Music, University of Connecticut

Position ID:UConn-Music-2018353 [#10778, 2018353]
Position Title: Assistant Professor in Residence of Music (Jazz Studies)
Position Location:Storrs, Connecticut 06269, United States [map]
Subject Area: Music / Jazz Studies and Performance
Appl Deadline: finished (posted 2018/01/24, finished 2018/06/19)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed, and no new applications will be accepted. ***

The Department of Music at the University of Connecticut invites applications for a full-time faculty position in jazz studies (drum set, saxophone or trombone) at the rank of Assistant Professor in Residence. The start date for the position is August 23, 2018. We seek a highly motivated, outstanding artist-pedagogue with strong interpersonal, communication, collaborative, and organizational skills who is committed to our mission of higher education in diverse musical fields in the context of a school of fine arts at a major research university.

The University of Connecticut (UConn) is in the midst of a transformational period of growth supported by the $1.7B Next Generation Connecticut ( and the $1B Bioscience Connecticut ( investments and a bold new Academic Plan: Path to Excellence ( We are pleased to continue these investments by inviting applications for a faculty position in the Department of Music.

The Department of Music at the University of Connecticut is a fully-accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music with 20 full-time faculty members, 27 part-time faculty members, 150 undergraduate students and 50 graduate students. The Department of Music provides a wide range of opportunities for music and intellectual growth with degrees offered at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels. The Department takes an interdisciplinary and wide-ranging approach to music teaching and learning and engages in collaborations across the university. Additional information about the department and its programs can be seen at

The successful candidate will share a deep commitment to effective instruction at the undergraduate and graduate levels, development of innovative courses and mentoring of students in research, outreach, and professional development. Successful candidates will also be expected to broaden participation among members of under-represented groups; demonstrate through their activities the richness of diversity in the learning experience; integrate multicultural experiences into instructional methods and research tools; and provide leadership in developing pedagogical techniques designed to meet the needs of diverse learning styles and intellectual interests.


Teach applied lessons in jazz to undergraduate and graduate students; coach small and large jazz ensembles, develop curriculum and degree tracks in jazz; teach courses in areas of strength for the successful candidate (such as jazz history, improvisation, composition/arranging, jazz pedagogy, music business, etc.) and as assigned. Serve on department, school, and university committees; advise undergraduate and graduate students; and perform other service as appropriate for a faculty member at a major research university. Recruit and retain highly qualified jazz students and participate in workshops, off-campus visitations, and performances at local, state, national, and international levels. Other duties as assigned.


Completed master’s degree in relevant field of music by the starting date of the appointment (August 23, 2018); documented professional experience and accomplishments as a jazz musician (drum set, saxophone, or trombone); demonstrated potential for success in recruiting, teaching, and performing. Equivalent foreign degrees are acceptable. 


National and/or international record of accomplishment in jazz performance, recording, and/or composition/arranging, demonstrated success in teaching; the ability to contribute through research, teaching, and/or public engagement to the diversity and excellence of the learning experience.


This is a full-time, 9-month position with a start date of August 23, 2018. The successful candidate’s academic appointment will be at the Storrs campus. Faculty may also be asked to teach at one of UConn’s regional campuses as part of their ordinary workload. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Select “Apply" to complete your application via Academic Jobs Online.  Please submit the following materials: 

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Teaching statement (including teaching philosophy, teaching experience, commitment to effective learning, concepts for new course development, etc.); 
  • Research and scholarship statement (innovative concepts that will form the basis of academic career, experience in proposal development, mentorship of graduate students, etc.); 
  • Commitment to diversity statement (including broadening participation, integrating multicultural experiences in instruction and research and pedagogical techniques to meet the needs of diverse learning styles, etc.). 
  • Audio and/or video recordings demonstrating the candidate’s jazz artistry, including improvisation, should be uploaded to YouTube. Links to YouTube recordings should be listed on the cover letter. Provide three contrasting samples. Additional materials may be requested at a later date.
  • Follow the instructions in Academic Jobs Online to direct three reference writers to submit letters of recommendation on your behalf. 

All application materials must be submitted by Thursday, March 1, 2018. Applications and supporting material submitted after March 1, 2018 will not be reviewed. Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. (Search # 2018353)

This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:59 PM eastern on March 1, 2018.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

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Further Info:
University of Connecticut
Department of Music
1295 Storrs Road, Unit 1012
Storrs, CT 06269-1012

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