University of Missouri Kansas City
Missouri, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Aug 30, 2023

Hiring Department

University of Missouri-Kansas City


Music Division

The UMKC Conservatory seeks people who will help build the future of education and research in the performing arts. We seek faculty who demonstrate a growth mindset, with an understanding that learning is an ongoing process. We seek faculty who believe that art has the power to help us understand ourselves, each other, and our culture while empowering us to move that culture forward. Qualified candidates will engage in work that appeals to, and positively impacts, the global population. They will work strategically in ways that adapt to the opportunities in their regions, and work within frameworks that embrace transdisciplinary possibilities.

For more information about the Conservatory, please visit www.conservatory.umkc.edu

Job Description

Jack Strandberg/Missouri Endowed Chair of Piano

This is a faculty endowed chair position at the rank of Assistant Professor or Associate Professor in the Music Division. Applicants should be eligible for tenure or tenure-track at rank. This faculty member's workload responsibilities and duties will include:

· teach all applied piano levels and chamber music to undergraduate and graduate students;

· maintain a nationally and internationally prominent performance/research career; contribute to the enhancement of all facets of the Keyboard Studies Division;

· contribute to the academic and service environments characteristic of a conservatory within a university; and

· enrich the cultural environment of the Kansas City metropolitan community.

The applicant's CV and cover letter should demonstrate a multi-faceted approach to pedagogy and creative activities that impacts a global constituency.

In the University of Missouri System, individuals appointed to endowed chairs and professorships are outstanding leaders in scholarship, teaching, and service . These prominent scholars provide leadership and service to the university and the surrounding community in accordance with the Guidelines for Evaluation of Endowed Chairs and Professors. Applicants for this endowed position are encouraged to review UMKC’s Guidelines for Evaluation of Endowed Chairs and Professors at the following link: https://info.umkc.edu/academichiring/endowed-chairs-professorships/ .

Minimum Qualifications

· Demonstrated highly successful experience teaching piano in a university setting (minimum 5 years preferred);

· Strong evidence of the ability to recruit and retain excellent students of all levels (BA, BM, MM, DMA); record of national or international scholarly/creative activity;

· Doctoral degree in piano performance or equivalent professional experience;

· Eligibility for tenure or tenure-track at the appropriate rank.

Full Time/Part Time

Full-time, 9-month faculty position to begin in Fall 2024. The position is tenure-eligible, ranked and eligible for benefits.

Our academic workloads and schedules promote a positive work/life balance.


Highly competitive, commensurate with credentials, qualifications and experience. Range: $70,000-$100,000 per academic year.

Application Deadline

Review of application materials will begin October 1, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled.

Application Instructions

For consideration, you must apply online at https://info.umkc.edu/hr/careers/academic-positions/ click in Academic Positions, Job Opening ID 48471 .

Please complete the online application form and provide:

· your cover letter highlighting your career achievements which qualify you for an endowed professor or associate professor

· performance videos

· curriculum vitae including educational background, previous academic appointments and artistic credentials

· list of 3 professional references with current contact information

As practical, please combine all application materials into one PDF or Microsoft Word document and upload as your resume attachments. Limit document name to 50 characters and do not include any special characters (e.g., /, &, %, etc.).

· If you are experiencing technical problems during application, please email umpshrsupport@umsystem.edu .

· For questions about the position, please contact umkcfacultysearch@umkc.edu including the Job Identification number 48471 and name of the position.

· Reasonable accommodations may be requested during the application and recruitment process. If you need an accommodation, please contact the Office of Affirmative Action at (816) 235-1323.

We will contact references and request educational transcripts for applicants who progress to the finalist stage.


UMKC is the largest comprehensive, fully accredited university in the Kansas City area with award-winning academic programs and faculty. Our university is committed to being a model urban university that is recognized for our partnerships with diverse communities to effectively foster a healthy, safe, more economically secure quality of life. It is part of the larger University of Missouri System (UMS). The UMKC Conservatory is the designated performing arts campus of UMS. We are a vital partner in Kansas City’s rich cultural environment, providing the highest level of professional instruction and an extensive array of performances.

A City on the Rise: Big City Life and Midwest Charm, Kansas City offers the best of both worlds – a vibrant, urban community with midwestern appeal and an affordable cost of living. The university is in one of the most entrepreneurial cities in America and the metropolitan area has a population of more than 2.4 million. Our UMKC campuses are centered in the hubs of cultural arts with internationally acclaimed venues including the Kauffman Center for Performing Arts, 18th& Vine jazz district, T-Mobile Center, and other local sites known for a rich history of music and performing arts. Our community boasts championship professional athletic teams, NASCAR racing, art galleries, and great local and ethnic cuisine (KC BBQ!!). Our beautiful state provides rivers, lakes, biking/hiking trails and mountains for outdoor enthusiasts, all within an easy drive.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call Human Resources at 816-235-1621.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Office of Equity & Title IX at 816-235-6910.

Know Your Rights

To read more about Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) please use the following links:
UMKC Statement on Diversity

Values Commitment

We value the uniqueness of every individual and strive to ensure each person’s success. Contributions from individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives promote intellectual pluralism and enable us to achieve the excellence that we seek in learning, research and engagement. This commitment makes our university a better place to work, learn and innovate.

In your application materials, please discuss your experiences and expertise that support these values and enrich our missions of teaching, research and engagement.

Benefit Eligibility


We offer full benefits that start day one, generous paid time off, paid winter break, employee discounts, and education benefits for employees and qualifying family members.

Visit our Total Rewards page to learn more.

Also, explore the Total Rewards website to learn more about the rewards package we offer to acknowledge our employees as the university's most important r esource.

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