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Teaching Assistant Professor in Collaborative Piano

University of North Dakota
Grand Forks, ND

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Position Information: DescriptionThe Music and Theatre Arts Departments in the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of North Dakota seek a renewable, full-time Teaching Assistant Professor in Collaborative Piano. This is a 9-month, non-tenure track position, contingent upon the availability of funding.The mission of the University of North Dakota Department of Music is to inspire our students and community through education, performance, scholarship, and human relationships in music. The professional and liberal arts degrees of the Department of Music provide rigorous courses of study that cultivate the highest degree of artistry, innovative teaching, professionalism, and critical inquiry. The University of North Dakota is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music. Please visit the Music Department’s website for their Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Statement at:

The University of North Dakota Department of Theatre Arts offers a Bachelor of Arts degree with tracks in acting, technical theatre, and theatre generalist, and a BFA in Musical Theatre. The department seeks to inspire its students and the local community through education, performance, and scholarship. The Department of Theatre Arts provides a rigorous course of study that cultivates the highest degree of artistry, innovative teaching, professionalism, and critical inquiry. The University of North Dakota is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre.Established in 1883, the University of North Dakota is the oldest research university in North Dakota. It is the state’s flagship university and is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as having high research activity. Founded with a strong liberal arts foundation, UND has grown into a prominent scientific research university and was recently ranked among the top 100 public and top 25 most innovative universities in the country by U.S. News and World Report, and is widely regarded as among the top universities in the American Northern Plains region. UND offers degrees in more than 225 fields of study with nearly 14,000 students. It is the home of the state’s only School of Law. The School of Medicine has major initiatives in rural and public health, and Aerospace is home to one of the first and largest unmanned aerial vehicle programs in the world.

UND is located in Grand Forks, North Dakota, a vibrant college town of over 57,000 people located on the border of North Dakota and Minnesota. Short commutes, a great public-school system, high quality medical facilities, low crime, ample parks and theaters, and a cost of living below that found in large American cities are some of Grand Forks’ advantages. Ranked as one of the top 5 Best Small College Towns, and America’s Best Hockey Town, Grand Forks offers stellar quality of life without the metropolitan hassles.

Position Benefits

Benefits include single or family health care coverage (UND pays the full premium), basic life insurance, employee assistance program, retirement plans with generous employer contributions, and 10 paid holidays.

Optional benefits include supplemental life, dental, vision, flexible spending account, supplemental retirement plans.

UND also offers an employee tuition waiver and a variety of professional development opportunities.

Find out more about UND's great benefits and perks here!

Duties & ResponsibilitiesThe successful candidate will receive a contract that allocates 10% effort for instruction of Keyboard Skills, 10% effort for instruction of Applied Keyboard Lessons, 50% effort as collaborative pianist for the Concert Choir, Allegro Treble Choir, and musical theater program, and 20% effort as collaborative pianist with music faculty and guest artists.

All faculty are expected to contribute service within the department, college, university, and community and to participate in the department’s recruitment and outreach initiatives. Service duties will account for 10% of effort. UND and the College of Arts & Sciences value diverse perspectives and seek applicants who are committed to helping students from underrepresented backgrounds succeed.

Required Competencies
    Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to teach, inspire, and mentor studentsEffective interpersonal skills, including the ability to collaborate effectively with faculty, staff, and studentsAbility to work with and engage diverse students and colleagues within and outside the Department of MusicAbility to adapt to current methods of teaching, including online delivery
Minimum Requirements
    DMA or PhD in Music completed by August 15, 2023; ABD considered
  • Successful completion of criminal history records check.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the US and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire. This position does not support visa sponsorship for continued employment.

Preferred Qualifications
    Collaborative piano or piano performance degree specialtyExperience teaching class pianoExperience teaching applied pianoExperience collaborating with vocal soloistsExperience collaborating with instrumental soloistsExperience accompanying choirsDemonstrated experience of performing at a high level
Minimum Hiring SalarySalary is competitive and commensurate with experience.

Contract Period/Start DatePosition is full-time, benefitted and exempt. Initial contract extends from August 16, 2023 to May 15, 2024. Summer teaching may be available but is neither guaranteed nor required.

To ApplyFor full consideration, applications must be received by February 13, 2023, and include the following materials:

    Letter of applicationCurriculum VitaeContact information for three referencesUnofficial copies of academic transcriptsSample video recording of performance with vocal and instrumental soloistsSample video recording of performance accompanying a choirSample video recording of a solo performanceOfficial transcripts from the highest awarding educational institution must be provided upon hire. 
Position is open until filled.

Questions can be directed to the Department Chair, Scott Sandberg, at [email protected].

Additional Information

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All information listed in this position announcement will be used by Human Resources, the Hiring Department, and EO/Title IX for screening, interviewing and selection purposes.

Confidentiality of Application Materials

Pursuant to NDCC 44-04-18.27, applications and any records related to the applications that identify an applicant are confidential, except records related to the finalists of the position, which are open to the public after the search committee has identified the top three or more finalists who will be invited to campus.

EEO Statement

The University of North Dakota is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or other protected characteristic. Women, minorities, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants are invited to provide information regarding their gender, race and/or ethnicity, veteran’s status and disability status as part of the application process. This information will remain confidential and separate from your application.

Veteran’s Preference

Veterans claiming preference must submit all proof of eligibility by the closing date. Proof of eligibility includes a DD-214 or NGB 22 and if claiming disabled status, a current letter of disability from the VA dated within the last 12 months.

Clery Statement

In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the University of North Dakota publishes an Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. The report includes the university’s policies, procedures, and programs concerning safety and security, as well as three years of crime statistics for our campus. As a prospective employee, you are entitled to a copy of this report. The report and statistical data can be found online at You may also request a paper copy of the report from the UND Police Department located at 3851 Campus Road, Grand Forks, ND, 58202.

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