Assistant Professor of Percussion/Music Technology

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Work type: Faculty
Location: Boise, ID
Categories: Academic Programs, Instructional Services

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Job Summary/Basic Function:

Supports the University’s mission of providing student-centered, quality education and is committed to the success of our students and the university. This involves teaching effectiveness, professional development, research and scholarly/creative activities, institutional service, professional and community service, student advising and involvement, and supervisory responsibilities as assigned.

Level Scope:

The Assistant Professor is a member of the ranked faculty with an entry-level academic rank who has demonstrated achievement in the areas of teaching; research, scholarship, or creative activities; institutional and professional service appropriate to the discipline and is eligible for tenure.

Essential Functions:

Supports the University’s mission of providing student-centered, quality education. Committed to the success of our students and the university. Committed to student learning, retention, persistence, and completion.

Scholarly, creative, or research activities:
Assistant Professors must demonstrate a commitment to their discipline through scholarly and creative activities that fall within Boyer’s four types of scholarship: (1) discovering knowledge, (2) integrating knowledge, (3) applying knowledge, and (4) scholarship of teaching.

Each faculty member participates in activities relating to university programs, courses, governance, etc., or community activities which impact on, or are impacted by, the University and which contribute to the growth and development of students, the university and the community.

Meet administrative deadlines set by the University for carrying out service responsibilities and submitting required employee materials.
Use technology as directed by the University to carry out service responsibilities and receive and submit employee information.

Job Responsibilities: 

  • Teach studio lessons in all areas of Percussion (including drumset), recruit and develop a multi-faceted studio for the Department of Music
  • Direct Percussion Ensemble
  • Teach the Percussion Techniques class and the percussion component of the Jazz Techniques class (both are BM Music Education courses)
  • Teach Percussion sectionals as needed for Blue Thunder Marching Band/Drum Line, Symphonic Winds, University Orchestra, Jazz Ensembles, and All-Campus Concert Band, as load permits
  • Teach in the area of applied Music Technology for the Department of Music (this will constitute about 13% of the total teaching load)
  • Cultivate working relationships with area and regional educators to promote music education, Percussion studio performance, Percussion studio pedagogy, as well as Music Technology pedagogy
  • Maintain a synergistic relationship with all ensemble areas in the Department of Music
  • Teach other courses in Percussion and/or the area of applied Music Technology, as load permits
  • Participate in Department of Music activities and committee work, as load permits

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

In accordance with discipline and departmental standards and expectations

  • Demonstrated advanced level of oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to meet required attendance and submission deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to create, articulate, and assess course learning outcomes.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in creating course materials (syllabus, handouts, presentations, etc.) which enhance student interest and engagement.
  • Demonstrated ability to create and manage effective grading rubrics for consistent and uniform grading results.
  • Demonstrated ability to assess student educational goals and to create graduation plans based on those goals.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse populations.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage effective, friendly, and civil working relationships with staff, faculty, students, alumni, guests, and others at the university.
  • Demonstrated problem solving and abstract thinking skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to produce high quality work while working independently.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.
Minimum Qualifications:
  • DMA in Percussion; ABD will be considered
  • Expertise to teach courses in Percussion
  • Expertise to teach and develop course(s) in Music Technology
  • Evidence of creative activity and achievement in the area of Percussion
  • Evidence of achievement in Music Technology

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Successful experience teaching at the college level
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
Rank, Salary and Benefits:

Assistant Professor, salary competitive, plus an excellent benefits package . Boise State University is committed to offering a benefits package that provides health and financial protection plans as well as resources to promote health and well-being. Our program provides flexibility so you can choose the benefits that are right for you and your family. Learn more about our benefit options at

Required Application Materials:
  • Letter of application, indicating candidate’s interest and qualifications for this position. As part of the letter, please include a brief statement of your teaching philosophy with respect to technology, applied performance practice, and inclusive pedagogies. Please also discuss your experience or interest in working with and mentoring students from underserved groups.
  • CV, including five professional references with contact information
  • Video recordings (20-30 minutes) of recent solo and chamber/featured Percussion performances (including drumset); 2017-current; covid-impacted performance/recordings are acceptable
  • Evidence of achievement in Music Technology (ie. syllabi, course development, projects, etc.)
  • Please Note: There are 3 slots open for uploading documents of unlimited file size. Please combine files as necessary. File types accepted: .doc, .docx, .docm, .pdf, .txt, .rtf, .htm, .html, .msg, .dat, .csv, and .pgp.

    The following application materials should be emailed to Department Chair, Dr. Linda Kline (
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation




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