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Assistant Professor of Music in Piano, Tenure-Track
Adams State University

Date Posted Oct. 11, 2023
Title Assistant Professor of Music in Piano, Tenure-Track
University Adams State University
Alamosa, CO, United States
Department Music
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Aug. 20, 2024
  • Assistant Professor
  • Music - Piano/Organ/Keyboard

Position Summary

The Department of Music at Adams State University invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track appointment in Piano at the rank of Assistant Professor. The person appointed to this position will teach applied piano lessons and all levels of Class Piano in addition to biennial courses in Accompanying Practicum and Piano Literature and Pedagogy. The course load is 12 credits per semester. In addition, the individual will share departmental responsibilities with six other full-time faculty, advise students, serve on campus committees, accompany faculty recitals, and be active in departmental recruiting. Other teaching areas may be assigned depending upon the qualifications of the candidate and departmental needs. Effective teaching, scholarship and creative activity, and service to the University are required for retention, promotion, and tenure. This is an academic year appointment.

Mission of the Department of Music

The Department of Music is an integral part of a liberal arts education and experience at Adams State University, providing innovative, personalized instruction and the skills, practical hands-on learning experiences, and career readiness to become successful, 21st-century music professionals.  The Department of Music values diversity, equity, academic and musical excellence, and is committed to community engagement, service, and outreach.

We recognize that women and people of color are often less likely to apply to a position if they don’t match 100% of the job qualifications. Don’t let that be the reason you miss out on this opportunity! We encourage you to apply if you can demonstrate many of these skills and competencies.


Minimum Qualifications

  1. Terminal degree in music.  ABD considered.
  2. A strong focus on teaching, including college teaching experience.
  3. Demonstrates knowledge of, sensitivity to, and ability to work effectively with, the educational needs of individuals and groups with a diverse range of identities, cultures, backgrounds, and abilities.
  4. Evidence of responsiveness to and understanding of the racial, socioeconomic, academic, and cultural diversity of Adams State University’s student population, including students with different abilities (e.g. physical and or learning) as these factors relate to the need for equity-minded, inclusive practices within the classroom.
  5. Demonstrated commitment to honesty, efficacy, and collaboration.  The Music Department values an inclusive environment that facilitates collegial relationships, encourages mutual understanding among diverse individuals, and leads to addressing issues and differences in an atmosphere where all are valued and affirmed. 
  6. Ability and willingness to successfully recruit for the department and to work with high school students and directors.
  7. Record of scholarly or creative activity and potential for continued creative growth.


Preferred Qualifications

  1. Experience teaching and performing in multiple musical styles.
  2. Ability or experience working with historically under-served and/or underrepresented populations, and first-generation college students.
  3. Ability or experience in the recruitment and/or retention of underrepresented students, including students of color.
  4. Commitment to professional development, scholarship, and service to the university and community.
  5. Demonstrated self-awareness of one's own cultural beliefs, perspectives, and privileges as a part of one's orientation towards teaching.
  6. Demonstrated decision-making that is informed by research, data, and theory and that leverages students' unique cultures, experiences, and background as strengths.


Salary and Benefits

The pay range for this position is $47,580 to $50,544 commensurate with experience and education. In addition to salary, Adams State University offers a competitive benefits program including medical, dental, vision, disability insurance, flexible spending accounts, life insurance, and retirement savings plans. For detailed benefits information please visit Opportunities for supplemental contracts may be available.  The salary range reflects a minimum for an entry level Assistant professor position to a maximum for an experienced Assistant Professor level position.

Required Documents

Cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching statement, diversity statement, graduate transcripts, electronic links to a solo performance and a private teaching video, and three references.

Completed applications should include the following:

  • A detailed cover letter of application addressing teaching interest/experience as well as how professional interests and goals align with Adams vision and values. We encourage applicants to discuss their commitment to scholarly and/or creative excellence. Additionally, we seek to learn how scholarly excellence is interwoven with their approach to service, teaching, mentoring, and affirming diverse perspectives.
  • Teaching Statement: (include sample course syllabi) in addition to describing your approach to teaching in general, please address the following questions: What do you feel are the best strategies for supporting students who have been historically marginalized in music? What role should faculty play in student success?
  • Diversity Statement: please address the following questions: Describe how your life experiences, identities, and/or professional commitments have shaped your approach to enacting Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI)? How does teaching at a small HSI with a sizable population of first-generation university students set in a rural environment align with your teaching interests/experience and professional goals?
  • Unofficial photocopies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts. Official transcripts will be required at the time of hire.
  • Curriculum Vitae.
  • At least three professional references: name, job title, and contact information (email, phone) who can address the applicant’s qualifications for the position.
  • An electronic link to a solo piano performance video at least 20 minutes long.
  • An electronic link to a private piano teaching video at least 20 minutes long.

Applications can be submitted at:

However, additional materials may be sent directly via email as needed to the Search Committee Chair.

If you have questions regarding the position, please contact:

Dr. Beth Robison, Search Committee Chair

Department of Music

Adams State University

208 Edgemont Blvd.

Alamosa, CO 81101


Phone: 719-587-7703

Priority will be given to those completed applications received by December 1, 2023, and the position will remain open until filled. This appointment begins on August 20, 2024.

About Alamosa, Colorado

Located in the beautiful San Luis Valley between the San Juan and Sangre de Cristo mountain ranges, Alamosa is situated within the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area. Set at an elevation of 7,500 feet in the largest interalpine valley in the United States, our city is located approximately 3.5 hours from Denver, 1.5 hours from Taos, New Mexico, and 2.5 hours from Santa Fe, New Mexico. Alamosa has a population of 9,500, with recently built elementary schools, a moderate cost of living, and affordable housing. ASU takes a leading role in local theatre performances and musical events and is in an area where the opportunities for outdoor recreation abound.

About the Department of Music

The Adams State University Department of Music, within the School of Visual and Performing Arts, is a vibrant and innovative music program with recently renovated facilities, including the Music Building, Richardson Hall Auditorium and Leon Memorial Recital Hall. The department houses a state-of-the-art recording studio and enhanced computer lab, is an 80% Steinway school and has a high job placement rate for its music education graduates. In 2016, the music department implemented the ETHOS: Exploring Equity through Music initiative, which is our commitment to addressing equity, diversity and societal issues through inclusive programming of our ensembles and the development of new curricula that is reflective of our outstanding student body. We also have created a series of student-led chamber ensembles that empower students to develop the artistic, managerial, and leadership skills that will be essential to their careers, while providing outreach to the community and K-12 schools.

The Department of Music, as well as the Departments of Art and Theatre, take a leading role in cultivating the arts in the San Luis Valley.

  • Disclosures:

    In compliance with the Immigration Control Act of 1968 candidates for positions must provide proof of eligibility to work before an offer of employment can be made final.

    Background Check Policy:

    Adams State University performs background checks as a condition of employment for prospective employees and current employees seeking certain promotional opportunities. Offers of employment are contingent upon completion of an acceptable background check. Applicants will be asked to provide personal data and sign a release form before the background check is conducted. Applicants who fail to provide the data and consent form will not be considered for employment or promotion. Background checks include review of criminal records and sex offender registry background. Credit and driving record background may apply to certain positions.

    Adams State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Applications are sought from all qualified persons regardless of race, color, sex, disability, and, as covered by law, veteran status. In addition, University policies prohibit discrimination on the basis of religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sexual orientation including transgender status and gender expression, marital status, and parental status.

    Title IX Disclosure

    Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Part 106 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, including in admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and CFR 106 to Adams State University (ASU) may be directed to ASU's Office of Equal Opportunity, Director Ana Guevara, and/or to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights of the Department of Education. Support resources for sexual misconduct, ASU's  sexual misconduct policies, contact information for the Adams State University's Office of Equal Opportunity & Title IX, as well as a detailed  procedure for filing a grievance due to discrimination on the basis of sex may be found online at  These  procedures also describe the University's response to reports and/or complaints of sex discrimination or sexual harassment. 

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Contact Information

  • Dr. Beth Robison
    Adams State University
    208 Edgemont Blvd
    Alamosa, CO 81101
  • 719-587-7703


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