WESTMINSTERCOLLEGE OF THEARTS OF RIDERUNIVERSITY, through its School of Fine and Performing Arts (SFPA), announces an opening for a full-time, tenure track appointment in Popular Music Studies at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning September 1, 2020 on the University's Lawrenceville campus.
We are looking for promising scholar-practitioners with demonstrated teaching experience whose primary field is popular music and whose secondary area of interest complements the department. We especially encourage applications from candidates whose backgrounds are underrepresented in academia broadly and in music specifically.
The successful candidate will be responsible for the following:
designing and delivering a sequence of courses geared toward Popular Music Studies majors focusing on pop theory, songwriting, and arranging; these courses will incorporate instruction on a digital audio workstation such as Logic Pro, Ableton Live, and/or ProTools
teaching in some other areas of the major, preferably pop instrument/voice lessons, pop performance ensembles, and/or studio engineering.
recruiting a diverse cohort of students through official University events as well as through communication with prospective students throughout the recruiting season
participating in departmental activities including representing the department on committees and working groups on campus
engaging in ongoing scholarly or creative work, which can include traditional academic publications, a portfolio of creative work, or a combination of both
advising and mentoring students from diverse backgrounds
Rider University is a private university with primary campus located in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. Over 4,100 undergraduate and 950 graduate students are enrolled in 67 undergraduate programs and 35 graduate programs in business administration, education, liberal arts, sciences, fine and performing arts, counseling, and leadership. There are 248 full-time faculty supporting a student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1. U.S. News & World Report ranks Rider in the top tier of northern regional universities offering master's degrees. Rider is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. To learn more about the School of Fine and Performing Arts, please visit our website at https://www.rider.edu/academics/colleges-schools/westminster-college-of-the-arts/school-of-fine-performing-arts Rider University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer dedicated to excellence through diversity and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, handicap/disability, Vietnam-era/disabled veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other non-job related criteria. The Department values diversity among its faculty and is committed to building a culturally diverse intellectual community.
The successful candidate will hold a doctoral degree (PhD or DMA) in music or in a related field with a focus on popular music studies. The successful candidate will demonstrate experience with both the conceptual and historical nature of popular music alongside practical skills in popular music theory, composition and arranging. Direct experience with some of the many styles found in popular music (e.g., pop, hip-hop, jazz, EDM, blues, reggae) is expected.
ABD candidates who will complete their degree within one year of appointment will be considered.
Desired qualifications include:
Experience in the popular music industry as a scholar and/or practitioner
Significant experience with the broad spectrum of popular music
Performance experience in some genre of popular music
Familiarity with current research on race, class, and gender studies as these relate to popular music study and practice
Experience coaching students in popular music performance ensembles
About Rider University:
The Rider University community is composed of faculty, staff and students from a wide range of cultural backgrounds. Candidates with a demonstrated commitment supportive of the multicultural needs of Rider University and the surrounding community are highly desired.
Rider University has once again been included as one of the nation's best universities by US News & World Report 2019 and remained in the top tier in the Regional Universities – North category at number 35. Additionally, The Princeton Review named Rider among its
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About Rider University
"As a learner-centered University dedicated to the education of the whole student, Rider provides students the intellectual resources and breadth of student life opportunities of a comprehensive university with the personal attention and close student-faculty interactions of a liberal arts college.Through a commitment to high quality teaching, scholarship and experiential opportunities, faculty on both campuses provide undergraduate and graduate students rigorous and relevant programs of study to expand their intellectual, cultural and personal horizons and develop their leadership skills. Our highly regarded programs in the arts, social sciences, sciences, music, business and education challenge students to become active learners who can acquire, interpret, communicate and apply knowledge within and across disciplines to foster the integrative thinking required in a complex and rapidly changing world."