U. New Mexico Seeks ‘Decolonized Music Education’ Professor

2024-04-14 08:30:38

Doesn’t this take the joy out of music almost immediately? It makes it all about politics instead.

University of New Mexico seeks ‘decolonized music education’ professor

Applicants for a University of New Mexico music professor position should have an interest in “decolonized music education curriculum,” according to an open job listing.

Other potential interests include “social justice,” or “community-engaged performance practices,” according to the job posting for a visiting assistant professor.

“A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and student success as well as working with broadly diverse communities,” is also sought.

The job requirements are about the university’s “2040 goals” for “diversity” on campus, according to a university statement sent to The College Fix.

“The College [of Fine Arts], along with the University, has a longstanding commitment to the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion,” a spokesperson told The College Fix via email.

The College of Fine Arts “is in full support of the University’s 2040 goals to respect and celebrate the differences of all persons, and value working and learning in a collaborative environment where diversity is cherished with a shared sense of belonging.”

Among other things, these 2040 goals include “address[ing] historical and current injustices and inequities among URM and other minoritized faculty,” and “doubling Hispanic doctoral student [enrollment] through analyzing doctoral student demographic composition by race and ethnicity and doctoral degree conferral rates by race and ethnicity.”

The university did not directly address questions asked about examples of social justice and music and what “decolonized music education curriculum” means.

“The mission of the University of New Mexico’s College of Fine Arts is to positively impact the region and empower all underrepresented people of the state to pursue a high-quality education in the fine arts,” the college stated.

“[T]he College itself provides a comprehensive curriculum and incorporates DEI values in music education that provide a strong practical, theoretical, and philosophical foundation for all its students,” a spokesperson said.

An education commentator criticized “decolonization” in music education.

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