Springfield College invites applications for an opening in the field of Music and Department Chair within the Visual and Performing Arts Department (VAPA). The position is open with respect to both faculty rank and position type (tenure track or program track). The department offers majors in Studio Art, Art Education, Art Therapy, Digital, Web and Multimedia Design, Dance, a graduate program in Art Therapy and Counseling, and minors in Music, Theater Arts, Arts in the Community, and for each of the major programs listed. The VAPA department is responsible for core curriculum offerings in Aesthetic Expression for the entire undergraduate student population. Responsibilities as Chair include supervision and evaluation of 8 full time faculty and several adjunct instructors; ensuring quality of curriculum and academic standards; effective communication with the college administration and other departments; management of the department budget and facilities; and promotion of the various programs.
Teaching responsibilities each semester include 6 credits which will comprise of: 1) directing a combined student and community chorus, which could be led as a gospel choir at the discretion of the successful candidate, 2) presenting along with other music faculty end-of-semester concerts, and 3) instructing 3 credits of music courses. The courses taught should fit the experience and expertise of the successful candidate but are likely to land within the categories of basic music theory, music history or music appreciation. A background in choral performance, accompaniment, and/or choral conducting is highly preferred for this position. The Visual and Performing Arts department also welcomes candidates with an interest and vision for multidisciplinary collaboration across various fields including dance, design, and theater.
Successful candidates must have an earned MFA, doctorate preferred, and provide evidence of dynamic teaching skills at the college level, an active, productive body of creative work, and, ideally, experience in administration. Service is also expected. We strive to recruit and retain a highly qualified and diverse faculty and staff to enrich the educational experience for all students. It is desired that the successful candidate will bring with them substantive leadership experience that demonstrates a commitment to equity and inclusion. Candidates who have a background of exploring systemic inequality in their research or performance are strongly encouraged to apply.
Initial review of applications will begin May of 2021, with an employment date of August, 2021. Applicants should provide a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, teaching and research statement, and the names and contact information for 3-5 professional references. A video link of you rehearsing any type of ensemble (chorus preferred) is encouraged.... Read More