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Assistant Professor of Music in Applied Woodwinds and Music Education
Adams State University

Date Posted Sep. 13, 2022
Title Assistant Professor of Music in Applied Woodwinds and Music Education
University Adams State University
Alamosa, CO, United States
Department Music
Application Deadline Oct. 28, 2022
Position Start Date Aug. 21, 2023
  • Assistant Professor
  • Music - General
    Music Education


The Department of Music at Adams State University invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track appointment in Applied Woodwinds (open to specialty in any woodwind instrument) and Music Education at the rank of Assistant Professor. The person appointed to this position will teach applied lessons and performance courses in the woodwind area, teach Woodwind, Elementary, and Secondary Music Methods, and serve as the primary liaison for all music education matters, including collaborating with the School of Education. Opportunities for supplemental online teaching in the Master of Arts in Music Education program may be available. 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 with a course load of 12 credits per semester.


  • Terminal degree in music. ABD considered. A minimum of a Master’s degree in Music Education preferred.
  • Ability to teach at all levels in the applied woodwind instrumental area.
  • Public school teaching experience. Candidates should be well versed in current music education methodologies and practices.
  • Ability and willingness to successfully recruit for the department and to work with high school students and directors.
  • A demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion and relevant experience advocating for students of diverse sociocultural identities.
  • 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.  We warmly invite applications from candidates who thrive in this environment of honesty, efficacy, and collaboration.


A complete application is required and must include:

  • An application letter addressing the position description, qualifications, teaching experience, and teaching philosophy.
  • A statement addressing the experience, ability, and commitment to working with students from diverse sociocultural backgrounds and the contributions that would be made to advancing a culture of equity and inclusion at Adams State University.
  • Unofficial photocopies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts. Official transcripts will be required at the time of hire.
  • Curriculum Vitae.
  • A list of at least three professional references (name, affiliation, email address, and phone number) who can address the applicant’s qualifications for the position.
  • An electronic link to a video of an instrumental performance. Teaching videos may be requested at a later date.
  • Please send all application materials to Dr. Matthew Schildt at


Salary is $45,500 to $47,000 for the first year (12-month, full-time contract); excellent medical/dental and retirement benefits. Opportunities for supplemental pay in the Master of Arts in Music Education program may be available.

If you have questions regarding the position, please contact:

Dr. Matthew Schildt, Search Committee Chair

Department of Music

Adams State University

208 Edgemont Blvd.

Alamosa, CO 81101


Phone: 719-587-7606

Priority will be given to those completed applications received by Friday, October 28, 2022, and the position will remain open until filled. This appointment begins on August 21, 2023.


Located in the beautiful San Luis Valley between the Sangre de Cristo and San Juan Mountain ranges in Alamosa, Colorado, Adams State University is a state-supported Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI; 37% Hispanic, 8% Black). The San Luis Valley is the largest alpine valley in the United States at an elevation of 7554 feet, and part of the valley is designated as the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area ( Alamosa is located approximately 3.5 hours from Denver, 1.5 hours from Taos, NM, and 2.5 hours from Santa Fe, NM. Alamosa has a population of 9800 with recently built elementary schools, a new athletic field at the high school, and is in an area where the opportunities for outdoor recreation abound, including the Great Sand Dunes National Park.

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.

  • 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.

    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 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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    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.

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Contact Information

  • Dr. Matthew Schildt
    Adams State University
    208 Edgemont Blvd
    Alamosa, CO 81101
  • 719-587-7606


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