Assistant Professor: Section Head, Drums and Percussion

(Full-Time Tenure-Track Position)

Department of Music, Faculty of Fine Arts and Communications

MacEwan University inspires students through a powerful combination of academic excellence and personal learning experiences. Located in culturally enriched, downtown Edmonton, our comprehensive undergraduate university offers over 65 programs to 19,000 full- and part-time students. With a dedication to teaching excellence informed by scholarly research and creative activity, MacEwan provides an exceptional collaborative and supportive learning environment with a commitment to environmental sustainability and opportunities for community engagement. In support of faculty professional development, unique and enhanced services are provided through the MacEwan Office of Teaching and Learning.

The Department of Music at MacEwan University is seeking a highly qualified individual to fill a full-time tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the performance area (drums and percussion). MacEwan University’s Bachelor of Music (BMus) focuses on the performance, interpretation, creation, production and culture of jazz and contemporary popular music and offers seven routes of study: Performance major; Composition major; Recording and Production major; General, without minor; General, Music Technology and Production minor; General, Music Career Management minor; General, Music Education minor. The Department of Music is situated within the Faculty of Fine Arts and Communications (FFAC) of MacEwan University in Allard Hall, a new state-of-the-art facility located in close proximity to the downtown arts district.

As a signatory of the Canadian Code of Conduct for the Performing Arts, we commit to creating safe, inclusive, and respectful spaces where artists can thrive, free from all forms of harassment (including sexual harassment), discrimination, bullying and violence. 

The successful candidate will have a significant national profile as a drummer and percussionist with a demonstrable record of performances, live and recorded, and will have proven experience and mastery in a broad range of styles. The successful candidate possesses an MMus or equivalent master’s degree and is a highly experienced educator who has a strong interest in teaching as a career priority and holds an extensive record of teaching at the post-secondary level, including private studio and classroom teaching, and ensemble directing. Experience in administration at the department level is an asset. The ability to work effectively in a collegial environment is very important.

As an Assistant Professor, duties include classroom teaching (primarily drums/percussion master classes), and ensemble directing. As Section Head, Drums and Percussion, duties include supervising the drums/percussion-area instructors and overseeing courses and course outlines, adjudicating auditions and juried recitals, and organizing concerts and other events associated with the drums/percussion area. Depending on experience and credential, the successful candidate may be required to develop curriculum in the core area and teach courses in other areas of the BMus. Scholarly research, creative activity, and service to MacEwan governance at the Department, Faculty and University levels are also essential and will form part of the negotiated workload for the successful candidate.

Applicants will submit a letter of interest, a current curriculum vitae, a digital portfolio (links to current recordings and other relevant works), a teaching dossier, including teaching philosophy and course syllabi, and the names of three professional references. 


This position is subject to final budgetary approval.

This position is included under the MacEwan University Faculty Association collective agreement.

Only applications received electronically will be considered. To apply, go to and select the job posting(Competition No. 20.01.003).

Review of applications will begin on February 24, 2020. The competition will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.

Thank you for your interest in employment with MacEwan University. We will be reviewing all applications to select the candidates whose qualifications and experience most closely meet our needs. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. 

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MacEwan University is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We encourage Indigenous people, persons living with a disability, sexual and gender minorities, women, and members of all minority groups to apply and to self-identify. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

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