Bluefield University Employment Opportunities

Assistant/Associate Professor of Church Music and Worship Arts

Bluefield University is a Christ-centered, multicultural learning community that values and seeks faculty and staff who represent diverse backgrounds and perspectives, are committed to diversity, work effectively with diverse populations, and engage others in ways that honor our rich cultural mosaic and biblical foundation. Bluefield University is affiliated with the Baptist General Association of Virginia.

The University is seeking a qualified candidate to serve as Assistant/Associate Professor of Church Music and Worship Arts with instructional responsibilities for general music in theory, history, and choral conducting.


Bluefield University is seeking an Assistant/Associate Professor of Church Music and Worship Arts who will lead the Center for Worship Arts and its ministry in the University Chapel and in churches within the Appalachian region and the Commonwealth of Virginia. The position will serve the general music major as a faculty member teaching across the music curriculum including leading vocal ensembles such as the Variations, Bluefield Singers, and Masterworks Chorale.


Teach an instructional load of 24 to 27 credit hours per calendar year in qualified on-campus and online courses– following all criteria listed within the University Academic Catalogs, the Faculty Agreement, and the Faculty Handbook:

  • Serve on Faculty committees as assigned, attend organizational meetings, partake in Commencement activities, and be present at chapel services.
  • Serve as a valued strategic music educator within the Music Department.
  • Serve community, regional, and national organizations that mutually benefit the Music Department, the university, and the community
  • Seek to increase enrollment, brand awareness, and digital marketing presence for the Music Department
  • Coordinate academic offerings within the Center for Worship Arts, collaborating with the Music Department Chair.
  • Communicate regularly with students, area representatives, and university administrators in a problem-solving and decision-making capacity
  • Participate in efforts to recruit prospective students and to retain students in the Music Department
  • Assist the Music Department Chair with up-to-date information in the University Academic Catalog, university website, and other areas.


  • Work with Dean of Arts and Letters and the Music Department Chair to update and maintain music curricula within Canvas, the learning management system and at off-site locations (as needed)
  • Maintain documents and learning-tools databases used to support music services
  • Evaluate music education learning methods and course content to ensure it meets 21st century remote and virtual learning pedagogy
  • Develop and implement strategies to promote, enhance, and enrich teaching through present and emerging technologies



Direct the Center for Worship Arts as the expression of Church Music outreach to the University constituency on-campus, locally, within the Appalachian region and across the Commonwealth of Virginia.

  • Assist the Department Chair in developing the course schedule for each semester and term; implement improvements to the process and procedures
  • Participate in instructional technology for orienting, training, and developing Music Department faculty, especially with the integration of the iPad into the classroom experience,


  •  Participate with the Chair in holistic Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment planning for the Music Department
  • Collaborate in efforts of accreditation compliance for the Music Department, including seeking and maintaining state, regional, and national accreditation
  • Develop a 3 and 5-year strategic plans for the Music Department
  • Encourage unity of vision and purpose by integrating activities for on-campus with co-curricular programs
  • Collaborate with the development of strategic plans for marketing, recruitment, and branding by the Enrollment Management Team for the Music Department



  • Possess a faith and commitment to Jesus Christ
  • Be a highly motivated self-starter
  • Demonstrate a professional demeanor and presentation in dealing with the University constituency
  • Be experienced in Learning Management Systems and electronic media and knowledge of how to best educate pertinent individuals regarding the use of such
  • Demonstrate proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and advanced learning technologies
  • Possess ability to speak to audiences in a coherent and professional manner
  • Possess excellent organizational, interpersonal, and writing skills
  • Demonstrate effective time management for multi-tasking daily functions
  • Demonstrate empathy for student life issues and an understanding of the specific needs and learning styles for all students
  • Possess strong problem-solving skills coupled with appropriate instinct and timely initiative
  • Hold a master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with at least 18 graduate credits in an academic discipline
  • Have proven ability to inspire and motivate others



  •  Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  This position is not necessarily a physically demanding job and requires no specific physical demands other than those typical in a modern office environment.  Normal responsibilities should not afford risks of accidental injury.

  • Specialized Equipment Requirements

The use of specialized equipment listed here is representative of equipment an employee may encounter while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  This position requires no specialized equipment other than equipment typically used in a modern office environment, including personal computers, calculators, copiers, and fax machines.

  • Working Conditions and Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the duties, responsibilities, and functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the duties, responsibilities, and functions.  This position has no specific working conditions; the work environment is typical to that of a small private university, with physical remote site locations within 50 miles of Bluefield University, VA. 


This position is subject to at least an annual evaluation based upon the job duties, responsibilities, and functions as set forth above as well as Communication, Job/Technical Knowledge, Teamwork/Cooperation, Initiative/Interest/Motivation, Adaptability/Flexibility, Stewardship and Safety. 


The job duties, responsibilities, functions, and requirements delineated above should not be interpreted as an all-inclusive list of same.  Additional duties, responsibilities, functions, and requirements may be assigned as deemed appropriate.  Bluefield University reserves the right to change or reassign job duties, responsibilities, and functions, or combine positions at any time.  In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, it is possible that requirements may be modified to reasonably accommodate disabled individuals.  However, no accommodations will be made which may pose serious health or safety risks to the employee or others or which impose undue hardships on Bluefield University.  Position descriptions are not intended as and do not create employment contracts.  Bluefield maintains its status as an at-will employer.


To apply for this position, please visit to complete the electronic employment application and upload the following:

  • Letter of interest
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Christian Faith
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  • Transcripts
  • Three letters of reference

Please note the definition of “Original Transcripts”

Hard-copy transcripts and other academic records are considered “official” when they arrive in a sealed, stamped, official envelope with the seal and any other security feature intact. Electronic transcripts are considered “official” when we receive them from a secure site formally linked to the sending institution or testing service.

Academic records received in any other condition, such as transcripts that arrive in an unsealed envelope, or that are emailed or uploaded by the student, or that are printed from the university portal, are not considered “official.”

Official transcripts may be sent to:

Academic Affairs Office
Bluefield University
3000 College Avenue
Bluefield, VA   24605

Bluefield University is a private, not-for-profit institution affiliated with the Baptist General Association of Virginia. Bluefield University shall not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, disability, age, religion, genetic information, veteran or military status, or any other basis on which the University is prohibited from discrimination under local, state, or federal law, in its employment or in the provision of its services, including but not limited to its programs and activities, admissions, educational policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other University-administered programs. This institution encourages women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply.

Additional information about Bluefield University is available at To be considered for this position, all application requirements listed above must be completed.

Do I only apply once?

  • No. Students must apply each academic year for the fall semester and submit the necessary documents.

Do I have to take the classes specified in the Associate's Degree tracks as they are listed on the information sheet?

  • No. Students may take any of the courses that are offered in a given term.

Where do I find the textbook listing, and where do I purchase the books?

  • Log in to myBU, and under the "Student" tab, you will find a list of the textbooks required (if any) for each course. Students are responsible for purchasing their own textbooks.

How long is a semester?

  • Our semesters are divided into two 8-week terms.

Is there an orientation?

  • Yes. Students can attend an orientation session that explains how to access courses, how to register for classes, and answers other questions.

Where can I find a course description?

Does the student need to take the SAT or ACT in order to take Dual Enrollment classes?

  • No. If a student decides to study at BU full time, BU is currently test-optional for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle.

Are the classes live? Do students need to log in and participate at certain times?

  • Classes are offered online, so a student can log-on and study at their convenience and their own pace. Students have assignments due each week; you can complete your assignments at any point in time before the deadline.

Does an Early College student need to come to campus for anything?

  • No. However, we would love to have you visit our campus if you are interested in continuing with traditional on-campus study. Students who complete their associate's degree have the option to walk at our commencement ceremony.

Are Early College students able to receive Financial Aid?

  • No. However, Early College courses are very affordable compared to other options. The cost for an online Dual Enrollment course is $100 per credit hour.

How do transferring credits work?

  • Each College or University completes a transcript review in order to decide which courses transfer. Sticking to general education classes generally makes transferring credits simple. All Early College courses at Bluefield University are general education classes that should transfer to another accredited institution.

Is an Early College student considered, and treated, as a transfer student when they become a full-time college student if they have earned enough credits to be a Junior?

  • No. Since they have not graduated from high school, they are considered a first-time college student regardless of how many credits transfer. However, by transferring credits when they enroll as a full-time student, they will have to take fewer classes to receive their bachelor's degree, which shortens the length of time to earn the degree.

Can I speak to someone if I have more questions?

  • Yes. Please contact the Office of Admissions by email or you can call them at 276.326.4231


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