Being a doctoral student in multiple woodwinds performance, I like to keep an eye on the job listings for university faculty positions that involve teaching multiple woodwind instruments. There usually aren’t many, at least not many that involve a national search. But two positions were posted to HigherEdJobs.com this morning:
- Alcorn State University (Mississippi) – “applied woodwind and related methods and literature courses… Assist the Director of Bands in all aspects of the band program… Possibly teach music theory or related courses….” The listing does indicate “woodwind,” singular, but Alcorn does currently employ an “Instructor of Woodwinds,” whose departure, I presume, led to this opening. See the listing
- South Dakota State University – “teach applied woodwinds (other than flute)… manage all aspects of the jazz program… teach other selected courses as assigned.” See the listing
Both are short-notice listings, looking for someone to start this fall. I have resolved not to go ABD, so I’m holding out for something in fall ’09.
The sudden appearance of two jobs, both of which I would definitely apply for a year from now, could be a good sign for me and my very small handful of colleagues nationwide—maybe more schools are opting to hire multiple-woodwinds people.