Assistant Professor in Residence of Percussion

Search #: 498292
Work type: Full-time
Location: Storrs Campus
Categories: Faculty Non Tenure Track

INTRODUCTION

The University of Connecticut (UConn) is pleased to invite applications for a full-time, in-residence faculty position in percussion in the Department of Music at the rank of Assistant Professor in Residence. The Department of Music at the University of Connecticut is a fully accredited, institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music, with 22 full-time faculty members, 26 part-time faculty members, 170 undergraduate students, and 40 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 found at http://www.music.uconn.edu.

The position will involve teaching applied percussion at both the graduate and undergraduate levels; teaching applied percussion techniques for future music educators; and leading the percussion ensemble. Based on the candidate’s expertise, possible teaching duties include writing and teaching for athletic band front ensemble(s) (including but not limited to auxiliary percussion, mallets, synthesizers, etc.) and/or battery percussion, instruction on drum set, and music industry-oriented course design and instruction. The position also involves active recruiting and outreach at the graduate and undergraduate levels through maintaining a national profile as an artist-pedagogue; presentations and performances at conferences; and leading clinics in local and regional schools. Additional service to the Department will include coordination of the percussion area, oversight/maintenance of percussion inventory, and service on University, School, and Department committees as assigned.

We seek a highly motivated colleague with strong interpersonal, communication, collaborative, and organizational skills. The successful candidate will be committed to the growth and development of our program as well as the mission of higher education in diverse musical fields within the context of a school of fine arts at a major research university. Successful candidates will also be expected to broaden participation among members of under-represented groups; demonstrate through research, teaching, and/or public engagement the commitment to, and support of, diversity in the learning experience; integrate multicultural experiences into instructional methods and research tools; and provide leadership in developing pedagogical techniques designed to meet the needs of diverse learning styles and intellectual interests.

Founded in 1881, 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.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  1. Master of Music in Percussion Performance.
  2. Demonstrated success as an artist-performer.
  3. Successful teaching at the college level or commensurate professional experience.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  1. Earned Doctorate by the time of hire.
  2. Evidence of success in undergraduate and graduate recruiting and mentoring.
  3. Experience guiding creative activity at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
  4. Creative/scholarly accomplishments demonstrated through national and international performances, recordings, publications, master classes, and presentations at music educator forums.
  5. Evidence of professional leadership and service.
  6. Demonstrated proficiency on a drum set.
  7. Ability to teach a world percussion ensemble according to expertise.
  8. Experience working with composers and commissioning new works.
  9. Experience in music industry-oriented course/workshop design or course/workshop instruction.

APPOINTMENT TERMS

This is a full-time, 9-month, non-tenure track position with an anticipated start date of August 23, 2024. The successful candidate’s academic appointment will be at the Storrs campus. Faculty 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 of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.

TO APPLY

Please apply online to Academic Jobs Online https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/27424 and submit the following application materials:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Research and scholarship statement (innovative concepts that will form the basis of academic career, experience in proposal development, mentorship of graduate students, etc.)
  • Teaching statement (including teaching philosophy, teaching experience, commitment to effective learning, concepts for new course development, etc.)
  • Commitment to diversity statement (including broadening participation, integrating multicultural experiences in instruction and research and pedagogical techniques to meet the needs of diverse learning styles, etc.)
  • Two video recordings demonstrating your performance skills as a percussionist (20-30 minutes each) should be submitted in your cover letter via YouTube link (preferred) or personal website link.
  • Follow the instructions in Academic Jobs Online to direct three reference writers to submit letters of recommendation on your behalf.

Evaluation of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled; however, to ensure full consideration, please apply by Tuesday, April 23, 2024. Please contact Emily Cole (emily.cole@uconn.edu), Program Assistant in the Department of Music, with any questions. For more information regarding the Department of Music please visit the department website at http://www.music.uconn.edu.

At the University of Connecticut, our commitment to excellence is complemented by our commitment to building a culturally diverse community.

This position will be filled subject the 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.

All members of the University of Connecticut are expected to exhibit appreciation of, and contribute to, an inclusive, respectful, and diverse environment for the University community.

The University of Connecticut aspires to create a community built on collaboration and belonging and has actively sought to create an inclusive culture within the workforce. The success of the University is dependent on the willingness of our diverse employee and student populations to share their rich perspectives and backgrounds in a respectful manner. This makes it essential for each member of our community to feel secure and welcomed and to thoroughly understand and believe that their ideas are respected by all. We strongly respect each individual employee’s unique experiences and perspectives and encourage all members of the community to do the same. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

The University of Connecticut is an AA/EEO Employer.

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