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Assistant Professor of Music in Composition & Theory
University of Kentucky

Date Posted Nov. 9, 2022
Title Assistant Professor of Music in Composition & Theory
University University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY, United States
Department 8X200:Fine Arts - Music
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Assistant Professor
  • Music - Composition
    Music - General
The University of Kentucky is seeking a full-time, regular title series, 9-month, tenure-eligible Assistant Professor of Composition & Theory to join our outstanding faculty in the UK School of Music to begin August 2023. Teaching duties will include undergraduate and graduate course work in composition, orchestration, instrumentation, arranging, advanced harmony and counterpoint. Ability to direct a New Music Ensemble is a plus. Candidates should provide evidence of a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity in both recruitment activities and studio and classroom settings and articulate a vision for ensuring the well-being of students within the UK School of Music. Candidates should demonstrate a successful record of teaching and exhibit a high degree of professional integrity.

The successful candidate will be expected to build a creative activity/research profile consistent with School of Music standards and participate in shared governance within the School of Music, the College of Fine Arts, and the University, as well as the professional community. Tenured faculty in the School of Music may be asked to serve a term as Director of Undergraduate or Graduate Studies, depending upon the needs of the school. The projected distribution of effort for this position is 50% teaching, 40% creative activity/research, and 10% service. The salary range for this position is $58,000-$62,000.

Candidates must hold a PhD or DMA by the time of employment and should have at least one year of teaching experience at the college level beyond graduate school.

When prompted in the employment system, applicants will submit the following materials:
  • Cover letter addressing your qualifications specific to this position
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Specific Request 1 - A statement on evidence of diversity, equity, and inclusion as it pertains to your professional career
  • Specific Request 2 - Recorded samples of 3-4 compositional works

Please also include the names and contact information for professional references when prompted in the application. This information will instantly be used to solicit reference letters within the employment system upon submission of application. Review of applications will begin immediately, and applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Applications received by January 9, 2023, will be assured full consideration.

The School of Music has over 50 full-time faculty, with an enrollment of over 400 students. The School of Music offers baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degrees in music performance, music education, musicology/ethnomusicology, and theory/composition, as well as a master’s degree in music therapy. The school is a member of the National Association of Schools of Music. More information can be found at

The University of Kentucky, College of Fine Arts thrives because we serve and honor individuals and communities with unique and distinct voices. The College intentionally supports an authentic environment of diversity, equity, and inclusion through artistic programming and curricula that explore and celebrate the experiences of those voices. Because we believe that the arts are essential to the life of the individual and the community, we actively facilitate wide-ranging creative expression among our faculty, staff, and student artists and commit to inclusivity in our hiring and recruiting of faculty, staff, and students. In alignment with our DEI commitment, we welcome and invite applicants who have a deep interest in advancing this mission and those who possess the skills and experience for this work. We encourage applications from members of all underrepresented groups as well as individuals who have experience working with diverse student populations (e.g., racial/ethnic, income, immigration status, sexual orientation/gender identification, etc.). As a member of the state’s flagship institution, we pledge to ensure that our campus is a place where differences are welcomed and valued, different perspectives are respectfully heard, and where every individual feels a sense of belonging and inclusion. Visit our website at:

Employment at UK comes with diverse rewards, focusing on total well-being and career development, with leadership striving to provide a strong work-life integration. The University generously contributes to employees’ retirement plans, medical coverage, and life insurance. In addition, UK offers optional benefits such as dental and vision insurance, additional retirement plans and much more. To learn more about these benefits, please visit:

Given the COVID-19 pandemic, and the need to protect our university community including our students, staff, faculty and visitors, the University of Kentucky is requiring COVID-19 vaccination for all new hires and rehires. Prior to the first day of employment, all new hires and rehires must submit appropriate documentation showing, i) completion of the first vaccination against COVID-19, or ii) completion of the full vaccination series against COVID-19, or iii) approved exemption (medical contraindications or a sincerely held religious belief) through the formal exemption process from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement. For those who have completed the first vaccination against COVID-19 prior to their first day of employment, the second vaccination (if applicable) must be completed following the vaccination recommended schedule to be considered fully vaccinated.

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