NKU School of the Arts Seeks Assistant Professor of Music – Strings

NKU_SOTA logoThe School of the Arts at Northern Kentucky University invites applications for a tenure-track position in violin within the music program, beginning fall 2020. Secondary teaching responsibilities include classroom teaching of aural skills, music theory and/or composition. We seek a dynamic teacher with a demonstrated record of excellence in teaching and performance that has tangible experience and commitment cultivating positive, inclusive environments to come alongside a dedicated team of faculty who are committed to student success in an increasingly diverse population.

The School of the Arts at Northern Kentucky University offers a wide array of degree programs in the visual and performing arts. The music program within the School of the Arts offers the B.M.E. in Music Education, the B.M in Performance, Jazz Studies, and Composition, and the B.A. in Music with tracks in audio production and music technology. The music program is a fully accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music. See the music web site at http://www.nku.edu/music  for additional information.

Primary Responsibilities             

  • Teach undergraduate applied violin with the possibility of additional students in viola
  • Teach string-related courses such as string methods, string pedagogy, and string chamber music
  • Perform in the faculty string ensemble
  • Teach classroom courses in a secondary area of expertise such as music theory, aural skills, and/or other composition
  • Actively contribute to the growth of the string area, including assistance with the orchestra (sectionals, side-by-side performances)
  • Actively recruit and retain string students, including developing programs, events
  • Develop strong rapport with educators in the region
  • Fulfill faculty responsibilities as stated by institutional and school/program policy and by administration
  • Maintain an established performance/research/scholarship/creative activity agenda sufficient for tenure and promotion
  • Participate in professional music organizations to network and remain current within the music discipline
  • Participate in university/program meetings, hearings, juries, auditions, special events, and recruitment activities
  • Maintain commitment to service activities including faculty committees, mentoring students, and community outreach
  • Maintain commitment to collegiality and building inclusive environments for an increasingly diverse student, faculty, and staff population.


  • A doctorate in music is required (Ph.D or DMA)
  • Successful teaching experience at the university level and demonstrated potential for a successful career in teaching
  • Applied violin teaching experience
  • Classroom teaching experience
  • Record of excellence in performance (solo and chamber) and professional activity
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with students with diverse social identities, backgrounds, and levels
  • Demonstrated success in recruitment and retention
  • Expertise and potential to teach in a secondary area such as music theory, aural skills, and/or composition.
  • Strong organizational, collaborative, and communication skills to support the operation of a growing string area and music program.

Questions regarding the use of this website should be directed to the Human Resources Department at jobs@nku.edu.

Questions regarding the nature of the position should be directed to the search committee chair, Dr. Amy Gillingham at gillinghaa1@nku.edu.

Candidates should submit materials electronically through Northern Kentucky University’s website portal jobs.nku.edu. Required materials include:

  1. Cover letter outlining qualifications, experience, and evidence of teaching effectiveness
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. One-page teaching philosophy
  4. A document with unrestricted links (please use online platforms such as YouTube, Vimeo, etc. and test all links to be sure they are working correctly) to:
  • video recordings of the candidate’s recent performances
  • a video recording of the candidate teaching an applied violin lesson
  • a video recording of the candidate teaching classroom/group
  1. A statement of your personal philosophy on diversity and inclusion and why they are important in higher education. Please include specifics regarding your commitment and/or experience promoting and fostering a learning environment that is supportive of individuals from diverse backgrounds. In line with the University’s Affirmative Action Policy, candidates are not expected to disclose their identity or membership either in the diversity statement or in other application documents submitted to the search committee. Demographic information is solicited through the application process; however, those data are confidential and are not provided to members of the search committee.

Please do not send transcripts or any other additional materials at this time. Further materials may be requested at a later date.

Letters of recommendation from references will be requested of finalists.

In order to ensure full consideration, applications should be received by December 1, 2019. Applications will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled.

Any candidate who is offered this position will be required to go through a pre-employment criminal background check as mandated by state law.

Minimum Education: Terminal Degree appropriate to discipline

Preferred Education: Ph.D or D.M.A

Quick Link: http://jobs.nku.edu/postings/8818

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