Assistant Professor and Director of Choral Activities

Lexington, Kentucky
Dec 15, 2017
Position Type
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Transylvania University (, a top-tier, independent, residential liberal arts college of 1,000 students in Lexington, Kentucky, invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor and Director of Choral Activities. This is a three-year, non-tenure-track position (with the possibility of converting to tenure-track), beginning September 1, 2018. Transylvania University recognizes that a diverse and inclusive community is essential to the fulfillment of our mission as a liberal arts institution. To that end, we seek to attract a diverse faculty skilled in the scholarship of teaching, research, and mentorship of students from a variety of backgrounds, a key goal of our Project One initiative. Candidates are encouraged, in their cover letter, to identify their strengths and experiences in creating an inclusive academic community.

Job Description

A doctorate in music is required (ABD considered), as well as successful college and/or high school teaching experience. Responsibilities include coordinating the vocal music area; conducting one or more choral ensembles; teaching applied voice and related courses in theory, history, or appreciation, depending on the candidate’s areas of expertise; and contributing to the university-wide First-Year Seminar program. All faculty act as academic advisors and serve on university-wide committees. The successful candidate will engage in scholarly activity, with the potential for collaborating with undergraduates. The university has an excellent faculty development program that competitively funds student and faculty scholarly and artistic projects. The teaching load consists of three courses per semester plus one short-term course in May (3-3-1). The candidate must be committed to undergraduate education and interdisciplinary dialogue. Those with broad musical interests are especially encouraged to apply, as are those who maintain intellectual interests beyond music.

To begin the application process, submit a curriculum vitae (with unofficial graduate transcripts attached) and a cover letter that includes a statement of your teaching philosophy and describes your plans for artistic and professional growth beyond the campus. Additionally, three letters of recommendation need to be attached to the cover letter, including one that speaks to the breadth of your musical and non-musical interests. These two documents may be submitted by following the job openings link at Please do not send recordings at this time. If you are selected to move forward in the application process, you will be asked to provide official graduate transcripts and video samples of your work (incl. rehearsal). Send questions specific to this search to Dr. Greg Partain, search committee chair, at [email protected] Review of applications will begin on February 1 and continue until an appointment is made.

Transylvania University is ranked in the top 15 percent of the nation’s four-year colleges by The Princeton Review, which cites its community-driven, personalized approach to a liberal arts education through 41 majors and 38 minors. Founded in 1780, it is the 16th oldest institution of higher learning in the country, with approximately 1000 students.

Transylvania is an equal opportunity employer.