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Visiting Instructor/Assistant Professor of Music, Percussion

University of Arkansas at Fort Smith
Fort Smith, Arkansas, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Apr 18, 2024

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Type of Position:Faculty - Non-Tenure

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Job Type:Regular

Work Shift: Day Shift (United States of America)

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Institution Name: University of Arkansas at Fort Smith

University of Arkansas – Fort Smith

The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith is a dynamic, mid-sized public university that’s redefining higher education. We’re on a mission to provide transformative, hands-on learning experiences for students of all backgrounds and aspirations. Our multi-faceted approach to education offers a wealth of opportunities, with over 70 academic programs, including certificates, associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees. We’re committed to building a diverse community that mirrors Arkansas’s rich tapestry, reflecting our dedication to serving the state’s varied population while enhancing the quality of our institution.

As an employer, the University of Arkansas offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance. The benefits package includes university contributions to health, dental, life, and disability insurance, tuition waivers for employees and their families, 12 official holidays, immediate leave accrual, and a choice of retirement programs with university contributions ranging from 5 to 10 percent of employee salary.

Fort Smith, Arkansas

Nestled along the Arkansas River, this vibrant city offers a perfect blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. Immerse yourself in the rich heritage of the Old West at the Fort Smith National Historic Site, explore the eclectic local art scene, or take a scenic stroll along the picturesque riverfront trails. With a welcoming community, diverse dining options, and a thriving downtown, Fort Smith is the ideal destination for history enthusiasts and those seeking modern amenities.

Thank you for your interest in joining our university. Below you will find details for the position including any supplementary documentation and/or questions you should review before submitting your application. For general application assistance or if you have questions about a job posting, please contact Human Resources at (479) 788-7080.

If you have a disability and need assistance with the hiring process please contact Human Resources at 479-788-7080. Applicants are required to submit a request for each position to which they have applied.

Department:Music and Theatre

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Summary of Job Duties:The Department of Music and Theatre at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith invites applications for the position of Visiting Instructor/Assistant Professor of Music, Percussion. The position reports to the Department Head of Music and Theatre.


Required Education and/or Work Experience: Master’s in Music with significant professional experience. Demonstrate expertise in various areas, including orchestral percussion, contemporary percussion, and drum set

Preferred Education and/or Work Experience: Doctorate in Music. Demonstrated excellence in collegiate teaching and recruitment. Demonstrated professional profile as a performer and pedagogue. In addition to the various areas of expertise already listed, the successful candidate should demonstrate expertise in world music and understand current trends in music industry and technology.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: To perform the job successfully, the following competencies are required for the essential functions of this position:
  • Expertise in the percussive arts, including orchestral percussion, contemporary percussion, and drum set.
  • Understand current trends in the music industry and in music technology.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to work effectively with colleagues, students, staff, and the larger community.
  • Basic computing skills
  • Ability to adapt to a changing environment.
  • Adept at using online platforms, including university systems and social media
Summary of Job Duties:
  • Instruct undergraduate applied percussion lessons.
  • Direct the Percussion Ensemble.
  • Instruct music education majors in Percussion Methods classes.
  • Instruct the Music Technology course.
  • Oversee the music technology needs of the department.
  • Teach other classes contingent upon the candidate’s expertise, interest, and needs of the department.
  • Actively recruit percussion students to the department.
  • Be active in scholarly and/or creative activities.
  • Be active in service to the university, community, and profession
  • Responsible for maintaining a positive work atmosphere by acting and communicating in a manner to foster teamwork.
  • Requires consistent on-time attendance.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Additional Information:

Working Relationships: In the typical workday, the successful candidate will interact with the faculty of the Department of Music and Theatre, students in the department, and occasionally faculty across campus.

List Employees Supervised: N/A

Special Job Dimensions: Work performed primarily in an office and classroom setting. While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly exhibits digital dexterity when entering data into computer, the skills necessary to be an artist in the percussive arts, and has good interpersonal skills to work with students, faculty, and staff. The employee is active throughout the day requiring frequent standing. Vision demands may include close, relatively detailed vision when focusing on a computer screen. Employee regularly talks and hears. Employee occasionally lifts items up to 50 pounds. Routine work schedule Monday through Friday, often working nights and weekends.

Background Check Requirements. Criminal Background Check and Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR) Check.

Salary Information:

$40,000-45,000/year, commensurate with education and experience

Required Documents to Apply:

Cover Letter/Letter of Application, Curriculum Vitae, List of three Professional References (name, email, business title), Other (see special instructions for details), Unofficial/Official Transcript(s)

Optional Documents:

Proof of Veteran Status

Special Instructions to Applicants:For Full consideration, please apply by May 22, 2024.

Recruitment Contact Information:

Human Resources 479-788-7080

All application materials must be uploaded to the University of Arkansas System Career Site

Please do not send to listed recruitment contact.

Pre-employment Screening Requirements:No Background Check Required

This position may be subject to a pre-employment criminal background check, sex offender registry check, financial history background check, and/or drug screening. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication and/or adverse financial history alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background checks and drug screening information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The University does not discriminate in its education programs or activities (including in admission and employment) on the basis of age, race, color, national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran status, military service, genetic information, or sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity). Federal law prohibits the University from discriminating on these bases. Questions or concerns about the application of Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, may be sent to the University's Title IX Coordinator and to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights.

Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment.

All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

Constant Physical Activity:N/A

Frequent Physical Activity:N/A

Occasional Physical Activity:N/A

Benefits Eligible:Yes



The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith offers a rich, vibrant learning environment for nearly 6,000 students each semester. UAFS aims to build its reputation as a regional destination for high-quality, affordable education, where diverse groups of aspirational students and faculty thrive and excel.

For more than 90 years, the university has been a mainstay of Fort Smith with a history as unique as each student who ever enrolled.

Through dynamic academic programs, innovative research opportunities, and transformational centers of intellectual and economic development, UAFS will advance its community and become an institution renowned for educating and inspiring the ambitious students who call it home.

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