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Assistant Professor/ Choir Director– Department of Music

Texas Southern University
Houston, TX

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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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Hours of Work:

8am - 5pm M-F

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Official TSU Title:

Assistant Professor/ Choir Director– Department of Music

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Job Description Summary / TWC Summary:

The Assistant Professor for Department of Music reports to the Music Department Chair, the Dean of The College of Liberal Arts and Behavioral Sciences and the Associate Dean and handles supporting and advancing the mission and goals of the university and the college/school in all academic, scholarly and student support activities. The Assistant Professor teaches 21 semester credit hours of assigned courses in the department of Music concentrations per year (12/9), develops curriculum and course content, advises students on course requirements, and takes part in college/school activities for the advancement of organizational goals and student success.Specifically, as the Choir Director, the successful candidate handles leading the choir in rehearsals and performances, selecting music, and teaching vocal techniques. They must have excellent musical skills, knowledge of distinctive styles of singing including jazz, classical and black gospel, and be able to work with a variety of voices. The Choir director is also responsible for preparation and performance of singers to perform at various university wide convocations, recruitment activities, and other events. These responsibilities will be considered in his/her overall workload.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS:1) Terminal degree (D.M.A., Ph.D., or equivalent) in music or Music Education or Music Performance. Teaching experience, preferably with undergraduate students.

2) Successful teaching experience of a range of music courses, including musical solo and ensemble performance (classical and other), preferably with undergraduate students. Strong working knowledge of music theory and harmony, music history, and music technology, strong background in music pedagogy, well-developed skills in instrumental or vocal performance skills. Also, the candidate will have an interest in outreach and recruitment and be committed to the greater music education community in Houston and beyond.Expertise in Choir Conducting and one or more of the following areas: as dictated by candidate interest and expertise (voice, piano, general music).Candidate should be qualified to:1) Develop and communicate clear goals and objectives to students2) Plan and develop an instructional program that helps students assimilate specific course content and skills.3) Hold office hours or tutorials as outlined by the university and department4) Schedule applied lessons (if applicable to skillset and teaching load) and provide necessary support to students to meet performance standards and objectives.5) Regularly monitor and evaluate student progress and provide students with resources and feedback on their performance6) Structure and manage an environment conducive to learning and artistic expression.7) Model responsibility to self and others8) Effectively collaborate with colleagues within the department, the college, throughout the university, and beyond9) Follow the school’s philosophy, policies, and procedures.10) Participate in departmental, faculty, and all-staff meetings;11) Serve on departmental, faculty, and school-based standing committees.12) Participate in professional development and personal intellectual growth activities; be active in professional organizations.13) Participate in the following activities:a. Assist students on special projects, independent study, and seminar-based studiesb. Take part in recruiting, selecting, and advising prospective studentsc. Take part in TSU alumni activities as neededd. Help with school-sponsored programs and extracurricular activities.18) Study various choral literature and origins, studying the different time periods in connection to the literature and composers.19) Participate in ongoing professional development and research

Essential Duties Summary:

  • Supports and advances the mission and goals of the university and the college/school in all academic and scholarly activities.
  • May develop curriculum and course content. May also select textbooks for inclusion in curriculum content.
  • Teach courses in various mediums (traditional, on-line, blended) as assigned to college level students. May cover other classes for instructors who are absent.
  • Establish and hold office hours for students to receive counseling and advice on class requirements.
  • Participate in college/school activities requiring faculty presence.
  • May serve on college/school/ and university committees as needed.
  • Perform other job-related duties not elucidated here.

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Hiring Range:

Commensurate with Experience


A terminal degree in Music, or Music Education from an accredited college or university is required. College level teaching experience is preferred.

Required Licensing/Certification:


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Technical Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Microsoft Office Professional or similar applications.
  • Appropriate music application software for field, finale
  • Online platforms used to support teaching of specialized content.
  • Blackboard

Other Required Skills:
  • Problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Command of technical and functional procedures, processes and subject matter in a job family or professional discipline to handle most situations and lead and/or review the work of others in multiple job classifications performing diverse responsibilities.
  • Strong time management skills.
  • Strong in both verbal and written communication.
Ability To:
  • Prepare detailed reports.
  • Submit attendance and grade reports by published deadlines employing university required technology platforms
  • Make sound independent decisions within the context of the departmental, community, and university environments.
  • Work independently and without excessive oversite.

Work Experience:


Working/Environmental Conditions:

  • Prolonged standing and/or walking.
  • Handling light weight objects.
  • Using or carrying equipment.

UA EEO Statement:

It is the policy of Texas Southern University to provide a work environment that is free from discrimination for all persons regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, individuals with disability, sexual orientation, or protected veteran status in its programs, activities, admissions or employment policies. This policy of equal opportunity is strictly observed in all University employment-related activities such as advertising, recruiting, interviewing, testing, employment training, compensation, promotion, termination, and employment benefits. This policy expressly prohibits harassment and discrimination in employment based on race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, genetic history, national origin, individuals with disability, age, citizenship status, or protected veteran status. This policy shall be adhered to in accordance with the provisions of all applicable federal, state and local laws, including, but not limited to, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

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