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Assistant/Associate Professor of Music

College of Arts & Sciences

Reports to: Darrell Hobson, Dean


August 15, 2014

Northwest University seeks an Assistant or Associate Professor in Music (tenure track) with expertise in Music Education and instrumental music.  Teaching duties will include teaching theory and composition courses and direction of an instrumental ensemble. Candidates must have experience in teaching at the college level. 


Position Summary

Northwest University seeks an Assistant or Associate Professor in Music (tenure track) with expertise in Music Education and instrumental music.  Teaching duties will include teaching theory and composition courses and direction of an instrumental ensemble. Candidates must have experience in teaching at the college level. 

Essential Functions

  • Teach courses in music theory, composition, and music education.
  • Participate in the governance functions of the University as assigned.
  • Carry out a regular program of creative, performance, or scholarly work.
  • Provide oversight to the Bachelor of Music in Music Education serving as the laison between the music department and the education department.
  • Provide leadership for the jazz ensembles and other instrumental ensembles as needed.


  • A terminal degree (PhD or DMA) is desirable.  ABD and MA candidates with significant experience at the college level will be given full consideration.
  • College-level teaching experience is required and the candidate must be able to document success in teaching, advising, and mentoring relationships.
  • Demonstrated skill in leading instrumental and jazz ensembles. 
  • A collegial orientation and a willingness to work collaboratively with other disciplines and departments.
  • A commitment to teaching excellence in an undergraduate, liberal arts program.
  • A demonstrated, vibrant Christian faith compatible with the mission of Northwest University.
  • Willingness and ability to apply the Christian worldview in course design, instruction, and advising.


Darrell Hobson, DMin
Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Northwest University
5520 108th Ave NE
Kirkland, WA 98033

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Dependent on education and experience, and based upon the established faculty salary schedule.

Application Requirements

For consideration, please submit all of the following:

  • Letter of interest
  • Curriculum vitae
  • A teaching portfolio.
  • Unofficial graduate-school transcripts from all programs attended.
  • Recent letters of recommendation from three professional references with e-mail and phone contact information
  • A statement explaining how the candidate’s Christian faith shapes his or her approach to language and writing.
  • A statement describing the candidate’s personal Christian faith and practice.

Additional materials may be requested by the committee.

Search procedures will be closed, when a sufficient number of qualified applicants have been identified. Applicants are urged to provide sufficient information, so that the application file may be considered complete at the end of the search period.

Northwest University

Northwest University is a Christian coeducational undergraduate and graduate institution, related to the Assemblies of God, offering baccalaureate and master's, and doctoral level education. The sixty-acre campus is located in Kirkland, Washington, just ten miles from downtown Seattle. The campus is an ideal setting for study, recreation, and inspiration and is centrally located and convenient to industry, business, and commercial activities.

Mission Statement

We, the people of Northwest University, carry the call of God by continually building a learning community dedicated to spiritual vitality, academic excellence, and empowered engagement with human need.

In addition, all faculty members at Northwest University must subscribe to our Statement of Faith.

Educational Goals

In view of its distinctive philosophy, Northwest University seeks to provide education which will introduce the student to the organized fields of learning and will acquaint the student with the Christian theistic view of the world and of people and their culture. Such an education is intended to develop the whole person in a balanced and useful manner.

The academic program includes majors and areas of concentration in over forty fields of study including ten graduate programs. Sixty-three full-time faculty members and sixty-one part-time instructors teach 1,582 students. Over sixty-one percent of the faculty holds the doctoral degree, fifty-one percent are tenured, and forty-three percent are women.


Northwest University is a regionally-accredited, Christian coeducational undergraduate institution offering baccalaureate college education under the control of the Alaska, Montana, Oregon, Northwest, Southern Idaho, and Wyoming districts of the Assemblies of God.

Northwest University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (regional). The University is endorsed by the Commission on Christian Higher Education of the Assemblies of God and the Association of Christian Schools International. The University also holds membership in the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities.

Northwest University's School of Business and Management is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). The Buntain School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. In addition, the School of Nursing has received approval from the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission. The University is also approved by the Board of Education and Superintendent of Public Instruction of the State of Washington to prepare elementary and secondary education teachers and recommend for certification. It is a member of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.

The University is approved by the Federal and State Governments for student aid programs and for the training of international students. Selected programs of study are approved by a Washington State Approving Agency for enrollment of those eligible for benefits under Title 38 and Title 10, U.S. Code and by Washington State for training in Vocational Rehabilitation. It is listed in the current bulletin, "Accredited Higher Education Institutions," published by the U.S. Office of Education.

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