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Adjunct Faculty - Music, Music and Entertainment Industries (MEI)

Company: William Paterson University
Location: Wayne
Posted on: June 1, 2021

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Adjunct Faculty - Music, Music and Entertainment Industries (MEI)

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William Paterson University invites applications for adjunct faculty within the College of the Arts and Communication, Department of Music, Music and Entertainment Industries (MEI) program.

Applicants will only be contacted if and when there is an immediate need or on an exploratory basis. Applications are valid for a two-year period, at which point they will be deleted from the system. Please feel free to reapply after two years with updated information. For general questions, please email talent@wpunj.edu

Courses in the Music and Entertainment Industries program generally taught by adjunct faculty include, but are not limited to:

  • Survey of the Music & Entertainment Industry
  • Structure & Content of the Music & Entertainment Industry
  • Music Management Seminar
  • Law and Ethics in the Music & Entertainment Industry
  • Media Use in the Music & Entertainment Industry
  • Music Technology

Department and Program Overview:

The Department of Music at William Paterson University of New Jersey is a community of musician-educators committed to professionalism in teaching, performance and creative activity, scholarship, and community service. We collaborate to provide the foundations of professional musicianship for all music majors at the undergraduate and graduate levels, to help all students discover the central role of music in the university context, and to create a thriving cultural life on the campus and in the community through performances at the highest artistic level. We provide the resources, guidance, and diverse environment that motivate our students to seek excellence as they build and maintain careers in music.

The Department of Music offers BA, BM and MM degrees. BM programs provide professional training with a performance focus, with degrees in Jazz Studies, Music Education, Music and Entertainment Industries, Performance, and Sound Engineering Arts. The two BA degrees, Music Studies and Music Studies with Popular Music Emphasis, are liberal arts degrees, with less emphasis on performance. At the graduate level three concentrations within the Master of Music are offered: Jazz Studies (available with either a performance or arranging emphasis), Music Education, and Music and Entertainment Industries. The music department partners with WP's Cotsakos College of Business in an MBA with a Music Industries concentration. Regular performances include large and small ensembles of students and faculty on the Midday Recital Series, the New Music Series, the Jazz Room Series, and in individual special concerts.

The Music & Entertainment Industries undergraduate program (BM) offers a general introduction to the industry, focusing on the multifaceted entertainment industry and offering course work in licensing, touring, intellectual property rights, public relations, media use, law and ethics, and personal management. The program is designed to allow students the opportunity to develop a high level of musical competence while becoming knowledgeable about the theoretical and practical aspects of the industry. The music portion of the curriculum allows students to choose between classical or jazz performance tracks and elect advanced music courses to support their musical goals. In addition, the Music & Entertainment Industries courses permit students to extend their knowledge and experience into specific areas needed to become qualified industry personnel.

The Music & Entertainment Industries Master of Music (MM) program provides advanced education in the areas of music business, music management, entrepreneurship and entertainment law as they pertain to the recording industry. Through extensive and ongoing contact with industry representatives from the New York area, students develop a clear understanding of the field.

For more information about the Music Department, please visit


Duties and Responsibilities:

Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Creating relevant course syllabi
  • Communicating student assessments and progress using Blackboard and other online platforms such as Starfish, to flag student issues and offer positive reinforcement
  • Responding to students in a time-sensitive and thorough manner
  • Contributing to student success by providing consistent and effective support and guidance through role modeling and mentoring
  • Communicating with Music & Entertainment Industries coordinator and/or Music Department chairperson about students who may need extra help and other relevant student information
  • Committing to student career development by discussing relevant current events, encouraging participation in networking and professional events, and integrating the three main categories of music industry revenue streams and entrepreneurial ramifications of class topics into lessons and discussion


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree and Music Industry experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • One or more years teaching in higher education
  • Master of Music or MBA degree
  • At least 5 years of experience in the music & entertainment industry

Personal Attributes and Traits:

  • Passionate about the music & entertainment industry
  • Demonstrated commitment to staying relevant within the music & entertainment industry
  • Thrives in a collegial, cooperative environment
  • Dedicated to excellence and achieving positive outcomes
  • Ability to interact with others in a positive manner
  • Capacity to fulfill professional responsibilities with a strong sense of moral duty and obligation to the work at hand

Interested candidates should:

  • Complete an online application
  • Submit a curriculum vitae/resume and cover letter

Application review is ongoing and continuous.

Applicants will only be contacted if and when there is a need or on an exploratory basis. Applications are valid for a two-year period, at which point they will be deleted from the system. Please feel free to reapply after two years with updated information.

General questions related to this application process should be directed to talent@wpunj.edu

About William Paterson:

William Paterson University is the third most diverse public university in New Jersey. As a longstanding member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), we have been designated by the US Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution. William Paterson University is also proud to be designated as a NASA MSI (Minority Serving Institution). The University offers more than 250 undergraduate and graduate academic programs that range from liberal arts and sciences to pre- professional and professional programs; it enrolls nearly 10,000 students from across the country and from over 40 nations. The University is situated on a beautiful, 370-acre suburban campus in Wayne, New Jersey, just twenty miles west of New York City.

William Paterson University is an equal opportunity employer that actively values and supports diversity among faculty, staff and students. Women, minorities, and members of under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.

Required Documents:

Cover Letter, Resume/CV

Keywords: William Paterson University, Wayne , Adjunct Faculty - Music, Music and Entertainment Industries (MEI), Other , Wayne, New Jersey

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