Assistant Professor of Music (Wind Conducting), Tenure Track
The Department of Music at the University of Connecticut invites
applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position in wind
conducting at the rank of Assistant Professor. In addition to serving
as a conductor of wind bands, the position will include teaching
applied conducting and/or an instrument, wind band literature, or
advanced wind band techniques. Additional duties will include
participation in the graduate conducting seminar, coaching of chamber
music ensembles, and assistance with the administrative leadership of
the woodwind, brass, and percussion areas, as needed.
We seek a highly motivated and outstanding artist-pedagogue with
particular expertise in conducting wind bands/ensembles. The
University of Connecticut Band Program, which involves multiple
faculty and comprises the Marching and Pep Bands, Concert Band,
Symphonic Band, and Wind Ensemble, has a proud history that includes
numerous recordings, Downbeat Magazine awards, Carnegie Hall
performances, and premieres of works by living composers. We seek a
colleague who is capable not only of carrying these proud traditions
forward, but whose interdisciplinary outlook will contribute
substantially to the reimagining and crafting of a visionary
twenty-first-century collegiate ensemble program for students across
We also seek a supportive colleague with strong interpersonal,
communication, collaborative, and organizational skills who is
committed to the recruitment of students from diverse backgrounds and
experiences and to the growth of both our department as a whole and
the band program in particular. The successful candidate will also
understand and be able to articulate the mission of higher education
in diverse musical fields within the context of a school of fine arts
at a major research university.
The successful candidate will contribute to research and scholarship
through high-quality publications and performances, programmatic
impact as measured through citations, extramural funding (in
applicable disciplines), and national recognition through awards. In
the area of teaching, the successful candidate will share a deep
commitment to effective instruction at the undergraduate and graduate
levels, development of innovative courses or teaching techniques, and
mentoring of students in research, outreach, and professional
development. Successful candidates will be strong recruiters capable
of broadening participation among members of under-represented groups;
will demonstrate through their research, teaching, and/or public
engagement the richness of diversity in the learning experience; will
integrate multicultural experiences into instructional methods and
research tools; and will provide leadership in developing pedagogical
techniques designed to meet the needs of diverse learning styles and
The Department of Music at the University of Connecticut is a fully
accredited, institutional member of the National Association of
Schools of Music, with 20 full-time faculty members, 25 part-time
faculty members, 165 undergraduate students, and 30 graduate students.
The Department provides a wide range of opportunities for music and
intellectual growth with degrees offered at the bachelor’s, master’s,
and doctoral levels. Its faculty takes an interdisciplinary and
wide-ranging approach to music teaching and learning, engaging in
collaborations across the University. Additional information about the
Department and its programs can be seen at http://www.music.uconn.edu.
Founded in 1881, the UConn is a Land Grant and Sea Grant institution
and member of the Space Grant Consortium. It is the state’s flagship
institution of higher education and includes a main campus in Storrs,
CT, four regional campuses throughout the state, and 13 Schools and
Colleges, including a Law School in Hartford, and Medical and Dental
Schools at the UConn Health campus in Farmington. The University has
approximately 10,000 faculty and staff and 32,000 students, including
nearly 24,000 undergraduates and over 8,000 graduate and professional
students. UConn is a Carnegie Foundation R1 (highest research
activity) institution, among the top 25 public universities in the
nation. Through research, teaching, service, and outreach, UConn
embraces diversity and cultivates leadership, integrity, and engaged
citizenship in its students, faculty, staff, and alumni. UConn
promotes the health and well-being of citizens by enhancing the
social, economic, cultural, and natural environments of the state and
beyond. The University serves as a beacon of academic and research
excellence as well as a center for innovation and social service to
communities. UConn is a leader in many scholarly, research, and
innovation areas. Today, the path forward includes exciting
opportunities and notable challenges. Record numbers of undergraduate
applications and support for student success have enabled the
University to become extraordinarily selective.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
* Serve as a conductor of wind bands.
* Teach some combination of applied conducting and/or instrumental
performance, wind band literature, advanced wind band techniques,
and coaching of chamber music ensembles.
* Assist with the administrative leadership of the woodwind, brass,
and percussion areas as needed.
* Develop and engage in systematic recruitment activities that
include but are not limited to off-campus high school visitations,
on-campus clinics and workshops for area high school directors,
and performances at honors and all-state festivals.
* Develop and maintain a national research profile through
publications or recordings and guest conducting.
* Serve on department, school, and university committees and advise
undergraduate and graduate students.
* Other duties as assigned.
1. Completed master’s degree in a relevant field of music.
Equivalent foreign degrees are acceptable.
2. Documented professional experience and accomplishments as a
conductor of wind bands.
3. Demonstrated success in college-level teaching.
4. The ability to contribute through research, teaching, and/or
public engagement to the diversity and excellence of the learning
1. Earned doctorate in a relevant field of music by the starting
date of the appointment (August 23, 2022) or equivalent
outstanding record of professional experience.
2. Demonstrated interest in the programming and performance of music
of the late 20th and 21st centuries.
3. Demonstrated success in college-level recruiting.
4. Experience in applied teaching in conducting.
5. In addition, while not absolutely necessary, experience in
applied teaching in a woodwind, brass, or percussion studio is
desirable, particularly as such teaching might intersect with
This is a full-time, nine-month, tenure-track position with an
anticipated start date of August 23, 2022. The successful candidate’s
academic appointment will be at the Storrs campus, though faculty
members may also be asked to teach at one of UConn’s regional campuses
as part of their ordinary workload. Salary will be commensurate with
qualifications and experience.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
Employment at the University of Connecticut is contingent upon the
successful candidate’s compliance with the University’s Mandatory
Workforce COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. This Policy states that all
workforce members are required to have or obtain a Covid-19
vaccination as a term and condition of employment at UConn, unless an
exemption or deferral has been approved.
Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the
successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.
Please apply online to Academic Jobs Online
https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/21064 and submit the following
* Cover letter
* Curriculum vitae
* Teaching statement (including teaching philosophy, teaching
experience, commitment to
effective learning, concepts for new course development, etc.)
* Research and scholarship statement (innovative concepts that will
form the basis of academic career, experience in proposal
development, mentorship of undergraduate and graduate students,
* Commitment to diversity statement (including broadening
participation, integrating multicultural experiences in
instruction, research, and pedagogical techniques to meet the
needs of diverse learning styles, etc.)
* Video and audio recordings demonstrating conducting rehearsal and
performance should be submitted via live YouTube links on a .pdf
with your Application Materials (private YouTube links are
* Three (3) letters of recommendation.
Evaluation of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the
position is filled; however, to ensure full consideration, please
apply by February 25, 2022.
At the University of Connecticut, our commitment to excellence is
complemented by our commitment to building a culturally diverse
This position will be filled subject to budgetary approval.
All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics,
which may be found at http://www.ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp.
The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting
a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff.
The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as
does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians
who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research
centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research,
diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of
the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are
the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant,
multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative
Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages
applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and
members of traditionally underrepresented populations.
To apply, please visit the following URL:https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/UConn/Music/21064?rss→
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