Associate Director of Bands/Director of the Razorback Marching Band and Teaching Assistant Professor – Arkansas

Associate Director of Bands/Director of the Razorback Marching Band and Teaching Assistant Professor

University of Arkansas



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Location: Fayetteville
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Faculty – Non-Tenure

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Institution Name:
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas is a land grant institution, classified by the Carnegie Foundation among the nation’s top 2 percent of universities with the highest level of research activity. The University of Arkansas works to advance Arkansas and build a better world through education, research and outreach by providing transformational opportunities and skills, promoting an inclusive and diverse culture and climate, and nurturing creativity, discovery and the spread of new ideas and innovations.

The University of Arkansas campus is located in Fayetteville, a welcoming community ranked as one of the best places to live in the U.S. The growing region surrounding Fayetteville is home to numerous Fortune 500 companies and one of the nation’s strongest economies. Northwest Arkansas is also quickly gaining a national reputation for its focus on the arts and overall quality of life.

As an employer, the University of Arkansas offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance. The benefits package includes university contributions to health, dental, life and disability insurance, tuition waivers for employees and their families, 12 official holidays, immediate leave accrual, and a choice of retirement programs with university contributions ranging from 5 to 10% of employee salary.

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Department of Music

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Summary of Job Duties:
The Department of Music in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas, invites applications for a non-tenure track Teaching Assistant Professor in Music to act as the Associate Director of Bands and Director of the Razorback Marching Band to start July 5, 2023. This is a twelve-month appointment.

We are seeking a dynamic, creative teacher with a strong commitment to student success and diversity. The Associate Director of Bands will conduct the Wind Symphony (one of five ensembles in the band area), direct the Razorback Marching Band, and teach conducting and/or music education courses in the Department of Music.

Duties will include:

1. Direct and administer all aspects of the 350-member Razorback Marching Band.

2. Conduct the Symphonic Band.

3. Other teaching opportunities based on area of expertise and experience as assigned by the
Chair of the Department of Music and Director of Bands.

4. Collaborate with band faculty in all aspects of a comprehensive band program including
teaching, conducting, recruitment, and administration.

Regular, reliable, and non-disruptive attendance is an essential job duty, as is the ability to create and maintain collegial, harmonious working relationships with others.


Minimum Qualifications:

With submitted materials, the candidate must demonstrate.

  • DMA, Ph.D., or equivalent terminal degree in a related field conferred by start of employment
  • Must have a minimum of five years of successful teaching experience
  • Demonstrated excellence as an instrumental music teacher and conductor

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A combination of five years of public school and university teaching experience is preferred
  • Demonstrated excellence as an instrumental music teacher and conductor at the university level
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills
  • Experience in a large comprehensive university band program and active involvement with highly visible athletic bands
  • Drill design experience and/or marching band arranging is preferred

About the Department:

The Concert Bands include the Wind Ensemble and Wind Symphony (fall and spring semesters) and Symphonic Band and two Concert Band (spring semester only).   The Athletic Bands include the 350+ member Razorback Marching Band (the 2006 recipient of the Sudler Trophy) and the popular Hogwild Pep Band.  The bands rehearse in the beautiful Lewis E. Epley, Jr. Band Building and the UA Bands Scholarship program provides financial support to more than 400 graduate and undergraduate students that participate in the band program. For more additional information about the University of Arkansas Bands please visit

Salary Information:

Commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Required Documents to Apply:

Cover Letter/Letter of Application, Curriculum Vitae, Diversity Statement, List of three Professional References (name, email, business title), Other (see special instructions for details), Statement of Teaching Philosophy

Optional Documents:

Proof of Veteran Status

Recruitment Contact Information:

Chris Knighten, Search committee chair, [email protected]

All application materials must be uploaded to the University of Arkansas System Career Site

Please do not send to listed recruitment contact.

Special Instructions to Applicants:
Other required documents: Candidates should submit a link to two video recordings (no more than 15 minutes each) of, 1. marching band performance, and 2. conducting video (focused on conductor) of rehearsal and/or performance.

Pre-employment Screening Requirements:
Criminal Background Check, Sex Offender Registry
The University of Arkansas is committed to providing a safe campus community. We conduct background checks for applicants being considered for employment. Background checks include a criminal background check and a sex offender registry check. For certain positions, there may also be a financial (credit) background check, a Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR) check, and/or drug screening. Required checks are identified in the position listing. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication or adverse financial history information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

The University of Arkansas seeks to attract, develop and retain high quality faculty, staff and administrators that consistently display practices and behaviors to advance a culture and climate that embeds inclusion, diversity, equity, and access. For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The university welcomes applications without regard to race/color, sex, gender, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran or military status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal or state law.

Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

Benefits Eligible:

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. All applicants are subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act and persons hired must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States.

How to apply

Completed applications received by 3/27/2023 will be assured full consideration. Late applications will be reviewed as necessary to fill the position.

For additional inquiries, please contact the search committee chair, Chris Knighten, at [email protected]

Applicants must submit a curriculum vitae, a cover letter/letter of application, a teaching philosophy statement, a diversity statement, and a list of three professional references (name, title, email address, and phone number) willing to provide letters of recommendation if requested during the application process. Letters of recommendation will be requested only for candidates selected for interviews. In addition, Candidates should submit a link to two video recordings (no more than 15 minutes each) of, 1) marching band performance, and 2) conducting video (focused on conductor) of rehearsal and/or performance.

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