Special Appointment Assistant Professor for Percussion/Music Theory

Valley City, North Dakota
Between $42,000 and $46,000 annually + full family health insurance coverage and more.
Jul 15, 2021
Aug 14, 2021
Job Type
Employment Status
Full Time

Position Information

The department of Music at Valley City State University is seeking a non-tenure track professor of percussion and music theory to join a growth-oriented team committed to implementing a 21st-century music experience across the curriculum. 

The primary responsibilities of this position include teaching applied and ensemble percussion, percussion methods, and music theory courses in an innovative music program.  Other teaching areas may be assigned according to candidate strengths and departmental need.  All members of the department participate in academic advising and recruitment activities. The successful candidate will be expected to maintain/update course and program curricular content, participate in department assessment, contribute to campus committees, and perform other duties as needed. 

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Earned Master's degree in Music  
  • Ability to work with others in a collegial and collaborative manner
  • Ability to teach as a percussion generalist (mallet, snare drum, timpani, drum set, world percussion, multi-percussion) 

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Earned Doctorate  Ability to demonstrate advanced performance ability on one or more percussion instruments  
  • Experience teaching music theory in the collegiate setting 
  • K-12 music teaching experience 
  • Experience working with drumline(s) in an athletic band setting 

Compensation and Rank: 
The salary for this position is commensurate with qualifications, and typically ranges from $42,000 to $46,000 annually. VCSU offers a comprehensive benefits package, including employer paid full family health insurance coverage, as well as TIAA retirement, tuition assistance, and much more. For more information, visit our Employee Benefits page. Rank will be established as either Instructor or Assistant Professor depending on qualifications.  This position is a 9-month, full-time position. In some cases, summer duties may be arranged through an additional contract. 
Application Procedure: 
Submit all required materials online including a cover letter, curriculum vitae (CV), contact information for three references, unofficial copies of your transcripts, and links to sample(s) of recent percussion performances.  Reference letters will be solicited automatically from the references you list via email, for finalists only.  It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that correct email addresses are submitted for each of the three required references.   The deadline for full consideration is July 20, 2021.  Apply online: www.vcsu.edu/jobs.
University and Community: 
Recognized as a “Best College” by U.S. News for the past 23 years, VCSU offers one of the best academic values in the Midwest. VCSU was founded as a teacher’s college in 1890, earning a prestigious reputation for producing some of the best educators in the area.  The Music Department has committed to enhancing the educational legacy of the institution by combining advanced music technology with traditional educational practices.  These enhanced offerings will be best reflected as the music department transitions into the newly completed Center for the Arts in December 2021.  This $32 million state-of-the-art facility includes a 350-seat performance hall, a 100-seat recital hall/choral room, an extensive audio production studio, an instrumental rehearsal room, piano and computer labs, large and small practice rooms, and faculty offices/studios.  

Our 55-acre campus, one of the most attractive in North Dakota, is bordered on the south by a forested hillside and on the north by the Sheyenne River. Campus architecture features a graceful blend of historic and modern buildings. The entire campus is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a Historic District.? VCSU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), and the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). The university is located in the southeastern part of the state in the city from which the institution takes its name. Valley City has a population of approximately 6,500 and is located 60 miles west of Fargo on Interstate 94, making the campus easily accessible both from the east and west. The location of the community lends itself to cultural and recreational activities, and the newly constructed Gaukler Wellness Center offers a variety of services to members. 
Additional Information: 
Direct inquiries about the position to Department Chair Mr. Jerrold Heide. Email: jerrold.heide@vcsu.edu, Phone: 701-845-7375. For accommodation or assistance in the application or interview process, contact: academic.affairs@vcsu.edu. For questions about the status of your application or reference letters, please email human.resources@vcsu.edu. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Valley City State University encourages applications from minorities, women, and disabled persons, and pledges not to discriminate with respect to color, nation of origin, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, status due to receipt of public assistance, or disability as specified in Federal Regulations. Preference will be given to candidates able to demonstrate eligibility to work in the United States. This position is subject to North Dakota Veteran's Preference procedure. A criminal background check will be conducted on all faculty hires. Visa sponsorship for employment is not available for this position.



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