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Assistant Professor of Music

Department of Visual & Performing Arts
Washington, DC
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Sep 24, 2022

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Assistant Professor of Music, USC Aiken

The Department Visual & Performing Arts?at the University of South Carolina Aiken (USC Aiken) invites applications for an Assistant Professor in Music (Director of Instrumental Studies) beginning August 16, 2023.


Earned doctorate in music required for rank of Assistant Professor (tenure track). Candidates currently ABD will be considered but degree must be awarded prior to August 16, 2023. Salary is commensurate with qualifications.

Position Description

Primary responsibilities include administrating instrumental studies, directing the Wind Ensemble, and co-teaching conducting. Other instructional responsibilities are based on qualifications and needs of the department and may include jazz ensemble, athletic band, music technology, marching band techniques, instrumental pedagogy, applied lessons, humanities courses in music, or supervision of student teachers. The successful candidate will be expected to engage in scholarship or creative activity, be active in service, and advise students.

Minimum Qualifications

Candidate must have evidence of successful ensemble conducting and classroom teaching.

Preferred Qualifications & Attributes
  • Applicants with K-12 or university teaching experience.
  • Dedication to recruitment and increase participation in music.
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching and performing.
  • Commitment to the personal and professional growth of students.
  • Ability to cultivate professional relationships with area music teachers.
  • Ability to encourage and inspire a diverse student body.

The screening of applications will begin November 15, 2022, and continue until the position is filled. To be considered for this position, applicants must apply online at and upload the following with their online application: a current CV; a cover letter that addresses qualifications for the position, includes statements addressing teaching philosophy and performance/research interests, unofficial graduate and undergraduate transcripts, and contact information for three professional references. Direct questions to Dr. Keely Rhodes, Search Chair, at Additional documentation will be solicited as needed.

USC Aiken continues to diversify its faculty ranks to resemble our student population more closely, approximately 40% of whom are from underrepresented racial or ethnic groups. USC Aiken is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities or decisions for qualified persons on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, transgender status, genetics, protected veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions.

The Department of Visual & Performing Arts incorporates the areas of art, music, and theatre, offering Bachelor of Arts degrees in each of the three areas. The Bachelor of Arts in Music includes five degree options, including instrumental, piano, or vocal studies, and teacher certification in choral and instrumental music (music education). Music course offerings include humanities courses in music, music foundations, ensembles, applied instruction, and music pedagogy and education.

The University of South Carolina Aiken, a public comprehensive university in the University of South Carolina system, offers undergraduate and master's degrees to more than 3,900 students in 50 programs of study. USC Aiken is consistently ranked a top public regional college in the South by U.S. News & World Report's guide "America's Best Colleges", earning 15 first place rankings. Additionally, USC Aiken was recognized for being a Best College for Veterans and a Top Performer in Social Mobility. USC Aiken currently draws students from 35 states and 32 countries and has ten NCAA Division II athletic programs.

Situated on 450 acres, USC Aiken is located thirty minutes from Augusta, GA (home of the Masters Tournament and Fort Gordon, new home of the US Army Cyber Command), one hour from Columbia, SC, and within three hours of Atlanta, Charleston, and Charlotte, coastal beaches, and the Appalachian Mountains. Aiken is noted for its famous thoroughbred horses, numerous parks and golf courses, wonderful weather, spacious avenues, and historic homes.
The Chronicle of Higher Education. Keywords: Music - Assistant Professor, Location: Washington, DC - 20037
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