Tenure Track in Theory, Composition & Commercial Music

Taylor University
Indiana, United States
Commensurate with experience
Dec 20, 2018
Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Music
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Taylor University is seeking applications and nominations of distinctive candidates for a tenure track faculty position beginning in the department of Music, Theatre and Dance, with a focus on ability to teach Composition and Music Theory courses beginning in August 2019. Rank and salary are dependent upon qualifications and experience. . Quality teaching with some college teaching experience is desirable, and online or nontraditional course delivery experience is an additional potential asset.

Candidates should have an earned doctorate in Composition, Music, Music Theory, Commercial Music, or related discipline. Exceptional candidates with an appropriate MM and extensive directly related experience will be considered, though tenure track would need to be evaluated. Highly desired is the ability to contribute to existing expertise in the department and assist with the development of Commercial Music curriculum and major course of study. Successful candidate will teach courses in the electronic music and audio production sequence and build a growing relationship with the TU Film and Media Studies area as well as other disciplines in which Commercial Composition can be applied.

Student advising and other normal faculty and departmental duties are also expectations.  The successful candidate will demonstrate her/his commitment to the life of the mind through participation in professional organizations and scholarship and will be committed to the integration of faith and learning. Demonstration of strong organizational skills, music technology skills, expert musicianship, leadership and collegiality essential for this position.  A record of successful college teaching and professional activity is preferred.

Music, Theatre, and Dance is an active vibrant department providing professional training and service to the university in the Christian Liberal Arts tradition. The department has more than 100 majors and minors with 8 full time faculty and a number of specialty adjunct instructors. There are 10 music ensembles and a very active theatre and musical theatre program. The music unit is accredited by NASM and offers Bachelor of Music Degrees in Performance, Music Education, and Composition; Bachelor of Science Degrees with concentrations in Music Marketing, and Management; and a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Musical Theatre. The department contributes to the University Foundational Core through Humanities courses as well as ensemble opportunities that fulfill Aesthetic Literacy objectives of the institution.

Because Taylor University is a Christ-centered, evangelical, nondenominational, covenant community committed to advancing life-long learning and its mission of ministering the redemptive love and truth of Jesus Christ to a world in need, applicants must confess a personal commitment to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, have a vibrant Christian faith, and display a passion for the mission and educational philosophy of Taylor University. The successful candidate will teach a variety of courses in the department including Music Theory & Composition. Other courses taught will depend on interest and background. The successful candidate will be expected to develop and maintain an active program of faculty-mentored student artistry, research and scholarship. Active membership in professional societies, professional service, student advising, faculty governance responsibilities, and chapel attendance are expected. Taylor is distinctive in its commitment to the spiritual and intellectual development of its students as well as of its faculty members.

Taylor is distinctive in its commitment to both spiritual and intellectual development. Academic pursuits at Taylor are rigorous, demanding imagination, dedication and integrity from both students and faculty.  As a Christian institution, Taylor University has highly capable, supportive faculty who recognize that all truth has its source in God.  Taylor University carries out its mission and purposes primarily by offering undergraduate programs in its residential campus setting.  The University also offers focused graduate programs that expand and complement curricular and institutional strengths.                                                                                                                              

The University is located 60 miles northeast of Indianapolis and 50 miles south of Fort Wayne.  The proximity to metropolitan areas provides numerous benefits, including access to specialized healthcare and cultural and entertainment opportunities including music, theater, art, professional athletics and commerce.

Interested candidates should send an application letter, curriculum vita, and complete the application found at https://public.taylor.edu/about/services/human-resources/hiring/FacultyApplication.doc.  Materials should be addressed to:  Dr. Thomas Jones, Dean, School of Humanities, Arts & Biblical Studies and sent to academics@taylor.edu. All materials will remain confidential. Women and members of minority groups are encouraged to apply.  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  Taylor University complies with federal and state guidelines for nondiscrimination in employment.