The School of Music at Colorado Christian University is currently seeking applicants for the position of Professor of Piano and Coordinator of Keyboard Studies. Along with performance excellence and proven strong traditional pedagogical technique, the successful candidate should be technologically savvy, have knowledge and experience in contemporary keyboard use and the use of the keyboard in evangelical worship, the ability to teach collaborative piano, chord comping and improvisation, and coach chamber music ensembles as needs arise. Faculty rank will be determined based upon experience and education.
Faculty members of Colorado Christian University (CCU) teach assigned courses for which they are highly qualified within the College of Undergraduate Studies (CUS). Each faculty member uses effective instruction techniques as a subject matter expert, but their primary responsibility is to integrate field-specific pedagogies with the Holy Bible and their personal experience with Jesus Christ. They are also expected to integrate and teach CCU’s spiritual, academic, and cultural Strategic Priorities.
Other duties are to support the mission and vision of CCU. This may include actively participating in committee/task force/team meetings, writing curriculum, reporting on assessments/outcomes, advancing scholarship, engaging with the community, supporting colleagues, or doing other work assigned by the dean. Faculty members are expected to keep regular office hours to engage with students and assist them with their academics or other activities that support the University’s holistic approach.
This position begins July 1, 2019, applicants are encouraged to apply by December 1, 2018.
Duties and Responsibilities
Teach piano lessons and beginning class piano, including creation of syllabi, grading rubrics, and communicating requirements/deadlines to all piano students.
Supervise part-time piano instructors, including hiring, orientation, assignment of students to teachers, scheduling of piano lessons, and dealing with teacher/student relationships.
Oversee the maintenance of the pianos and keyboards in the music building, including communication with the tuner/technician as well as planning the tuning and maintenance schedule each year.
Recruit piano students, working with Admissions to contact new students and hear piano auditions of prospective students.
Monitor the performance expectations of piano majors, including supervising sectional recitals for pianists, and overseeing the required half and full recitals.
Oversee and administer the Piano Proficiency Test, which is given to all music majors and minors.
Liaison with the local and state piano teaching community (local music teacher associations, CSMTA, etc.)
Assist the Dean, the Instrumental Coordinator, and the Vocal Coordinator in hiring and supervising accompanists for the choirs, voice students, and instrumental students.
Serve on University and School of Music committees as needed.
Perform and accompany at University events as needed
Write the assessment reports on Piano Proficiency
Teach Piano Pedagogy and Piano Literature when needed
Additional teaching responsibilities as needed.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
A terminal degree in a related field from an accredited college/university is preferred; master’s degree is required (doctoral level preferred). Each faculty member must be considered highly qualified as outlined by the University’s accreditation and academic standards.
Three or more years of successful teaching experience in a college or university is preferred, with a proven track record of student learning and engagement through previous classroom evaluations by students, faculty, and administration.
Superior oral, interpersonal, and written communication skills.
Passionate about Christ-centered higher education and dedicated to the integration of faith and learning in their field. Deeply committed to student success.
Proficient in appropriate Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and able to use appropriate software/technology (Blackboard) in the learning environment.
Committed to learning new ideas for classroom presentations and dynamic class interactions to engage student learning in a meaningful way consistent with the University’s mission.
Nature of Work Environment
While performing the duties of this job, you may be required to walk, stand, sit, reach with hands and arms, balance, stoop, speak with clarity, and have appropriate vision and hearing capabilities. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. The employee may work occasional irregular hours, including some nights and weekends. Regular public presentations to students, parents, and external constituents required. Colorado Christian University expects all faculty and staff to become a part of the University community by participating in activities and events that occur on the campus throughout the year, which may occur during evenings and weekends.
About Colorado Christian University
With a heritage dating back to 1914, Colorado Christian University is committed to offering a complete education that develops students intellectually, professionally, and spiritually. Just a few minutes from downtown Denver, CCU is uniquely positioned to offer students a distinctive variety of educational opportunities and experiences.