Assistant Professor, Director of Jazz Studies



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Job Information
Northeastern State University invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty member at the rank of Assistant Professor, Director of Jazz Studies and Commercial Music (Saxophone Preferred) starting in the Fall of 2023.

Primary responsibilities include directing the Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combos, teach applied lessons, teach courses within the jazz studies & commercial music curriculum, including Music Production, American Popular Music Improv: Theory & Practice, Composition for Jazz & American Popular Music.
Recruiting highly qualified students for departmental ensembles and courses, engage in outreach activities, including Green Country Jazz Festival, departmental fund-raising events, and other duties as assigned.

Doctorate preferred with emphasis in jazz studies & commercial music, saxophone performance, or education. ABD with significant progress towards dissertation completion considered. Experience in jazz performance and jazz pedagogy; significant professional experience as an instrumentalist/performer; demonstrated success teaching at the college level.

For more information about the NSU Jazz Studies and Commercial Music program, visit and

Annual salary $50,110.00 with excellent benefits, including generous leave time.

Anticipated Start date:  August 1, 2023
Applications accepted until March 24, 2023
NOTE:  Posting will close to applicants at ll:59 p.m., CST, on the date above.  An application cannot be changed after it has been submitted.

Information for Applicants

The Northeastern State University Department of Music is a part of the School of Visual and Performing Arts and College of Liberal Arts. Its mission is to provide undergraduate education leading to the Bachelor of Music Education degree (with options in Instrumental and Choral/Vocal music) and Bachelor of Arts degree (with options in Musical Arts, Music Business, Performance and Jazz Studies and Commercial Music), and to provide coursework directed to the general student population. Through quality teaching research and scholarly activities, service to local and professional communities and high expectations, our dedicated faculty and staff provide a friendly learning environment where students are prepared to achieve socially responsible career and personal goals for success in a challenging global society. For more about NSU, visit and Northeastern State University is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce as an essential part of excellence in faculty and staff at the University, and complies with Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and equal employment opportunity for VEVRRA protected veterans. NSU actively encourages applications and /nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply for any opening at NSU.

How to apply

Apply online

Priority consideration will be given to applications received by February 28, 2023.
Send letter of application, including a concise teaching philosophy, Curriculum Vita, contact information for three references (include email), links to at least two online videos of performance demonstration in classical and jazz styles via website (URL portals provided in documents portion of application – preferred method for submission of samples), video example of big band and combo rehearsal and performance, and any video examples demonstrating teaching competence, samples of arrangements or compositions. Copy of a transcript for the highest degree earned (unofficial transcripts are acceptable at the preliminary stage). Transcripts may be scanned, saved and uploaded. An official/certified transcript is required upon employment.

Northeastern State University (NSU) is a public university with its main campus located in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, United States, at the foot of the Ozark Mountains. Tahlequah is also home to the capital of the Cherokee nation of Oklahoma. The university also has two other campuses in Muskogee and Broken Arrow. Northeastern is the oldest institution of higher learning in the state of Oklahoma as well as one of the oldest institutions of higher learning west of the Mississippi River