Assistant Professor/Instructor or Teaching Specialist in Music

Minnesota, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Apr 06, 2021
Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Music
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time


Assistant Professor/Instructor or Teaching Specialist in Music, one-year term position with the possibility of renewal.

Appointment Date

August 16, 2021

Required/Preferred Qualifications
We seek a specialist in Choral Conducting with an interest in teaching at a small, residential, liberal arts college that has been recognized nationally for its high academic quality. Doctorate in conducting or a related field preferred; ABDs or MA/MM/MMEs will be considered. Candidates with their doctorate by date of appointment will be appointed as assistant professor/lecturer, an ABD or MA/MM/MME will be appointed as teaching specialist. At least one year of college teaching experience is preferred. Evidence of excellence in teaching is essential.


The responsibilities of this position include: leading the UMN Morris Concert Choir and small vocal ensembles; teaching courses in choral conducting and literature; teaching voice lessons; and offering other courses in music, such as arranging, diction, musicianship, vocal techniques, or an introductory course, consistent with the needs of the university and one's qualifications and experience.


Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Description of the Morris Campus

A distinctive undergraduate campus within the University of Minnesota system, the University of Minnesota Morris combines a student-centered residential liberal arts education with access to the resources and opportunities of one of the nation's largest universities. A founding member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC), UMN Morris provides students with a rigorous academic experience, preparing them to be global citizens who value and pursue intellectual growth, civic engagement, intercultural competence, and environmental stewardship. The student body numbers nearly 1500 with a student/faculty ratio of 11:1. UMN Morris serves one of the most diverse student bodies in Minnesota. More than forty percent of UMN Morris students are Native American, persons of color, or of international origin. UMN Morris is the only federally recognized Native American Serving Non-Tribal Institution in the Upper Midwest.

UMN Morris is highly ranked by national publications –  U.S. News & World Report as a top-ten public liberal arts college; Forbes as one of the best colleges and universities in the nation; and Fiske Guide to Colleges includes Morris campus in its list of “the best” and “most interesting” schools in the U.S., Canada, and the United Kingdom. Morris students are taught by a faculty with the highest per capita representation in the University of Minnesota’s Academy of Distinguished Teaching and students consistently win national awards, as demonstrated by UMN Morris’s status among the top baccalaureate institutions producing student Fulbright awards. The campus is also a national leader in sustainability, evidenced by receipt of the inaugural Excellence in Sustainability award from the National Association of College and University Business Officers and an AASHE STARS Gold rating.

EEO Language

The University of Minnesota shall provide equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, familial status, disability, public assistance status, membership or activity in a local commission created for the purpose of dealing with discrimination, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

UMN Morris values diversity in its students, faculty, and staff. UMN Morris is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity of our community through their teaching, research, and /or service because we believe that diversity enriches the University experience for everyone.

Application Instructions

Applications will be reviewed beginning April 22 and will be accepted until the position is filled.  Applications must be submitted electronically through the University of Minnesota Online Employment System at:, search for Job ID# 340096.  Please submit the following documents online: a current resume/curriculum vitae, a cover letter/letter of intent, and three letters of recommendation written within the last three years.  Additional materials, such as video recordings of conducting, may be requested of candidates.  If you have difficulty negotiating the electronic application process, please contact Makiko Legate at

Accommodation Requests

This publication/material is available in alternative formats upon request. Please contact Human Resources, 320-589-6021, Room 201, Behmler Hall, Morris, Minnesota.

Background Check

Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

Comprehensive Benefits Package

The University of Minnesota Morris offers a comprehensive comprehensive benefit program.