Tales from the Lecture Track

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Kristin Wendland, Senior Lecturer in Music


Vol. 8 No. 2
October/November 2005

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By A Nose
Jockeying in the Rankings Race

The Current Standings

Whither the NRC Study?

"I am not going to change our methods of calculation just in order to try and achieve a ranking higher than another institution."

"Part of the reason educational reputation is so important is because people—students, faculty, and administrators—derive much of their status from the status of their institution."

Graduate School and College Excellence
Does research reputation influence undergraduate rankings?

Peer Scorings and Rankings of Colleges and Graduate Programs and Research


The “Lecture Track” Reconsidered
Professional identity and aspiration among non-tenure-path faculty

Tales from the Lecture Track: Kristin Wendland, Music

Tales from the Lecture Track: Sheila Tefft, Journalism

Virtue and the Stewardship
of Academic Freedom

Reflections on ambition, conversation, and community



The lecture track faculty (LTF) in the Department of Music forms a vital component of the full-time music faculty at Emory. The music LTF members help keep the academic, performing, and administrative engines of the department running smoothly and efficiently. A slice-of-life overview of their typical daily work and activities looks something like this:

Class meetings with students for music theory lecture, musicianship lab, and/or music history classes. Office hours follow to meet with students individually about class issues and projects and to check email.

Attend the music department faculty meeting at 1:00 p.m. in the Burlington Road Building. Each LTF member contributes to the department’s business and participates in the faculty’s decision-making process.

After the department meeting, the performance LTF hurry back to their studios to teach private voice or piano lessons or to coach chamber ensembles. The academic lecturer juggles activities in her office such as grading papers, planning for tomorrow’s classes,
writing a letter of recommendation for a student’s medical school application, and revising a conference paper for next week. After checking her email,
she meets with the Music Advisory Board at 5:00 for an early dinner-discussion session.

Before orchestra and wind ensemble rehearsals in the Schwartz Center, the LTF conductor plans for the spring tour in Europe and the new student recruitment project. The parent of a prospective student calls with a question about music auditions.

Next, a student pops in to chat while taking a break from practicing. The phone rings five minutes later.
This time, an artist affiliate is on the other line and needs to talk about a student’s progress in her private lessons. He tries to check email, but
the phone rings again.

Back in her office, the director of undergraduate studies is busy with administrative duties. She advises a student about an honors-project idea, works on the draft for next semester’s undergraduate class schedule, edits the new student handbook, and checks her email. At 4:00 she meets her Freshman Advising and Mentoring at Emory group.

In between scheduled work and activities, any one of our LTF will squeeze in a Center for Teaching and Curriculum pedagogy workshop, a college committee meeting, a meeting with an Emory Scholar or Scholarly Inquiry and Research at Emory grant recipient to discuss a research project, or time to reply to email.

The Emerson Concert Hall buzzes with excitement for the first big instrumental music concert of the season. An LTF conductor is on the podium, while the other LTF faculty members sit in the audience to support their colleagues and student performers.

Following the concert, most of the LTF have something to complete before the day is over. One needs to finish grading papers for tomorrow; another must return one more phone call. All have to finally catch up on email.

For a complete roster of the Department of Music lecture track faculty, artist affiliates, and part-time instructors, who teach applied music lessons, instrumental ensembles, and music theory and history classes, visit http://www.music.emory.edu/faculty/index.html