Full-Time Faculty Position in Voice at Bennington College

Bennington, Vermont, United States | Full-time

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Bennington College seeks a teacher-practitioner in Voice for a full-time faculty position to begin in fall 2023. Candidates should have college-level experience teaching fundamental vocal techniques and their application to a wide range of vocal styles. The applicant would be joining a music department of teacher-practitioners, who actively create an environment where students with diverse musical knowledge grow as thinking and versatile musicians. Our curriculum centers the creation of original work and performance across a diverse range of styles, genres, traditions, and sound practices. We seek a committed teacher who will add to the breadth and depth of our offerings and contribute to the musical life of our campus community. Responsibilities include teaching individual and group vocal technique classes at all levels with opportunities to design original courses, conduct ensembles, and collaborate with other discipline groups, particularly the Drama program. Faculty are expected to maintain a presence on campus, attending performances, the music program's weekly Music Workshop, and other events. We invite candidates with performance and teaching expertise in a range of vocal and choral repertoires including but not limited to classical, jazz, R&B, folk, pop, rock, global musics, musical theater, and experimental sound practices. The successful candidate should be curious about students and learning and comfortable working with students, colleagues, and staff of all backgrounds and gender identities, while modeling these qualities in their teaching, performing, and interactions on campus. 

Bennington College is a small residential liberal arts college in southern Vermont, long distinguished for its progressive approach to higher education. The College was founded in 1932 on the principle of active engagement in learning, which is manifest in individualized plans of study developed by students together with faculty. Bennington’s open curricular structures facilitate innovative teaching across traditional disciplinary boundaries and small class sizes enable student-centered and engaged learning within the classroom. Faculty members at Bennington are teacher-practitioners whose professional work is in ongoing dialogue with their teaching and advising, and fully engaged student advising and college service are expected. 

Bennington serves a diverse student population inclusive of members of ethnically/racially minoritized, international, LGBTQIA+, and disability communities as well as diverse gender identities, socioeconomic backgrounds, religions, and political beliefs. Our staff and faculty also reflect diverse and intersecting backgrounds and identities. All employees are expected to be respectful and responsive to these differences in the service of building community that promotes student and employee success. Each individual (faculty, staff and students) will be accountable for upholding these values.  The College’s approach to pluralism and inclusivity—both as fields of inquiry and practice—is to prioritize flexible thought, and to invite the examination of access, value, power, and privilege through its institutional policies and areas of study. We encourage applicants from diverse realms of interest, backgrounds, experience, and accomplishment to apply. 

Candidates should apply online by submitting: 1) a letter of application; 2) a curriculum vitae including contact information for three references; 3) a statement of teaching philosophy; 4) links to, or examples of, relevant recent professional work; and 5) a brief statement on the candidate’s potential to contribute to an increasingly diverse and inclusive environment through teaching, research, and/or service.

Review of applications will begin on November 15th and will continue until the position is filled. This position requires the successful completion and acceptable results of a background check.