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Assistant Professor of Instrumental Music and Director of Bands
Southern Oregon University

Date Posted Dec. 17, 2020
Title Assistant Professor of Instrumental Music and Director of Bands
University Southern Oregon University
Ashland, OR, United States
Department Department of Music
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Assistant Professor
  • Music - General

Assistant Professor of Instrumental Music and Director of Bands

Southern Oregon University

Position Number: F00151


Position Summary:

The Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University is seeking qualified candidates for a full-time, nine-month, tenure-track, Assistant Professor of Instrumental Music position in the Music Program. The Music Program in the Oregon Center for the Arts is medium-sized program ranging from 62-100 undergraduate music majors (BM, BA, and BS), and 10-12 graduate students (MM). The program maintains an active presence on campus and in the community, hosting over 100 events each year. The Music Program and the Oregon Center for the Arts are actively engaging in addressing and serving the needs of the growing diversity of its student body and welcomes applicants from a diversity of backgrounds including historically underrepresented groups in higher education.
Duties include: Director of Bands/Instrumental Music and Conducting. The candidate will direct all facets of the University Band Program, develop a strong relationship with regional music educators, and lead the annual High School Honor Band Festival. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the program, division, and university through active recruitment, departmental and interdisciplinary committees, and ongoing engagement in scholarly, creative, and professional activities. The successful candidate will be expected to develop innovative courses which reflect new directions within the band community and to weave cultural diversity throughout their teaching and music making.
Assignment includes: Conduct the Wind Ensemble, teach undergraduate conducting, brass methods, and offer individual instruction to majors and non-majors in the candidate's applied area (trumpet preferred) through a multicultural lens. The position will require a dynamic, ongoing plan for recruiting and retention of music majors and ensemble members.
Additional assignments may include developing and teaching courses related to jazz, improvisation, composition, or courses in other areas of expertise; and in the long-term, possible development of a Master of Music in Conducting or another appropriate graduate program.
As a faculty member on a tenure track, the candidate will also be expected to maintain their professional development. This can be achieved by outside performances, publishing, conference attendance and presentations, workshop presentations, and continued involvement in professional organizations.
SOU offers excellent comprehensive health and retirement benefits. The start date is September 2021, and the position is tenure eligible and will be open until filled with priority deadline of January 15, 2021.
Southern Oregon University is a public liberal arts institution of approximately 6,000 undergraduate and 500 graduate students and is located in the heart of the Klamath-Siskiyou bioregion, one of the most ecologically diverse regions of North America. Located in Ashland, the surrounding area is also known for cultural offerings such as the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Ashland Independent Film Festival, and the Britt Music & Arts Festival. The Rogue Valley is also renowned for outdoor activities such as hiking, cycling, running, skiing, snowboarding, and fishing.

Minimum Qualifications:

Initial appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor requires a terminal degree in the discipline taught or ABD.
Two years of professional experience in a similar position or in the professional music field.
An accomplished brass instrument performer, with a preference for trumpet.
Experience in wind and percussion pedagogy.
Experience recruiting music majors and instrumental music ensemble students.
Demonstration of effective teaching and mentorship.
Ability to work collaboratively and cordially with fellow faculty, students, and guest artists from diverse backgrounds.
The technical knowledge to work with advanced students as well as the desire, ability, and patience to teach and train novice students.
Evidence of sensitivity to and an understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, LGBTQ+, and ethnic backgrounds of staff and students.

Preferred Qualification:

More than two years of professional experience in a similar position or in the professional music field.
Demonstration of expertise in trumpet.
Demonstration of experience working with middle or high school bands.
At least three years of successful public high school band or university teaching experience.
Active member of CBDNA, NAfME, or other professional organizations according to candidates area of expertise.

Preference will be given to candidates with experience teaching and supervising graduate students, including students from diverse backgrounds.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Each applicant is required to provide (as attachments to the online application) the following supplemental documents: (1) letter providing some detail of the applicants qualifications and interest in the position; (2) current resume/CV; (3) teaching philosophy; and (4) at least three professional references. If you are unable to attach the supplemental materials to the online application please contact Human Resources for assistance.

For inquiries and additional information, please contact: Human Resource Services via email at or by phone at (541)552-8553.

Special Conditions

Must be willing to travel and attend training programs off-site for occasional professional development.
Must be able to work additional hours and adjust working hours to meet special jobs. May be called back periodically to perform work as needed on an emergency basis.
Must be able to successfully pass a pre-employment background check.
Under the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA):
-Position classification defined as exempt are not subject overtime
The person holding this position is considered a mandated reporter under the Oregon Revised Statues and is required to comply with the requirements set forth by the Oregon department of Human Services.

Notice to Prospective Employees
Section 485 of the Higher Education Act, and The Federal Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990 (now referred to as the Clery Act),requires that prospective employees be notified of the availability of SOUs Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. The report provides the annual statistics and campus policies for the reporting of and responding to campus crimes and fires; access to campus facilities; conduct code and campus policies on use, possession and sale of drugs/alcohol; and educational/information programs to inform the campus community about campus security procedures and crime prevention.

An electronic copy of the Annual Security Report (ASR)can be accessed at the following link: A physical copy of the ASR is available at no charge upon request. To request a copy please visit the Campus Public Safety Office at 382 Wightman Street, Ashland OR 97520. For more information call 541-552-6258, or email

All applicants must apply online at

Diversity Statement

Southern Oregon University is a welcoming community committed to inclusive excellence and the celebration of diversity. Without diversity, our educational process is diminished. Working together in support of our commitment to diversity, we strengthen and enrich our role as learners, educators and members of a tightly connected global community. We encourage those who share in our commitment to diversity, to join our community and we expect all our employees to demonstrate an ability and desire to create an inclusive campus community.


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