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Assistant Professor of Applied Voice - University of Minnesota, School of Music

This is a Permanent, Full-time position.

Category: College/University
State/Province: Minneapolis, MN
Position: Assistant Professor of Applied Voice
Deadline: November 15, 2019
Posted: October 16, 2019

Job Description / Duties

The School of Music (SoM) in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, invites applications and nominations for a tenure-track faculty position in Applied Voice at the rank of assistant professor.

About the Position
This is a 100%-time position over the nine-month academic year (late August to late May) beginning fall semester 2020 (8/31/2020) at the rank of tenure-track assistant professor, depending on qualifications and experience, and consistent with collegiate and University policy.

● Teach and develop courses related to vocal performance and pedagogy, as well as other areas of interest, expertise, or curricular need, especially musical theatre;
● Proactively recruit and maintain an outstanding, nationally competitive population of applied vocal students in undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including Performance, Music Education, Music Therapy, and Bachelor of Arts;
● Maintain an active professional performance career;
● Assist with ensemble coaching (course instruction and coaching will be balanced with primary responsibilities in studio instruction);
● Advise graduate students on specific coursework and broader academic or career goals;
● Participate with ensemble conductors in the large ensemble audition process and part assignments;
● Provide service through participation in governance and committees within the School of Music and/or the University;
● Contribute to community outreach and engagement activities that support the School of Music.

The Workload Principles and Guidelines for Regular Faculty in the College of Liberal Arts are available at:

The Standards for Promotion and Tenure in the School of Music are available at:

Qualifications / Required Skills

Required/Preferred Qualifications
Preference will be given to applicants with the appropriate terminal degree in Vocal Performance (minimum of master’s preferred) or equivalent professional experience. Applicants should have an established record as a performer and be able to prepare students to navigate the current musical landscape. Performance experience should ideally include solo repertoire and concert and chamber ensembles. Evidence of successful studio teaching experience at the university or college level is essential, in addition to excellent leadership, interpersonal, and communication skills. Experience performing in and/or teaching musical theater is also desirable.

Candidates will be evaluated on the quality of professional preparation and creative work, current national reputation and potential international recognition as a performer and pedagogue, and commitment to and excellence in teaching. Candidates will also be evaluated based on the strength of recommendations.

Additional Information

How to Apply
Applications must be submitted online through the University of Minnesota’s employment system. The University of Minnesota requires that a competitive pool be established and qualified for consideration before positions are reviewed. To be considered for this position, please visit and follow the instructions [Reference Posting #333475]. You will have an opportunity to complete an online application, and attach a cover letter and CV. Additional documents must be uploaded by accessing the “My Cover Letters and Attachments” section under your “My Job Applications” page. The following materials must be attached to your application:
1. Cover Letter describing your interest in the position, your research and creative output and its influence on the field, and your teaching strengths as related to courses in the School of Music curriculum;
2. Curriculum Vitae that outlines significant professional teaching, performance, and creative experiences;
3. A list of five references, including names, email addresses, and phone numbers, on an additional document through the “My Cover Letters and Attachments” section under your “My Job Applications” page. No references will be contacted before the search committee chair notifies candidates.
4. High quality solo and ensemble performances: 15-20 minutes - video as YouTube private channel, other online platforms, or MP4 files, and audio as MP3 files. No compact discs or digital video discs accepted;
To submit media files:
a. Create an account in SlideRoom at:
b. Complete the "Vocal Faculty Search - Media Uploads" application. To access the application, use this unique link:
c. You may provide 1-15 items. Images (up to 10MB each), Video (up to 500MB each), Audio (up to 60MB each) and PDFs (up to 20MB each). You may also link to media from YouTube, Vimeo and SoundCloud.

Candidate confidentiality will be maintained until the campus-interview stage. Additional materials may be requested from candidates at future dates.

Review of applications will commence November 15, and continue until the position is filled. Nominations of outstanding potential candidates for this position are welcome.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please email or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).

Salary: Salary is competitive and is commensurate with the successful candidate's qualifications and experience. The position is also eligible for the University of Minnesota’s standard benefits package available to benefits-eligible faculty and academic staff.

Contact Information

For position description questions or specific questions related to the search, contact Professor and Search Committee Chair, Dr. Matthew Mehaffey, by email:

Employer Profile

About the School of Music
The School of Music has been an important part of the U of M since 1902, serving both music majors and students from the many diverse programs offered across our campus. Our distinguished alumni representing a wide range of states, provinces, and nations are making significant contributions to music and artistic life around the world as performers, educators, scholars, and therapists. The mission of the School of Music explicates our commitment to the highest level of excellence in scholarly, creative, and pedagogical endeavors, providing opportunities for quality artistic development, academic learning, and direct engagement with the vibrant cultural scene of the Twin Cities community. Our faculty members are recognized nationally and internationally for their expertise in performance, scholarship, education, therapy, and creative studies.

About the College of Liberal Arts
Established in 1868, the College of Liberal Arts supports the University of Minnesota's land-grant mission as home to disciplines in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. The College of Liberal Arts values diverse cultures, experiences, and perspectives as key to innovation and excellent education:
The College of Liberal Arts is committed to intellectual freedom, the pursuit of new knowledge, and the belief that the liberal arts are the foundation of academic learning. CLA prepares students to be independent and original thinkers, innovators in their chosen fields; to create meaning in their lives and in their life's work; and to become productive citizens and leaders in their communities and the world.