Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Bands

Kirksville, Adair County
Jan 08, 2014
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Assistant Professor of Music/Director of Bands Truman State University The School of Arts and Letters at Truman State University invites applications for the position of Director of Bands. This is a full-time, tenure-eligible faculty position in Music to begin August, 2014. Rank and salary are commensurate with qualifications and experience. Responsibilities: Artistic and administrative leadership of a comprehensive university band program, including Wind Symphony, Concert Band, Statesmen Marching Band, and athletic pep band ensembles. Instruct graduate-level courses in conducting, literature and pedagogy, marching band techniques, and administration of instrumental music. Oversee and coordinate recruiting efforts in the instrumental area. Collaborate with administration and music faculty in the management and awarding of talent and service instrumental music scholarships. Supervise graduate teaching assistants within the band area. Develop and maintain a strong collegial relationship with secondary school instrumental music teachers and programs. Provide leadership for the continuing development of band area outreach activities on campus, including regional and State-sanctioned music events and festivals. Scholarly activity and output appropriate to the rank is expected consistent with the teacher-scholar model. Required Qualifications: • minimum ABD in Music • Experience and/or demonstrated potential for developing and leading collegiate instrumental ensembles at a national level; • Experience and/or demonstrated potential for recruitment and retention of high-achieving music students; • Evidence and/or demonstrated potential for teaching effectiveness in instrumental conducting and related courses; • Strong oral, written, and interpersonal skills; and • Commitment to the liberal arts and sciences as a teacher-scholar, with student development and accomplishment as the highest priority. Preferred Qualifications: • Completed doctorate in music • Successful teaching experience at the secondary education level. • Successful experience in halftime show design, including drill writing. • Additional experiences/expertise in such relevant areas as arranging, composition, guest conducting, instructional and music industry consultant/artist. Salary: Salary is commensurate with experience and education; benefits package includes life, health and disability insurance, retirement contributions, and reimbursed assistance for moving expenses. [Awarding of tenure and promotion to Associate and Full Professor is based on success as a teacher-scholar; a departmental policy on Promotion and Tenure is available upon request.] The Department of Music: The Department of Music offers degrees of Bachelor of Music in Performance, Bachelor of Arts in Music, Master of Arts in Music (Conducting, Composition, Performance and Research emphases), and minors in Music and in Jazz Studies. Twenty-one full-time and three part-time faculty members provide instruction to approximately 200 majors studying music education, vocal and instrumental performance, theory and composition, conducting and musicology. A full complement of ensembles provides training for students and cultural resources for the community. The music program is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. For more information visit and The University: A vibrant community of teacher-scholars involved with a highly-selective student body, Truman is a residential university providing its approximately 6,000 students with broad liberal arts experiences and study-in-depth in 48 undergraduate majors and nine graduate programs. Truman's students are well-prepared academically. Most have leadership experience and over 45 percent will enter graduate or professional education within a year of graduation. Over 20 percent of Truman students engage in significant undergraduate research and creative projects, including participation in the annual undergraduate research conference. Truman is nationally recognized for the quality of educational opportunities that it offers to students and for its leadership in the assessment of student learning and continuous improvement. As Missouri’s only highly selective public liberal arts and sciences university, it has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report for the 17th year in a row as the no. 1 Public University in the Midwest Regional category. The Washington Monthly ranks Truman as the no. 3 Masters’ University in the United States, reporting that, “Truman State is unusually successful in not just graduating students but also preparing them to make lasting contributions to society for much less than the private institutions that are similarly ranked.” The Community: Located in Kirksville, Truman plays a vital role in the regional center of northeast Missouri. The city enjoys a low crime rate, excellent schools, and low cost of living. Within a few minutes’ drive, a broad range of outdoor recreational opportunities is easily accessible. Kirksville is connected to St. Louis (STL) by Cape Air ( Amtrak operates the Southwest Chief on daily schedules from Kirksville to Chicago, Kansas City, and points southwest to Los Angeles. AT Still University maintains dental and medical schools in Kirksville. More information about Truman State University can be found at Application: The application process is coordinated by the School of Arts and Letters. Electronic submission of applications is required and must be completed at Completed applications must include: • Cover letter that addresses the required and preferred qualifications, scholarly activity interests and any other applicant characteristics that merit emphasis; • Current curriculum vitae; • Statement of teaching philosophy that presents the candidate’s commitment to the liberal arts and sciences and to student development; • Statement of recruitment approach and achievements; • Video recording (loaded to YouTube) of marching band performance (excerpts or full performance) not exceeding 15 minutes; • Three separate video recordings (loaded to YouTube) of concert performances in contrasting styles, demonstrating preparation, interpretation, and conducting abilities. Excerpts acceptable; total recorded time not to exceed twenty minutes. Both marching and concert examples must be accompanied by on-screen information of conductor’s name, repertoire, date, location, and ensemble(s). • 2 additional supplemental materials as evidence of teaching excellence and scholarly activity; • Copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable); • Contact information for at least three references. Review of applications will begin February 15, 2014 and continue until the position is filled. If hired, applicants must provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States, official graduate transcripts, or documentation of degrees if transcripts are not available. Questions about this position may be directed to Dr. Michael Bump, Search Committee Chair/Professor of Percussion, [email protected] Truman State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act; women and minority candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.