Job Information

University of Utah Assistant Professor (Lecturer) in Jazz Studies in the School of Music in Salt Lake City, Utah

Position Information

Proposed Faculty Rank Assistant Professor (Lecturer)

Department 00078 - School of Music

City Salt Lake City, UT

Track Non Tenure Track

New Position to Begin July 1, 2024


Requirements and qualifications:

· A Master’s Degree is required; a Doctorate is preferred

· Significant college-level teaching experience

· A proven track record as a professional jazz performing and recording artist

· Ability to teach multiple subjects in the Jazz Area, including jazz theory, improvisation, history, composition/arranging, big bands, combos, and private lessons

· Flexibility to adapt curriculum to address the current needs of the Jazz Area

· Administrative experience (e.g., committee work, rehearsal scheduling, and coordinating juries/auditions/concerts)

· Ability to recruit students to the Jazz Area

Additional details about this position:

The ideal candidate for this position is an experienced professional jazz musician with a proven track record of excellence as a performing artist and educator. This is primarily a teaching position and will carry a 4/4 teaching load. The candidate who fills this position will work directly with the Director of Jazz Studies to ensure all core classes and ensembles in the Jazz Area are covered and that high standards of excellence are maintained in the Jazz Area curriculum. All jazz instrumentalists are invited to apply, but pianists, trumpet players, and bassists are especially welcome. The School of Music seeks to create a diverse and inclusive, rigorous and responsible environment that reaches across disciplines to foster highly adaptive creators and thinkers. The strongest candidates will recognize that music has a strong potential for social change and community engagement and their work will reflect this. The University of Utah is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and educator. People of color, Indigenous peoples, women, those identifying as LGBTQIAAP+, veterans, those with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Duties include:

1. Teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses, ensembles, and private lessons;

2. Supporting the Director of Jazz Studies in scheduling, curriculum design, and other needs of the area;

3. Recruiting undergraduate and graduate students;

4. Serving on committees as assigned and participating in department activities; and

5. Assisting students as they progress toward graduation in the degree plans offered for jazz majors and music minors.

Courses in the Jazz Area that might be assigned to this position include jazz theory, jazz improvisation, jazz history, jazz composition and arranging, jazz combos, and jazz big band.

EEO/Non-Discrimination Information

All qualified individuals are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ( OEO /AA). More information, including the Director/Title IX Coordinator’s office address, electronic mail address, and telephone number can be located at:

Online reports may be submitted at


The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen. This report includes statistics about criminal offenses, hate crimes, arrests and referrals for disciplinary action, and Violence Against Women Act offenses. They also provide information about safety and security-related services offered by the University of Utah. A paper copy can be obtained by request at the Department of Public Safety located at 1658 East 500 South.

Special Instructions for Candidates

Candidates for this position will need to submit:

1. A Curriculum Vitae (including the names, telephone numbers, and email addresses of 3 to 5 persons who can provide a reference).

2. A letter of application, addressing (1) the candidate’s interest in and qualifications for the position and (2) how equity, diversity, and inclusion relate to the candidate’s research, creative activity, and/or service experience. The letter must also include:

a. Links to 3–5 samples of relevant professional work (e.g., studio albums, live recordings, published compositions, books, scholarly publications, etc.).

b. 1–2 links to videos of the candidate coaching a jazz ensemble and/or teaching a jazz class (e.g., improvisation, theory, arranging, etc.). Each video must be approximately 20-40 minutes in length.

3. 3 confidential letters of recommendation (uploaded directly by recommenders)

4. A succinct Teaching Philosophy statement

5. Unofficial copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts

The review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position has been filled. Candidates should complete their on-line application prior to November 13, 2023, to ensure full consideration. Candidates who proceed to the final level will be required to participate in a routine criminal background check and to provide official transcripts. For more information, or to suggest nominations for this position, please contact Josiah Boornazian, chair of the search committee, at Do not send other materials unless requested.

Open Date 10/25/2023

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Requisition Number PRN01133CF

Type Faculty