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Assistant/Associate Professor, Piano & Music of the African Diaspora
Title:Assistant/Associate Professor, Piano & Music of the African Diaspora
Department:College of Arts and Sciences
Location:Van Ness

The University of the District of Columbia is a pacesetter in urban education that offers affordable and effective undergraduate, graduate, professional, and workplace learning opportunities. The institution is the premier gateway to postsecondary education and research for all residents of the District of Columbia. As a public, historically black, and land-grant institution, the University’s responsibility is to build a diverse generation of competitive, civically engaged scholars and leaders.

Number of Vacancies: 1

Area of Consideration: Open to the Public

Position Status: Full-Time, Regular Tenure Track

Pay Plan, Series & Grade: ES0004/0000/2-3

Salary Range: $52,775 - $102,113

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Location: 4200 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC

Brief Description of Duties

University of the District of Columbia’s music program has a long and rich history in the D.C. community. The University was the first in the nation and remains the only university in the D.C. area to offer a concentration in gospel music studies. Coupled with our classical and jazz offerings, the music program provides a wide range of opportunities that serve the educational and artistic needs of our community. In addition, the University is home to the Felix E. Grant Jazz Archives, a world-class jazz research and resource center.


The University of the District of Columbia is seeking an accomplished and versatile pianist, experienced and forward-thinking educator and an effective administrator with a commitment to facilitating programming and outreach for the unit.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Teaches undergraduate courses in applied piano, pedagogy, collaborative piano, and literature;
  2. Teaches undergraduate courses in the history of African-American music;
  3. Performs in recitals and concerts with chorale ensembles, student vocalists and instrumentalists;
  4. Assists in the administration of the music program including facilitating outreach and recruitment activities;
  5. Maintains current knowledge of instructional methods and new technologies pertinent to areas of assignment; and
  6. Participates in curriculum review, assessment and interdisciplinary programs or projects.

Other Duties:

  1. Provides academic advising and mentoring.
  2. Provides service to the University, College, Division, Program and Profession.
  3. Pursues external funding opportunities.

Minimum Job Requirements

  1. Terminal degree, doctorate preferred and/or equivalent professional experience at least equivalent to those required for a graduate degree in music.
  2. Accomplished and versatile pianist with evidence of a high level of well-rounded performing experience.
  3. Knowledge of music of the African Diaspora, particularly music of African American expressive traditions.
  4. Evidence of successful teaching experience at the college level.
  5. Demonstrated leadership, administrative experience and organizational abilities.
  6. Proven experience and success in grant writing and fund raising preferred.

Information to Applicant

Collective Bargaining Unit (Union): This position is in the collective bargaining unit represented by National Education Association (NEA) and you may be required to pay an agency service fee through direct payroll deduction.

Employment Benefits: Selectee will be eligible for health and life insurance, and sick leave and will be covered under the University of the District of Columbia' s retirement plan (TIAA-CREF).

Equal Opportunity Employer: The District of Columbia Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, matriculation, physical handicap, or political affiliation.

Notice of Non-Discrimination: In accordance with the D.C. Human Rights Act of 1977, as amended, D.C. Official Code, Section 2-1401.01 et. seq., (Act) the University of the District of Columbia does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived: race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, familial status, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, disability. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination which is also prohibited by the Act. In addition, harassment based on any of the above protected categories is prohibited by the Act. Discrimination in violation of the Act will not be tolerated. Violators will be subject to disciplinary action.

Veterans Preference: Applicants claiming veteran's preference must submit official proof at the time of application.

Residency Preference: The Residency Preference Amendment Act of 1988, D.C. Law 7-203, created a system in which provides that any applicant for employment in the Career or Educational Services who is a bona fide resident of the District of Columbia may claim a residency reference at the time of application. An applicant selected for an appointment based on District residency will be required to submit no less than eight (8) proofs of bona fide District residency. Bona fide District residency must be maintained from the date of appointment to the position for seven (7) consecutive years. Failure to maintain bona fide District residency for the (7) year period will result in forfeiture of employment.

Drug-Free Workplace: Pursuant to the requirements of the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, the individual selected to fill this position will, as a condition of employment, be required to notify his/her immediate supervisor, in writing, not later than five (5) days after conviction of any criminal drug statute occurring in the workplace.

Background Investigation: Employment with the University of the District of Columbia is contingent upon a satisfactory background investigation. The determination of a "satisfactory background investigation" is made at the sole discretion of the University of the District of Columbia. The University may refuse to hire a finalist, rescind an offer of employment to a finalist or review and may terminate the employment of a current employee based on the results of a background investigation.

Disposition of Resume: Resumes received outside the area of consideration and/or after the closing date will not be given consideration. You must resubmit your resume to receive consideration for any subsequent advertised position vacancies. For the purpose of employment, resumes are not considered job applications. Therefore, if selected for employment a UDC application will be required.

Job Offers: Official Job Offers are made by the University of the District of Columbia, Office of Human Resources Only.


Contact Information: All inquiries related to employment and job applications should be directed to UDC Office of Human Resources at (202) 274-5380.

The University of the District of Columbia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. Minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For a full version of the University’s EO Policy Statement, please visit: opportunity/.

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