Western Washington University

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Position Title Assistant Professor of Flute
About the University Western Washington University, with over 16,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 90,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master’s-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2022 U.S. News & World Report rankings.
About the Department The College of Fine and Performing Arts and the Departments of Music support Western’s mission, which states that together with our students, staff, and faculty, we are committed to making a positive impact in the state and the world with a shared focus on academic excellence and inclusive achievement. The College of Fine and Performing Arts is comprised of the departments of Art/Art History, Design, Music, and Theatre and Dance, housed in eight buildings with five performance spaces, including a Performing Arts Center overlooking Bellingham Bay. The College also is home to the Music Library and Western Gallery and Public Art Collection, one of the top ten outdoor sculpture collections in the country.

The Department of Music is a community of musicians and teachers who work collaboratively to support and encourage one another. Our mission is to provide a rigorous, professional artistic experience at the undergraduate and graduate levels; produce graduates who use their musical abilities to enrich and sustain communities within the university, the region, and beyond; and support ongoing musical experiences as part of a comprehensive Liberal Arts education.

The Department of Music serves 200 undergraduate majors and 12 graduate students annually, and offers BA, BMus and MMus degrees in multiple concentration areas, as well as minors in Music and Jazz Studies. The Department is comprised of twenty full-time faculty and approximately thirty-six part-time faculty. The department serves as a focal point for the campus and the regional community through collaboration, participation and leadership in music performance and instruction. Visit the department’s website at https://cfpa.wwu.edu/music for more information.

The College of Fine and Performing Arts and the Department of Music support Western’s mission to bring together individuals of diverse backgrounds and perspectives in an inclusive, student-centered university that develops the potential of learners and the well-being of communities. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ+ people, and others from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this faculty position.

About the Position The Department of Music at Western Washington University seeks a dynamic, student-centered artist/teacher of flute to serve as the woodwind area coordinator. This is a full-time, tenure-track position that is anticipated to begin on September 16, 2023. Duties will also include teaching academic classes according to the needs of the department, and the successful candidate’s expertise. The ideal candidate will be experienced in fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning environment; and will be proactive in seeking collaborative opportunities with peers. They will have a vision of the woodwind area in its various facets: performance, pedagogy, curriculum design, recruiting and community engagement.

Position Responsibilities

Teaching: Specific teaching assignments of the position will reflect the candidate’s skill set and departments’ needs including:

  • Applied flute
  • Academic coursework (e.g., music theory or musicology)
  • Flute pedagogy for instrumental music education majors
  • Woodwind chamber music
  • Other teaching and/or directing assignments according to departmental needs and applicant qualifications.


  • Engage in relevant research/scholarly/creative activity
  • Opportunity to perform in the active faculty woodwind quintet
  • Maintain an active research profile and agenda for professional publication.


  • Serve as woodwind area coordinator (logistics, policies, and procedures)
  • Conduct collaborative outreach with wind faculty to recruit and retain students
  • Organize and adjudicate entrance auditions and juries
  • Actively participate in service activities within the Department, College, and University.
  • Create a strong regional presence and actively serve in relevant professional associations

The successful candidate will be expected to fulfill teaching and mentoring responsibilities that provide equitable and inclusive learning environments for all students.

Required Qualifications
  • One of the following:
    • An earned doctoral degree in music at the time of application or ABD at the time of application. If ABD, all degree requirements must be completed by June 15th of the first year of employment (e.g., for a September 2023 start date, all degree requirements must be completed by June 15, 2024).
    • An earned Master of Music degree by start date, with commensurate experience.
  • Evidence of effective applied flute teaching
  • Professional performance experience in solo flute, chamber music, and/or large ensemble
  • Evidence of strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated ability to cultivate learning environments that are equitable and inclusive of students with diverse social identities and backgrounds
Preferred Qualifications
  • Earned Doctorate in Music
  • Demonstrated leadership and/or administrative experience
  • Evidence of successful and effective university-level teaching (including academic classes)
  • Experience working with living composers
  • Demonstrated programming of BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and/or women composers
  • Enthusiasm for cross-disciplinary collaboration
  • Experience with developing technologies (in artistic work and/or teaching)
  • Participation in professional academic and/or music associations
Conditions of Employment All employees must comply with our Immunization policies, including COVID vaccination by time of hire and Proof of Rubeola Measles Immunity within 60-days of hire. Please reach out to HR@wwu.edu if you need information regarding medical or religious exemption and applicable accommodations.
Salary $68,000 – $75,000 commensurate with experience and qualifications. Relocation assistance may be available per University guidelines. Salary and start-up funds are to be determined upon being offered the position.
Benefits Information 2022 Benefits Overview for Faculty Positions
Bargaining Unit  United Faculty of Western Washington
Application Instructions Application materials must be submitted via WWU’s PageUp system.
Required Supplemental Materials

1. Cover letter addressing how you meet the required and preferred qualifications;

2. Curriculum vitae;

3. Statement of teaching philosophy and interest;

4. Statement (one-page) discussing your ability and commitment to work effectively with underrepresented students and to foster and promote an environment of accessibility, diversity, equity, and inclusion (ADEI); you may draw upon your personal as well as professional experience in developing this statement.  For more information about Western’s commitment to and work on ADEI, please see Western’s ADEI webpage at: https://www.wwu.edu/diversity;

5. Video recording sample of teaching:

6. Word document or PDF containing hyperlinks to media material of recent performances or recordings (YouTube, personal website, etc.); and

7. Names and contact information for five professional references.  Please do not submit letters of recommendation as part of your application. These will only be requested for finalists and requests will be sent directly to references.

Inquiries may be directed to the Music Department Search Committee Chair, Professor Bruce Hamilton, at Bruce.hamilton@wwu.edu.
Closing Date Notes Application Review begins 10/17/2022; position open until filled
  • Listing ID: 9810
  • Job Title / Position: Assistant Professor of Flute
  • Contract type: Full-time
  • Start Date: 2022-10-17
  • Country: USA
  • Duration of this listing: 3 months
Contact details

516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225USA,North America https://hr.wwu.edu/careers-faculty?job=500176

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