Visiting Assistant Professor



Job description

Responsibilities: The University of Missouri School of Music seeks a Visiting Assistant Professor to serve as Director of Orchestral Studies for the 2023-24 academic year. Duties include conducting the University Philharmonic with 4-6 performances each year including the spring Opera, concerto competitions winners, new music premieres, and special collaborative concerts; teaching a graduate-level advanced instrumental conducting course and/or applied conducting lessons; and participate in secondary school recruitment activities. Other duties such as teaching entrepreneurship classes, strings methods courses, or basic conducting will be assigned based upon the strength of the candidate and/or needs of the School of Music. The successful candidate will participate fully in large ensemble responsibilities and provide service to the School and the University in keeping with expectations for visiting assistant professors.

Qualifications: Doctorate, in orchestral conducting or related field by time of appointment.


Rank/Salary/Benefits/Start Date: Visiting Assistant Professor (full-time, nine-month, unranked, non-regular position). Salary is commensurate with experience. Full benefits package provided. Appointment begins August 15, 2023.

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits.  The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts.  For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at

Diversity Commitment

The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving  the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Director of Employee and Labor Relations at 573-884-2577.

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Columbia Missouri Information

Music at the University of Missouri (MU): The MU School of Music comprises 35 full-time faculty members and 230 music majors and offers a full range of undergraduate and graduate degrees in music and music education.  MU is the oldest state university west of the Mississippi River and the flagship campus of the University of Missouri System. It is a Doctoral/Research Extensive institution, AAU member, and has a student body of over 30,000 students. MU is located in Columbia, a community of over 120,000 in mid-Missouri and a center of academic, cultural, medical, and business activity.

How to apply

Interested candidates should use the online application and be prepared to submit: (1) a detailed letter of application, (2) a full curriculum vitae, (3) names, email addresses, and phone numbers of three references, and (4) a diversity statement that describes the candidate’s experiences, commitment, and goals in regards to incorporating an understanding of diversity/multiculturalism in teaching, and mentoring is required. These materials must be combined into a single electronic file (.doc, .docx, or .pdf) and uploaded online at  Click on “prospective employees.” Find this position (ID #46043), check the “select” button, and click “apply now.” Register, creating a username and password. You will then upload your materials, after which you will be asked to complete a profile with your contact information and to verify your application. Continue the steps until your application has been confirmed.”  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Considered one of the nation's top-tier institutions, Mizzou has a reputation of excellence in teaching and research, and is the flagship campus of the four-campus University of Missouri System.