Assistant Professor of Music Theory and Contemporary Commercial Music
Position Is Open Until Filled

Code: 19243 Posted: 01/05/2023

The University of Wisconsin-Parkside Music Department seeks applicants for a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Music Theory and Contemporary Commercial Music. The position is scheduled to start in the 2023-2024 academic year.

The University of Wisconsin-Parkside is a dynamic learning community grounded in academic excellence and focused on student success, diversity, inclusion and community engagement. One of 13 four-year institutions within the University of Wisconsin System, Parkside provides an educational value to our students that’s unparalleled. An affordable, high-quality education is an investment in one’s future, and we believe the cost of an education should not prevent any student from achieving his or her educational and professional goals. The university is the proud recipient of the 2022 AASCU Excellence & Innovation Award for Student Success and College Completion from The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), a testament to years of strategic efforts.

UW-Parkside is a great place to start or enhance your career. The campus is nestled in 700 acres of woodland and prairie and two miles west of Lake Michigan in Kenosha, WI. At Parkside we offer competitive pay and benefits, as well as an engaging and supportive work environment. Parkside is a community that’s easy to call home. Find out why.


Position Title: Assistant Professor (Music Theory and Contemporary Commercial Music)

Employment Type: Full time, Faculty, Salaried

Reports To: The Assistant Professor will report to the Chair of the Music department.

Full Time Pay Range: $55,000 – $58,000 annualized


The Department

The Music Department is staffed by a faculty of highly qualified teaching performers who have concert experience and are active in teaching, service, research, and performance. Their specialties span all areas of undergraduate music study, and students can expect to receive excellent training in the applied and academic branches of music. The music faculty maintains high professional standards in the education and training of its students. This education occurs in state-of-the facilities that were crafted one decade ago. 

At the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, students enjoy the full academic and musical challenge of a larger institution while retaining the advantage of close student-faculty relationships. Large ensembles enroll more than 200 participants. Music major courses boast a very favorable teacher/student ratio, enrolling an average of a dozen or less music students. Relationships within the department are cordial and professors are accessible and easy to talk to. This position will require applied knowledge of music theory, contemporary commercial music, and music notation software, as well as strong communication skills.

Essential Job Functions
  • Coordinate, develop, and oversee the music theory sequence in the department.
  • Teaching:
    • Teach a wide range of courses in music theory and contemporary commercial music
    • Creatively structure and provide supportive activities and initiatives as needed to support student learning and to ensure student success in the Music Theory curriculum
    • Teach other courses such as general education offerings when feasible
  • Scholarship and Creative Activity:
    • Establish and maintain an active program in the colleague’s area of scholarship and/or creative activity
  • Service:
    • Mentor music students on curricular studies and in career development
    • Build and maintain positive relationships with area music educators and performers, and the community as a whole
    • Contribute to recruitment of prospective students in the music department through various initiatives, activities, and events
    • Contribute to the growth of the department and all its constituent concentrations
  • Master of Music or Master of Fine Arts in music theory, contemporary commercial music, or equivalent area. 
  • Record of scholarship via compositions, performances, publications, presentations, or other appropriate activities.
  • College teaching or demonstrated potential for successful college teaching.
Salary and Benefits

Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The University of Wisconsin System provides a liberal benefits package, including participation in a state pension plan. 

Benefit Details:

Total Compensation Estimator:

Application Process

Applications must be submitted electronically through our employment portal. If you need additional assistance you may contact Human Resources at (262) 595-2204. Hours 8:00am-4:30pm Monday-Friday.

STEP 1: Please select the applicable link below:

External Applicants: (NOT currently employed by the University of Wisconsin System)

Internal Applicants: (Currently employed by the University of Wisconsin System)

STEP 2: Submit application materials

Please be sure to complete all required fields and include all required documents before submitting your application. Once submitted, you will not be able to edit or attach any application materials. Files must be complete to be considered. All materials must be added at one time, once submitted you may not edit/add to profile. Please include the following documents:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • References
  • Examples of Work
    •  Not limited to, but can include: printed materials used in teaching, video of a conference/workshop presentation, video of in-person teaching.

Review of Applications

Applications received by 3/7/2022 will be given full consideration. Position is open until filled. 

You must select "SUBMIT". Selecting "Save" will not forward your application materials to the search committee. 

Please be sure to complete all required fields and include all required documents before submitting your application. Once submitted, you will not be able to edit or attach any application materials.

In instances where the Review Committee is unable to ascertain from a candidates application materials whether she/he meets all of the required qualifications, or if all of the application materials are not submitted, they will be evaluated as not meeting such qualifications and may be excluded from further consideration.


Amanda Joncas

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