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Assistant Professor of Piano

University of Puget Sound
Washington, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Dec 8, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Music
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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University of Puget Sound

Assistant Professor of Piano
Job ID: 6145
Location: School of Music
Full/Part Time:  
Regular/Tempoary: Regular

Faculty Posting Details
Appointment: Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Piano to begin Fall 2022.

The School of Music at the University of Puget Sound seeks an inspiring pianist to join our faculty of dedicated teachers, vibrant performers, and forward-thinking scholars. As we build on our strengths while continuing to explore innovative and inclusive approaches to music study, we eagerly anticipate welcoming an effective, imaginative artist-pedagogue into our community.


The successful candidate will lead, teach, recruit for, and build the piano studio at Puget Sound. In addition to teaching private lessons, the candidate will hold studio class, teach collaborative piano, and teach other courses in support of the needs of the School of Music. They will perform regularly both on and off campus, as a soloist, chamber musician, and member of the Puget Sound Piano Trio. The candidate will collaborate with colleagues in conceptualizing, organizing, and performing in the School of Music's Jacobsen Series and other musical events on campus. They will provide oversight and support for the School of Music's collaborative pianists, including students and professional staff. They will provide academic advising for undergraduate piano majors and serve on department and university committees as assigned.

About Puget Sound's School of Music:

The University of Puget Sound School of Music is a comprehensive program within a leading national liberal arts and sciences university, offering the Bachelor of Music in Performance, Bachelor of Music in Music Education, Bachelor of Music in Composition, Bachelor of Music with Elective Studies in Business, Bachelor of Arts in Music, and Master of Arts in Teaching. The School of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. It hosts three choral ensembles, four instrumental ensembles including a jazz orchestra, an opera theater, and chamber music groups in strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion. Nearly 10% of the student body participates in music ensembles, with students from across all disciplines performing alongside nearly one hundred music majors and minors. These ensembles, along with recitals by students and faculty, contribute richly to more than one hundred performances per year. The successful candidate will join a faculty of ten tenure-line colleagues and an artist-in-residence who are poised for partnership in moving the School forward in educating musicians for the 21st century. These full-time faculty work alongside some 25 affiliate faculty and seven professional staff, as well as a robust Community Music program.

The School of Music provides intensive education for student musicians, as well as impactful musical opportunities for the entire campus and surrounding region. We actively recruit highly engaged artist-scholars to the University of Puget Sound, and retain them to graduation through meaningful faculty-student interactions and membership in a vibrant musical community. Through transformative performance experiences, intellectual inquiry, and production of public-facing events, the School of Music prepares liberal arts students to be broad-minded, creative, arts-aware social leaders for our community and beyond.

  1. Doctorate or ABD in piano or associated field, or master's degree plus significant professional experience.
  2. Commitment to culturally responsive teaching, diversity and inclusion, and community engagement.
  3. Significant experience in studio teaching.
  4. Demonstrated excellence as a pianist and chamber musician.

Preferred Qualifications:
  1. Open-minded and versatile musicianship in teaching and performance.
  2. Dedication to expansive, innovative, inclusive approaches to music study.
  3. Energizing and persuasive advocate for the value of music, both in society and in a liberal arts college environment.
  4. Demonstrated success in recruiting.

Application Deadline: Review of applications will begin November 1, 2021.

Required Documents:
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letter of Interest
  • Diversity Statement (see prompt below)
  • Statement of teaching philosophy
  • Unofficial transcripts (official transcripts required by the selected candidate)
  • Three (3) Letters of Reference. You will be asked to specify the email addresses of reference providers at the time of application and the system will email these providers on the next business day.
  • Digital access (e.g., online links) to unedited video recordings of solo repertoire (up to 20 minutes) and recordings of collaborative/chamber performances (up to 20 minutes)

Note: In the online application system, please submit curriculum vitae when prompted to submit resume. Additional documents can be attached within the application.

Applicant's Diversity Statement:

As a department and university, we are strongly committed to creating an inclusive and effective teaching, learning, and working environment for all. In the applicant's diversity statement, applicants should comment on their ability to contribute meaningfully to our on-going commitment to be informed and competent with regard to issues of diversity, equity, and individual differences. We encourage applicants to reference the University of Puget Sound's current Diversity Strategic Plan (DSP) at prior to writing this statement. While not an exhaustive list, the following are some ways applicant's can express their qualification:
  • Your lived experiences and/or identities that speak to the department and university's commitment to inclusion and diversity;
  • Demonstration of your awareness of inequities for underrepresented student populations in education, research experience, and other opportunities;
  • Brief insights on why diversity is important at institutions like the University of Puget Sound;
  • Infusion of diversity and diversity-related issues into your research, pedagogy, and/or service;
  • Previous and/or current activities involving mentoring underrepresented student populations;
  • Creative ideas or strategies you could enact as a member of the University of Puget Sound campus community to support the university's DSP;
  • Brief insights on how cultural competency increases one's effectiveness as an educator and department/university colleague.

Compensation and Benefits:

Rank: Assistant Professor

Salary is commensurate with education and experience.

Puget Sound offers a generous benefits package. For more information, visit:

About Puget Sound:

The mission of the University of Puget Sound is to develop in its students the capacities for critical analysis, aesthetic appreciation, sound judgment, and apt expression that will sustain a lifetime of intellectual curiosity, active inquiry, and reasoned independence. Puget Sound is a 2,600-student, residential, national undergraduate liberal arts college in Tacoma, Washington, drawing students from virtually every state and several countries. 65% of students live on the 97 acre campus and the remainder typically live within a mile in the surrounding neighborhood. A low student-faculty ratio provides students with personal attention from faculty members who have a strong commitment to teaching. The university offers 1,200 courses in more than 50 areas of study, numerous experiential learning opportunities, 23 D-III varsity sports, and extensive co-curricular and leadership opportunities. Puget Sound graduates include Rhodes and Fulbright scholars, notables in the arts and culture, entrepreneurs and elected officials, and leaders in business and finance locally and throughout the world. In 2012, Puget Sound was named as one of 40 schools in Colleges that Change Lives.

Puget Sound has a well-established Shared Faculty Appointments Policy. More information on faculty resources can be found here:

University Diversity Statement
  • We acknowledge the richness of commonalities and differences we share as a university community; the intrinsic worth of all who work and study here; that education is enhanced by investigation of and reflection upon multiple perspectives.
  • We aspire to create respect for and appreciation of all persons as a key characteristic of our campus community; to increase the diversity of all parts of our University community through commitment to diversity in our recruitment and retention efforts; to foster a spirit of openness to active engagement among all members of our campus community.
  • We act to achieve an environment that welcomes and supports diversity; to ensure full educational opportunity for all who teach and learn here; to prepare effectively citizen-leaders for a pluralistic world.

All offers of employment are contingent on successful completion of all required background checks. All new hires will be required to submit proof of current COVID-19 vaccination (including booster) or receive an approved medical or religious exemption from the university.

The University of Puget Sound is an equal opportunity employer.

How to Apply
For complete job description and application instructions, visit:

About Puget Sound
Puget Sound is a selective national liberal arts college in Tacoma, Washington, drawing 2,600 students from 48 states and 20 countries. Puget Sound graduates include Rhodes and Fulbright scholars, notables in the arts and culture, entrepreneurs and elected officials, and leaders in business and finance locally and throughout the world. A low student-faculty ratio provides Puget Sound students with personal attention from faculty who have a strong commitment to teaching and offer 1,200 courses each year in more than 40 traditional and interdisciplinary fields, including graduate programs in occupational and physical therapy and in education. Puget Sound is the only nationally ranked independent undergraduate liberal arts college in Western Washington, and one of just five independent colleges in the Pacific Northwest granted a charter by Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s most prestigious academic honorary society. Visit "About Puget Sound" ( to learn more about the college.

As a strategic goal and through our core values, University of Puget Sound is committed to an environment that welcomes and supports diversity. We seek diversity of identity, thought, perspective, and background in our students, faculty, and staff. EOE/AA


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