Capital University
  • Columbus, OH, USA
  • Full Time

Capital University offers a rich benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, retirement, family education benefits, short-term and long-term disability, life and critical illness insurance and free parking.

The Conservatory of Music at Capital University invites applications for the full-time tenure-track position of Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies. The successful candidate will lead one of the nation's first collegiate jazz programs. The candidate will coordinate the jazz area and curriculum which effectively bridges traditional areas of jazz education and performance with a strong commitment to an expanded improvisatory spectrum that reflects the global nature of 21st century music. Duties include directing the Big Band (Capital's premier large jazz ensemble) and teaching courses in improvisation, jazz theory and jazz audiation. Additional responsibilities may include teaching applied music, jazz history, jazz arranging, jazz pedagogy, directing a jazz combo, performing in Spectrum (the faculty jazz combo), and other courses or responsibilities based on the background and interests of the candidate, or as assigned by the Dean. Responsibilities will also include coordination of Capital's annual Jazz and World Music Festival, which features concerts and a high school jazz festival. Coordination of the Masters of Music in Music Education in Jazz Pedagogy during the summer (with additional stipend) is expected. The successful candidate will also maintain an active profile of service and artistic activity, provide academic advisement to students, participate on committees, and provide service to the university and profession. Strong consideration will be given to candidates with college teaching experience and evidence of success with student recruitment.

Salary is Assistant Professor level and dependent on the candidate's experience and qualifications. This is a 9-month contract beginning in Fall 2023.

Qualifications: Doctorate in Music or a Master in Music degree with equivalent and relevant professional experience. Evidence of engaging jazz/improvised music performance and successful pedagogy that Excellent interpersonal skills to work effectively and in a collegial, professional manner with students, faculty, and staff and continuing to develop Capital's storied jazz program through an active commitment to recruiting diverse populations of students.

Application Process: Interested candidates should submit the following: 1) a cover letter which addresses the qualifications for the position and states how your teaching, scholarship, and service will support the university mission: Capital University transforms lives by empowering an inclusive community of learners through engaging academic, co-curricular, and professional experiences, 2) a curriculum vitae, 3) a separate statement, maximum 500 words, outlining how you would support Capital's goal of increasing the diversity of the Capital community and curriculum, 4) name, title, email address, and phone number for a minimum of three references, 5) unofficial graduate transcripts, 6) links to recordings of performance in a variety of styles and performances of ensembles the candidate is directing.

Please upload all documents listed above to the drop box, when asked to upload resume on application.

Applications must be completed by October 15th to guarantee full consideration.

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Capital University calls Columbus, Ohio, home. As the16th largest city in the nation, Ohio's capital and most populated city, Columbus is rich in cultural diversity and the arts, with a long-established tradition of jazz performance and education and home to the Jazz Arts Group, Columbus Jazz Orchestra, and The Famous Jazz Orchestra. Columbus is the center of the state's political activity, headquarters to several Fortune 500 companies, and ranks in Money magazine's picks of the ten best big cities.

Capital University requires all employees in all positions to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 before the first day of employment. If hired, you will be required to provide proof of having the full COVID-19 vaccination OR file and be granted approval for a valid religious or medical exemption. If you have any concerns regarding compliance with this requirement, you will need to discuss your concerns with Capital University's HR Department after you receive an offer of employment. Capital University does not require applicants to discuss vaccination status prior to receipt of an offer of employment and complies with all applicable laws requiring reasonable accommodation.

Capital University is committed to increasing the diversity of the Capital community and curriculum. This commitment includes Capital's dedication to the development of faculty and staff who are committed to inclusive practices in teaching, learning, working and all other campus and community interactions. Candidates who can contribute to that goal are particularly encouraged to apply.

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Capital University is an equal opportunity employer, and supports a diverse and inclusive campus community. Capital University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, religion, sex, gender, age, disability, veteran status, or other characteristics protected by the law.

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