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Instructor and Director of Music

Dakota State University
South Dakota, United States
Competitive Salary
Posted Date
Apr 5, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Music, Education, Teacher Education
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Dakota State University invites applications for a full time, 9-month term (non-tenure track) position as Instructor and Director of Music, beginning fall 2022. The successful candidate will oversee the music activities at the university and will also teach courses such as music appreciation and introduction to sound design.

Must be authorized to work in the United States. Sponsorship is not available for this position.

  • A minimum of a master’s degree in a relevant area is required (including but not limited to MFA, Art History, Education, or Communication Studies). 
  • Excellent teaching skills are essential.


  • Teach courses such as music appreciation and introduction to sound design.
  • Oversee the DSU student music clubs and sponsoring occasional music events/concerts.

The Director of Music will have significant autonomy in choosing and directing each event (live concert, recording, etc.) and must be comfortable working independently. The music events could include large or small group ensembles, either instrumental or vocal. While there is no music major at DSU, music provides a creative outlet for students of all majors and enriches the intellectual climate on campus. Music is also an important component of the General Education curriculum as well as the Digital Sound Design major. Dakota State University has both large and small performance venues available as appropriate (including the 500 seat Dakota Prairie Playhouse).

DSU accepts applications through an on-line employment site. To apply, visit The employment site will allow the attachment of a cover letter, curriculum vitae, transcripts, and contact information for at least three professional references. Review of applications will begin April 22 and continue until the position is filled.

Nationally known for its computer science, cyber operations, and network security programs, DSU is recognized by the National Security Agency as a Center of Excellence. The music program is housed in the College of Arts and Sciences and this faculty member will report directly to the Dean. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to collaborate with other scholars and teachers across campus.   DSU is located in Madison, South Dakota in the southern lakes region of the state. The region boasts a wealth of outdoor sports and a life-style possible only in smaller towns and rural communities. Madison is just a 50-minute drive from Sioux Falls, the largest city in South Dakota.

Dakota State employees receive a comprehensive and flexible benefits package including paid time off, health and retirement benefits, and life and disability insurance options. Other benefits include reduced tuition, longevity pay and training opportunities. DSU also provides professional liability coverage.     DSU is committed to equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws. 

Applicants with disabilities are invited to identify any necessary accommodations required in the application process. E-Verify, EOE.    
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