Lawrence, KS (USA)
University of Kansas
Assistant Professor of the Practice

Position Overview
The University of Kansas School of Music seeks to fill a full-time, academic year (nine month), non-tenured composer to teach music composition and technology 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.


Teaching (75%):
Teach seven courses in electronic music, applied composition in both classical and commercial genres, and music theory. Additional teaching opportunities in game studies, songwriting, music production and film music based upon individual expertise. Teaching load will not exceed four courses for a one semester period.
Additional responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, maintaining a creative profile in music composition and/or music production, developing and maintaining the electronic music studio, the supervision of student composition projects and recitals.
May include advising, supervising or mentoring undergraduate and graduate students.
Service (25%):
Work cooperatively in support of the School of Music and the University, including service on graduate and faculty committees
Collaborates with other members of the faculty.
Participate actively in the cultural and intellectual life of the School and the University.


Required Qualifications
Master’s degree in Music Composition or a related field
Evidence of teaching experience at the collegiate level
Demonstrated record of success in music composition in concert and/or commercial media based upon experience and application materials, references, and interview.

Preferred Qualifications
Earned Doctorate in Music Composition
Previous experience teaching applied composition lessons and music theory
Demonstrated experience in digital audio media.

55,000 annually

Additional Candidate Instruction
For more information and to apply online, go to https://employment.ku.edu/academic/20694BR. 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 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. Application will be reviewed until a qualified pool has been identified.
Application Review Begins22-Dec-2021
Anticipated Start Date
Conditions of EmploymentLimited Term
Position Number
Primary CampusUniversity of Kansas Lawrence Campus
Limited Term End Date
Advertised Salary Range$55,000 for academic year (9-month) appointment
Employee Class


Brad Osborn
Associate Professor of Music Theory
University of Kansas