Director of Bands
Texas Lutheran University invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position for the Director of Bands in the School of Music to begin fall 2023. Anticipated rank is Assistant or Associate Professor.
Position requirements include:
- Earned doctorate. (ABD with completion by August 2023 or a master’s degree with extensive professional experience may be considered.)
- Ability to teach introductory courses, music education courses and conducting
- Evidence of excellence as a wind ensemble/concert band conductor, preferably at the collegiate level
- An interest and ability to recruit students to the program, both majors and non-majors
- An understanding of the public music education system and a willingness to establish and maintain rapport with secondary school teachers in the region
- Willingness to nurture a positive relationship with the Mid-Texas Symphony, a regional orchestra located in our community
- Strong commitment to excellence in the teaching and advising of undergraduate students
- Ability and desire to affirm the mission of Texas Lutheran University and work collegially with fellow faculty members
The successful candidate will: conduct the university wind ensemble and concert band, with responsibility for assisting in recruiting and auditioning for those ensembles; provide leadership and direction for the jazz band and pep band; actively recruit music majors and non-majors in cooperation with the other members of the School of Music; engage in scholarly and/or creative research activities; work collegially with representatives of other disciplines, programs, and offices on campus. Additional teaching assignments based on a candidate’s strengths and qualifications. Preference will be given to candidates who meet the above qualifications and who also offer one or more of the following:
- Experience in the Texas public school music system
- Willingness to plan and execute summer band camp and band festival
Additional expectations include engaging in recruitment and retention initiatives; university committee service; academic advising; and involvement with the campus community. We seek a colleague who can both challenge and support majors from a diverse student body, and one who is committed to collaboration, diversity, and inclusiveness. Candidates should display a commitment to working with colleagues in the School of Music and university-wide and have an understanding of and appreciation for a church-related university. Texas Lutheran University is NASM accredited, offering Bachelor of Music degrees in Performance and Music Education, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music.
Texas Lutheran University, a Hispanic Serving Institution, seeks applicants who are eager to join a culturally diverse community of learning. Our student body, reflective of the diversity of the State of Texas, is 40% Hispanic, with a strong African-American presence as well. Candidates who have the professional skills, experience, and/or willingness to engage in teaching, collaborative research, and community service with our diverse student body are particularly sought.
Salary is competitive, with excellent benefits. Texas Lutheran University is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The ELCA’s 26 colleges and universities value and practice academic freedom while preparing women and men for lives of leadership and service in a diverse world. For more information, consult our website at www.tlu.edu.
To be fully considered for this position, each candidate should submit the following materials as a single electronic file (pdf preferred for all documents, with the exception of video links):
- A letter of application addressing the above criteria
- A current curriculum vitae
- A statement of teaching philosophy
- A statement of research interests
- Three professional references (names, addresses, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers)
- Unrestricted links to video recordings of recent performances (45 to 60 minutes)
- Unrestricted links to video recordings of rehearsals of varying ensembles with the camera facing the conductor and a microphone placement allowing all comments to be heard (please use online platforms such as YouTube, Vimeo, or similar; videos should be directly accessible, without download, from a link embedded in a Word document – not PDF).
- A statement that addresses your past or potential future contributions to diversity through teaching, research, or service and/or your experience working with underrepresented student populations.
- Separately, arrange for three confidential letters of recommendation to be submitted. The letters should specifically address the candidate’s teaching and conducting experience.
Please send your submissions electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org
Review of applications will begin November 1, 2022 and remain open until position is filled. Offer of employment is contingent upon successful completion of background check and pending budgetary approval.
Texas Lutheran University has been consistently recognized as a “Great College to Work For” by the Chronicle of Higher Education. Texas Lutheran University (TLU) is an official U.S. News & World Report “Best Colleges” selection among regional colleges in the West, ranking second on the list for “Best Value,” and fifth overall. This is the eighth consecutive year TLU has been featured on the “Best Value” rankings. Other notable recognitions include TLU’s acknowledgment as a top 20 regional college for Social Mobility—the fourth year the university has appeared in this category.
The University is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) and is also subject to the provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA). Texas Lutheran University is committed to enhancing diversity and inclusion across all levels of the University. Candidates who believe they can contribute to this goal are strongly encouraged to apply.