University of Tennessee at Chattanooga — Director of Bands

Director of Bands – 2100000069

The Department of Performing Arts of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga welcomes applications for the position of a tenure-track Assistant/Associate Professor, 12-month contract – Director of Bands, beginning July 1, 2021. Masters required; ABD or Doctorate preferred. We especially welcome applications from minority candidates. Salary range dependent on qualifications: $55,000-70,000.

The successful candidate will conduct Marching Band and Concert Band, cooperate with music education faculty in supervising secondary instrumental student teachers, actively participate in student recruitment, and establish and maintain good working relationships with area high schools, communities and alumni. In addition, the candidate will be expected to develop and maintain visibility in the state, region, and nation as a conductor, clinician, and adjudicator, and participate in state and national music organizations.

Other courses taught could include Pep Band, Ensemble Pedagogy and Rehearsal Techniques and Literature, Instrumental Conducting, applied lessons on primary instrument, or other courses as assigned by the chair and based on candidate interests and qualifications. The candidate will serve on university committees and perform other departmental duties as assigned by the chair.

Qualifications: Earned Master’s degree in Instrumental Music Education or Conducting, or related field, ABD or Doctorate preferred. At least one degree in education/education field by August 20, 2021. Experience at the ABD or Doctorate level should include a minimum of 3 years successful experience as a band director in a secondary school and demonstrated record of success in instrumental ensemble conducting (secondary, post-secondary, community, professional); active engagement in professional organizations, or other education-related endeavors at the local, state, or national level; commitment to building professional relationships with K-12 Band Directors; strategically recruiting students; developing relationships with alumni; and strong communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills; commitment to diversity. Additional experience for candidates at the Masters Level should include at least 6 years-experience with a history of Superior ratings at state sanctioned festivals.

Further Desirable Qualifications include: Prior university-level teaching experience, commitment to and demonstrated success in student recruitment and retention, experience with and commitment to use of alternative delivery formats, preparation to teach in a secondary and related area such as music technology, music appreciation, world music, or core music courses.

Job area: Band
Job Title: Director of Bands
Rank: Assistant/Associate Professor, 12 month contract
Start Date: July 01, 2021
Application deadline: Applications accepted until position filled

Application Procedures
For full consideration, applicants should prepare and submit all of the following information within our online application system:

  • Cover Letter / Letter of Interest
  • CV including up-to-date personal information (name, email, phone, etc.)
  • One Page Sample Recruiting Strategies
  • One Page Teaching Statement
  • One Page Diversity Statement
  • References: list of names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses for three (3) professional references.
  • Videos of rehearsals and performances of concert and marching bands will be requested later.

Applications must be submitted electronically through the UTC Faculty Career Site.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is the second largest school in the University of Tennessee System, serving a diverse student body of more than 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students through five academic colleges. UTC offers a unique blend of private and public school traditions and is a driving force for achieving excellence, embracing diversity, inspiring positive change, and enriching the community. Since its founding as Chattanooga University in 1886, UTC has developed a reputation for excellence built on an unusual blend of the private and public traditions of American higher education. For more than 83 years, the university was a private school. In 1969, UTC became part of the state university system. Today, UTC is on a journey to excellence – boldly embracing a passion for excellence in all things and focused on changing lives and transforming communities. The UTC commitment—each and every day—is to earn the trust and confidence of those we serve. Our goal is to make a difference in our community and in the lives of our students.

Chattanooga, the fourth largest city in the state, is located in Southeast Tennessee near the border of Georgia at the junction of four interstate highways. The city has received national recognition for the renaissance of its beautiful downtown and redevelopment of its riverfront. Chattanooga also has the fastest internet in the country. Home to the first Gig Internet in the United States, Chattanooga has a 100% fiber network that links every home and business in a 600-square mile area. Companies like Unum, McKee, U.S. Xpress, Volkswagen, Coke United and have chosen to set up shop in Chattanooga. Attractions such as the Tennessee Aquarium, Lookout Mountain, Civil War battlefield sites, the African American Museum, and the Appalachian Trail bring thousands of people to the area, as do events like the Riverbend Festival, Nightfall, Jazzanooga, the Creative Discovery Museum for Children, and the Southern Writers Conference. Chattanooga is the home to the seven-time NCAA Southern Conference Football Champions, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Mocs. People who love the outdoors use Chattanooga as a base for hang-gliding, bass fishing, mountain climbing and caving expeditions; the beautiful Smoky Mountains and Tennessee River support the greatest variety of flora of any area in the United States. Chattanooga also has a long and rich past with regard to diversity, which includes Native American heritage, Civil War history, and the Civil Rights movement. Chattanooga is also just a two hour (or less) drive from Atlanta, Nashville, Knoxville, and Birmingham.

The University of Tennessee Chattanooga is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or protected veteran status.