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University of Missouri-Kansas City
UMKC Volker Campus

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Location: UMKC Volker Campus
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 43440
Hiring Department

University of Missouri-Kansas City / Conservatory / Division of Music Studies

Job Description

UMKC Conservatory is seeking a qualified tenure track Assistant Professor in Musicology/Ethnomusicology

RESPONSIBILITIES: Teach general education classes with a music focus, undergraduate musicology or ethnomusicology (including the jazz history survey), research & bibliography, and graduate seminars in areas of specialized interest; advise masters theses and DMA documents; build and sustain a national profile of research and publication that reflects the career of a consistently productive scholar; serve on appropriate student and faculty committees and maintain active participation in other Conservatory activities; contribute to all facets of the Division of Music Studies and the UMKC Conservatory, including academic, performance, and service components characteristic of a Conservatory within a university, such as the support and mentorship of a diverse student body; make contributions that enrich the cultural environment and the quality of life in the greater Kansas City metropolitan community.

Minimum Qualifications

Evidence of emerging or established productivity as a scholar at the national level, with preference given to candidates with a specialty in jazz or popular music (research areas should complement the existing faculty); demonstrated successful and innovative experience teaching in a university setting; demonstrated ability working with and supporting students of diverse identities and experiences, particularly those from historically marginalized backgrounds; Ph.D. in Musicology or Ethnomusicology or related field (ABDs considered).

Full Time/Part Time

This is a full time, tenure-track, benefit eligible, nine-month faculty appointment. Date of appointment starts Fall 2023.


Salary is negotiable, competitive, and commensurate with qualifications, experience, and internal equity.

Application Deadline

Review of application materials will begin October 1 and will continue until the position is filled.

Application Instructions

Applications must be submitted through this UMKC recruitment portal. Please complete the application form and upload the following requested materials.

Applicants should combine all application materials: a cover letter that addresses the candidate's qualifications, interest in the position, curriculum vitae (including educational background, previous academic appointments, and scholarly credentials) and an example of scholarly writing (i.e. a dissertation chapter, an article in preparation, or a published article) into one PDF or Microsoft Word document and upload as the resume attachment. Limit document name to 50 characters. Maximum size limit is 11MB. Please do not include special characters (e.g., /, &, %, etc.).

If you are experiencing technical problems, please call (855) 524-0002.


The UMKC Conservatory is internationally recognized as a center for artistic excellence, innovation and cultural engagement with our communities. The UMKC Conservatory produces about 500 performances each academic year. For more than a century, the UMKC Conservatory has been a partner in establishing and contributing to a vibrant cultural arts community. Kansas City’s 18th & Vine District has rich history as a hub of Jazz and Blues and is internationally known for the musicians that have performed in their celebrated venues. The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is renowned world-wide as an acoustical marvel and icon of the Kansas City skyline, hosting entertainers from all genres of music, dance, comedy and more.

On the University of Missouri's designated performing arts campus, the UMKC Conservatory is an educational community that advances creativity, performance, scholarship and learning in the arts. We are a vital partner in Kansas City's rich cultural environment, providing the highest level of professional instruction and an extensive array of performances. As a community, we collaborate to balance tradition and innovation with diversity and unity, as we seek to serve art and humanity.

Excellence, Access and Innovation are guiding principles at the UMKC Conservatory.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor - Human Resources at 816-235-1621.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the duties and functions of this job. If you believe you may have difficulty performing any of the duties or functions of this job, please contact the Office of Affirmative Action at (816) 235-1323.


To read more about Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) please use the following links:

UMKC Statement on Diversity Diversity, equity and inclusion are central to the UMKC mission as an urban-serving institution. Kansas City is a particularly diverse city, including African, African American, Asian, German, Irish, Italian, Latino, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Native American and Slavic communities. Such ethnic diversity, in addition to our thriving neighborhoods of the Westside, Northeast Kansas City and the Eastside, fosters creativity, connection and innovation, which is showcased across the region. Major attractions such as the Annual Ethnic Enrichment Festival, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, the Filipino Cultural Center, the American Jazz Museum, Guadalupe Centers and Mattie Rhodes and Kansas City Irish Fest are a small sample of the many ways our diverse city enriches us.

For the reasons enumerated above, UMKC’s strategic plan prioritizes our commitment to multiculturalism, globalism, diversity and inclusion. The university’s values call upon its faculty, staff, students and community to position themselves as global citizens who seek out, embrace and celebrate the many benefits of diversity. UMKC received the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award in 2019 in recognition of our continued commitment to equity and inclusion. Such commitment is demonstrated across teaching, service and research. We welcome applicants to share in our commitment to these core values and know that you will quickly understand the beauty of calling Kansas City your home.

Please visit these pages to learn more about UMKC’s engagement in diversity, equity and inclusion.

Roos Advocate for Community Change

The Division of Diversity and Inclusion

Annual Report

Multicultural Student Affairs

Benefit Eligibility Why UMKC?

We offer full benefits that start day one, generous paid time off, paid winter break, and continuing education benefits. Visit our Total Rewards page to learn more.

Also, explore the Total Rewards website to learn more about the rewards package we offer to acknowledge our employees as the university's most important resource.

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