Assistant Professor of Piano, Music



Job description

Superior, WI

Diversity is a valued asset at the University of Wisconsin-Superior, and we strive to offer quality programs in an environment of trust and cooperation that centers on the worth of all individuals. The University is seeking candidates who will contribute to the achievement of this goal.


The Music Department of the University of Wisconsin-Superior invites applications for the position of a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Piano, beginning August 26, 2019.


The successful candidate will teach a variety of courses for the undergraduate piano area of study (including applied lessons, pedagogy, collaborative piano, literature and chamber music), teach sophomore-level music theory, supervise and/or teach the class piano program, teach other courses according to departmental need, and oversee all piano tuning and maintenance.

The candidate will perform solo and chamber music concerts, and collaborate in recitals and concerts with colleagues and guest artists; recruit and retain high-quality piano students; and develop and maintain visibility in the state, region, and nation as a performer and clinician. This hire will maintain and expand working relationships with private piano studios in the region, adjudicate, and participate in state and national music organizations.

The candidate must have a strong commitment to and demonstrated success in student retention. The candidate will demonstrate commitment to continued professional development in best practices in teaching and learning, including use of alternative delivery formats. As a faculty member, the candidate will cultivate positive alumni and community relationships, serve as an academic advisor, participate in university committee work, and perform other departmental duties as assigned by the chair.


  • Earned doctorate degree in piano at time of application
  • Record of success in performance
  • Experience in professional-level collaborative performance


  • Prior university-level teaching experience

The successful candidate will be dynamic, energetic, creative, and engaging. The successful candidate will demonstrate commitment to the public liberal arts mission and to quality teaching and learning methods for students from diverse backgrounds.

Willingness and interest in utilizing technology in the classroom strongly preferred. Along with excellence in teaching, creative activity and service to the university and community are very important. The successful candidate must be committed to the highest ethical standards and demonstrate effective leadership and teamwork skills.

The University of Wisconsin-Superior is the northernmost campus of the University of Wisconsin system. We serve a very diverse group of students, which include first-generation and non-traditional as well as students from rural and small community backgrounds.

UWS offers a competitive salary and benefits package including health insurance coverage for domestic partners and their eligible dependents.

August 26, 2019

UW-Superior: A Special Place:

The University of Wisconsin-Superior is Wisconsin’s leading public liberal arts college. Established in 1893 with a mission to train teachers, it later became a part of the University of Wisconsin-System, and in 1998 was designated as Wisconsin’s Leading Public Liberal Arts College by the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents.

The University serves 2,900 traditional and non-traditional students and is dedicated to the integration of liberal and professional studies and serving a diverse student population. UW-Superior maintains the values of its founding as a teacher education college through emphasis on excellence in teaching as well as service to the community and region. The core mission is student-centered and values oriented, as the institution fosters intellectual growth and career preparation within a liberal arts tradition that emphasizes individual attention and embodies respect for diverse cultures and multiple voices. The richness of programs lend to a very personalized educational environment that integrates theory and practice, liberal and professional education, teaching, scholarship, and creativity.

The university has launched a significant campus-wide Liberal Arts Initiative that includes a First Year Experience, Academic Service Learning, Global Awareness, Writing Across the Curriculum, and a Senior Year Experience. At UW-Superior, we promote the values of academic excellence, integrity, and community within a collegial environment. At the core of our values are mutual respect and appreciation for inclusive excellence and diversity. UW-Superior offers day, evening, weekend, and distance learning classes.

The names of nominees and applicants who have not requested in writing that their identities be kept confidential, and of all finalists, will be released upon request.

The University reserves the right to check additional references with notice given to the candidates at the appropriate time in the process.

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, the University does not discriminate on the basis of arrest or conviction record.

Employment is subject to federal laws that require verification of identity and legal right to work in the United States as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act.

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UW-Superior is an AA/EEO/Veterans/Disability employer dedicated to enhancing equity, diversity and inclusivity.

How to apply

Review of applications will commence at 4:30 pm on January 3, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.

Please apply online at UW-Careers ( and submit your application packet that is:

  1. Letter of application
  2. Brief statement of teaching and recruitment philosophy (1-2 pages)
  3. Vita
  4. Unofficial transcripts of undergraduate and graduate degrees
  5. Names and contact information of three (3) professional references

Please do not submit recordings at this time.

If you have questions in regards to the hiring process, please contact Amy Missinne at (715) 394-8092 or

Internal applicants: select the internal applicant link. Registration for account not required.

External applicants: select the external applicant link and register for an account:

How to Register for a UW-Careers Account:

  1. To register for a UW-Careers account, click on the click here to Register link to create your user name and password.
  2. Search for the #19-25 Assistant Professor, Piano (Department of Music) position and click on the Apply Now button to submit a resume.
    1. At this time, you will be asked to complete your profile. Please select Save to continue the application process.
  3. To submit your letter of application, unofficial transcripts, etc., you must add the document as an attachment by clicking on the Add Attachment link below the Cover Letters and Attachments box.
  4. Clicking on the Next link, please complete the required Online Questionnaire.
  5. After the Online Questionnaire has been completed, click Next again to provide contact information for three professional references, if required, in the References section by selecting the Add Reference link.
  6. Once reference information has been listed, click on Next to complete the How did you find out about the position? section of the application process.
  7. Once you have completed all sections, click on the Save button and then Submit button to submit your materials.
    1. At any time you may select the Save button to save your progress. When you have submitted your application, ability to change materials submitted will not be available.

The University of Wisconsin-Superior is an energetic comprehensive university that engages its 2,880 students through more than 26 undergraduate fields of study and seven graduate programs. A challenging academic environment offers one-on-one contact with professors, innovative academic programs, numerous research and performance opportunities, and first-rate facilities. Students also learn off campus through internships, academic service-learning, and campus volunteering opportunities. Programs in global studies on campus and abroad prepare students for their roles in the world economy.