Jazz Studies Coordinator/Associate Professor/Professor

Northern Illinois University in Illinois

Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted December 19, 2013
Type Tenured, tenure track
Salary Commensurate with experience
Employment Type Full-time

Northern Illinois University, with an enrollment of approximately 22,000 undergraduate and graduate students, is situated in DeKalb, Illinois, 60 miles west of Chicago. The School of Music, one of three degree-granting units of the College of Visual and Performing Arts, features:

  • A distinguished faculty of 55 full- and part-time teachers, including resident performing artists, composers, conductors, scholars, and specialists in nearly all orchestral, keyboard, wind, percussion, and electronic instruments and voice. 
  • A student body of approximately 300 music majors from throughout the world. 
  • Bachelor of Music degrees in music education, performance (classical and jazz studies), and composition, and the Bachelor of Arts in Music degree. 
  • Master's degrees in music education, performance, jazz studies, and other options, as well as the Performer's Certificate. 
  • A highly developed ensemble program. 
  • A nationally recognized program in world music. 

Northern Illinois University School of Music, Jazz Studies Coordinator, full-time, tenure-track, beginning August 16, 2014. Nine-month appointment on a tenure track. Summer school employment is available dependent upon program needs and available funding. 

Coordination of Jazz Studies Program (Undergraduate and Graduate). Teach Undergraduate and Graduate Jazz Studies Curriculum and may include direction of the NIU Jazz Ensemble. Lead jazz studies student recruiting activities. Maintain a regular presence as mentor to students. Maintain recognition as a leader in the discipline through relevant research/artistry activity. Share in the collegial development of curricula and fulfillment of other responsibilities as assigned.

RANK/SALARY: Associate Professor/Professor, salary commensurate with rank in NIU School of Music


Earned Master's degree in music or its equivalent and significant professional experience. Evidence of leadership in the discipline as demonstrated by artistic achievements, publications, papers presented at professional meetings, or other forms of scholarly activity. Recognition and respect among jazz education leaders. Demonstrated skills as faculty collaborator in a culturally diverse environment. Demonstrated effective and responsive communication skills. Demonstrated success in student recruiting activities.


Successful experience coordinating a university-level jazz program. Successful experience organizing ensemble tours.


Please provide letter of application, current resume, video recording of recent jazz curriculum teaching, Vision Statement Tomorrows Jazz Program, and contact information for at least 3 references to:
Chair, Jazz Studies Coordinator Position Search Committee
Northern Illinois University School of Music
1425 W. Lincoln Hwy.
DeKalb, IL 60115-2828

While complete applications received by February 10, 2014 deadline will be given priority, the position will remain open until filled or is withdrawn.

In compliance with the Illinois Campus Security Act, before an offer of employment is made, the university will conduct a pre-employment background investigation, which includes a criminal background check.
In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action. NIU recognizes Dual Career issues.