WESTMINSTER COLLEGE OF THE ARTS OF RIDER UNIVERSITY, 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.
All applicants must complete an online application at http://rider.peopleadmin.com/postings/6299 and attach a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy and goals, a statement outlining their commitment to diversity, including evidence of their experience working with and teaching diverse students and contact information for three references. Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts will be required later in the search process. Please reference Position No. 312534. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, review of applicant materials will begin on December 2, 2019.
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. 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
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
Rider University welcomes students from throughout the region, across the nation, and around the world who seek to be challenged and supported as active members of our inclusive and vibrant living and learning community. Committed to student growth, transformation and leadership, we connect rigorous academic, artistic and professional programs of study with a rich array of learning experiences that engage students inside and outside the classroom. We prepare graduates to thrive professionally and to be lifelong independent learners and responsible citizens who embrace diversity, support the common good, and contribute meaningfully to the changing world in which they live and work.
Founded in 1865, Rider has 71 undergraduate and 28 graduate degree programs in business administration, education, liberal arts, sciences, music, fine and performing arts, counseling, human services and leadership; and 27 undergraduate and graduate certifications supported by 248 full-time faculty, 99% of whom hold a doctorate or the highest degree in their field.
Rider is home to nearly 4,100 undergraduate and 1,050 graduate students representing 85 countries, 41 states, and 2 US territories. We ...have 20 (10 men’s and 10 women’s) National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I teams, are a member of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC), Eastern Wrestling League (EWL) and Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC), and have active club and intramural sports programs.
With campuses in Lawrenceville and Princeton, N.J., we are within easy driving distance of both Philadelphia and New York City. Rider’s 280-acre Lawrenceville Campus has 43 buildings, as well as athletic fields, tennis courts, an indoor swimming pool, and lake. Westminster Choir College’s 23-acre campus in Princeton has 14 buildings. In addition, we have over 20 residence halls equipped with voice, video and data service. Our two libraries are home to 451,000 print volumes, 661,000 microforms, more than 82,000 scores and music-related books, approximately 5,500 choral music titles in performance quantities, over 35,000 sound and visual recordings, and access to more than 100,000 periodical titles in a mix of print and electronic formats.
Rider is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and holds specialized accreditation with the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP), and the National Accreditation of School Psychologists (NASP). Rider is also on the approved list of the American Association of University Women and the American Chemical Society. U.S. News & World Report ranks Rider in the top tier of northern regional universities.