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Assistant Professor of Music (tenure track) or Term Lecturer (one-year appointment)

Northwest Missouri State University
Maryville, Missouri (US)
Competitive market-based salary
Date posted
Apr 30, 2024

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Music, Performing Arts
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Details

EMPLOYMENT TERMS: Full-time, tenure-track (Assistant Professor) or one-year appointment

                                                                  (Term Lecturer)


PRIMARY DUTY: The Department of Fine and Performing Arts at Northwest Missouri State 

University invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Music (or Term Lecturer) beginning August 2024. The successful candidate will teach applied flute and/or saxophone and music theory, and other courses according to the needs of the department (e.g., musicology, woodwind methods) or candidate expertise. (12/13 hour load per semester).



  1. Teach coursework as described above.
  2. Actively recruit students.
  3. Maintain a high level of scholarly/creative activity.
  4. Perform additional duties by departmental need.
  5. Hold seven office hours/week.
  6. Serve on committees as assigned.



  1. Terminal degree in Music (ABD considered if completed by Aug. ’24).
  2. Experience teaching applied woodwinds.
  3. Experience teaching in a classroom setting.
  4. A consistent record of scholarly/creative activity. 
  5. Experience recruiting music majors.

WORKING CONDITIONS: Collaborative academic environment in a Fine and Performing Arts Department at a regional, comprehensive university. Faculty use Canvas, an online learning management system, and are provided a laptop computer.                                    




  EQUIPMENT/MATERIALS USED:  laptop computer, software/online course and information management systems as needed, university instruments.         


TYPICAL PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Ability to lift and carry 20 pounds.  


COMMUNITY: Northwest Missouri State University is located in Maryville, Missouri, a community of 12,000 with a diverse economy and a strong industrial base. Maryville is located 45 miles north of St. Joseph, Missouri, 90 miles north of Kansas City, Missouri, and 110 miles southeast of Omaha, Nebraska. For more information visit the city’s website at


UNIVERSITY: With an enrollment of about 10,000 students, Northwest is a coeducational, primarily residential four-year university that offers a broad range of undergraduate and selected graduate programs on its Maryville campus as well as its Northwest-Kansas City location at the Northland Innovation Center and through Northwest Online.

Founded in 1905 and ranked by U.S. News and World Report among the top public regional universities in the Midwest, Northwest places a high emphasis on profession-based learning to help graduates get a jump start on their careers. Students have opportunities to build their résumés with experiences on campus in nearly every area of study, including the Horace Mann Laboratory SchoolNational Public Radio affiliate KXCV, the R.T. Wright Farm, Mozingo Outdoor Education Recreation Area and Knacktive, a student-driven integrated digital marketing communications agency.

The University is a national model for student success and career placement. In addition, 97 percent of Northwest bachelor’s degree earners and 99 percent of master’s degree earners secure employment or continue their education within six months of graduation, according to the most recent data.

Furthermore, its vibrant and diverse learning community offers more than 150 student organizations, and textbooks and a laptop are included in tuition, which is among the lowest in the nation, saving students an estimated $6,800 over four years. Northwest also offers 1,200 student employment positions, allowing students to build professional skills through its internationally benchmarked student employment program. Designated the Missouri Arboretum, the Northwest campus was named one of the “50 Most Amazing University Botanical Gardens and Arboretums in the U.S.

For more information about Northwest and its performance, visit


DEPARTMENT: The Department of Fine and Performing Arts is home to three disciplines: Art, Music (NASM accredited), and Theatre. The Department places a high focus on excellence in teaching, providing a high degree of interaction between faculty and students, as well as serving as a cultural hub for the region. The music area offers degrees in music (BA in Music with choice of emphasis areas in Audio Production, Business, and Wellness), and music education (BME - Instrumental, Vocal, or Extended Certification). The music program serves a large cross-section of the general university population via academic coursework and ensemble participation. For more information visit our website:


APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin May 13, 2024, and continue until the position is filled. 

DATE AVAILABLE: August 12, 2024


  • Please complete a Northwest application online form by clicking: .

  • In addition, on your online application you will also need to submit the application materials listed below for your application to be considered complete. Please contact the Office of Human Resources at 660-562-1127 or email for more information.

APPLICATION MATERIALS: (1) cover letter, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) names, addresses,

and contact information (email and phone) for four professional references, (4) classroom or applied studio teaching video, (5) recordings of recent solo performances (provided via link to YouTube, Dropbox, etc., please do not email files), and (6) unofficial copies of transcripts (official copies required prior to hire).



Dr. Adam Zrust, Search Committee Chair

Director of Choral Activities, Fine & Performing Arts


Northwest Missouri State University

Northwest is in the middle of everywhere. Everything a college town needs and nothing it doesn’t. We are an active campus with a championship culture. Our goal is student success – every student, every day. We go beyond hands-on learning with profession-based learning. The kind of training that allows a student to know if they are on the right path for their individual journey. At Northwest, we support students in every facet of the college journey.


Northwest has a history of bringing up educators, innovators and leaders since 1905. With 11 academic schools and departments and more than 200 degree programs, students can follow their passion with the support they need to succeed.

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