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Assistant Professor - Tenure Track - Music - Trombone - 20176

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Wisconsin, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Oct 3, 2023


The Department of Music in the College of Arts and Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater seeks a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the area of Trombone beginning August, 2024.


The selected candidate will teach applied trombone (classical and jazz), direct the trombone ensemble, teach Brass Instrument Techniques (low brass portion) and perform with the Whitewater Brass Quintet. Additional courses may include World of the Arts (an interdisciplinary arts course), Survey of American Jazz, Jazz Composition and Arranging, and coaching a jazz ensemble. The selected candidate will participate in departmental activities, with particular emphasis on recruiting and outreach. Other duties are possible according to the qualifications of the successful candidate. The selected candidate will also be expected to participate in service activities and embrace the principles of inclusion and belonging as a university community member.


Minimum Qualifications:
  • Earned doctorate; ABD considered.
  • Accomplished performer with broad performing experience.
  • Successful studio teacher with a strong background in trombone literature and pedagogy.
  • Prior successful college or university teaching experience, including both studio and classroom work, is preferred.
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching with an emphasis on promoting the success of undergraduate students.
  • Evidence of potential for distinguished performance, creative work, and/or scholarship.
  • Commitment to serving as an active member of the university community.
  • ABD candidates may apply but must have their degree completed by the contract start date in August 2024; if not, they will be hired on a one-year contract with the understanding that their degree will be completed before January, 2025 in advance of their first scheduled review.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Willingness and ability to be an active participant in following applicable safety rules and regulations including necessary training drills.
  • Ability to interact respectfully with people from diverse socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds.
  • The primary professional responsibilities of this faculty member are to teach applied trombone, recruit and maintain a quality trombone studio, teach Brass Instrument Techniques (low brass portion) and perform with the faculty brass quintet.
  • Other responsibilities may include teaching World of the Arts (an interdisciplinary arts course).
  • Additional courses may include: Survey of American Jazz, Jazz Composition and Arranging, and coaching a jazz ensemble.
  • Participate in departmental activities, with particular emphasis on recruiting and outreach.
  • The position requires working closely with other faculty and staff to promote positive relationships with regional high school and community college music programs.
  • In addition, this position will be expected to participate in advising students; engaging in active peer-reviewed creative/scholarly activities; participation in department, college, university, and system-wide service; maintaining office hours; and working collaboratively and productively with colleagues.
  • Positive tenure and promotion decisions require excellent teaching; a record of peer-reviewed creative/scholarly activity in the discipline; strong leadership contributions to school, college and university committees and to external professional organizations that serve the broader discipline's communities.
  • Faculty at UW-W may be required to teach online and/or in a hybrid format, or evening courses.
  • Faculty may also elect to teach New Student Seminar or University Learning Communities, or participate in other programs geared toward improving student success.

The UW-Whitewater Music Department is a community of faculty and students dedicated to the study and performance of music. Our 32 full-or part-time faculty are active performers and scholars united by a commitment to high-quality teaching. With 140 majors, 60 minors and many participating students from across campus, we have a full slate of performance ensembles and courses of study. The Department offers Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music degrees with emphases in Music Education, Performance, and Theory/Composition; Certificates in Accompanying, Conducting, Jazz, Theory, and History; and a Minor in Music. We have a special mission toward music education and a long track record of student winners of the Richard A Gaarder Award, which is given to the top music education student in the state. Students are passionate about learning their craft and work towards the highest standards of scholarship and performance. The Music Department annually reaches thousands of people through its student and faculty concerts, which are presented in both our department’s Light Recital Hall and in the Young Auditorium, and through its service and outreach to the broader music education community in southeastern Wisconsin. The Department of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

The College of Arts and Communication is comprised of Music, Theatre/Dance, MAGD, Communication, and Art and Design. The mission of the College of Arts and Communication is to cultivate and inspire creativity, diversity, expression, inquiry and integrity through embodied education in the fine performing and communicative arts and professions. We offer rigorous programs in music, theatre, dance, and the visual arts; internships, pre-professional opportunities in journalism, advertising, and applied communication, and innovative interdisciplinary studies. ( )


UW-Whitewater is a thriving public university located in southeastern Wisconsin. It leads the way in providing world-class, affordable higher education programs to more students than neighboring regional comprehensives in the University of Wisconsin System. A collaborative team of 1,300 faculty and staff are devoted to the success of the university's 11,000 students at its main and Rock County campuses. The team provides high-impact practices and academic programs - online and in person - from associate to doctoral levels. Recognized nationally for affordability, inclusion, and career development, UWW has approximately one-third first-generation students and boasts strength in many areas, especially business and education. The campus and community embrace the Warhawk Family spirit, supporting the university's arts and nationally recognized NCAA Division-III level championship athletics. As a proud institution of access, more than 10 percent of undergraduate students use the acclaimed Center for Students with Disabilities - a priority mission since the 1970s.

UW-Whitewater's campuses are located centrally near Milwaukee, Madison, and Chicago, offering easy access to the cultural and commercial opportunities of major metropolitan areas. Near both Lake Geneva and the Wisconsin Dells, the area attracts numerous visitors from across the country. Whitewater is a vibrant college community near the Kettle Moraine State Forest offering area residents seasonal outdoor enjoyment. The nearby Rock County campus is located in Janesville, a town of 60,000 located on the Rock River and known as Wisconsin's Park Place.

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, and actively seeks and encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and veterans.


The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is part of the 13-campus University of Wisconsin System ( ).

Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(b) provides that applicants may indicate in writing that their identity should be kept confidential. In response to a public records request, the University will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful final candidate will be released. See Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(a).

Per Regent Policy Document 20-19, University of Wisconsin System Criminal Background Check Policy and UW System Administrative Policy 1275 Recruitment Policies, UW-Whitewater requires criminal background checks as a contingency to employment. A criminal background check will be conducted prior to an offer of employment. All final candidates must be asked, prior to hire, whether they have been found to have engaged in, are currently under investigation for, or left employment during an active investigation in which they were accused of sexual violence or sexual harassment. When obtaining employment reference checks, these same sexual violence or sexual harassment questions must also be asked.

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater requires that all employees be active participants in following applicable safety rules and regulations including necessary training and drills.

For UW-Whitewater Campus safety information and crime statistics/annual Security Report, see . If you would like a paper copy of the report please contact the UW-Whitewater Police at 262-472-4660.


Well-qualified candidates can expect a starting annual salary of $52,000.00.

UW System employees receive an excellent benefit package. To learn more about the UW System’s comprehensive benefit package, review the UW System Employee Benefits Brochure .


Applications received by November 6, 2023 are ensured full consideration. Applications received after that date may be given consideration at the discretion of the search committee. The most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process.

If you have questions regarding this recruitment or if you are unable to complete the application online due to a disability or system problem, please contact us at (262) 472-1024 or .

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Dr. Cristina Ballatori

Search Committee Chair



Only complete application packages will be considered. This includes online submission of the following documents:
  • Cover letter/letter of interest
  • Statement of teaching philosophy
  • Curriculum Vita
  • A PDF document that includes links to recent live performances
  • Names and contact information for three professional references (letters of recommendation may be solicited at a later time)
  • Copies of unofficial transcripts (official transcripts will be required if offered the position)
  • Following initial review of the applicant pool, semi-finalists may be asked to submit a video demonstrating excellence in teaching
This Job ID is 20176.

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