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Music Faculty (Music Education) - Tenure-Track (Assistant Professor)
University of Illinois Chicago

Date Posted Nov. 7, 2023
Title Music Faculty (Music Education) - Tenure-Track (Assistant Professor)
University University of Illinois Chicago
Chicago, IL, United States
Department The School of Theatre and Music
Application Deadline Dec. 4, 2023
Position Start Date Aug. 16, 2024
  • Assistant Professor
  • Music Education

About the University of Illinois Chicago

UIC is among the nation’s preeminent urban public research universities, a Carnegie RU/VH research institution, and the largest university in Chicago. UIC serves over 34,000 students, comprising one of the most diverse student bodies in the nation and is designated as a Minority Serving Institution (MSI), an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPSI) and a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). Through its 16 colleges, UIC produces nationally and internationally recognized multidisciplinary academic programs in concert with civic, corporate and community partners worldwide, including a full complement of health sciences colleges. By emphasizing cutting-edge and transformational research along with a commitment to the success of all students, UIC embodies the dynamic, vibrant and engaged urban university. Recent “Best Colleges” rankings published by U.S. News & World Report, found UIC climbed up in its rankings among top public schools in the nation and among all national universities. UIC has nearly 260,000 alumni, and is one of the largest employers in the city of Chicago.


The School of Theatre and Music at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) invites applications for a full-time tenure-track (assistant professor) faculty position, music education.

We seek a music education scholar and teacher with the facility to engage a diverse set of music learning and teaching practices; who will teach core courses in music education; and who will take a leadership role in the implementation of a new city-school-based music teaching licensure degree program. The successful candidate will approach the discipline in culturally responsive ways, place high value on aural ways of knowing and organizing music, center creative musical activities (arranging, composing, and improvising), and prepare students for success in large, urban school districts via field experiences in the Chicago Public Schools and with various partnerships in and around Chicago. 

All tenure-track faculty members contribute to the university's general education program as needed and provide service. Teaching duties will be determined by qualifications and institutional needs. Continuing academic year (nine-month) appointment begins 16 August 2024. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications.  


Terminal degree in Music Education (Ph.D. or D.M.A.) or in Education (Ed.D.) by 16 August 2024. A record of, or clear potential for, creative scholarly activity, peer-reviewed publications and presentations at conferences, and demonstrated leadership potential in the field. Demonstrated success in teaching at the college/university level, including graduate assistantships. A proven commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, access, and nurturing a sense of belonging in teaching and/or scholarship. Evidence of administrative, collaborative, and interpersonal skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

Three or more years of experience teaching music in early-childhood, elementary, and/or secondary programs in city public schools. Competence in and engagement with vernacular, popular, indigenous, and non-Western musical practices. An understanding of and experience with teaching populations that reflect UIC’s diverse student body. Experience with licensure requirements for undergraduate music education degrees.

Application Deadline:

December 4, 2023: Submit a letter of application indicating qualifications for the position, curriculum vitae, a two-page research statement addressing the candidate’s scholarly trajectory, and contact information for three recommenders (including e-mail and phone numbers) to the UIC job board at Direct questions to Professor Harris Saunders at

  • The University of Illinois System is an equal opportunity employer, including but not limited to disability and/or veteran status, and complies with all applicable state and federal employment mandates. Please visit Required Employment Notices and Posters to view our non-discrimination statement and find additional information about required background checks, sexual harassment/misconduct disclosures, COVID-19 vaccination requirement, and employment eligibility review through E-Verify.

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Contact Information

  • Harris Saunders
    The School of Theatre and Music
    University of Illinois Chicago
    1040 W Harrison St.
    Chicago, IL 60607


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