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Assistant Professor of Collaborative Piano


University, MS, US, 38677

Department:  Music (10000884)
Employee Designation:  Regular Full-time (Benefits Eligible)
Position Description

Position: Assistant Professor of Collaborative Piano. Nine-month, tenure-track position in the Department of Music beginning Fall 2020. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.



Responsibilities: Develop and direct a new Master of Music in Collaborative Piano degree; collaborate with faculty, students, and guest artists for recitals, juries, and area meetings; advise, assign, and supervise graduate assistants in collaborative piano; coach chamber ensembles; teach courses primarily in area of expertise (collaborative piano – instrumental/chamber, applied lessons, piano pedagogy, secondary keyboard instruments, class piano, piano literature) and design new courses specific to the degree, as needed; maintain a strong performing profile outside of the university; and actively recruit graduate students. Additional duties include departmental and university service, as well as service to the discipline in the form of active membership in professional organizations. 


The University of Mississippi Department of Music’s mission is to prepare students for professional careers by offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music education, performance and choral conducting, master’s degrees in musicology, ethnomusicology, and music theory, and a PhD in Music Education. Students entering our programs become part of a vibrant community led by a distinguished and enthusiastic faculty, with 25 full-time and 12 adjunct members dedicated to teaching, research and performance. Thus, our students (more than 150 majors) receive the rigorous individual attention necessary to develop their full potential in our superb classroom facilities in the newly-renovated music building. As a department within the College of Liberal Arts, we are also committed to offering stimulating courses and performance opportunities for non-majors. The University of Mississippi has been recognized by The Chronicle of Higher Education for ten consecutive years as one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, and is located in Oxford, MS, ranked as one of the “Top 10 Best College Towns”.

Position Details

Appointment: 9 Month

Assignment Type: Tenure Track

Minimum Qualifications

Master’s degree or higher in piano or collaborative piano required. Significant professional activity, as well as university teaching experience, required. The successful candidate will be an outstanding performer of collaborative repertoire, will have a compelling professional profile, and will be able to recruit talented graduate students.

Application Procedures

Application: First, submit an online application via and upload a cover letter and a current curriculum vitae. Second, email the following materials to Prof. Amanda Johnston, Chair of the Search Committee ( 1) comprehensive repertoire lists – instrumental/vocal/chamber (according to area of expertise); 2) links to videos of performances/recitals illustrating breadth of current collaborative activity; 3) links to professional recordings (if applicable); 4) sample recital programs; and 5) list of three references. Note: all submissions must be electronic, using Google Drive, YouTube, Dropbox, or other comparable platforms (no CDs/DVDs).



Application deadline: Review of applications will begin January 3, 2020. Only complete applications will be considered.

About the University of MS & Oxford, MS

Founded in 1848, the University of Mississippi (UM), affectionately known to alumni, students and friends as Ole Miss, is Mississippi's flagship university. Included in the elite group of R-1: Doctoral Universities - Highest Research Activity by the Carnegie Classification, it has a long history of producing leaders in public service, academics and business. The University of Mississippi, consistently named by The Chronicle of Higher Education as a “Great College to Work For,” is located in Oxford, MS, which is ranked one of the “Top 10 Best College Towns.” With more than 24,000 students, UM is the state's largest university and is ranked among the nation's fastest-growing institutions. The University of Mississippi, which has aggressively implemented many health and wellness initiatives for its more than 2,900 employees, has consistently been named one of Mississippi’s Healthiest Workplaces.


Touted as the “Cultural Mecca of the South”, creativity abounds in Oxford as musicians, artists and writers alike find inspiration in Oxford’s rich history, small town charm and creative community. Oxford is a one-hour drive south of Memphis, TN and is known as the home of Nobel Prize winning author William Faulkner. Over the years Oxford has also been known for offering exceptional culinary experiences and as the home of the University of Mississippi and the Ole Miss Rebels, there is always something here to immerse yourself in. Oxford has also been featured as a literary and arts destination in such publications as The New York Times, Southern Living, Condé Nast Traveler, and GQ. Among other cultural activities, annual events include the Oxford Film Festival, a thriving local music scene, and the Ford Center Performing Arts Series. Oxford is a vibrant university town, filled with unique shops and galleries, eclectic restaurants and clubs, historic landmarks, and comfortable inns.


Background Check Statement

The University of Mississippi is committed to providing a safe campus community. UM conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.


EEO Statement

The University of Mississippi provides equal opportunity in any employment practice, education program, or education activity to all qualified persons. The University complies with all applicable laws regarding equal opportunity and affirmative action and does not unlawfully discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based upon race, color, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, citizenship, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or genetic information.

Nearest Major Market: Oxford Mississippi