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Samford University- Assistant Professor, Piano

21 Dec 2023 12:19 PM | Communications Director MEIEA (Administrator)

Samford University
School of the Arts: Division of Music
Assistant Professor, Piano (9-month, Tenure-Track) 

Posted: October 12, 2023

Samford University’s School of the Arts Division of Music invites individuals interested in serving in a Christian university environment to apply for the position of Assistant Professor of Piano, beginning August 2024. This tenure-track full-time faculty position is a 9-month appointment. 

The School of the Arts is a community of artists working together in music, theatre and dance, and visual arts and design, architecture and interior design, and Christian Ministry. The Division of Music, accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music since 1956, offers the following degrees: bachelor of music (instrumental, vocal, piano, and organ performance, music and worship, composition, piano performance and pedagogy), bachelor of music education (vocal-choral, instrumental), bachelor of arts in music, commercial music, and worship leadership (commercial music includes concentrations in business, music production, songwriting, and performance), bachelor of science in music, master of music (church music, piano performance and pedagogy, vocal performance, instrumental performance) and master of music education.

For more information, see the Division of Music’s web page: https://www.samford.edu/arts/music/


Qualified candidates are required to have an earned masters degree with significant professional experience. A doctoral degree is preferred. The applicant should have a broad range of stylistic fluency, including Western classical tradition, jazz, and commercial music. Candidates should demonstrate evidence of successful collegiate teaching. 

Responsibilities include teaching applied piano to undergraduate and graduate students; maintaining national prominence as a teacher/performer; fulfilling teaching assignments in related areas and as assigned by the Chair of the Division of Music; maintaining creative/scholarly and service contributions as a faculty member; and actively recruiting students to the University.

The primary teaching load will be in applied piano. This position may include additional teaching assignments based on candidate strengths and school needs, including, but not limited to, ensemble coaching/directing and other responsibilities related to keyboard studies, commercial musicand jazz. A commitment to excellence in pedagogy and artistry is expected, along with dedication to academic excellence as well as the ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community partners. The candidate should embrace the mission and vision of the School of the Arts, and the Division of Music.


Applications must be received by January 15. Review of applications will begin October 27, 2023. Please submit one PDF file comprising: a letter of interest; a complete curriculum vitae; links to professional work, recordings, and examples of teaching; an application for faculty position, and a faculty applicant Christian mission statement. 


Salary is dependent upon academic qualifications, professional experience, and previous academic teaching experience. The successful candidate must pass a background check and applicants must be authorized to work in the United States, as Samford will not sponsor any employment visas for this position.

Additionally, please have three letters of recommendation submitted directly from the recommender to: cbsander@samford.edu with the subject line denoting: “LAST NAME, FIRST NAME – Piano Search.” 

Please submit all materials in PDF format (except recommendation letters that are sent separately by recommenders as indicated) to:


Subject: Piano Search

For questions about the position contact: 
Dr. Cindy St. Clair, Chair 
Piano Search, School of the Arts, Division of Music Samford University 
Phone: 205-726-2501

About Samford University and Birmingham, Alabama 


“Application for Faculty Position” can be found at: (https://www.samford.edu/departments/files/Human_Resources/application-for-faculty-employment.pdf)

“ Faculty Applicant Christian Mission Statement” can be found at: (https://www.samford.edu/departments/files/academic-affairs/Faculty-Applicant-Christian-Mission-



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Samford University (www.samford.edu) is a leading nationally ranked Christian University. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. It is the largest privately supported and fully accredited institution for higher learning in Alabama. Located in the Birmingham, Alabama, suburb of Homewood, with 425 full-time faculty and more than 5,700 students representing 49 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and 22 countries. The University is dedicated to the promotion of rigorous academic inquiry in a Christian setting. The University seeks and prefers employee applicants of the Christian faith and offers competitive salaries with a generous benefits package. Samford University and the School of the Arts embrace diversity in their faculty, students, and staff and encourage applications from those who would add to the diversity of our academic community.

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