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Faculty - Tenure Track - Jazz and Commercial Music
Utah Valley University

Date Posted Nov. 8, 2019
Title Faculty - Tenure Track - Jazz and Commercial Music
University Utah Valley University
Orem, UT, United States
Department Jazz and Commercial Music
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
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  • Assistant Professor
  • Music - Jazz

Faculty - Tenure Track - Jazz and Commercial Music

Position Category: Faculty - Tenure Track (FT)


The Utah Valley University Department of Music invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Jazz and Commercial Music position beginning August 2020. The successful candidate will be an insightful and engaging teacher, composer/arranger, and performer who cultivates and sustains a rigorous learning environment. Duties of this position include teaching jazz orchestra, small jazz and commercial ensembles, contemporary theory and improvisation, jazz improvisation, jazz and contemporary arranging, and other courses assigned by the department. Additional teaching assignments could include private performance or composition/arranging instruction, aural skills, or theory classes depending on the candidate's qualifications and needs of the department, and other duties as assigned. Commercial area service components include administering the Jazz Jam series and Ice Breaker Jazz Festival as well as collaborating with faculty colleagues for recruiting, entrance auditions, juries, and ensemble placement auditions. The successful candidate will be expected to establish and maintain positive relationships with secondary school and private jazz/commercial instructors as well as industry professionals throughout the region. Qualifications include a completed doctorate degree in a jazz or commercial music area at the time of hire, demonstrated experience teaching college-level jazz and commercial music, evidence of accomplishment as a professional performer or composer/arranger, demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching and learning as well as scholarship, and commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Applicants should upload a cover letter, vitae, and contact information for five references (as Other Document #1). Screening of applicants will begin December 2, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. After the review date, advancing candidates may be asked to provide:
  • performance recordings in solo and/or ensemble settings (up to 30 minutes; video recordings where possible)
  • video of rehearsals/performances of ensemble(s) directed by applicant and other teaching formats
  • supplementary materials which may include musical compositions/arrangements, syllabi, programs, personal web site, etc.

The Department of Music includes 290 undergraduate students pursuing performance, education, and commercial music degrees with seventeen full-time faculty and thirty adjunct instructors. The department is a unit within the School of the Arts and is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music. In January 2019 the School of the Arts opened the stunning Noorda Center for the Performing Arts, which houses classroom, rehearsal, and performance spaces, including a state-of-the-art 900-seat concert hall. The Noorda is home to a robust concert season from School of the Arts student and faculty performers as well as an extensive professional performing arts series. With over 39,000 students, Utah Valley University is the largest university in Utah.

Required Qualifications:

Graduation from an accredited institution with a terminal degree and extensive experience in a Music related field.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of the principles and methodology of contemporary performance and improvisation in a variety of genres.
  • Proven skills as an accomplished teacher and performer.
  • Proven skills as an accomplished teacher, performer, and composer/arranger.
  • Skills in recruiting, and placing students.
  • Skills in rehearsing wind and rhythm section instruments in vernacular genres.
  • Ability to develop curriculum and teach assigned courses.
  • Ability to engage students in learning and performing opportunities on campus and in the community.
  • Ability to communicate (written and oral) with a wide variety of students, faculty and others.

Preferred Qualifications:

Graduation from an accredited institution with a doctorate in a jazz or commercial music area. Experience teaching jazz performance and vernacular genre composition/arranging in higher education.

Physical Requirements:

Work is normally performed in a typical classroom/office work environment.

Benefits Summary:

UVU offers an excellent benefits package which includes a generous leave policy, 12 paid holidays, affordable medical and dental insurance options, life and AD&D insurance, tuition waiver (undergraduate resident) for employee and dependents and substantial employer contribution to a retirement plan.

FLSA: Exempt

Pay Range: DOQ

Advertisement Number: FAC58618 School of the Arts Faculty

Open Date: 10/28/2019

Review Start Date: 12/02/2019

Close Date:

Open Until Filled: Yes

Special Instructions to Applicant: Please upload a minimum of five references as Other Document #1. References may be contacted at some point during the screening and selection process for a letter of recommendation.

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Employment decisions are made on the basis of an applicants qualifications and ability to perform the job without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age (40 and over), disability, veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth, or pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or other bases protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.


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