Lecturer in Violin and Viola (Fall 2021), School of Arts and Letters

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Lecturer Position in Applied Violin and Viola
Truman State University


The Department of Music invites applications for the position of Applied Instructor of Violin and Viola. This is a nine-month, part-time, benefits eligible, temporary faculty position to begin August 2021.

Responsibilities to include:

  • Teach individual lessons in undergraduate and graduate Violin and Viola
  • Recruit, advise and mentor Violin and Viola students
  • Rehearse and perform with the University Orchestra and President’s String Quartet
  • Direct ensemble string rehearsals as needed

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Violin performance

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Completed doctorate in Violin performance
  • Documented teaching experience and a record of student achievement
  • Experience recruiting, or demonstrated potential for successful recruiting, of high-achieving students
  • Record of performances as a Violinist
  • Ability to lead ensemble string rehearsals and performances
  • Commitment to the liberal arts and sciences as a teacher-scholar
  • Strong oral communication, written communication, and interpersonal skills

Salary: Salary is commensurate with experience and education.

The Department of Music: The Department of Music offers degrees of Bachelor of Music in Composition, Bachelor of Music in Performance, Bachelor of Arts in Music, 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. Nineteen full-time and four 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 5,200 students that make up its student body are well prepared for the academic rigors of a highly selective university. More than 20 percent engage in significant undergraduate research and creative projects. Most gain leadership experience, and nearly half go on to graduate school or professional education 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 Missouri public four-year colleges and universities. For more than two decades, U.S. News & World Report has recognized Truman as the No. 1 public university in the Midwest regional category. The Washington Monthly has included Truman in the top ten of its master’s university rankings in each of the past seven years. For more information regarding additional rankings and acknowledgements, visit truman.edu/about.

The Community: Located in northeast Missouri, Kirksville is a cultural and economic hub in the region. In addition to Truman, it is home to A.T. Still University, the world’s first osteopathic medical school, as well as a dental school and a community college. The Kirksville School District is among the best in the state, and the community takes pride in several annual events including the Red Barn Arts and Crafts Festival, the Scottish Highland Games and the Red, White and Blue Festival, among many more. Just a few minutes outside of town is beautiful Thousand Hills State Park, with hiking and biking opportunities surrounding the 700-acre Forest Lake. Due to its location, Kirksville offers easy access by car to Kansas City, St. Louis, Chicago and Des Moines. Daily flights from Kirksville regional airport to St. Louis allow for quick access to one of the Midwest’s major metropolitan areas. Find more information about Kirksville at kirksvillechamber.com.           

Application: Applications may be completed electronically at http://employment.truman.edu or by email to hrstaff@truman.edu; paper applications may be submitted by mail to Truman State University, Office of Human Resources, 100 E. Normal MC 101, Kirksville, MO 63501.

Completed applications must include:

  • Cover letter that addresses the required and preferred qualifications and summarizes applicant’s activity in the areas of interest
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Statement of teaching philosophy that presents the candidate’s commitment to the liberal arts and sciences and to student development
  • Statement outlining approaches to recruitment and documenting any successes in recruiting
  • Document that links to video recordings of recent performances as a violinist. These should be viewable in a standard web browser.
  • Copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable)
  • Contact information for at least three references

Review of applications will begin May 27, 2021 and 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.

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.

Questions about this position may be directed to Dr. Charles Gran, cgran@truman.edu

Truman State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act; women and minority candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.


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