The University of Wisconsin - La Crosse Department of Music is seeking an experienced and motivated Instrumental Jazz director and applied instructor for an interim Instructional Academic Staff one-year appointment. This individual will provide leadership, engagement and discipline expertise to an established jazz studies program.
The successful candidate for the Instrumental Jazz Director will be a skilled artist/educator expected to build and develop the college jazz program as well as sustain applied instrumental instruction in one of the following areas: woodwind, low brass, bass or guitar.
Assignments include directing the UWL Jazz Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, and coaching combos, private studio instruction, as well as teaching a Jazz History course. Other assignments based on candidate’s abilities and departmental needs. Additional duties could possibly include student recruitment.
Masters in Music and applied Instrumental instruction (woodwind, low brass, guitar or bass). Two or more years experience directing jazz ensembles. Other skillsets include demonstration of jazz ensemble rehearsal skills, knowledge of jazz pedagogy, and experience with classroom instruction.
DMA or PhD (ABD acceptable) in related area. Experience directing jazz ensembles at college level. Classroom instruction at college level. Knowledge of Jazz Repertoire.
Instruction and assessment of students
__12__ Credits (per semester)
- Prepare and deliver curriculum to undergraduate students.
- Prepare course materials such as syllabi, homework assignments, and handouts, ensuring they comply with department, college and university guidelines including accessibility for students with disabilities.
- Evaluate and grade students' class work, assignments, and papers utilizing the department’s grading criteria and system.
- Maintain regularly scheduled office hours in order to advise and assist students.
- Compile, administer, and grade examinations and other assessment measures.
- Initiate, facilitate, and moderate classroom discussions.
- Maintain student attendance records, grades, and other required records, and deliver them to the Registrar as directed by UWL policy.
70% Two Jazz ensembles and jazz combo (rehearsals and concerts)
20% History of Jazz Cultures (general education class that encompasses history and culture of jazz)
5% Applied instruction (load will vary depending on studio size)
5% service to department (assist in recruitment activities on and off campus)
The Music Department supports and values diversity in its faculty, staff, and students. We seek a colleague who shares the department's commitment to diversity and inclusion and who will be a dedicated teacher, active scholar, and effective mentor for students with diverse backgrounds, preparation, and career goals.
First review date for this position is April 5, 2017
Note: Electronic submission of application materials is required. For additional information about this position and to apply, please visit https://employment.uwlax.edu
Please contact the Search and Screen Chair if you have a special need/accommodation to aid your participation in our hiring process.
The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UW–La Crosse) provides a challenging, dynamic, and diverse learning environment in which the entire university community is fully engaged in supporting student success. Grounded in the liberal arts, UW-La Crosse fosters curiosity and life-long learning through collaboration, innovation, and the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge. Acknowledging and respecting the contributions of all, UW-La Crosse is a regional academic and cultural center that prepares students to take their place in a constantly changing world community.
UW-La Crosse's diversity and inclusion efforts are guided by our adherence to Inclusive Excellence. We define Inclusive Excellence as “... our active, intentional and ongoing commitment to bridge differences with understanding and respect so all can thrive." The goals of Inclusive Excellence are to increase the retention of diverse faculty, staff and students while encouraging a campus climate that is inviting and welcoming to all. UW-La Crosse strives to promote acceptance of all facets of diversity from racial/ethnic diversity to diversity of thought and experience. UW-La Crosse is a 2014 recipient of the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. UW-La Crosse is proud to be one of only 83 recipients of this national honor recognizing our commitment to diversity and inclusion.
UW-La Crosse has appeared prominently on the U.S. News & World Report list of “America’s Best Colleges” for more than a decade and is ranked consistently as one of the top institutions in the Midwest. With a student population of roughly 10,500, the university offers 94 undergraduate programs in at least 30 disciplines and 21 graduate programs in the following colleges: Liberal Studies, Science and Health, and Business Administration, including the School of Arts & Communication and the School of Education, Professional and Continuing Education. There are 520 full-time faculty and instructional academic staff, 76 percent of whom hold terminal degrees. UW-La Crosse boasts a retention rate (freshmen returning as sophomores) of 85 percent, graduation rate (degree within six years) of 70 percent, and is among only 12 institutions cited nationally by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities for its success in linking campus culture and university leadership to outstanding graduation rates.
The UW-La Crosse campus is nestled in a residential area of the City of La Crosse (pop. 52,000) located in western Wisconsin. The area, known as the 7 Rivers Region, is famous for its exceptional natural beauty which includes the Mississippi River on one side, majestic bluffs on the other, and views of rolling farmland and forested valleys in between. Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top ten “Best Places to Live” in 2009, La Crosse is one of the most scenic places in mid-America. Abundant water, woodlands and varying terrain provide ample opportunities for year-round outdoor recreation. Only a couple of hours from Minneapolis or Madison, La Crosse enjoys the affordability and charm of small town living with larger city benefits. Three colleges, two world-class medical institutions, the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, a restored nineteenth century downtown business district, and a number of galleries and art centers have made La Crosse a regional center for culture, entertainment, medical care, shopping, sports and recreation.
UW-La Crosse is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We strive to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool, and we encourage applications from persons with varied backgrounds and perspectives. In support of the Wisconsin Veteran Employment Initiative we encourage veterans and veterans with disabilities to explore employment opportunities at UW-La Crosse.
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