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Instructor, Music Industry

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Work type: Full-Time
Location: University City - Philadelphia, PA
Categories: Drexel University

About Drexel

Drexel is one of Philadelphia's top 10 private employers, a comprehensive global research university and a major engine for economic development in the region. With over 24,000 students, Drexel is one of America's 15 largest private universities. Drexel has committed to being the nation’s most civically engaged university, with community partnerships integrated into every aspect of service and academics.

About Drexel University’s Music Industry Program

Drexel University's Music Industry Program is highly competitive and well-respected amongst industry leaders, having recently been named one of the top music industry programs by Billboard magazine. The program features state-of-the-art music production and classroom facilities, and the MAD Dragon Music Group, a collection of award-winning, student-run music entities. The program’s approximately 300 students specialize in either the study of recording arts & music production or music business.

The Drexel University Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design is dedicated to the education of students in the areas of design, media and the performing and visual arts. The Westphal College offers 17 undergraduate and eight graduate majors, housed in award-winning, technologically enhanced facilities, and taught by distinguished faculty who have worked at the top of their fields. The College values a studio approach that incorporates six months of required co-op work experience for all undergraduate students. Westphal is home to a virtual reality and immersive research lab, two theaters, an art gallery, a notable collection of over 17,000 historic costumes, a record label, a television station, and numerous cutting-edge making spaces. Westphal educates students to find their place as leaders in today's rapidly changing world by teaching the diverse skills needed to conceptualize and implement creative thinking. The synergy of Westphal’s creative programs, strong foundation curriculum and diverse minors, and stewardship of University assets and enterprises enhances the strength of the College in this interdisciplinary age. The College actively participates in community-based learning programs that allow students and faculty to study the issues affecting our world in collaboration with neighboring communities. As the center for creativity at Drexel, the Westphal College’s collaborative community of scholars, creatives, thinkers, and doers are uniquely positioned to face the world’s challenges and define the creative careers of the 21st century. Westphal is dedicated to building a community where everyone is welcome and a multiplicity of voices are celebrated.

Fifteen of Westphal’s degree programs enjoy national rankings and the College is ranked one of the best Design and Applied Art schools in the nation. The Westphal College of Media Arts & Design is academically accredited, as part of Drexel University, by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). Additionally, the programs in art, design and media are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art & Design (NASAD); the architecture program is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), and the interior design program by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).

Job Summary

Drexel University is seeking an Instructor for a one-year appointment in its undergraduate program in Music Industry at the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design. Applicants should demonstrate a knowledge of the global creative and entertainment industries with a specialty in creativity, music production, audio engineering and songwriting.  Areas of teaching may include topics such as Digital Audio Workstations – Logic and Ableton, Music Production, Survey of Music Production, Songwriting, Introduction to Sound Recording, and Synthesis and Sampling. Candidates are not expected to have knowledge in all of the above categories but should have extensive experience in their field. An ideal candidate will be prepared to teach existing courses in the music industry curriculum (available online), suggest new courses in their area of expertise, and will bring industry experience to bear on the courses they teach. The teaching instructor will teach a load between 27-30 credits in the 2021-2022 academic year (approximately 9-10 courses total), and will work with program faculty and students on other special projects as appropriate. The teaching load will be spread over nine months of the year during the Fall, Winter and Spring quarters (September 2021-June 2022). All courses are expected to be taught in person on Drexel’s University City campus. 

Preferred candidates will have expertise in cross-cultural communication and collaboration. They will have knowledge of barriers for underrepresented students in higher education and creative workers in the music industry; and experience or demonstrated commitment to teaching and/or mentoring underrepresented populations.

Essential Functions

  • Teach undergraduate courses in the Music Industry Program such as Digital Audio Workstations – Logic and Ableton, Music Production, Survey of Music Production, Songwriting, Introduction to Sound Recording, and Synthesis and Sampling.
  • Mentor and advise Music Industry students.
  • Assist in the program’s administration including student recruitment, curriculum development and revisions, course evaluation, and raising awareness of the programs’ activities.
  • Serve on committees for the college and university, maintain involvement in appropriate professional organizations.

Required Qualifications

  • High School Diploma or Equivalent.
  • Minimum of 5 years of professional experience in music production & recording arts.
  • Demonstrable depth, breadth and working knowledge of recording arts, music production and music industry.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree.
  • College-level teaching experience.

Location

University City, Philadelphia PA

Special Instructions to the Applicant

Please make sure you upload your CV/resume and cover letter when submitting your application.

Priority consideration given to applications received prior to August 20th, applications open until position is filled. Review of applicants will begin once a suitable candidate pool is identified.

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