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Visiting Assistant Professor, School of Music (38525)
Northern Illinois University

Date Posted May 26, 2023
Title Visiting Assistant Professor, School of Music (38525)
University Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL, United States
Department Music
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Assistant Professor
  • Music - General


The School of Music at Northern Illinois University (NIUinvites applications for one year position in Orchestra, at the rank of Visiting Assistant Professor, beginning in Fall 2023. This Visiting Assistant Professor position will conduct the NIU Philharmonic, Opera Theatre and teach courses as appropriate. This is a one-year, non-tenure-track position beginning August 15, 2023. We anticipate a tenure-track search during the 2023-24 school year.

NIU, located 65 miles west from Chicago, is a comprehensive teaching and research-based institution with close to 17,000 currently enrolled students. The main campus is located in DeKalb, 65 miles west of Chicago’s “Loop” and 40 miles southeast of Rockford. In addition to the main campus, NIU has three education centers in Rockford, and Naperville. DeKalb/Sycamore, with a population of about 50,000, is a modern paradox, a rural/urban community. It is simultaneously recognized for its manufacturing and rich farmlands. The site of the first manufacture of barbed wire and the development of hybrid seed corn are evidence of its diversified history. This year Meta (Facebook) announced further expansion with an injection of over $1 billion into three new data centers at its cloud campus in DeKalb. The blend of industry and agriculture, coupled with the cultural and recreational facilities of the university and supplemented by easy access to Chicago and Rockford, provide an enjoyable environment in which to live.

The School of Music is a vibrant facet of the NIU campus that prides itself on strong support of first-generation undergraduate students, providing readily available resources for faculty-directed study and research opportunities. The distinguished faculty are Fulbright Scholars, Grammy Award Winners, Chamber Music America and MacArthur Foundation Grants recipients, residents at Jazz at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, guest conductors at Avery Fisher Hall, and commercial recording artists who perform regularly at significant international and national venues. The NIU Graduate Jazz Studies Program was recognized by U.S. News and World Report as one of the ten best in the nation. The university is located approximately 65 miles from downtown Chicago and is a short drive from the vibrant western suburbs.

Position Summary

Full-time Visiting Assistant Professor to conduct the NIU Philharmonic, Opera Theatre and teach courses as appropriate.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conduct the NIU Philharmonic and Opera Theatre.
  • Teach courses is conducting and related fields.
  • Maintain an ongoing record of research and artistry.
  • Engage in meaningful service to the School of Music, as assigned.
  • Collaborate with faculty in the development of the program, curriculum content and pedagogy to ensure the quality of the student experience and student recruiting.

Minimum Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in music with professional experience, outstanding conducting and classroom teaching skills and a record of creative collaboration with diverse colleagues and students.

Additional Requirements

  • Applicants should be able to demonstrate and document a commitment to student success, particularly for first-generation and traditionally under-represented groups.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Terminal degree or equivalent professional achievement, experience conducting and teaching relevant curriculum at the collegiate level and evidence of successfully recruiting music majors

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