Associate Professor of the Practice in Music Therapy

University of Kansas Lawrence

Lawrence , KS

ID: 7089508
Posted: November 19, 2021
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Position Overview

The University of Kansas School of Music seeks to fill a full-time, academic year (nine month), non-tenured scholar/practitioner to teach music therapy courses in an Associate Professor of the Practice capacity to begin on August 18, 2022. The successful candidate will be surrounded by colleagues who share your passion for artistic expression and educating students, creating professional opportunities in the field, and eager to create new ways for engagement in learning. This position is for an initial three-year term and may be eligible for renewal.

The University of Kansas School of Music is a comprehensive university music school offering professional training in a wide array of specializations through baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degree programs. A charter member of the National Association of Schools of Music (1928), KU is the only institution authorized by the Kansas Board of Regents to grant doctoral degrees in music.

The University of Kansas is a Carnegie Research-Extensive Institution with a student body of over 28,000 students representing every state and more than 113 foreign countries. The University is located in Lawrence, a city with a population exceeding 95,000. The community is known for its support of the arts and education and regularly appears in various “best town” listings.

The University of Kansas is especially interested in hiring faculty members who can contribute to the climate of diversity in the School of Music including a diversity of scholarly artistic approaches. In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, the university actively encourages applications from member of underrepresented groups in higher education.

The successful candidate must be eligible to work in the U.S., by the effective date of the appointment.

Job Description

Teaching (75%):
Teach seven courses in music theory and related topics (in-person and online) at the undergraduate and masters level.
Supervise music therapy students within the preclinical program
Co-coordinate the preclinical training program (e.g., clinic scheduling, collaborating with community partners, instrument inventory, engaging with the supervision team, facilitating undergraduate student recruiting, and advising).
Service (25%):
Work cooperatively in support of the School of Music and the University
Serves on graduate and faculty committees
Collaborates with other members of the faculty
Participates actively in the cultural and intellectual life of the School and the University.

Required Qualifications

Three years of full-time clinical experience as a music therapist.
Demonstrates strong musical, instructional, and interpersonal skills as identified through application materials, interview and references.
Knowledge of the treatment process and populations/contexts served by music therapists as demonstrated through experience.
Masters or PhD degree in the field
Meets American Music Therapy Association qualifications to teach core clinical coursework at the time of application.
Holds and retains a current Music Therapy Board Certification.

Preferred Qualifications

Diverse clinical background
Supervisory experience
Diverse and/or varied college teaching experiences
Organizational and time management skills and strategies as demonstrated by previous work history
Experience with Learning Management Systems (e.g., Canvas, Blackboard, etc.) E
Experience using music technology in teaching and clinical work.

Additional Candidate Instruction

For more information and to apply online, go to A complete application will consist of: (1) a cover letter describing your teaching experience and philosophy, professional experience, and research/creative work, and a URL to a brief video demonstrating your teaching/music therapy skills, (2) a Curriculum Vita, (3) evidence of teaching effectiveness, and (4) a list of three professional references.

In addition to the materials listed above, learning about each applicant's contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important part of KU's mission. As such, applicants will be presented the following question at the time of application, each response must be within 4,000 characters or less:
Describe your experiences working with people form diverse backgrounds and explain how those experiences reflect your commitments to diversity, equity and inclusion.
Priority consideration will be given to applications received prior to the first review date of December 22, 2021. Applications will be reviewed until a qualified pool has been identified.