School of the Arts
Division of Music
Instructor (Non-Tenure Track) or Assistant Professor (Tenure Track), Music
and Director of Athletic Bands
Samford University’s Division of Music invites applicants interested in serving in a Christian university environment to apply for an opening as Director of Athletic Bands at the rank of Instructor (non-tenure track, 9-month) or Assistant Professor (tenure-track, 9-month) effective August 2019. Additionally compensated responsibilities may commence as early as July 2019. A stipend for Director of Athletic Bands will be provided for this position.
Responsibilities include leading athletic bands, which constitutes all facets of the athletic band program at Samford University, including the Bulldog Marching Band, Basketball Band, and appearances at other athletic events. The candidate will interface regularly with the Athletic Department; however, the position is fully contained within the academic structure of the Samford School of the Arts. The successful candidate will demonstrate extraordinary leadership skills with strengths in recruiting students to the athletic band program as well as developing and managing a small support staff. Maintaining collaborative relationships with regional school bands, Samford athletic band alumni, and other community partners is expected. In addition to leading athletic bands, the candidate will assume other teaching responsibilities in the Division of Music where the highest priority of need is in instrumental music education. The successful candidate will participate fully in departmental and University service and maintain an active portfolio in teaching and scholarship.
Master’s degree required in Music, Education, or related field. Strong preference will be given to candidates with experience teaching instrumental music grades 6-12 and proven ability developing, leading, and sustaining a vibrant athletic band program. Excellent administrative skills, a commitment to academic excellence, and the ability to work effectively with faculty, students, and colleagues are required.
A terminal degree in the field and experience supervising student teachers is preferred.
About Samford University and Birmingham, Alabama
The School of the Arts is a community of artists working together in music, theatre and dance, and visual arts and design. The Division of Music, accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music since 1956, offers the following degrees: bachelor of music (performance, music and worship, composition), bachelor of music education (vocal-choral, instrumental), bachelor of arts in music, bachelor of science in music, master of music (church music, piano performance and pedagogy, vocal performance, instrumental performance) and master of music education (vocal- choral, instrumental). For more information, please go to www.samford.edu/arts. The vibrant arts scene in metropolitan Birmingham includes the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Opera Birmingham, Alabama Ballet, Birmingham Museum of Art, several theatre companies and numerous choral ensembles. The School of the Arts enjoys partnerships with many of these entities.
Samford University (www.samford.edu) is the largest privately supported and fully accredited institution for higher learning in Alabama. Located in suburban Birmingham, the university was founded in 1841 and has 366 full time faculty and more than 5,500 students. Samford is ranked 3rd in the South among regional universities by U.S. News & World Report and has been nationally recognized for academics, affordability and value by a number of prestigious publications and rankings. The university is dedicated to the promotion of rigorous academic inquiry in a Christian setting. The university offers competitive salaries with a generous benefits package.
Samford University is an Equal Opportunity institution that complies with applicable law prohibiting discrimination in its educational and employment policies and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or national or ethnic origin.
How to apply
Please send one PDF file comprising: a letter of interest, a complete curriculum vitae, a teaching philosophy statement (including a philosophy of leading athletic bands), examples of course syllabi, links to video recordings of examples of teaching, links to videos of athletic band activities (rehearsals and/or shows) in which the candidate has led, the Application for Faculty Position, and the Faculty Applicant Christian Mission Statement.
Additionally, please submit three letters of recommendation directly from the recommender; the subject line of the recommendation letters should include: “LAST NAME, FIRST NAME – Director of Athletic Bands Search.”
The “Application for Faculty Position” can be found at:
and the “Faculty Applicant Christian Mission Statement” can be found at:
Please submit all materials in PDF format (except recommendation letters that are sent separately by recommenders as indicated) to:
Subject: Director of Athletic Bands Search
For questions about the position please contact:
Search Committee Chair
Captain Brian O. Walden, Director of Bands and Instrumental Studies
School of the Arts, Division of Music
Compensation and rank are dependent upon academic qualifications and previous academic teaching experience. Review of applications will begin May 17, 2019 and continue through at least June 30, 2019.