Assistant Professor, Music

Nevada, United States
Salary Not specified
Jan 26, 2021
Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Music
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

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  Job Description

The University of Nevada, Reno Department of Music seeks a dynamic individual to join their voice faculty in Fall 2021 as a tenure-track, Assistant Professor of Voice. The primary teaching responsibility for this position will be applied voice instruction to undergraduate and graduate voice students in classical styles with a demonstrated commitment to culturally responsive and inclusive teaching as well as a demonstrated commitment to developing beginning voices. While the position is centered in the classical vocal style, the Voice Area offers instruction in Musical Theater and CCM styles as well. Other teaching responsibilities may be assigned based on the qualifications of the candidate and the needs of the department. Examples include Class Voice, Vocal Literature, Vocal Pedagogy, and Opera Workshop. As this is a tenure-track position, the successful candidate will also demonstrate capacity to establish and maintain a national/international profile as a performer/scholar. All voice types will be considered for this position.

Required Qualifications: 

  • A Master’s degree in Voice or equivalent/related degree
  • Evidence of a national performance and/or research profile
  • Minimum 2 years teaching experience working with developing and advanced voices in a studio setting (Applied Lessons)
  • Evidence of attention to diversity, equity and inclusion in teaching and/or service

 Preferred Qualifications:

  • DMA or equivalent terminal degree
  • Substantial professional experience, including teaching at the collegiate level
  • Demonstrated interest in building vocal technique in beginning singers
  • Demonstrated ability to teach Class Voice, Opera WorkshopVocal Literature, and/or Vocal Pedagogy

 Compensation Rank: Assistant Professor/Rank II, Nine-month contract.  Salary commensurate with education and experience.

 Start Date: July 1, 2021

Department and School Information 

The Department of Music has 35 full-time faculty, and approximately 200 music majors and 70 minors. The department is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music and offers Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music (in Education and Performance), Master of Arts, Master of Music degrees. In Fall 2020 the Doctor of Musical Arts degree will be offered. For more information about the music department, visit


The School of the Arts is an epicenter for the University’s booming arts scene. The School of the Arts encompasses three departments: art, music, and theatre & dance. We are driven to help teach students and help them blossom into thriving artists. Students and faculty create work, which we showcase to the community to inspire and encourage imagination.


College of Liberal Arts and University Information

The University of Nevada, Reno and the College of Liberal Arts strongly value diversity, equity and inclusion. Besides housing a growing interdisciplinary Department of Gender, Race and Identity Studies, the College has a" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Latino Research Center and affiliated faculty in the Ozmen Institute for Global Studies. The College plays an active role in addressing racism, bias and inequities in society and at the local level. For examples of the innovative and unique ways we are working to dismantle racism, visit our Diversity, Research and Engagement website. The College emphasizes inquiry, discovery and openness to new ideas and perspectives and supports major scholarly research and creative activity in the humanities, social sciences and arts.


The University of Nevada, Reno is a public Research 1 land-grant institution of the Nevada System of Higher Education with a student population of approximately 22,000, including over 3,000 graduate students. We are a comprehensive, doctoral university that has been designated as a Carnegie R1 institution with very high research activity and a Carnegie Community Engagement Classification. Nearly half of our students are students of color and we are officially an Emerging Hispanic Serving Institution. In accordance with the University's land grant, tier-one research institution mission, our faculty are expected to contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service in a pluralistic environment.

The University has dynamic intellectual, artistic and sports life and a close relationship to the city of Reno, an emerging tech and innovation hub with a diverse population and a rich cultural history that hosts an active art, music and festival scene. Known for its proximity to Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada mountains, Reno is a vibrant, diverse and growing city located on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada, about 200 miles east of San Francisco, about 100 miles east of Sacramento and 30 miles north of the state capital, Carson City. Combined with the neighboring city of Sparks, the Reno-Sparks metropolitan area has a population of more than 500,000. Reno is only 30-45 minutes from Lake Tahoe and major ski resorts and is rated one of the top locations in the United States for living and outdoor recreation. It has an international airport with direct flights to many U.S. transportation hubs and to Mexico. For more information about the city and the surrounding area, please visit and


The University of Nevada, Reno recognizes that diversity promotes excellence in education and research. We are an inclusive and engaged community and recognize the added value that students, faculty and staff from different backgrounds bring to the education experience. We believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity and inclusivity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. The University of Nevada, Reno is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

 Faculty Dual Career Assistance Program

The University of Nevada, Reno recognizes the importance of addressing dual-career couples’ professional needs. We offer a Dual Career Assistance Program to newly hired faculty spouses/partners that provides resources and assists them to identify career opportunities in Northern Nevada.

Total Compensation

The total compensation package includes a negotiable competitive salary, moving allowance (if applicable), a rich retirement plan, health insurance options that include dental and vision, life insurance, long-term disability, along with many other benefits. Additionally, there is a grant-in-aid educational benefit for faculty and dependents. For more information, please visit: UNR Benefits  

 Contact Information for this position

Search Chair: Albert R. Lee,

Search Coordinator: Cynthia Prescott,




  Full-Time Equivalent


Required Attachment(s)

Please note, once you submit your application the only attachment/s viewable to you will be the attachment/s to the resume/CV section of the application. Any additional required attachment/s to the cover letter, references, additional documents sections of the application, will not be viewable to you after you submit your application. All uploaded attachment/s will be on the application for the committee to review. To request updates to attachments, prior to the committee review of applications, please contact the candidate helpdesk at

 Please attach the following documents to your application:

 1) Curriculum Vitae 

2) Cover letter stating qualification, experience, and teaching philosophy 

3) Comprehensive Repertoire List 

4) Contact information for three professional references 

5) A brief statement about how you would contribute toward the university’s mission to create a culturally inclusive environment in the role for which you are applying 

*Semifinalists will be asked to submit performing and teaching samples.


Posting Close Time

Applications must be received by 11:59pm on February 28th. This posting will close at 12:00am on March 1st.

  Posting Close Date


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