A Visiting Assistant Professor (VAP) is just that, a visitor. No guarantee of a permanent position, although historically a VAP often becomes a permanent position. This was not the case at Texas Tech University, for reasons out of the control of those invested in the 2016-17 VAP. There are some certainties in the academic world and one of them is that nothing that happens on the administrative level can diminish the research, skill set, attitude, or relationships to, in my case, the greater musicological community.
Because of this, I am a member of another first-class university for the 2017-18 academic year, the School of Music at Sam Houston State University, in Huntsville, Texas. My faculty bio may be found here. It has been my pleasure to work with my new colleagues and friends and to mentor a new group of students. In the fall semester I taught these courses:
- Music History: Antiquity through Baroque
- Music History: Classic to Present
- Seminar in Twentieth-Century Music
This spring I do not have a graduate seminar and am only teaching undergraduates. All very rewarding, and I’ve been able to continue my various research projects, including a book, conference presentations, and providing peer-reviewing for significant journals in the world of musicology and American music. A good year, to be sure.
The position at SHSU is, regrettably, only for 2017-18. I do not know where my scholarship, teaching, performing, and mentoring will take me for 2018-19, but where I go so goes my work. Watch this space for details and updates.
Kim Pineda, PhD