University of St. Thomas
  • Houston, TX, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Full time benefit eligible position including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, vacation, retirement 403b plan, and tuition remission

University of St. Thomas

Full time Assistant Professor of Music Theory & Aural Skills

The University of St. Thomas (UST) is Houston's Catholic University committed to the religious, ethical, and intellectual traditions of Catholic higher education. Located in the heart of Houston, Texas, the nation's fourth largest city, the campus is nearby to the city's Theater and Museum Districts, Innovation Corridor, and the Texas Medical Center. UST is an integral part of Houston's dynamic urban environment, in which professors, students, and alumni enjoy plentiful professional opportunities.

The University invites applications for a Full-time Assistant Professor of Music Theory & Aural Skills. The successful candidate is an engaging teacher, highly competent and experienced in teaching courses in music theory & aural skills (ear training) on the collegiate level. He or she has proven success as an instrumental ensemble director, and/or work as an accomplished pianist/accompanist, and/or significant experience as an instrumental performer and studio teacher.

Candidates should have two or more years of experience teaching on a university faculty, and/or be a performer of the highest caliber who has worked on the professional level for 5 or more years.

They should also be willing to embrace the goals and mission of liberal learning as established in UST's Core Curriculum and articulated in the writings of St. John Henry Newman and Josef Pieper. The successful candidate will ideally be able to teach the core Art and Contemplation course or be able to develop that ability in collaboration with the Core Fellows of the University.

Candidates should enjoy recruiting students and should be able to discuss effective undergraduate and graduate music student recruiting strategies. Candidates must be prepared to enthusiastically participate actively with other music faculty and the university's admissions office to recruit for UST's various music degree programs. Beyond social media, effective recruiting will come from a variety of activities including performances, adjudicating, participating in summer programs, guest lectures, broadcasts & Livestream concerts, podcasting, visiting local secondary schools and junior colleges, and/or offering masterclasses & other music-related workshops locally, regionally, and nationally.

Search Preferences:

Candidates who provide evidence of experience designing and implementing curriculum for undergraduate courses in music theory and ear training.

Candidates who exhibit an ability, willingness, and pedigree to work collaboratively and creatively with other faculty to create upper-level undergraduate and graduate level curriculum in advanced counterpoint and music form & analysis.

While not required, work as a composer and experience using music editing technology and software (finale, Sibelius, etc.) would be an asset to qualified candidates. Applicants who have a background leading instrumental jazz performance & improvisation, or have experience coordinating and coaching instrumental chamber music will be given preference.

The successful candidate begins work in August 2023 upon the University's receipt of his or her official undergraduate and graduate transcripts. To be considered for this position, candidates must hold a doctorate (DMA or Ph.D.) in music or equivalent professional performance experience.

Interested candidates should submit a comprehensive curriculum vitae and cover letter, evidence of a commitment to teaching excellence, and three professional references. Candidates should also submit a statement demonstrating a firm commitment to advance the mission of Catholic higher education generally, as articulated in Ex Corde Ecclesiae, and in the university's understanding of its particular own Catholic mission (as outlined below).

Hiring for Catholic Mission:

The University of Saint Thomas is committed to hiring faculty who can help it not only fulfill its integrated mission-the formation of the whole person for flourishing in this life and the next-but also advance it in new ways. The University's Catholic identity is at the center of this mission, a Catholicism expressed for our own age by the Catechism of the Catholic Church (1992), and Pope Saint John Paul II's Ex Corde Ecclesiae. The University asks all candidates applying for a faculty position to consider these documents to ensure that their professional goals and practices can align with them.

Applicants need not be Catholic, but they need to be able to support joyfully and professionally the University as it seeks to be faithful to and embody the robust Catholicism--in its intellectual, doctrinal, moral, and spiritual dimensions--expressed by the Catechism and Ex Corde Ecclesiae and through the riches of the Catholic intellectual tradition. This vision of Catholic education, which is animated by the great Catholic intellectual and spiritual traditions, receives further depth and orientation from more contemporary authors such as Newman, Augustine, Aquinas, John Paul II, Benedict XVI, and their classical forebears.

The University of St. Thomas is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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