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Assistant Professor Musicology/Ethnomusicology

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Location: Bellingham, WA
Categories: College of Fine & Performing Arts

Position Title Assistant Professor Musicology/Ethnomusicology
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 83,000 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 2019 U.S. News & World Report rankings.
About the Department

The College of Fine ant Performing Arts and the Department 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. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.

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 Western Gallery and Public Art Collection, one of the top ten outdoor sculpture collections in the country. 

The Department of Music offers BM, BA and MM degrees to approximately 250 majors/minors. The faculty consists of 40 full and 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. Public events include the Sanford-Hill Piano Series and Global Spice world music series. The department and college are committed to creating equitable and inclusive learning and working environments for students, faculty and staff. 



About the Position Assistant Professor of Musicology/Ethnomusicology - full-time, tenure track

The Department of Music at Western Washington University seeks a dynamic, creative educator to teach courses in music history and world music. The ideal candidate will be a forward-thinking scholar with a vision for curricular development and professional research. The position will begin September 2019.

Position Responsibilities


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

  • Design and teach a selection of undergraduate and graduate courses in world music and music history including general education courses for the university.
  • Design and teach graduate courses in ethnomusicology and/or musicology according to candidate’s area of concentration.
  • Participate in graduate thesis committees and advising.
  • Other teaching assignments according to departmental needs and applicant qualifications.



  • Maintain an active research profile and agenda for professional publication.


  • Work collaboratively with faculty in major areas of experience.
  • Actively participate in faculty governance and university service.
  • Create a strong presence through active participation in state, regional and national professional associations.


Required Qualifications
  • PhD in Ethnomusicology or Musicology; or ABD with doctorate from an accredited institution to be received by August 2019
  • Evidence of successful university teaching in music history and/or world music
  • Demonstrated ability to cultivate learning environments that are equitable and inclusive of students with diverse social identities and backgrounds
  • Evidence of strong communication and interpersonal skills
Preferred Qualifications
  • Teaching experience in other areas such as: popular music, jazz, rock, or other non-western styles
  • Participation in professional academic and/or music associations
  • A record of professional presentations and publications
  • Experience in curriculum development in music history or ethnomusicology
  • Performance experience on instrument or voice


 Commensurate with experience and qualifications

Bargaining Unit

 United Faculty of Western Washington

Application Instructions

A complete application includes: (1) a cover letter addressing the required and preferred qualifications, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) a statement of teaching philosophy and interest, including how you cultivate learning environments that are equitable and inclusive of students with diverse social identities and backgrounds, (4) contact information for three references, (5) sample of scholarly writing or publication.

You must upload all the requested materials into Western PageUp as instructed. 

Official transcripts documenting degrees will be required prior to a contract being offered.

Closing Date Notes Application review begins January 10, 2019; position is open until filled

Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU’s Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay);

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WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).

All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires.

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