Drake University — Assistant Professor of Music Education

Drake University’s Department of Music is excited to launch a search for an Assistant Professor of Music Education, full-time, tenure-track appointment, beginning August 2023. The successful candidate will coordinate and oversee the comprehensive Music Education program, serving as liaison between the Department of Music and the School of Education. Salary is competitive. Drake University seeks to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. 

Our Community
The Drake Music Department’s mission is to provide a center for the study and understanding of music that develops students’ intellectual, practical, and expressive abilities by emphasizing professional preparation, collaborative learning, critical thinking, and musical communication.

Drake University is a private, not-for-profit institution committed to cultivating a learning and working environment of inclusive excellence. Drake recognizes that the effectiveness and creativity of a group is strengthened by contributions from a broad range of perspectives. As such, we particularly welcome candidates from groups that are historically underrepresented in our field and/or have demonstrated efforts to build an equitable and inclusive scholarly environment. 

Our City
Drake University is in the beautiful, mid-size city of Des Moines, Iowa. The Des Moines metro offers numerous festivals and cultural celebrations; a selection of museums and theaters; parks and miles of trails; and a surprisingly wide range of dining options. 

What to Expect
Teaching duties assigned, commensurate with the candidate’s expertise, to include 

  • An introduction to music education class, elementary and/or secondary choral or instrumental music education methods courses, and a measurement and evaluation course.
  • Supervising student teachers.
  • Recruiting and advising music education students.
  • Developing, assessing, and revising the curriculum. 

Who Should Apply
Candidates with: 

  • A demonstrated ability to cultivate collegiality and to work effectively with faculty, staff, and students.
  • Excellent interpersonal, presentation, facilitation, and communication skills.
  • A drive and evidence of the pursuit of scholarly activities (including writing, or professional presentations) and service opportunities in professional organizations. 
  • A desire to build and maintain positive relationships with area educators including participating in the statewide music education community. 
  • Demonstrable knowledge of music education technologies. 
  • Exhibiting interest, experience, and success working with diverse students and colleagues. 

What You’ll Need to Apply
Those with a Ph.D. or ABD and a required minimum of 3 years public school teaching experience are welcome to apply. The Doctorate is required by the time of appointment. 

To apply visit (www.drake.edu/hr) and include the following materials: a letter of application addressing qualifications, a current curriculum vitae, a philosophy of teaching, a statement of diversity, three letters of reference including contact details, and a link to a sample classroom teaching or lecture presentation video of fifteen-minutes in length. Please note that no ensemble rehearsals or studio lesson videos will be accepted.

Drake University is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to cultivating an environment of inclusive excellence. We particularly welcome applications from candidates affiliated with groups historically underrepresented in the profession and those who have demonstrated success in working with diverse students, faculty, and staff.  

Have Questions?
Inquiries about the position or department may be directed to the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Ann Cravero, at ann.cravero@drake.edu 

Questions about the application process, working at Drake, support for dual career partnerships, reasonable accommodations, benefits, or additional information about the University or Des Moines, Iowa may be directed to Drake Human Resources at drakehr@drake.edu 

To be assured of full consideration, all application materials should be received by Friday, December 2nd, 2022. The position will remain open until filled.