Arizona, USA
Northern Arizona University
Assistant Teaching Professor

Assistant Teaching Professor rank, non-tenure-eligible; full-time, promotable; 9-month appointment,
renewable depending on effective performance, department needs, and funding. Duties begin August 19, 2024.


The Northern Arizona University (NAU) Kitt School of Music (Flagstaff, AZ) seeks a dynamic, creative, collaborative, and dedicated teacher of music theory and ear training. The successful candidate will foster student growth through successful teaching within curricular pathways for three undergraduate degrees in music (Bachelor of Music in Performance, Bachelor of Music Education, Bachelor of Arts in Music) and the Master of Music. The position requires positive mentorship for students from a variety of backgrounds and ability levels, who are pursuing a broad range of careers, including education, performance, and liberal arts.

Responsibilities Include:
1) Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in music theory, analysis, and ear training.
2) Work collegially with allied faculty to support a progressive and integrated musicianship curriculum.
3) Committee and service assignments consistent with all faculty appointments.
4) Teach in a secondary area, such as digital music production, jazz theory, or the analysis of world music, depending
on needs of the department and candidate expertise.

This is a 9 month non-tenure track position and is an on-site position which requires the incumbent to complete their work primarily at an NAU site, campus, or facility with or without accommodation. Opportunities for remote work are rare.

Northern Arizona University serves almost 30,000 students. We are a vibrant community, with 21,000 students in Flagstaff—the home of our largest campus—and the remainder online or at our 20+ statewide locations. Our institution has carefully integrated on-campus education with distance learning, forming seamless avenues for students to earn degrees. Committed to an inclusive university environment, NAU has all the benefits of a large institution with a personal touch. We carefully balance teaching, scholarship, and service for faculty members. Supporting our core value of student-centrism, NAU’s faculty members promote learning and help students reach academic milestones.

Flagstaff is an outdoorsy mountain town with four seasons and a thriving cultural scene. Located at 7,000 feet, Flagstaff houses 70,000 people and sits at the base of the sacred San Francisco Peaks. For more about inclusive excellence at NAU, visit the Center for Inclusive Excellence and Access.


Doctorate in Music Theory or related field.
Keyboard skills sufficient for teaching classroom music theory and aural skills.

Track record of successful teaching at the college/university level.
Demonstrated achievement in supporting student success through mentorship and advising.
Background in performance or composition indicating active and accomplished musicianship.
Background in digital music production..

Commensurate with academic qualifications and relevant experience.

To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply" button at the end of the job description (if viewing this position through the NAU HR website). Otherwise, to view the original post and to apply, proceed to nau.jobs, follow the 'Current Openings' link, locate vacancy 607550, and then "Apply" at the bottom of the page.

Application must include (saved as PDF and/or Word documents):
1. a cover letter which incorporates a short description of your teaching philosophy, and how you would tailor your
teaching to NAU students.
2. a curriculum vitae; and
3. names and contact information for three references.

Please do not include any other documents.


If you need assistance completing your application there are instructions available on line at http://hr.nau.edu or in person in the Human Resources Department located in Building 91 on the NAU Campus—on the corner of Beaver and DuPont Streets.

If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable accommodation to participate in the hiring process please contact the Affirmative Action Office at 928-523-3312/TDD - 928-523-1006 or PO Box 4083, Flagstaff AZ 86011.