Assistant Professor of Piano

South Dakota State University

Brookings, SD

ID: 7061482
Posted: October 17, 2019
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

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Assistant Professor of Piano – Tenure Track
School of Performing Arts
South Dakota State University

The South Dakota State University School of Performing Arts invites applications for Assistant Professor of Piano. We are looking for a creative and innovative professional to join the school beginning August, 2020. This is a nine-month, tenure-track, full-time, benefits-eligilble position. The position is supervised by the Director of the School of Performing Arts.

SDSU is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to and/or coordinate course offerings that address the experiences of underrepresented minorities in organizations. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.

• Teach applied piano;
• Coach chamber music and collaborate with other performance faculty in the department;
• Establish positive working relationships with area teachers and demonstrate success in recruiting music majors to the studio;
• Enhance the curricular needs of the School by teaching in one additional area of strength (theory, entrepreneurship, conducting (musical theatre), or jazz improvisation);
• Engage in professional activity/scholarly research. Performing, participating and presenting for appropriate professional organizations, and writing in the discipline are some examples of the types of scholarly and service-related activities expected in the position.

• Completed terminal degree (DMA, DA) in discipline by first day of employment;
• Demonstrated passion for teaching indicated by previous experience;
• Demonstrated skills as a soloist and a collaborative artist;
• Ability to teach in at least one additional area of strength within the discipline of music (theory, entrepreneurship, conducting (musical theatre), or jazz improvisation);
• Work collaboratively and with a commitment to diversity;
• Excellent organizational, verbal and written communication skills;
• Strong interpersonal skills;
• Sponsorship is not available for this position.

• Prior experience in teaching at the university level.

Commensurate with qualifications.

South Dakota State University offers a wide range of benefits including medical, dental, and flexible benefits, retirement plans, compensation packages, paid holidays, and vacation leave. Employees also have access to internal and state-sponsored training as well as reduced tuition for state-supported courses at all State of South Dakota academic institutions.

SDSU accepts applications through an on-line employment site. To apply, visit:, search by the position title, view the job announcement, and click on “apply for this job.” This system will guide you through the electronic application form. This employment site will also require the attachment of a cover letter, which should specifically address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement, curriculum vitae, and a reference page with the contact information for three professional references. Applicants must include a link to a recording featuring their performance abilities, which may be included in the curriculum vitae or cover letter. Email applications will not be accepted. Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 if you require assistance with this process.

Any offer of employment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to, successful completion of a criminal background check.

South Dakota State University is a tobacco free environment.


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