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Assistant Professor, Music

Saint Mary's College
Notre Dame, Indiana (US)

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Arts & Humanities, Fine & Performing Arts
Position Type
Assistant Professor
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

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POSITION                             Full-time, tenure-track appointment in the Department of Music.


DESCRIPTION                    The department seeks a committed, enthusiastic, active faculty member to support our music curriculum and lead our Bachelor of Music Education degree program. An instrumentalist is preferred to prepare future educators for teaching music in the elementary and secondary schools in today’s environment. This position does not include leadership of a performing ensemble. The faculty member will use innovative and inclusive pedagogy to teach courses in elementary and secondary music methods and at least two of the following: woodwind techniques, brass techniques, string techniques, percussion techniques. They will work with the Education Department to coordinate the student teaching experience in Music. In addition, the faculty member must have an interest in and ability to teach in one or more secondary areas that support the Bachelor of Arts degree in music. These can include music theory, digital media in music, global music, popular music, music history/appreciation or other areas depending on the candidate’s interest and experience. The faculty member will be expected to participate fully in departmental and college activities. Creative work and/or research and publication required. The department is excited to welcome a colleague to support the building and maintenance of productive relationships with area music educators. Strong recruiting skills are desired.       

APPOINTMENT                  The position will begin in August 2023


QUALIFICATIONS            Doctorate in Music Education preferred; ABD considered. Elementary/Secondary teaching experience required.


DEPARTMENT                   The Department of Music, an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music, has an energetic faculty of artists that works closely together, providing studies leading to the B.M. in Music Education, and the B.A. in Music. There are extensive on-campus performance activities for music majors as well as the general student. Housed in the Moreau Center for the Arts, the department’s facilities include computer and piano labs, excellent practice facilities, the Little Theatre recital hall and the 1,300-seat O’Laughlin Auditorium. 


COLLEGE                            Saint Mary’s is a competitive, private undergraduate Catholic women’s college with an emphasis on quality teaching and student-faculty research collaborations. Saint Mary’s College is located in Notre Dame, IN and is adjacent to South Bend, an ethnically diverse city of 120,000 people, in Northern Indiana, approximately 90 miles east of Chicago. Saint Mary’s College and the University of Notre Dame, within walking distance of each other, enjoy the academic and cultural advantages of a co-exchange program.  Saint Mary’s College has a mission-driven responsibility to be diverse, inclusive, and equitable. Saint Mary’s College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In keeping with the College’s mission, Saint Mary’s is committed to increasing its diversity at all levels--students, faculty, and staff-- and seeks applications from candidates who share this commitment.


APPLICATION                    Review of candidates will begin January 23. A complete application should include:

    A letter of interest with a description of your experience in the field of Music Education and a discussion of how you could support the wider Music program A statement of your understanding of the importance of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in academia, with evidence of your current contributions and plans for advancing that work at Saint Mary’s College A curriculum vitae, complete transcripts, and contact information for 3 references

                                                Email all materials to Dr. Nancy Menk, Chair, Department of Music at

                                                [email protected]



Saint Mary’s College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In keeping with the College’s mission,

Saint Mary’s is committed to increasing its diversity at all levels—students, faculty,

and staff—and seeks applications from candidates who share this commitment.



Saint Mary’s undergraduate liberal arts education empowers women to explore, lead, take intellectual risks, and prepare to change the world. Its graduate programs elevate women and men alike to a higher plane of involvement in select professional programs.


The College
Located in Notre Dame, Indiana, just north of South Bend and across the street from the University of Notre Dame, Saint Mary's College is sponsored by the Sisters of the Holy Cross, who founded the College in 1844.  Traditionally a women’s college, Saint Mary’s began admitting men into its graduate programs in 2015.

The campus
Our suburban campus includes 100 acres of trees, gardens, and manicured lawns, historic buildings, and technologically advanced classrooms beside the Saint Joseph River. Across the street, the University of Notre Dame expands the opportunities for Saint Mary’s students, who can attend Notre Dame classes and sporting events, and participate in sports, clubs, and organizations at Notre Dame. Faculty may also avail themselves of the library resources of the university and other area colleges.

The students
There are approximately 1,500 undergraduate students who come from 42 states and 17 other countries. Approximately 90 percent of undergraduate students live on campus and are guaranteed housing all four years. Two graduate programs are offered in a hybrid delivery mode, with most course work online and periodic campus visits, while the other two graduate programs are offered on campus.

The education
We have six nationally accredited programs and more than 30 majors to help you pursue a meaningful career and make a difference in the world. Saint Mary's also has four graduate programs.

The faculty
Our faculty consists of top scholars who are recognized for excellence in their fields of study. All of our classes are taught by faculty, not teaching assistants. All students enjoy close working relationships with professors in classes averaging 15 students and a student/faculty ratio of 10:1.

Hands-on learning
Approximately 50 percent of 2019 undergraduates studied abroad in Australia, Austria, France, India, Ireland, Italy, South Africa, Spain, and other countries. Our focus on hands-on learning takes students into the field for course work and professional internships, available through numerous sources. Our commitment to service is demonstrated by student involvement. Roughly two-thirds of Saint Mary’s seniors volunteer annually.

Student life
Students lead more than 60 organizations on campus, including campus publications, fine arts clubs, community service groups, and social and professional organizations. Students are empowered to make key decisions regarding Saint Mary’s social, education, spiritual, and service opportunities through the Student Government Association.

We have eight NCAA Division III varsity athletic teams and a wide range of club and intramural sports available to Saint Mary’s students through both Saint Mary’s College and the University of Notre Dame.

Financial aid
More than 90 percent of Saint Mary’s undergraduate students receive some form of financial aid, totaling more than $25 million in institutional grants and scholarships. Graduate students are able to use the Office of Financial Aid for help to defray their professional education.

Fifty percent of Saint Mary’s recent alumnae have careers in business and industry, education, and health/medical services. Thirty percent attend graduate or professional school immediately upon graduation. Saint Mary’s College ranks in the top quartile of the 100 liberal arts colleges whose graduates earn the research-oriented Ph.D. More than 95 percent of seniors report being satisfied with their educational experience at Saint Mary's College.

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