Assistant Professor of Music, Percussion Performance (UMBC Department of Music)


The Department of Music at UMBC announces a search for an Assistant Professor of Music (full-time, tenure track) in percussion performance, to begin August 23, 2023. We seek candidates with a broad range of experiences and accomplishments both within and outside of the Western classical percussion tradition. Demonstrated excellence in teaching percussion is required. This individual will be a skilled soloist and chamber musician and will perform with the faculty contemporary ensemble Ruckus as well as in other faculty chamber music performances. Applicants who demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusion by way of teaching, performing, publishing, or volunteer experiences are urged to submit an application.


Central to this position are maintaining an active performance career and teaching percussion lesson and percussion ensemble, with opportunities to teach in areas aligned with the candidate’s expertise and the needs of the department within an undergraduate liberal arts curriculum. Current areas of need include theory and musicianship, jazz, ethnomusicology, and music history. Additional duties in advising and service are required of all faculty.


Salary competitive. Doctorate or M.M. with equivalent performance experience required; successful teaching of undergraduate level students or equivalent graduate training is desired. Applicant should send a current CV; a two-page cover letter detailing qualifications and addressing the candidate’s academic, professional, and teaching preparedness; current contact information for three references; and a separate one-page statement addressing their capacity to respond in pedagogically productive ways to the learning needs of students from diverse backgrounds. Additional materials may be requested at a later date.


Priority will be given to applications that are submitted by November 14, 2022, via Interfolio (http://apply.interfolio.com/113959). Applications will be accepted until filled. For questions, please contact Dr. Airi Yoshioka, Search Committee Chair, at yoshioka@umbc.edu.


Located in the heart of the Baltimore-Washington corridor, the Department of Music is NASM accredited and constituted of a growing diverse and supportive community enrolling 160 undergraduate majors. Housed in the University’s striking new Performing Arts and Humanities Building (2014), the music wing includes a 350-seat performance space with superior acoustics, new 9-foot Steinway grand pianos, and fully equipped recording and keyboard labs. All tenure-track faculty maintain robust careers in performance, conducting, or composing on the regional, national, and international level, with many having a research focus in contemporary art-music. Some additional areas of interest within the department include teaching artistry, social change through music, culturally-responsive pedagogy, music technology, entrepreneurship, music theory, early music, gospel music, jazz, and music from a diverse array of other cultural traditions. In addition to its undergraduate degrees, the Department offers a post-baccalaureate Certificate in American Contemporary Music. See music.umbc.edu for more details.


UMBC, an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer, is especially proud of the diversity of its student body and we seek to attract an equally diverse applicant pool for this position. We have a strong commitment to increasing faculty diversity. We encourage applications from women, minority group members, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. For more about the University: https://umbc.edu/stories/umbc-is-a-2022-great-college-to-work-for/

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