Artist/Teacher of Piano - Assistant Professor

Updated: about 1 month ago



Position Overview

The University of Kansas School of Music seeks to fill a full-time, academic year (nine month), tenure track artist to teach piano in an Assistant Professor capacity to begin on August 18, 2021.  The successful candidate will be surrounded by colleagues who share your passion for artistic expression and educating students, creating professional opportunities in the field and eager to create new ways for engagement in learning, research and service.  The School of Music is especially interested in hiring faculty members who can contribute to the climate of diversity in the School including a diversity of scholarly artistic approaches.  In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, the university actively encourages applications from member of underrepresented groups in higher education.

The University of Kansas School of Music is a comprehensive university music school offering professional training in a wide array of specializations through baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degree programs. A charter member of the National Association of Schools of Music (1928), KU is the only institution authorized by the Kansas Board of Regents to grant doctoral degrees in music. KU is a Carnegie Research-Extensive Institution with a student body of over 28,000 students representing every state and more than 113 foreign countries. The University is located in Lawrence, a city with a population exceeding 95,000. The community is known for its support of the arts and education and regularly appears in various “best town” listings. 

Applicants are preferred to possess a doctoral degree in music or related field.  Applicants with a master's degree in music or related field and with significant professional performance experience will be considered.  Candidates that are ABD will be considered.   The successful candidate must be eligible to work in the U.S. by the time of appointment.

Job Description

  • Teach applied piano lessons (undergraduate and graduate) and related courses; maintain a strong piano studio; work cooperatively and collaboratively with other piano faculty member to recruit high-level piano students regionally, nationally and internationally; and responsible in supervising/mentoring teaching assistants.
  • Engage in service related activities in support of the School of Music and the University, including service on graduate and faculty committees.
  • Establish a research/creative agenda pursuant of artistic growth and an expanding reputation of excellence; perform with other faculty as a member of the Kansas Virtuosi; participate actively in the cultural and intellectual life of the School and the University.

  • Required Qualifications

  • A Master's in music or related field  with significant professional experience.  ABD candidates will be considered.
  • Documented success as a performer.
  • Demonstrated record of productive teaching excellence at the collegiate or equivalent level

  • Preferred Qualifications

  • Doctorate in music or a related field.

  • Contact Information to Applicants

    Robert Walzel, Dean
    School of Music

    Additional Candidate Instruction

    Please apply online at .  Evaluations of requirements will be made through (a) your letter of application describing your work and educational experiences, including your commitment in working with diverse groups or how your creative activities, teaching, service and/or scholarship has supported the success of students/members from racial, ethnic and gender backgrounds that underrepresented in the field; (b) a record of accomplishments and productivity in research and teaching as addressed in the c.v.; (c) internet links to video recordings of recent live performances demonstrating the performance capabilities of the applicant; (d) a 1-2 page statement discussing personal teaching philosophy within a comprehensive university school of music; including objectives and the means of achieving those objectives; and (e) contact information (email and phone) for three professional references.

    In addition to the materials above, learning about each applicant's contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important part of KU's mission.  As a result, applicants will be presented the following question at the time of application.  The response must be within 4,000 characters or less.

    • Describe your experiences working with people from diverse backgrounds, and explain how those experiences reflect your commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
    Review of applications will begin January 15, 2021 and will continue as needed until a pool of qualified applicants is identified.

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    Primary Campus

    University of Kansas - Lawrence

    Advertised Salary Range

    commensurate with experience


    The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression, and genetic information in the university's programs and activities. Retaliation is also prohibited by university policy. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies and are the Title IX coordinators for their respective campuses: Executive Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity & Access,, 1246 West Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS 66045, 785-864-6414, 711 TTY 9for the Lawrence, Edwards, Parsons, Yoder, and Topeka campuses); Director, Equal Opportunity Office, Mail Stop 7004, 4330 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Fairway, KS 66205, 913-588-8011, 711 TTY (for the Wichita, Salina, and Kansas City, Kansas medical center campuses).

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