Assistant Professor of Cello (Tenure- Track)

Job description

Job Title: Assistant Professor of Cello (Tenure- Track)
Job ID: 2018304
Location: Storrs Campus
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

Job Posting

The Department of Music at the University of Connecticut, Storrs campus, invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position in the Department of Music at the rank of Assistant Professor. In addition to serving as teacher of applied lessons in cello, the position will entail active participation in coordinating the string area and chamber music, performing with faculty and student ensembles, effective recruitment of undergraduate and graduate students, and further enhancing the visibility and reputation of the string area.

We seek a highly motivated, outstanding artist-pedagogue with strong interpersonal, communication, collaborative, and organizational skills who is committed to our mission of higher education within the context of a school of fine arts at a Research One university. The start date for the position is August 23, 2018.

The successful candidate will contribute to research and scholarship through high-quality performances, appropriate creative activity and/or peer-reviewed publications, external and internal grant funding, and national/international recognition. In the area of teaching, the candidate will be deeply committed to effective undergraduate and graduate instruction, development of innovative courses or teaching techniques, and mentoring students in research, outreach and professional development. Successful candidates will broaden participation among members of under-represented groups; provide a rich and diverse learning experience through their research, teaching, and public engagement; integrate multicultural experiences into instruction and research; and contribute to pedagogical techniques designed to engage diverse intellectual interests and learning styles.

The University of Connecticut is experiencing a transformational period of growth supported by the $1.7B Next Generation Connecticut ( and the $1B Bioscience Connecticut ( investments and a bold new Academic Plan: Path to Excellence ( We are pleased to continue these investments by inviting applications for a faculty position in the Department of Music.

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, 150 undergraduate students, and 50 graduate students. The Department provides a wide range of opportunities for music and intellectual growth with degrees offered at the bachelor's, masters and doctoral levels. Program concentrations include performance, composition, music history and music theory, preparation for the music education program through the Neag School of Education, and cross-disciplinary dual degrees. Additional information can be found at


Teach applied lessons in cello at undergraduate and graduate (MM and DMA) levels, including cello majors and music majors pursuing cello as a secondary instrument, with equal emphasis on solo repertoire and chamber music. Serve as rotating coordinator of the string area, including supervision of teaching undergraduate and graduate pedagogy classes for string majors. Share the administration of the chamber music program. Perform regularly with departmental faculty and student ensembles. Maintain an active performing career at local, regional, national, and international levels. Develop and participate actively 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 performance and adjudication at honors and all-state festivals. Develop and maintain a national/international research profile through recordings, appropriate scholarly and/or creative activity, and invited performances and masterclasses. Serve on department, school and university committees, and advise undergraduate and graduate students including theses. Other duties as assigned.


Completed master's degree in cello performance by the time of application; demonstrated success in college-level teaching; documented professional experience and accomplishments in cello performance.


Completed doctorate by the starting date of appointment (August 23, 2018) or equivalent documented outstanding record of professional experience; established national reputation as pedagogue; demonstrated success in college-level recruiting; national/international reputation in cello performance.


This is a full-time, 9-month, tenure track position with an anticipated start date of August 23, 2018. 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.


Select "Apply" to complete your application via Academic Jobs Online. Please submit the following materials:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • 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.).
  • 3 letters of recommendation. Follow the instructions in Academic Jobs Online (AJO) to direct three reference writers to submit letters of recommendation on your behalf. NOTE: these letters must be submitted directly through the AJO portal. If your referees experience any difficulties in submission, please direct them to our administrative assistant (specify "cello search") at [email protected] or 860-486-3728.
  • Video and audio recordings demonstrating recent cello performances (including solo) should be submitted via Dropbox or Google Drive to [email protected] Please include your name and "Cello Search" on each portion of your electronic submissions. Do not send teaching videos unless requested.

Evaluation of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled; however, to ensure full consideration, please apply by February 9, 2018. Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. (Search # 2018304)

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at

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.





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Posted: 3/5/2018
Application Due: 5/4/2018
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