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Instructor/ Teaching Assistant Professor

Kansas State University

Job Description

Department: 3670020190 School of Music Theatre Dance
Job no: 514657
Employment type: Academic / Faculty - 9 month
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Worksite: On-site requirement
Categories: Education / Instructional
Pay Grade: 001

About This Role:
The Kansas State University School of Music, Theatre, and Dance invites applications for an Assistant Director of Bands. This full-time, nine-month term non-tenure track position is at the rank of Instructor or Teaching Assistant Professor and will start August 4, 2023 with a competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. To be considered for the rank of Teaching Assistant Professor, the applicant must have a terminal degree in music or music education. Based on performance, this position is eligible to be converted to a renewable, regularized instructor or teaching assistant professor.

Primary duties are to serve as the Assistant Director of Bands with responsibilities in all aspects of the band program including conducting a concert ensemble, assisting with all athletic bands, and teaching both MUSIC 171: History of Country Music, and MUSIC 417: Beginning Conducting for undergraduate instrumental music majors. The successful candidate will join the Director of Bands and the Associate Director of Bands in all aspects of recruiting, fundraising, and various administrative duties within a large and diverse Big 12 Band program. Additional duties may be assigned such as serving on committees and participating in musical endeavors within our community. Research, scholarship, and creative activities are encouraged and supported by the school as means to stay current in the field and to build the reputation of the program. There will be potential opportunities to teach summer semester courses in music and/or music education for additional pay.

Why Join Us:
The School of Music, Theatre, and Dance has 225 undergraduate Music majors pursuing the B.M., B.A., and B.M.E. degrees; 70 graduate Music students pursuing M.M. degrees; 40 Theatre majors pursuing the B.A. and B.S. degrees; 20 graduate Theatre students pursuing the M.A degree in theatre with a concentration in drama therapy; 25 secondary majors in dance; and offers minors and certificates in Music, Theatre, and Dance. The school has 50 full-time and one part-time faculty member, is supported by a Director and 4-Associate Directors, a full-time academic advisor, and three full-time administrative staff members.

The School of Music, Theatre, and Dance is accredited by NAST, NASM, and NADTA and is housed within the College of Arts and Sciences, the "intellectual and academic core of the University" with 23 academic units. A land-grant institution, Kansas State University is a Carnegie "very high research" and "engaged" university with more than 3,000 students who participate in curricular and co-curricular activities offered through the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance.

Kansas State University is a distinguished public, land-grant institution renowned for the excellence of its faculty, students, staff, academic programs, research, and service. It is a three-campus system with the main campus located in Manhattan and the other campuses in Olathe and Salina. Online degree programs, professional development conferences and workshops, and enrichment classes and programs are offered through the K-State Global Campus. The university has an enrollment of more than 20,000 students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries. K-State was recognized by the Princeton Review as one of America's best colleges and U.S. News & World Report lists the university among the top 75 public universities in the U.S. The mission of K-State is to foster excellent teaching, research, extension, and service that develop a highly skilled and educated citizenry necessary to advancing the well-being of Kansas, the nation, and the international community. K-State is also implementing an aggressive plan to become a top 50 public research university by 2025.

K-State is centered on a 664-acre campus in Manhattan located 50 miles west of the state capital of Topeka and 125 miles west of Kansas City in the rolling Flint Hills. Manhattan provides access to a wide range of educational, cultural, medical, and recreational programs and facilities. The local economy is bolstered by K-State and its proximity to Fort Riley, a large U.S. Army installation, and is the home of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF).

Kansas State University offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, paid time off - vacation, sick, and holidays. To see what benefits are available, please visit:
The K-State band program is a comprehensive program with four large concert ensembles and numerous athletic bands, all of national prominence. The concert ensembles have performed at regional CBDNA conferences, the ABA conference, various national and international tours, as well as state and regional performances. The marching band is the recipient of the 2015 Sudler Trophy, there are two basketball bands, a volleyball band, and three Pub Crawl Bands. The program has successfully raised over five million dollars to renovate a space in the historic Memorial Stadium to house the "Tracz Family Band Hall" that will open in April 2023.

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:
Kansas State University embraces diversity and promotes inclusion. The University actively seeks individuals who foster a collegial environment and cooperative interactions with coworkers, students, and others. The University is dedicated to promoting the Principles of Community .

What You'll Need to Succeed: Minimum Qualifications:
Masters degree
Successful public school teaching experience

Preferred Qualifications:
Ph,D. or D.M.A
Successful public school and collegiate teaching experience
Demonstrated success in conducting a concert ensemble and marching band, drill writing experience, arranging experience.

Other Requirements:
Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment

How to Apply: Please submit the following documents as a single PDF:
Cover letter describing your experiences as they pertain to the position.
Curriculum Vitae
Three letters of professional reference
College Transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable; official transcripts will be requested at a later date)

Required links to files:

  • Video recordings of you conducting and/or rehearsing a concert ensemble
  • Video of your marching band drill
  • Drill Charts Please send any questions to Dr. Frank Tracz, Chair of the Kansas State University Assistant Director of Bands Search Committee ( .

Review of Applications Begins:
March 10, 2023 and continues until position is filled.

Equal Employment Opportunity:
Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or status as a protected veteran.

Background Screening Statement:
In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.

Advertised: Feb 13, 2023
Application Closes: Open until filled

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