Assistant Professor in Music Education

Iowa City, Iowa
Highly competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Oct 09, 2018
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Assistant Professor in Music Education
Joint Position in the Department of Teaching and Learning and the School of Music

The Department of Teaching and Learning and the School of Music at the University of Iowa invite applications for a joint academic year assistant professor position in instrumental Music Education beginning in August 2019.

We seek individuals with evidence of significant professional promise or accomplishment in research and teaching that impacts music education. The successful applicant will be expected to maintain a robust program of research, teach undergraduate and graduate courses in music education, and advise undergraduate, master’s, and Ph.D. students. 

Education Requirement
Prospective candidates must have an earned doctorate in music education by August 2019.

Required Qualifications 
(1) evidence of scholarly productivity and/or promise of such in music education; (2) successful teaching experience in K12 in instrumental music education; (3) potential for securing external funds for research, training, and program development; and (4) experience working with diverse populations.

Desirable Qualifications
(1) a record of effective teaching of music education courses at the postsecondary level(s); (2) licensure (or eligible for licensure) in K12 music education (3) experience building partnerships with local schools and communities; and (4) potential to propel the music education profession forward in new and innovative ways.

The successful applicant will continue a robust empirical research program in music education; design and teach undergraduate/graduate courses in the College of Education and the School of Music (e.g., instrumental methods, Psychology of Music, research courses, graduate seminars on music education topics, and/or student teaching supervision); and advise undergraduate, MA, and PhD students.  In addition, the successful candidate will be expected to recruit students; pursue and secure external funding; contribute to national and international scholarship in the field; be involved with local, state, and national activities that support the practice of music education; and engage in service to the program, department, college, and university. Faculty will participate in program meetings and committees in both departments. Faculty are required to engage in at least 4 hours a semester of collaboration with teachers in contributing to instruction in K-12 classrooms.

Highly competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Excellent start-up package, benefits, and research support.

Joint academic year (9 month) tenure-track appointment beginning August 2019. 

Candidates should submit an application letter addressing all qualifications noted above, curriculum vitae, two to three samples of scholarly writing, contact information for three references, and graduate college transcripts.  To apply for this position, go to our website at and choose requisition number 73490.  Address inquiries or nominations to Mary Cohen, [email protected] or call (319) 335-3030.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

School of Music
At the School of Music, students enjoy Big Ten resources in a small classroom setting. The 30-plus ensembles, large and small, create opportunities for every level of musician. Our 60 full-time faculty members are some of the most respected musicians, recording artists, researchers, authors, composers, conductors, and educators in the world, and the 9:1 student-to-faculty ratio ensures students will work directly with faculty. The School of Music maintains a student body of approximately 450 music majors consisting of 235 undergraduate and 215 graduate students. Located near the heart of downtown Iowa City, Voxman Music Building is a state of the art classroom, rehearsal, and performance facility that opened in 2016. 

The College of Education
The  College of Education offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including licensure, endorsement, and certificate programs, many of which are regularly ranked among the best in the nation.  Students study with our world-renowned faculty who are the leaders, scholars, and innovators in their fields.  Our college is comprised of four departments: Educational Policy and Leadership Studies, Psychological and Quantitative Foundations, Rehabilitation and Counselor Education, and Teaching and Learning. The Music Education faculty are member of the Department of Teaching and Learning.

About the University and Surrounding Community
The University of Iowa (UI) is world-renowned for its commitment to the arts, sciences, and humanities.  UI has been a member of the Big Ten conference since 1899 and the Association of American Universities since 1909.  UI ranks #28 among the nation’s 629 public universities (U.  S.   News & World Report).  More than 33,000 students earn bachelor’s, graduate, and professional degrees from UI’s 12 colleges.   

UI is located in Iowa City, a UNESCO City of Literature that is widely recognized as one of the country’s most livable communities.  With 70,000 residents, Iowa City is an attractive haven for scholars, scientists, artists, writers, and professionals of all kinds.  Highlights of living in Iowa City include outstanding affordable health care, excellent libraries and schools, historic neighborhoods, and a lively downtown.  Chicago, St. Louis, and Minneapolis/St. Paul are a short car or bus trip away, and nearby Eastern Iowa Airport (CID) connects travelers to the world.  The relationship between Iowa City and the UI is very cooperative and supportive.  

The University of Iowa is a founding member of the  Central Midwest Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC) and is committed to recruiting and retaining the most talented and diverse faculty and staff and assisting dual-career couples.  For more information about living and working in the area, visit

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.  All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

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