Towson University — Assistant Professor in Strings (Cello preferred) – Tenure Track

Assistant Professor
Department of Music
College of Fine Arts and Communication

The College of Fine Arts and Communication invites applications for a tenure-track, Assistant Professor in strings (cello preferred) in the Department of Music beginning August 2022. 

Earned doctorate in music. (A master’s degree in music with significant professional experience in the candidate’s areas of expertise will also be considered.)  Commitment and potential for growth in all aspects of diversity, equity and inclusion across teaching, scholarship/creative activities, and service. A minimum of three years of teaching applied strings (cello preferred). Demonstrated achievement in teaching chamber music and solo repertoire. Ability to teach string methods and string pedagogy to music performance and music education majors. Ability to successfully recruit and retain students in studios and ensembles. Ability to establish relationships with teaching professionals in the public and/or private school sector.  A sustained record of scholarly/creative activities that includes chamber music, solo and ensemble performance. An excellent collaborator and colleague with faculty and staff, and the desire to serve the mission, vision and priorities of the Department, College and University. Demonstrated proficiency with technologies in face-to-face and online/hybrid instruction.   The ability to develop and teach courses in areas that may include, Music Education, Music History and Culture or Music Theory/Musicianship, to both majors and non-majors.   

Candidates must possess a diverse profile across multiple Departmental priorities.  We seek candidates whose profile includes some or all of the following: a student-centered applied teacher in strings (cello preferred) , a chamber and solo music pedagogue and performer, a teacher of music education string methods, a teacher of music history and culture and/or music theory/musicianship classes as well as other major and non-major courses, an orchestral conductor, a person with a record of successful recruitment, retention, and the ability to build and nurture strong relationships with public and private school programs.  

Seeking candidates with a broad range of diverse skills, applicant profiles may include some/all of these complimentary experiences: university/college-level teaching; a background in working with urban and/or underserved populations in education, recruitment, creative activities, or community outreach; performance or teaching in the intersectionality between classical and other musical idioms; a background in diverse American musics, world music, or music outside the European classical tradition; and/or achievement as an orchestral conductor at the high school, university and/or professional level.  

Teach the equivalent of six courses in the first academic year of tenure-track and six-seven courses in subsequent academic years through annual workload negotiation with the Chairperson and Dean.  

Teach undergraduate and graduate applied strings (cello preferred) and conduct a weekly masterclass in conjunction with string colleagues. Oversee the preparation of student recitals in strings (cello preferred) as well as masters-level theses. Adjudicate end-of-semester juries, incoming string auditions, and recitals within the Instrumental Applied Division. Coach chamber music ensembles and develop a strong chamber music presence in the Department. Teach music education string methods to upper and lower strings as well as string pedagogy. Perform as a member of faculty chamber ensembles and as a soloist both on and off campus for the purpose of recruitment and public outreach. Serve on selected committees. Actively recruit and retain students and develop collaborative relationships with local and regional public and private schools, community colleges, and private teachers. Teach and perform diverse repertoires to foster an inclusive learning environment. Serve as an academic advisor to music students. Engage in a trajectory of significant scholarship/creative activity and service commensurate with the expectations for promotion with tenure at Towson University. Work collegially and collaboratively with faculty across the Department, College, and University. Actively engage in diversity, equity, inclusion initiatives across the Department, College and University in teaching and service and through community outreach and recruitment efforts.

The Department of Music seeks to create a diverse and inclusive, rigorous and responsible environment that reaches across disciplines to foster highly adaptive creators, thinkers, and educators.  We are seeking someone whose approach to teaching and performing is innovative, diverse, and entrepreneurial.  Strongest candidates will recognize that music has significant potential for social change through engagement with underrepresented communities, and their work and application materials will reflect and address this Departmental initiative. The successful candidate will work intentionally with students, faculty and staff to promote equity, diversity, and inclusion in all aspects of the candidate’s areas of expertise and in Departmental curricula, pedagogies, program offerings, and public events.  The successful candidate will commit to ongoing professional development in specific diversity competencies such as culturally responsive pedagogy, racial literacy, gender equity and LGBTQ+ inclusion.

Other Duties: (to be assigned based upon candidate profile and Departmental needs)
Teach undergraduate and/or graduate courses in Music Education, Music History and Culture and/or Music Theory/Musicianship. Teach other courses to majors and/or non-majors. Conduct or co-conduct the Towson University Symphony Orchestra. Additional duties based upon applicant qualifications and Departmental needs.

Department of Music:
The Towson University Department of Music affirms the intrinsic value of creativity, musical studies, and intellectual inquiry as part of our shared humanity. The Department of Music offers a comprehensive, nimble, and transformative musical education to approximately 300 undergraduate and graduate majors of diverse backgrounds in addition to non-majors.  We are rooted in academic and artistic excellence with the primary goal of student success.  The Department prides itself on being a student-focused learning environment with innovative pedagogies and technologies, intellectual curiosity, dedicated mentorship, collaboration, and experiential education in an environment that embraces and actively promotes diversity, equity and inclusion.  We affirm our identity as a dynamic center for the cultivation of performers, scholars, composers, music educators, and those seeking to enrich their lives through music.  Our forward-thinking curriculum stresses student growth delivered by a faculty of 27 full-time and over 50 adjunct faculty that includes internationally recognized performers, composers, educators, scholars, teacher-trainers, and artistic collaborators. The Department enriches the cultural life of the region through its scholarship, concerts by students, faculty, and distinguished guests, lectures, and other public presentations. We are one of seven departments in the College of Fine Arts and Communication within an excellent comprehensive public liberal arts institution. Our state-of-the-art facilities are in close proximity to a thriving metropolitan area, boasting an impressive array of skilled practitioners and musical artists, leadership, internship and performance opportunities, and access to an exceptional variety of cultural experiences. The Department of Music is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, and the Maryland State Department of Education.

Towson University:
Towson University ( was founded in 1866, is recognized by U. S. News and World Reports as one of the top public universities in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, is Baltimore’s largest university, and is the largest public, comprehensive institution in the University of Maryland System. TU enrolls almost 19,000 undergraduates and over 3,000 graduate students across six academic colleges (business, education, fine arts, health professions, liberal arts, science & mathematics), has over 865 full-time faculty, and offers more than 65 bachelors, 45 masters, and 5 doctoral programs. Our centrally located campus sits on 330 rolling green acres and is 10 miles north of Baltimore, 45 miles north of Washington D.C., and 95 miles south of Philadelphia.

Application Process:
Review of applications begins December 19, 2021 and continues until the position is filled. 

Click here to apply. Please note that the search number for which you are applying is COFAC-3533.

Submit the following with your application: 

  • Letter application that addresses the candidate’s unique profile in relation to this position.  
  • A current CV with the names of five references and contact information. 
  • Unofficial transcripts of institutions of higher learning.   
  • Three recent letters of recommendation. 
  • A one-page teaching philosophy statement that addresses the candidate’s commitment to equity, inclusion and diversity. 
  • A functioning web-link to an approximately twenty-minute video and/or audio recording(s) of recent solo and chamber music performance in strings (cello preferred). 
  • A functioning web-link to an approximately twenty-minute video that demonstrated the candidate’s teaching profile which must include a minimum of a sample of applied teaching of strings and may also include samples of conducting, chamber music coaching, classroom teaching, etc…  
  • Include a document that details the content of the two aforementioned videos/audio recordings.  

A completed digital dossier will include: 

  • A letter of application.
  • A curriculum vitae with a list of at least five reference contacts.
  • A teaching philosophy statement that includes applied strings (cello preferred) and other pedagogies related to this position and demonstrates a commitment to diversity, equity, and community engagement.
  • Un-official college transcripts; (official transcripts are required for appointment to the position)
  • A functioning web link to a recent video recording which includes 15 minutes of teaching an applied lesson, preferably to a high school or college level student.  The video must clearly show both the educator and the student.
  • A functioning web link to a separate 20 minute video (preferred) or audio recording of performances of solo/accompanied cello works of contrasting styles and periods recorded within the last two years.  Candidates may include a brief selection of their performance within a chamber ensemble if desired.  
  • All video/audio submissions must be via streamable and functioning web links. 
  • A document which details the contents of the two videos outlined above. 

If you have questions about the position please contact addressed to Dr. Christopher Cicconi, Search Chair.   

A Criminal Background Investigation is required for the hired candidate and the results may impact employment. 

The safety of our students, faculty, staff, and neighbors has been our top priority and the focus of every one of our decisions since the earliest days of the COVID-19 pandemic. The University System of Maryland (USM) has recently determined that mandating a COVID vaccine for all faculty, staff, and students at all schools in the USM is both a reasonable and necessary means of protecting our health and safety. As a prospective hire at TU, proof of your full COVID-19 vaccination must be demonstrated before you begin employment with the University. 

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Towson University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and has a strong institutional commitment to diversity, as detailed in A More Inclusive TU: Advancing Equity and Diversity (2020 – 25). TU is a national leader in inclusive excellence, the only institution in Maryland with zero achievement gap, and 68% growth in minority enrollment over the past 5 years.  We encourage application from a variety of (dis)abilities, cultural, ethnic, race, sex, gender identity/expression, national origin, age, veteran status, color, religious, socio-economic, sexual orientation and belief backgrounds.