledge of emerging trends in music education research. The successful candidate will be expected to teach courses with innovative approaches to music education. The Music Education program has long standing affinities with the Ethnomusicology program, with which they share interest in transmission of musical knowledge in varied cultures. For more information about the Music Education program in the School of Music at the University of Washington, visit:

The base salary range for this position will be $9,223 - $10,111 per month at 100% FTE, commensurate with experience and qualifications, or as mandated by a U.S. Department of Labor prevailing wage determination.

All University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research, and service.  Faculty in the School of Music provide comprehensive, interdisciplinary education in music to a highly diverse student population, on a campus with more than 60,000 students, including 31% first-generation college students, over 30% Pell Grant students, and over 31,000 faculty and staff from more than 70 countries. The candidate is also expected to actively contribute to the diversity, equity and inclusivity goals of the School and in the University of Washington’s Diversity Blueprint. People who do not see themselves historically represented in academia are encouraged to apply.

The responsibilities of the successful candidate will include:

·         Teach a range of graduate and undergraduate courses in music education across a two-year sequence that incorporate African American music. Teach advanced undergraduate courses and graduate courses in instrumental music education, large non-major undergraduate classes which may include online courses, and supervision of student teachers, and conduct an ensemble if assigned.

·         Advance scholarship in Music Education and/or related fields

·         Mentor undergraduate and graduate students, including serving on graduate-level supervisory committees and supervising graduate teaching assistants

·         Promote the School of Music’s mission to foster musically knowledgeable and engaged citizens

·         Work collaboratively with faculty and staff on advancing issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, justice and accessibility work in the School and University. 

·         Additionally, this position is expected to cultivate effective communication with the local community

·         Other duties as assigned


·         Doctoral degree (or foreign equivalent) in Music Education or a related field required by the start of the appointment.

Candidates will demonstrate the following:

·         Evidence of a national or international record of research and teaching expertise

·         A record of focus on wind or brass instrumental technique

·         Expertise in African American music­­­­

·         Teaching experience at the K-12 and/or college level 

·         Evidence of involvement in professional societies and activities, and/or community-engaged scholarship


Applications should include (1) a letter describing the applicant’s experience, interests, and suitability for the position, (2) a statement (not more than 500 words) on perspectives and contributions to equity, diversity, inclusion, and access (3) a curriculum vitae, and (4) three reference letters. Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled. All application materials should be submitted via Interfolio. For questions, please contact Professor Giselle Wyers at Please reference Music Education Search. 

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

Benefits Information

A summary of benefits associated with this title/rank can be found at Appointees solely employed and paid directly by a non-UW entity are not UW employees and are not eligible for UW or Washington State employee benefits.

Commitment to Diversity

The University of Washington is committed to building diversity among its faculty, librarian, staff, and student communities, and articulates that commitment in the UW Diversity Blueprint ( Additionally, the University’s Faculty Code recognizes faculty efforts in research, teaching and/or service that address diversity and equal opportunity as important contributions to a faculty member’s academic profile and responsibilities (

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