Assistant Professor/Instructor of Music, Director of Choral Activities – Lakeland University – Plymouth, WI

Lakeland University

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LAKELAND UNIVERSITY, a liberal arts institution located in east central Wisconsin, seeks qualified candidates for the anticipated position of tenure-track Assistant Professor or non-tenure-track Instructor of Music, beginning in August 2022. This person will serve as Director of Choral Activities to lead and grow the choral program at Lakeland University. The successful candidate will inherit a strong choir and vocal music program with potential for continued growth at a university with a rich tradition in both choral and instrumental music. The candidate will have the opportunity to engage with a nationally recognized Graduate Music program that enjoys a coveted reputation for excellence in Kodály Music Education. The Graduate program recently added an Orff Schulwerk Level I program and has potential for continued expansion.

The successful candidate would have the option to teach within the Graduate Music program depending upon course availability and candidate interest and experience. Additionally, the candidate would have the option to work with Lakeland Music Camp in the summer which has a separate contract and stipend. Priority consideration will be given to candidates who apply by March 28, 2022. The position will remain posted until April 4, 2022.


All Lakeland employees are expected to:

  • Demonstrate in their words and actions an appreciation for the history of Lakeland University and a commitment to its stated mission.
  • Represent unequivocally in their behavior the stated values of the University.
  • Be good stewards of the University’s resources, including its personnel and the goodwill of its friends, its alumni, and local community.
  • Work collaboratively (as opposed to competitively) with their peers to meet objectives and achieve our goals.
  • Keep their supervisor appropriately informed.
  • Be forthright and honest in their communication with all members of the university community.
  • Treat all members in a manner of teamwork and respect.
  • Act in a manner that sets the standard for service in higher education and the core principles of Lakelanders Excelling at Professionalism (LEAP) – show respect, communicate, and be positive.
  • Advise their supervisor with respect to all matters that require their attention, including their own performance.

Essential Duties

  • Direct the University Choir, including both music majors and non-majors, and administer the choral program, including organizing a bi-annual tour;
  • Teach undergraduate music courses including Music Education courses such as General Music Methods, and fundamentals courses such as Music Theory and Aural Skills including the integration of Kodaly Concepts in foundational music courses;
  • Recruit for the undergraduate music program in collaboration with the Office of Admissions including responding to student inquiries, attending WMEA, and other events to represent Lakeland’s music program;
  • Build the presence of the choral music program on Lakeland’s main campus to increase student involvement and participation;
  • Work with a broad student base in a liberal arts context that promotes inclusion, in part by contributing to the general education requirements by teaching certain music courses open to all students, as well as courses specific to the Interdisciplinary Studies curriculum such as the university’s Core sequence;
  • Engage in service to the university and the profession, including committee work and co-managing the annual WSMA concert festival hosted on the Lakeland campus.


The successful candidate will have an extensive background teaching general music in a K-12 setting and demonstrated experience leading choral ensembles. It is preferred that the candidate hold a Kodály certificate endorsed by the Organization for American Kodály Educators. Candidates who have not completed a Kodály Certificate at the time of employment will be expected to complete the Kodály Certification program at Lakeland University within five years. Willingness to sponsor student groups such as Muskie Tones A Cappella, Gospel Choir, or other music clubs is desirable. Applicants who are ABD or who hold an M.M. in Music or Music Education will be considered at the rank of instructor; a D.M.A. or Ph.D. in Music or Music Education is required for the rank of assistant professor.


  • Limited exposure to physical risk
  • Limited physical effort required
  • Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office and laboratory work environment


Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

A competitive salary is offered along with a comprehensive benefit program. For consideration, please submit a letter of interest, current CV, statement of teaching philosophy, and a list of three to five references. A video recording of a rehearsal or performance may be requested at a later date. For additional information on Lakeland University, please visit our website at

Lakeland University does not offer H-1B or other work authorization visa sponsorship for this position. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of hire and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term. If you have questions regarding this, please contact Human Resources.

Lakeland University is an equal opportunity employer.

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