UT Austin Looking for Director of Jazz Studies

SBO Staff • News • November 5, 2021

The University of Texas at Austin Butler School of Music


In Jazz Studies
Beginning August 2022

POSITION: Director of Jazz Studies

RANK & SALARY: Full-time; tenured Associate or Full Professor; rank and salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. This position requires relocation to Austin, Texas.

QUALIFICATIONS: DMA or Ph.D., but outstanding professional experience will be considered. Experience and accomplishments with advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in curriculum, research activity, and/or culture. A national/international record of excellence as a performer and/or composer. Demonstrated commitment to preparing young musicians for twenty-first century teaching and performing careers via high professional standards, superb pedagogical skills, advocacy and outreach, and active mentoring. Leadership and administrative skills to ensure the successful supervision of the jazz program preferred.

The Butler School of Music is committed to cultivating an inclusive, equitable, and welcoming community and to increasing the diversity of its faculty, students, and curricula. We welcome applicants who can help achieve these objectives.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Lead creative and diverse students and faculty in the pursuit of performing and writing a broad range of improvised music. Actively recruit students and faculty that reflect the cultural heritage of jazz idioms and the population of the United States, and of the world. Direct one of the program’s flagship ensembles. Teach graduate and undergraduate classes and applied lessons in jazz studies as appropriate. Foster the jazz composition program by programming student and faculty works. Select, contract, and host guest soloists and conductors. Maintain a national and international performance and/or scholarship profile in jazz studies. Coordinate the external activities of the program, including tours, recordings, and the annual Longhorn Jazz Festival. Coordinate jazz studies teaching assignments for full-time and adjunct faculty, teaching assistant duties, and cultivate a healthy learning community for faculty and undergraduate and graduate students. Engage in leadership and service activities within the ensembles division, the Butler School and the University.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applications begins on December 6, 2021. Applications will continue to be accepted after this date and the position will remain open until filled.

Applications should include:

  • Cover letter, which should include a description of the candidate’s diversity-related skills and contributions towards promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in teaching, service, and/or research.
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Complete contact information for three references

Please do not submit additional supporting materials unless requested by the search committee.

All documents must be uploaded via UT’s online application system: apply.interfolio.com/98444

Inquiries only may be directed to: bsom-hr@utexas.edu

The University of Texas at Austin ranks among the finest universities in the country. The Butler School of Music, comprising some 90 faculty and approximately 600 music students, has an outstanding reputation for its performance and academic programs. Degree plans range from the bachelors to the doctoral level.  The Austin area, known for its beauty and comfortable lifestyle, also provides many cultural advantages through its numerous arts organizations and is home to a very active and creative music scene.

UT Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.







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