Assistant Professor of Music and Athletic Bands

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Work type: Faculty - Temporary & Continuing
Location: Big Rapids, MI 49307
Categories: Faculty

Position Title: Assistant Professor of Music and Athletic Bands  
Location: Big Rapids (Main Campus)  

33500 - Humanities

Advertised Salary: $59,000 to $61,500 - Salary commensurate with education, experiences and other requirements. Comprehensive benefit package (health care, vacation, etc.)  
FLSA: Exempt  
Temporary/Continuing:  Continuing  
Part-Time/Full-Time: Full-Time  
Union Group: Ferris Faculty Association (MEA-NEA)  
Term of Position: 9 Month  
At Will/Just Cause: Just Cause  
Summary of Position: Ferris State University’s Department of Humanities seeks applicants for Assistant Professor of Music and Athletic Bands. There is no music major at the University. Instead, our undergraduate music offerings are dedicated to providing general education experiences for non-music majors via a variety of music appreciation courses and a variety of musical ensembles, including concert bands, jazz band, string orchestra, concert choir, and athletic pep band.

The primary responsibilities of this position will be to lead the University’s Athletic Pep Band and to contribute positively to an active instrumental music program and other appropriate music activities. Currently, the Athletic Pep Band performs for: home games for football, men’s and women’s basketball, hockey; select playoff games, at home or away for any of these sports; and select additional services as requested by University officials.

Additionally, the successful candidate will be expected to teach general education music courses as assigned, according to area need and candidate’s ability; manage and work with department leadership on budget; coordinate Athletic Pep Band travel arrangements and travel with band; and work collaboratively with other music faculty, with the Department Chair, with other engaged faculty across campus, with the staff of University Athletics, and with other pertinent staff across campus.

The successful candidate will also contribute to the effort of researching of and, depending on the outcome of that research and the University’s response to it, potentially implementing and directing a new marching band.

The start date of this position is August 2023.
Position Type: Faculty - Temporary & Continuing  
Required Education: Master's degree in Music or Music Education.  
Required Work Experience: Previous athletic band conducting experience, including pep band and marching band.

Required Licenses and Certifications:    
Physical Demands:
  • Office Environment
  • Bending
  • Carrying
  • Inclement Weather
  • Moving
  • Reaching
  • Sitting
  • Twisting
  • Balancing
  • Climbing
  • Heights
  • Lifting
  • Pulling/Pushing
  • Repetitive Movement
  • Standing
Additional Education/Experiences to be Considered: • Terminal degree in Music.
• Experience teaching general music courses.
Essential Duties/Responsibilities: • Directly responsible to the Chair of the Department of Humanities. Responsibilities include maintaining the confidentiality of designated information and performing duties in compliance with applicable policies and procedures.
• Organize rehearsals, performances and other activities of the Athletic Pep Band.
• Coordinate Athletic Pep Band travel arrangements and travel with band, as needed and funded.
• Work with and foster student leadership with the Athletic Pep Band by means of a Student Staff or similar opportunities.
• Manage and work with Department leadership on budget, including the processing of expenses through approved University systems.
• Conduct and submit a feasibility report of what conditions would need to be met in order to create a new marching band.
• Implement and direct a marching band if and when the University should decide to support this endeavor.
• Participate in student recruiting activities.
• According to need, teach other general education music courses such as other instrumental ensembles such as concert band and/or string orchestra; one or more of the music appreciation courses offered; beginning class piano; and/or music fundamentals.
• Work collaboratively with other music faculty, with the Department Chair, with other engaged faculty across campus, with the staff of University Athletics, and with other pertinent staff across campus.
• Demonstrate effective teaching by way of good communication, assessment of student learning, and adaptation to various levels of student preparation.
• Provide up-to-date coursework and course-related materials.
• Use teaching-related technologies when determined appropriate.
• Maintain a safe and engaging learning environment.
• Meet with classes at their scheduled time.
• Faculty members also have professional responsibilities which may include advising students, orientation and registration of students, participation in University committees, keeping regular posted office hours (which are scheduled at times convenient for students), and participation in traditional functions which have academic significance (ex. reporting initial student participation data and submitting final grades on time). Faculty members may be required to teach off-campus or in an on-line environment.
• Demonstrates an understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion, especially in working relationships with students, faculty, staff, and community members.
• Any other duties assigned within the position classification area.
Marginal Duties/Responsibilities:    
Skills and Abilities: • Ability to work in a non-music major environment with students of all backgrounds.
• Ability to work effectively in an interdisciplinary team setting.
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
• Ability to accept teaching assignments and events during both day and evening hours, including weekends.
• Demonstrated commitment, experience and understanding for diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Required Documents:
  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Unofficial Transcript 1
  • Teaching Philosophy
Optional Documents:    
Special Instructions to Applicants: Unofficial Transcript 1 (REQUIRED): Applicants must attach a copy of unofficial transcript of master's degree.

Transcript must include: Institution name, applicant name, date degree attained, degree awarded. Finalist will be required to submit an official transcript.
Initial Application Review Date:
March 31st, 2023  
Open Until Position is Filled?: True  
Posting Close Date:
EEO Statement: Ferris State University, an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, is committed to enhancing equity, inclusion, and diversity within its community. Ferris offers employment opportunities to qualified candidates seeking careers in a student-focused environment that values opportunity, collaboration, diversity and educational excellence.  Learn more about the Ferris Mission and community at The University actively seeks applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and other underrepresented groups. For more information on the University’s Policy on Non-Discrimination, visit: Ferris Non-Discrimination Statement.  

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