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Percussion Open Rank Faculty Position, Department of Music

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Work type: Faculty
Location: Newark
Categories: Music


Rank: Tenure Track Open Rank

Salary: Commensurate with rank and experience


Description:The Department of Music at the University of Delaware seeks a distinguished percussion performer and teacher to lead our applied percussion program. Full-time faculty appointment, at open rank, will commence in August of 2020. Responsibilities include teaching applied percussion and percussion ensemble, with possible assignments in related courses (e.g., percussion pedagogy, chamber coaching); maintaining an active national and international performing career; developing and implementing regional, national, and international recruiting strategies; possible collaboration with peers in faculty ensembles; and collegial participation in departmental activities. The final assignment of duties will be based on the needs of the department and the expertise of the candidate. Salary for this position will be commensurate with rank, qualifications, and experience. Qualified candidates will have an established record of excellence in college teaching and professional performance. Experience in directing and administering a collegiate percussion ensemble is preferred. An earned doctorate in Percussion Performance or related field (or the equivalent in professional experience) is required. 


The University: The University of Delaware exists to cultivate learning, develop knowledge and foster the free exchange of ideas. State-assisted yet privately governed, the University has a strong tradition of distinguished scholarship, research, teaching and service that is grounded in a commitment to increasing and disseminating scientific, humanistic and social knowledge for the benefit of the larger society. Founded in 1743 and chartered by the state in 1833, the University of Delaware today is a Research 1, land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant university with a student population of approximately 24,000.


The University of Delaware is a major research university with extensive graduate programs that is also dedicated to outstanding undergraduate and professional education. University faculty are committed to the intellectual, cultural, and ethical development of students as citizens, scholars and professionals. University graduates are prepared to contribute to a global society that requires leaders with creativity, integrity and a dedication to service.


The University of Delaware promotes an environment in which all people are inspired to learn, and encourages intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, free inquiry and respect for the views and values of an increasingly diverse population. The city of Newark, with a population of approximately 30,000, is located in northeastern Delaware, fourteen miles southwest of Wilmington, the principal city of the state.  Students and faculty have easy access to cultural events and performance opportunities in Philadelphia, New York, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. 


The Department: Our mission in the Department of Music is to provide the best educational opportunities for music majors’ professional development as performers, educators, and scholars. Music faculty offer an integrated curriculum oriented toward developing musicianship, creative thinking, and professionalism, enriched by collaborative initiatives and innovative community partnerships. As a fully accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music, we seek to provide optimal resources for significant musical growth through departmental ensembles, private study, and academic music courses available music majors, the general student, and others in the University community. The department comprises 60 full- and part-time faculty and professionals. The Department of Music enrolls approximately 350 undergraduate majors, minors, and graduate students. We offer Bachelor of Music degrees in Applied Music, Music Education, and Theory and Composition; Bachelor of Arts with a major in music and concentration in Music Management; and Master of Music degrees in Performance, Composition, Conducting, and Teaching. We provide opportunities for cultural enrichment to the University community and its constituencies, as well as leadership and support to music educators and other musicians in the region.


Application: Send letter of application, current C.V., three recent letters of recommendation, and online links to a minimum of 5-7 representative audio or video recordings that demonstrate diverse styles and a range of instrumentation. Live performances are preferred. The curriculum vitae and letters of recommendation will be shared with departmental faculty. Electronic submissions preferred. Materials sent directly to the committee will not be returned.


Questions may be directed to: 

Dr. Lauren Reynolds

Chair, Percussion Search Committee 

Department of Music

University of Delaware

Newark, DE 19716


All materials must be postmarked by November 22, 2019.


Date of Appointment:  15 August 2020


For Further Information about the Department:          Please visit 


The Department of Music has a diverse and inclusive faculty. We welcome all candidates, desiring to expand our knowledge and experience base, and cultivate creative innovation.


Applications close: Eastern Standard Time

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