Assistant Professor - Music Theory

University of Wisconsin La Crosse

United States

January 3, 2022


Posting Details Recruitment Number 5410

Working Title Assistant Professor - Music Theory Position Type Faculty/Instructional Appointment Percentage 100% Division/College College of Arts, Social Sciences & Humanities Position Summary

The Department of Music at the UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN–LA CROSSE is soliciting qualified candidates for a tenure-track position to teach Music Theory and Aural Skills, a music theory general education course, and other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the department.

We are seeking a teacher-artist who will inspire students through expert delivery of music theory and aural skills as well as a general education music theory course. The ideal candidate will be engaged in promoting composition through upper-division courses and organizing the La Crosse New Music Festival. The applicant should also convey a commitment to recruiting music majors for the program, serving on relevant department committees, and providing leadership in the revision and creation of music theory- and composition-related courses and emphases.

Depending on the candidate's expertise, other responsibilities may be selected from the following:

  • teaching applied lessons (preferred: clarinet, oboe, bassoon; trumpet, trombone, euphonium, and tuba; violin, viola, cello, bass, guitar; voice)
  • coordinating and teaching music appreciation; or
  • other music-related courses such as music business, coaching small ensembles, or directing ensembles.
  • The candidate should be able to convey a sense of passion by performing and modeling in relevant classroom settings. UWL and the Department of Music grants opportunities for professional development both on- and off-campus.

    Description of College / Department / Program / Division / Unit

    The Department of Music at the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse includes 6 tenure-track faculty, 3 instructional academic staff, several ad-hoc positions and approximately 75 undergraduate majors and minors. The Department provides a strong foundation including quality curriculum in music history, theory, applied music lessons and ensemble experiences within our B.S./B.A. in Music program. Our mission is to provide diverse musical experiences for our music majors and minors, university students and the community. Persons with experience and commitment to achieve goals relative to diversity and inclusion are especially encouraged to apply.

    Required Qualifications

  • Doctorate in music (PhD. or. D. M.A.);
  • University classroom teaching experience in music theory and aural skills (beyond graduate teaching assistantships);
  • Evidence of university-level related teaching experiences that could contribute to the other responsibilities listed above including a general education music theory course;
  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion;
  • Evidence of a collaborative and open-minded approach to working with students and colleagues.
  • Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced Degree in Music Theory or Composition;
  • Established recording of teaching excellence within the music theory/aural skills courses;
  • Established record of teaching university-level music appreciation;
  • Evidence of ability, background or experience in managing a music business course scheduled in rotation with other upper-division music electives.
  • Physical Demands


    Working conditions and environment


    Miscellaneous Information

    INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR BENEFITS Your benefits add an additional 40%+ to the overall financial package from the university. Highlights include:

  • excellent flexible health insurance with low co-pays and good coverage.
  • paid holidays and sick days.
  • sick leave may be converted at retirement to pay for health insurance post-work at UWL.
  • after 5 years of employment, you become vested in our retirement system which ensures income post-career.
  • benefits at UWL are highly competitive with local industry and some of the strongest in state and nation.
  • Learn more at: https: // www. resources/benefits-info/2022-quick-guide-faasli.pdf

    Benefit eligibility is determined at point of hire. This information is provided for illustrative purposes only. Benefits are also pro-rated based on the appointment percentage.

    INFORMATION ABOUT UW-LA CROSSE AND THE REGION The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UW-La Crosse) provides a challenging, dynamic, and diverse learning environment in which the entire university community is fully engaged in supporting student success. Grounded in the liberal arts, UW-La Crosse fosters curiosity and life-long learning through collaboration, innovation, and the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge. Acknowledging and respecting the contributions of all, UW-La Crosse is a regional academic and cultural center that prepares students to take their place in a constantly changing world community.

    UW-La Crosse's diversity and inclusion efforts are guided by our adherence to Inclusive Excellence. We define Inclusive Excellence as “… our active, intentional and ongoing commitment to bridge differences with understanding and respect so all can thrive." The goals of Inclusive Excellence are to increase the retention of diverse faculty, staff and students while encouraging a campus climate that is inviting and welcoming to all. UW-La Crosse strives to promote acceptance of all facets of diversity from racial/ethnic diversity to diversity of thought and experience. UW-La Crosse is a 2014 recipient of the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity ( HEED) award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. UW-La Crosse is proud to be one of only 83 recipients of this national honor recognizing our commitment to diversity and inclusion.

    UW-La Crosse has appeared prominently on the U.S. News & World Report list of “America's Best Colleges” for more than a decade and is ranked consistently as one of the top institutions in the Midwest. With a student population of approximately 10,500, the university offers 91 undergraduate programs in at least 30 disciplines and 26 graduate programs in three colleges: Liberal Studies, Science and Health, and Business Administration, including the School of Arts & Communication and the School of Education. There are 502 full-time faculty and instructional academic staff, 76 percent of whom hold terminal degrees. UW-La Crosse boasts a retention rate (freshmen returning as sophomores) of 86 percent, graduation rate (degree within six years) of 70 percent and is among only 12 institutions cited nationally by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities for its success in linking campus culture and university leadership to outstanding graduation rates.

    The UW-La Crosse campus is nestled in a residential area of the City of La Crosse (pop. 52,000) located in western Wisconsin. The area, known as the 7 Rivers Region, is famous for its exceptional natural beauty which includes the Mississippi River on one side, majestic bluffs on the other, and views of rolling farmland and forested valleys in between. Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top ten “Best Places to Live” in 2009, La Crosse is one of the most scenic places in mid-America. Abundant water, woodlands and varying terrain provide ample opportunities for year-round outdoor recreation. Only a couple of hours from Minneapolis or Madison, La Crosse enjoys the affordability and charm of a small town living with larger city benefits. Three colleges, two world-class medical institutions, the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, a restored nineteenth century downtown business district, and a number of galleries and art centers have made La Crosse a regional center for culture, entertainment, medical care, shopping, sports, and recreation.

    UW-La Crosse is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We strive to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool, and we encourage applications from persons with varied backgrounds and perspectives. In support of the Wisconsin Veteran Employment Initiative, we encourage veterans and veterans with disabilities to explore employment opportunities at UW-La Crosse.

    As a prospective UW-La Crosse employee, you have a right to obtain a copy of campus safety and security information (Clery Act) for this institution. You may review this information at https:// www. Report/.

    Employment will require a criminal background check. A pending criminal charge or conviction will not necessarily disqualify an applicant. In compliance with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, UW-La Crosse does not discriminate on the basis of arrest or conviction records.

    Learn more about UW-La Crosse here: https: // www. resources/services/talent-acquisition-and-employment/finalist-welcome/


    These are the job duties required for the position.
    Posting Detail Information

    Special Instructions

    Starting Date is: August 29, 2022. Review of applicants will begin January 10, 2021 and review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Visit UWL Department of Music to learn more.

    If you have specific questions, please contact the chair of the Department of Music, Dr. Mary Tollefson (

    Posting Date 11/24/2021 Close Date Continuous Recruitment Yes Continuous Recruitment First Review Date 01/03/2022 Position Contact Name Mary Tollefson Position Contact Email

    Required Documents

    Required Documents

  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  • Reference Contact Information
  • Optional Documents

    Supplemental Questions

    Required fields are indicated with an asterisk ().

  • The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identities of finalists must be revealed upon request. See Wis. Stat. §. 19.36(7).
  • I wish for my name to remain confidential until the university is no longer able to do so.
  • I waive my right to keep my name confidential through the application process.
  • Will you now or in the future require visa sponsorship for employment at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse? (UW-L and UW System institutions pay for some or all of the sponsorship costs. Some candidates may require an H1B or another form of employment sponsorship to work in the US. This question is asked so that if you are the successful candidate, Human Resources can work with your work unit to begin the process of obtaining this visa).
  • Yes, I will require sponsorship prior to employment.
  • Yes, I will require sponsorship for continued employment if hired.
  • No, I do not require sponsorship and am eligible to work in the US.
  • Please provide your most recent employer, supervisor name and contact information, including phone number and email address. (Pursuant to UW System Administrative Policy 1275, UW System requires reference checks related to sexual harassment and sexual violence to be conducted at a minimum with a final candidate's most recent employer and with all previous UW System institution and State of Wisconsin agency employers from the past seven years. UW-L will notify you prior to contacting your supervisor).
  • (Open Ended Question)

  • Are you currently employed by or have you been employed by a UW System institution or a State of Wisconsin agency during the last seven (7) years? Please answer yes or no. If yes, provide the institution or agency name, your supervisor and contact information, including phone number and email address.
  • Yes
  • No
  • After you retire from a Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) employer, you may return to work with a WRS employer as a rehired annuitant, provided certain requirements are met. There are no restrictions on what type of position a rehired annuitant can hold. Under the WRS, there is no limit to how much you may earn as a rehired annuitant. (Learn more: https: // www. Are you currently collecting an annuity from the Wisconsin Retirement System, (WRS)?
  • Yes
  • No
  • Are you an alum of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse?
  • Yes
  • No
  • Were you ever found to have engaged in any sexual violence or sexual harassment in a previous work assignment? (Required under UW System Administrative Policy 1275)
  • Yes
  • No
  • Are you currently under investigation or have ever left employment during an active investigation in which you were accused of sexual violence or sexual harassment? (Required under UW System Administrative Policy 1275)
  • Yes
  • No
  • Are you legally eligible to work in the United States?
  • Yes
  • No
  • How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
  • Chronicle of Higher Education Web Site
  • Discipline-Specific Publication/Web Site
  • HERC Web Site
  • Web Site
  • Job Center of Wisconsin Web Site
  • Minority Publication/Web Site
  • University of Wisconsin - La Crosse Social Media (i.e. Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter)
  • University of Wisconsin - La Crosse Web Site
  • La Crosse Tribune
  • Personal Referral
  • LinkedIn
  • Indeed
  • Department of Workforce Development (WISC)
  • Other
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