Job Information

University of Utah Assistant/Associate Professor in Salt Lake City, Utah

Proposed Faculty Rank Assistant/Associate Professor

Department 00078 - School of Music

City Salt Lake City, UT

Track Tenure Track

New Position to Begin July 01, 2022


DUTIES : Responsibilities include: (1) lead the premier University jazz ensemble and administer and direct the University of Utah jazz program; (2) teach other courses related to expertise such as Jazz Composition and Arranging, Jazz Theory, Jazz History, and applied jazz lessons (private lessons); (3) develop and maintain a national/international reputation as a jazz musician; (4) recruit undergraduate and graduate level jazz students; (5) coordinate recruitment efforts with relevant studio and music education faculty; (6) strengthen and promote jazz chamber ensembles in the program; (7) perform administrative duties and serve on committees as assigned; (8) collaborate effectively with all faculty and administration to advance the mission of the School and the national prominence of the University of Utah and the School of Music.

Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

QUALIFICATIONS : Minimum qualifications include: an earned graduate degree in jazz studies or other relevant field; a doctorate is preferred; demonstrated achievement as a jazz ensemble director at the university level; a substantial record of creative and/or scholarly achievement in jazz at the national and/or international level; demonstrated successful teaching, program leadership, and student recruiting; demonstrated collaboration with faculty colleagues; and demonstrated support and vision to expand the existing active relationship with public school programs. The strongest candidates will recognize that music has strong potential for social change through engagement with underrepresented communities, and their work will reflect this. 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.

EEO/Non-Discrimination Information

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students, staff, faculty and patients from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education, employment opportunities, and quality healthcare for historically underrepresented groups.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are 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:

Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ( OEO /AA)

135 Park Building

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


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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 and immunizations.

Special Instructions for Candidates

Required materials to submit electronically include: The letter of application including a link to a rehearsal video (big band rehearsal preferred) AND university level concert video demonstrating a variety of jazz repertory, links to live videos of personal performances, links to commercially released performance recordings, if available, a sample score of an original composition or arrangement, along with a link to a recording of the composition, if available; curriculum vitae; a list of the names, telephone numbers, and email addresses of 3 to 5 persons who can provide a reference; 3 confidential letters of recommendation (uploaded directly by recommenders); succinct teaching/conducting philosophy statement; 1-2 page statement addressing your past and/or potential contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion; representative concert programs from the last three years, (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 October 8, 2021 to ensure full consideration. Candidates who proceed to the final level will be required to participate in a routine FBI background check. *For more information, or to suggest nominations for this position, contact Donn Schaefer *

Open Date 09/08/2021

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Requisition Number PRN00733CF

Type Faculty