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Assistant/Associate Professor

North Dakota State University
Fargo, ND
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Description & Details:

Instrumental Conducting and Music Education. Due to the retirement of Warren Olfert as Director of Bands, the North Dakota State University Challey School of Music seeks an outstanding wind/percussion conductor and music education specialist. The position is offered as a 9-month, tenure-track appointment beginning August, 2024. Depending on the strengths and experience of the applicant pool and the needs of the School of Music, the position may be offered as Assistant Professor or Associate Professor.

Duties will include conducting the NDSU Wind Symphony (the premiere seated wind/percussion ensemble) and other ensembles as assigned, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in instrumental music education and instrumental conducting and literature, mentoring graduate students, contributing to the administration of the instrumental program, and active recruitment. Ancillary duties and teaching responsibilities will be assigned depending on specialties of the successful applicant and needs of the School of Music.

The Challey School of Music has a long-standing tradition of training musicians in performance, conducting, composition, and liberal studies at the bachelor's, master's, and doctoral levels. We specialize in the education of K-12 music teachers as well as, with our master's and doctoral degrees, the training of college and university faculty members. The Instrumental area has specialists in all typical instruments through full time faculty members and part-time adjuncts. There are several instrumental faculty members who conduct and supervise the ensembles-the NDSU Wind Symphony, the University Band, the University Symphony Orchestra, two full Jazz Ensembles and combos, the Gold Star Marching Band, pep bands, and chamber music ensembles. The NDSU Wind Symphony and Jazz Ensemble tour annually. The successful candidate will have knowledge and programming interest in both the traditional Western wind/percussion canon as well as music of diverse cultures and approaches.

Advertised Salary:

If offered at the Assistant Professor level, the salary will be $51,000 unless there is evidence of extraordinary experience and qualifications. If offered at the Associate Professor level, the salary will be $58,000-$76,000, depending on experience and qualifications.

Minimum Qualifications:

· Earned doctorate in Music with a combination of degrees in music education and instrumental conducting appropriate to directing and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students in these areas. ABD may be considered for a one-year lecturer appointment.

· Demonstrated excellence and achievement in conducting instrumental ensembles in higher education

· Experience in public school teaching and/or supervision

· Demonstrated success or potential as an engaging, collegial, productive, and effective faculty member

· Excellent written and oral communication skills in English

Preferred Qualifications:

· Administration of a successful college or university band program

· Successful experience in student recruitment and mentoring, including graduate students

· Additional specialty areas which may include applied studio teaching and performance, academic studies, music technology, and/or digital/distance pedagogy

· Demonstrated commitment to equity and diversity

Applicant Materials Required:

· A letter specifically addressing the candidate's suitability for this position and its listed qualifications

· A full curriculum vitæ

· A short résumé (1-2 pages)

· Names, relationships, and contact information (email, telephone) for at least five professional references

· Links to recent instrumental rehearsals and performances

Additional materials may be requested at a later stage. Eventual reference communications will include off-list contacts.

Screening will begin 3/27/24


NDSU offers a comprehensive benefits package which includes single or family health insurance coverage with premiums paid for by the university - with an effective date for new employees the first of the month following date of hire. Other benefits include: wellness benefits, basic life insurance, retirement plan, tuition waiver, annual leave, EAP, sick leave and holiday pay. Optional benefits include: supplemental life, dental, vision, long-term care insurance, flexible spending account, and supplemental retirement plans.

About Us:

North Dakota State University is distinctive as a student focused, land-grant, research university. We educate leaders who solve national and global challenges by providing affordable access to an excellent education that combines teaching and research in a rich learning environment.

NDSU is in the highest Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, R1, granted to the top research institutions in the country.

NDSU has offices across the state of North Dakota, and the main campus is in Fargo, on the Minnesota border. Along with Moorhead, Minnesota, Fargo forms one of the largest metropolitan centers between Minneapolis and Seattle. The community is consistently ranked as one of the best places to live.

No Smoking Notice :

As an employer, the State of North Dakota prohibits smoking in all places of state employment in accordance with N.D.C.C. § 23-12-10.

EO/AA Statement:

North Dakota State University is an Equal Opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, gender expression/identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, participation in lawful off-campus activity, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, public assistance status, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, spousal relationship to current employee, or veteran status, as applicable.

Diversity Statement:

NDSU strives to be a community of belonging, recognizing unique differences as strengths of our university. We seek to recruit and retain a diverse workforce that supports a community in which diverse populations and perspectives will know and learn from one another. NDSU values candidates who are committed to our core values of respect, inclusivity, community, creativity, excellence, impact, innovation, integrity, resilience, responsiveness, and transformation. Successful candidates will be committed to and help advance our strategic goal to create and maintain an open and respectful environment to promote inclusivity and diversity as a cornerstone of education, research, and outreach.

Veteran's Preference Notice:

This position is subject to North Dakota Veteran's Preference requirements.

Reasonable Accommodation Information

North Dakota State University is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education, and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, please contact Human Resources at 701-231-8961 or .

Land Acknowledgement

We collectively acknowledge that NDSU, a land grant institution, on the traditional lands of the Oceti Sakowin (Dakota, Lakota, Nakoda) and Anishinaabe Peoples in addition to many diverse Indigenous Peoples still connected to these lands. We honor with gratitude Mother Earth and the Indigenous Peoples who have walked with her throughout generations. We will continue to learn how to live in unity with Mother Earth and build strong, mutually beneficial, trusting relationships with Indigenous Peoples of our region. (see ).


NDSU is recognized as one of the nation’s top 108 public and private universities.

North Dakota State University is an employer of choice with a commitment to offer a well-rounded benefits package for employees and their families.

NDSU is listed at 95 among 404 public universities based on the university’s research expenditures reported to the National Science Foundation. In addition, NDSU is listed in the National Science Foundation’s top 100 in several areas, including: agricultural sciences; business management and business; communications; materials science; natural resources and conservation science; social sciences; sociology, demography, and population studies; and visual and performing arts.

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