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Assistant Professor of Jazz

State University of New York at Binghamton
Binghamton, New York

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Arts & Humanities, Fine & Performing Arts
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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The Music Department at Binghamton University seeks to hire a full-time Director of Jazz Studies & Improvisation at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin September 1, 2023. We seek candidates with fresh perspectives on the study of jazz and improvisation in the 21st century. The successful candidate will acknowledge the historical, social, and political contexts in which jazz has developed as they rearticulate it for the present, particularly the context of the diverse population of liberal arts students and faculty active within Harpur College of Arts and Sciences.

The position of Assistant Professor of Jazz & Improvisation is part of the cluster hiring program "Critical Studies in Race and Inequality," through which Harpur College is building a network of scholars and artists who are committed to engaging issues of race, racism, ethnicity, social justice, power and structures of inequality in their diverse fields of specialization. We seek a musician who works across genres both within and beyond jazz as traditionally defined. The successful candidate's creative work and pedagogical approach will recognize, respond to, and honor jazz's history as a Black American music shaped by musicians whose musical lives were and are deeply embedded in the United State's racially fraught social landscape.

Binghamton University faculty are required to develop and maintain a record of teaching, creative activities, and service. In this regard, the duties of the director of Jazz Studies & Improvisation position include:

  • Directing a combination of large and medium jazz ensembles along with smaller combos and repertory groups
  • Organizing auditions and coordinating private lessons with applied music instructors and the Department Chair
  • Teaching undergraduate/graduate level courses based on department needs and candidate's specialization; topics may include jazz history, theory, arranging, improvisation, and studio lessons in applied music, conducting, or composition
  • Utilizing funds endowed to the jazz area and the Music Department to bring in a variety of guest artists, composers, clinicians, and speakers
  • Supervising Undergraduate and Graduate students in jazz
  • Maintaining and addressing the needs of the Department's jazz music score library, equipment, instruments, and audio/visual recordings as well as Departmental rehearsal and storage spaces
  • Developing a portfolio of creative activities that includes projects like public performances (artist, director), master classes, guest artist/director residencies, audiovisual recordings, and published compositions, method books, arrangements, and other forms of academic publication
  • Directing the Jazz Studies area, which oversees the annual evaluation and adjustment of the jazz curriculum, instructional resources, and the jazz area budget in conjunction with the Department Chair and Administrative Assistant
  • Play an active role in student recruitment and alumni/donor relations
  • Participate as a full-time, voting faculty member at Department faculty meetings and serve on Department committees


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