Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Music Therapy (Fall 2022), School of Arts and Letters

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Assistant Professor of Music Therapy for Fall 2022

Truman State University


Position:  The Department of Music at Truman State University seeks applicants for a tenure-track position in Music Therapy.  This is a nine-month, full-time appointment that will begin in August 2022.   The successful candidate will have the opportunity to organize and implement the newly created Bachelor of Science in Music Therapy, which will be supported by the Greenwood Center, a new Interprofessional Autism Center located on the Truman campus.

Responsibilities to include:

  • Implement, organize, and supervise all aspects of the program.
  • Coordinating and supervising all levels of clinical practica
  • Serve as the primary instructor in the program teaching all courses specific to that major, with core music support provided by other faculty
  • Recruit, advise and mentor students in the program

Required Qualifications:

  • ABD in Music Therapy with an expected completion date by August 2023
  • Board-certified as Music Therapist (MT-BC)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Completed Doctorate in Music Therapy from a program accredited by the American Music Therapy Association
  • Clinical experience in behavioral health or a similar healthcare setting, especially with children on the Autism spectrum
  • Documented experience supervising music therapy students in behavioral health settings
  • Documented teaching experience and a record of student achievement
  • Commitment to the liberal arts and sciences as a teacher-scholar
  • Strong oral communication, written communication, and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated ability to instruct classroom-level guitar or piano

Salary: Salary is commensurate with experience and education. The benefits package includes life, health and disability insurance, retirement contributions, and reimbursed assistance for moving expenses. The awarding of tenure and promotion is based on success in the University’s teacher-scholar model.

Program:  The Department of Music offers degrees of Bachelor of Music with emphases in Composition and Performance, Bachelor of Arts in Music, Bachelor of Science in Music Therapy, Master of Arts in Music (Conducting, Composition, Performance and Research emphases), and minors in Music, Jazz Studies, Musicology, and Musical-Theatre. Additionally, the Department provides content support for the Master of Arts in Education (MAE in Music) degree, the degree by which music students pursue certification to teach in the public schools. Seventeen full-time and six part-time faculty members provide instruction to approximately 140 majors studying music education, vocal and instrumental performance, theory and composition, conducting and musicology. A full complement of ensembles provides training for students and cultural resources for the community. The music program is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. For more information visit http://music.truman.edu.

The University: Truman State University is home to a vibrant educational community. The approximately 4,000 students who make up its student body are well prepared for the challenging academics in a supportive environment. More than 20 percent engage in significant undergraduate research and creative projects. Most gain leadership experience and nearly half go on to graduate or professional school within a year of earning a degree. Founded in 1867, Truman is known for its focus on student learning and outcomes and places an emphasis on high-impact experiences such as internships, research and study abroad opportunities. Truman has the highest overall graduation rate among the state’s public colleges and universities. For more than two decades, Truman has been recognized as the No. 1 public university in the Midwest regional category by U.S. News & World Report, and Washington Monthly consistently ranks Truman as one of the best master’s universities in the nation. For more information regarding additional rankings and acknowledgments, visit truman.edu/about.

The Community: Located in northeast Missouri, Kirksville is a cultural and economic hub in the region. In addition to being the home of Truman, Kirksville is the birthplace of osteopathic medicine and features a medical school, dental school and community college, and the Kirksville School District is consistently recognized for academic excellence. The community takes pride in several annual events including the Round Barn Blues Festival and the FLATS Trail Half-Marathon. The charming downtown area features an arts center, as well as several local shops and restaurants. It is also the site of numerous community events including the Red, White and Blue Festival in the summer and the Red Barn Arts and Craft Festival each fall. Just a few minutes outside of town is beautiful Thousand Hills State Park with hiking and biking opportunities surrounding the 700-acre Forest Lake. Kirksville offers easy access by car to Kansas City, St. Louis, Chicago and Des Moines. Daily flights from Kirksville Regional Airport to St. Louis provide quick access to one of the Midwest’s major metropolitan areas. More information about Kirksville can be found at visitkirksville.com

Application: The School of Arts and Letters handles the application process. Electronic submission of applications is preferred, http://employment.truman.edu/.  Application materials may be submitted to hrstaff@truman.edu or by mail to Truman State University, Office of Human Resources, 100 E. Normal MC 101, Kirksville, MO 63501.  Completed applications must include:

  • a letter of application that clearly addresses the qualifications and evaluative criteria listed above
  • current curriculum vitae
  • a statement of teaching philosophy for Music Therapy that considers our program’s liberal arts and sciences setting
  • contact information for at least three references
  • official or unofficial undergraduate and graduate college transcripts.

Review of applications will begin on October 19, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. If hired, applicants must provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States, official graduate transcripts, or documentation of degrees if transcripts are not available. Final candidates are required to undergo and successfully pass a background check. Questions about this position may be directed to Dr. Jocelyn Prendergast, jprend@truman.edu.

Truman State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff.  Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.  In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, Truman State does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or protected veteran status in its program or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs.  Direct inquiries to the Institutional Compliance Officer, 660-785-4354 and titleix@truman.edu.

Truman State is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.  To request this document in an alternate form or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources, McClain Hall 101,  100 E. Normal, Kirksville, MO  63501, 660-785-4031 or hrstaff@truman.edu.




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