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Assistant Professor – Saxophone / Jazz Band (Tenure-Track

Lamar University
Beaumont, TX

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Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

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Assistant Professor – Saxophone / Jazz Band (Tenure-Track





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About This Role:

The Mary Morgan Moore Department of Music at Lamar University is seeking a highly qualified candidate for Assistant Professor of Music (Jazz Band Director/Applied Saxophone) beginning August 2024. Candidates with enthusiasm and a vision to work within a growing department are encouraged to apply. In this position, the successful candidate will develop, sustain, and promote Lamar University’s jazz band, the Cardinal Jazz Orchestra, as well as the saxophone studio, with an emphasis on recruitment and retention, as well as mentoring students throughout their degree. They will also coordinate and direct the annual Jimmy Simmons Jazz Festival, an event funded by a significant endowment. The successful candidate will also demonstrate the ability to work effectively with the department’s other instrumental ensembles and will participate in departmental performances and outreach activities, specifically in collaboration with colleagues. Candidates with a background in performing and teaching a variety of musical genres, especially jazz performance and pedagogy, are encouraged to apply. The faculty member in this position will be expected to establish a positive regional, state, and national reputation as a teacher, performer, and director.

What You’ll Do – Position Responsibilities

Teaching responsibilities of the successful candidate will include directing the Lamar University Cardinal Jazz Orchestra (big band) as well as teaching applied saxophone lessons, saxophone studio, chamber music and jazz combo coaching, repertoire and pedagogy, and other instructional activities within the candidate’s areas of expertise, according to the needs of the department. The successful candidate will also coordinate and direct the annual Jimmy Simmons Jazz Festival, an event funded by endowment which involves guest artist(s) and inviting area jazz bands to campus for clinics and evaluation. Additional faculty duties include student recruitment, creative/scholarly activity, and participation in departmental, college and university service. The faculty member in this position will collaborate closely with faculty in facilitating activities within the instrumental areas. The successful candidate will assist the department in maintaining positive relationships with area public schools, junior colleges, and private instructors.

Who We Are:

Lamar University is a diverse and accessible global university for life-long learners with a passion for broad-based community engagement. As a vital contributor to the socioeconomic wellbeing and resilience of the Gulf Coast region, our expertise is recognized locally and beyond. Lamar University is home to more than 17,000 students and is among the fastest growing Texas colleges and universities. LU is a member of The Texas State University System, which is the first higher education system of Texas and maintains the lowest average tuition and fees of any university system in Texas. With more than 100 degree options and a community that cares, Lamar students are always proud to be Cardinals.

Lamar University is committed to fostering a culture of diversity where students, faculty and staff of all backgrounds can learn, work, and serve.


At Lamar University, one of the ways we show appreciation to our team members is by offering the following perks:

  • Health, dental & vision insurance
  • Life insurance
  • State of Texas Retirement plans
  • Tuition covered at 100% for employees, spouses and/or eligible dependent.
  • Paid time off – vacation, sick, and holidays.

Minimum Qualifications (Education & Experience):

  • A doctorate in music is required (candidates who are ABD will be considered.)

Preferred Qualifications (Education & Experience):

  • Artist-level performing and directing experience in Jazz and other styles/genres as well as excellent teaching skills are expected.
  • Successful college/university teaching and festival organization experience is preferred. Strong departmental citizenship and a cooperative attitude among colleagues, students, and staff is expected of all faculty. The candidate must be a positive advocate for the university both on and off campus. They should also demonstrate proficient verbal and written communication skills and exhibit strong organizational, management, and leadership skills.
  • Candidates must successfully complete the interview process, including performance and teaching demonstrations, to be considered a finalist.

EEO Statement:

Lamar University is An Equal Opportunity Employer

Veteran's Preference:

Lamar University is proud to provide employment preference to veteran applicants in accordance with Texas 805 Government Code, Section 657.003.

Security Sensitive Statement:

This position is security-sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of the Texas Education Code §51.215, which authorizes the employer to obtain criminal history record information.

Lamar Expectation of Quality:

Employee will support the mission of Lamar by providing high quality, professional services, timely responses and solutions to customer requests.

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

A letter of application, curriculum vitae, and the names, email addresses, and telephone numbers for at least three professional references are required to complete the online application process. Additionally, please attach a document in the application portal with links to video recordings that demonstrate qualifications for the position. At least one of each of the following video types are required: saxophone solo performance (alone or with piano; any/multiple styles), big band performance as director, and big band rehearsal as director. Applicants are encouraged to also include video link(s) featuring saxophone lesson teaching and/or saxophone solo performance with big band or combo.

Please direct any questions about the position to the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Brielle Frost, at

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Texas Roots. Infinite Possibilities.

Lamar University students enjoy small classes where they can build lasting friendships with professors and peers. The 270-acre campus is in Beaumont, Texas, located about 90 miles east of Houston and 25 miles west of the Louisiana border. A comprehensive public university, Lamar gives students a chance to explore a variety of interests to prepare them to succeed in whatever fields they choose.


A member of the Texas State University System, Lamar University offers 63 undergraduate, 47 master's and nine doctoral degree programs. The university has more than 13,000 students enrolled in five academic colleges - Arts and Sciences, Business, Education and Human Development, Engineering, Fine Arts and Communication. Lamar also offers the College of Graduate Studies and academic programs such as the Center for General Studies.

Students have access to numerous opportunities for scholarships, undergraduate research and study abroad programs. Lamar University students have: 

  • Performed research for NASA and flown experiments on NASA reduced-gravity flights.
  • Presented original research at academic conferences as undergraduates in fields including mathematics, business and sociology.
  • Enjoyed a 73 percent acceptance rate to medical and dental schools in recent years, compared to a 39 percent acceptance rate statewide.
  • Gone on to lead major companies and make a name for themselves in fields from art and music to nursing and engineering.


Students can participate in or cheer on their peers in more than a dozen NCAA Division I sports. Last year, the Cardinals were Southland Conference champions in men's golf, cross country and women's tennis. The volleyball and men's basketball teams were regular season co-champs and the women's basketball team was Southland Conference East Division champion. The LU baseball program has produced several major leaguers. The women's soccer program is entering its second season. The golf team has topped national rankings in recent years.

LU is beginning to rebuild a football program. A coach was hired in 2008. The stadium and athletic complex are being renovated, and the Cardinals plan to return to the gridiron in 2010.

Campus Life

A building boom at Lamar University in the past decade has given students access to state-of-the art facilities for learning, playing, dining and living.

Residents of Cardinal Village, the modern residence halls, have private bedrooms, high-speed Internet and amenities including an outdoor pool, basketball courts and community centers. The new dining hall offers a bistro ambience with international and American cuisine.

Working out in the Sheila Umphrey Recreational Sports Center is like a trip to an exclusive gym where students have an automatic membership. Features include a 43-foot climbing wall, an elevated jogging track, new cardiovascular and weighttraining equipment, and courts for sports such as basketball, racquetball and indoor soccer. Competitive types can participate in intramural sports ranging from basketball and flag football to dodgeball, cricket and pool.

Making friends and building a social network is easy at Lamar with more than 100 clubs and organizations registered on campus. Through campus organizations, students can:

  • Join a fraternity or sorority
  • Get involved in community service
  • Delve into a cause
  • Nurture spiritual beliefs
  • Start networking in future professions
  • Do all of the above.

LU is a short drive from many outdoor adventures: a day at the beach, canoeing or fishing on area rivers and bayous, hiking in the Big Thicket National Preserve. Shopping and entertainment options also are nearby including theaters, museums and live music venues large and small.


Lamar University was founded in 1923 as South Park Junior College a few blocks from the current location. The name changed to Lamar College in 1932 to honor Mirabeau B. Lamar, second president of the Republic of Texas and the "Father of Education" in Texas. In 1951, the school became Lamar State College of Technology, a state-supported four-year institution, the first junior college in Texas to make such a transition. The name changed to Lamar University in 1971. The university joined the Texas State University System in 1995.


Visit campus to learn more about all Lamar University has to offer. Guided campus tours normally are scheduled at 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

To arrange a campus visit, call (409) 880-8316 or e-mail

To apply for admission, financial aid and scholarships, go to


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