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University of Colorado Assistant Professor - Composition in Colorado Springs, Colorado


The Music Program in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs invites applications for an Assistant Professor (tenure-track) of Music Composition to begin August, 2021. Responsibilities include creative work and research in music composition, teaching, and developing curricula in the following areas: composition, computer music and music theory. Applicants should be prepared to offer a variety of instructional formats such as in-person, hybrid, or online. We seek applicants who can bring a diverse spectrum of contemporary compositional approaches to recruit and mentor students in the Composition & Sonic Arts track in the B.A. in Visual Performing Arts as well as the Bachelor of Innovation of Music. The successful candidate will possess a significant background in acoustic and electronic music composition that embodies a diversity of practices, new approaches to music theory and interdisciplinary breadth. Other preferable qualifications may include but are not limited to: music in film and television scoring, web-based applications, game design, sound design, or other, as well as experience and ideas to diversify and innovate the music curriculum.

Central to our mission, the VAPA Music Program is committed to fostering an inclusive community where people of all backgrounds, identities and perspectives are welcomed. We especially appreciate candidates who creative work and/or scholarship engages with underrepresented or marginalized communities and groups.

Who We Are:

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) is one of four campuses in the University of Colorado system and is home to over 10,500 undergraduate and 1,900 graduate students.

Colorado Springs (pop. 400K ) is situated at the base of Pikes Peak, offers many recreational and cultural activities and was recently ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top Best Places to Live in the U.S.

This position has been determined to be exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

What We Offer:

Salary Range: Generally starts at $60,000

The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid vacation and time off, and a tuition benefit. Information on university benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at . Total compensation goes beyond the value on the paycheck. Please consider reviewing the Total Compensation page at Total Compensation Calculators | University of Colorado .

Tentative Search Timeline:

  • The priority dates for applications is Friday, January 15, 2021.

  • The employee start date is August, 2021.

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs is committed to providing a safe and productive learning, living and working community. To assist in achieving this goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history check.

UCCS is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, the University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, political affiliation or political philosophy in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting the Office of Human Resources at (719) 255-3372.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each of the established essential functions and meet the physical and environment demands described satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, ability, physical and environmental conditions required of the employee on the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions, physical and environmental demands.

Applicants with disabilities: If you have a mental or physical impairment, which limits one of your major life activities (e.g. walking, hearing, seeing, speaking, breathing, or learning) and require special accommodations for testing or interviewing, it is your responsibility to notify the office scheduling the interview or test at least 3 working days before the interview or test date. If you need special accommodations at the work site, you must notify the appointing authority or Human Resources.

The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in Music or closely related discipline

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Phd, DMA or other terminal degree

  • Experience developing composition, music theory or music technology curriculum in Higher Education.

  • Experience in film and television scoring

  • Experience in web-based applications, game design, sound design

  • Experience in diversifying and innovating music curriculum

Physical Requirements:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand and walk. Employee is occasionally required to have long periods of sitting, moderate bending, moderate energy requirements and fine motor skills. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.

Job: Faculty

Primary Location: Colorado Springs

Job Category Faculty

Department C0001 -- Colorado Springs Campus

Schedule Full-time

Posting Date Nov 25, 2020

Unposting Date Ongoing

Posting Contact Name Jane Rigler

Posting Contact Email

Posting Number 00482901

Req ID: 19519

The University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, pregnancy, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, political affiliation, or political philosophy. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.