Department & Position Summary
The School of Music at The University of Akron invites applications for a full-time, 9-month non-tenure track assistant professor of instruction to serve as Assistant Director of Bands and Director of Athletic Bands. The University of Akron is an urban research university that affirms the importance and value of diversity within the student body, and among our faculty, staff, administration, and governing Board of Trustees. We are especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the School of Music and University through their teaching and service.
The UA School of Music is part of the Fine Arts Division of Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences and has a long history of excellence in performance and teaching. The School of Music offers a comprehensive music program to nearly 200 majors at the bachelors and master’s level and is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music. More information can be found at www.uakron.edu/music.
Duties will include assisting the Director of Bands with all facets of a comprehensive university band program. The successful candidate will be expected to complete the following, with additional duties as assigned according to School of Music needs:
- Conduct and coordinate the UA Symphony Band (second of three concert bands)
- Co-direct the Concert Band in the spring semester (third of three concert bands)
- Direct and coordinate “Ohio’s Pride,” The University of Akron Marching Band, and Blue and Gold Brass Basketball pep-band
- Program, design, and instruct a new halftime show for each home football game
- Serve as liaison between UA School of Music and Department of Athletics
- Teach and organize Basic Conducting class for music education and performance majors
- Teach and organize Marching Band Techniques class for instrumental music education majors
- Assist with coordinating recruiting events sponsored by UA Bands and in support of UA School of Music
Date of Appointment
A 9-month salary plus an additional tenth month stipend will be offered beginning August 1, 2023.
Master of Music. Demonstrated experience as a band conductor/educator, including evidence of successful concert and marching band programming, instruction, and performance, as well as marching band drill design.
DMA, PhD, or ABD. Demonstrated experience as a band conductor/educator at the college/university level, including comprehensive knowledge of Pyware Drill Design software and marching band arranging experience.
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To apply for this position, you must complete the on-line application and attach the following in pdf format:
- Cover letter
- Current curriculum vitae
- List of 3 to 5 current references with current phone number, address, and e-mail address
- PDF with links to videos of the following (all materials should be from the past two to three years)
- Concert band performance(s); include at least two contrasting works, preferably with video of the applicant from the performer’s perspective
- Concert band rehearsal(s); include at least two contrasting works, preferably with video of the applicant from the performer’s perspective
- Marching band performance(s) that demonstrate the applicant’s instruction, drill design, and/or arranging experience
- Diversity statement outlining experience with diverse student populations and/or commitment to future DEI efforts. The University of Akron Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences outlines the directive as follows: As an urban research university in a diverse community, The University of Akron is committed to advancing inclusive excellence and equity throughout the university within the communities we serve. As such, we ask that candidates who seek to join us submit a statement (one to two-page maximum) that describes your commitment and contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Specifically, in this statement we ask that you speak to your values with respect to diversity, equity, and inclusion, your activities and plans related to diversity and inclusion in your teaching, research, and service, and your experience working with underrepresented populations and/or issues that disproportionately affect diverse populations in your profession and/or community life.
After submission of your application, return to the "My Activities" link and upload the required documents to your profile under the "Cover Letters and Attachments" section.
Applicants should fully describe their qualifications and experience with reference to the minimum and preferred qualifications. This is the information on which the initial review of materials will be based. A curriculum vitae will not be accepted in place of any information requested on the application. For questions, contact Galen Karriker, Band Search Committee chair, School of Music, Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences at email@example.com or 330-972-6180. Contact information for technical support is available on the application website.
Deadline for Applications is April 6, 2023.
About University of Akron
The University of Akron is a vibrant community driven by collaboration, partnership, and a steadfast determination to provide opportunity and success to all learners The University of Akron believes diversity is a vital element of an equitable and thriving workplace. A diverse workforce is essential as we strive to create a dynamic academic environment that prepares students to be citizens of the world around them, and as we deepen the value, we place on our connection to the Greater Akron community.
We celebrate the power of uniqueness, and the strength that coalesces when unique voices are heard. We seek to empower employees to lead in their colleges, departments, offices and divisions. People of all backgrounds work on our campus every day, and we value the contribution of each individual in their commitment to a better University of Akron.
We welcome candidates who are passionate about shaping and inspiring the next generation of thinkers, experts, artists and leaders. Bound and determined to meet every challenge, we continue to climb, to forge new paths and reach new heights – and we want you to join us. Bring your voice. Bring your uniqueness. Bring you. We are Akron. We rise together.
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The University of Akron, as an equal education and employment institution, is committed to achieving a diverse and inclusive workforce. All qualified individuals in its education programs or activities, including applicants for admissions or employment, will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, genetic information, military status or status as a veteran. To further this commitment, the University complies with state and federal laws which prohibit discrimination. Questions or concerns about the administration of this commitment can be directed to the University’s Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Office (uakron.edu/hr/eeoaa).
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