Assistant Professor of Composition and Theory

Career Type: Faculty

Heidelberg University, located in Tiffin, Ohio, is rising!  With the implementation of a new academic strategic plan, we are inviting qualified candidates passionate about sharing their knowledge, implementing strategies for student engagement and success, and building a community of education excellence.  Heidelberg University seeks a dynamic individual to fill the immediate need for an Assistant Professor of Composition and Theory. This position is in the School of Music and Theatre, one of the four schools recently implemented within the new organizational structure of Academic Affairs.  Heidelberg University offers a strong liberal arts curriculum and professional education programs with the mission of personal, intellectual, and professional development, leading to a life of purpose with distinction.  

Heidelberg University is a student-focused community with a significant commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty, staff, and students.  Individuals who value, demonstrate, and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion are preferred candidates for Heidelberg’s vacant positions.  Additionally, we are seeking faculty and staff who want to contribute to the University’s initiatives to improve our student recruitment, engagement, retention, success, persistence, graduation, and placement.


The Assistant Professor of Composition Theory provides instruction and advising to undergraduate students.  The successful candidate should be a dynamic teacher with a strong background in music theory and composition.  The successful candidate will teach the following courses: Music Theory I-IV, Aural Skills I-IV, Form and Analysis, Orchestration and Band Arranging, and Applied Composition Lessons.  Additional undergraduate teaching assignments may include Teach and Perform with Technology, Fundamentals of Music, courses supported by the Composition/Theory program, and Interdisciplinary studies including Digital Composition, 20th century analysis, and other courses according to the candidate’s strengths and background.  

This faculty appointment includes a full-time teaching load in addition to office hours, advising, committee work, research and opportunities for continued professional development. This is a three-year position beginning August 2021 with the possibility of multiple year extensions.  The Assistant Professor of Composition Theory reports directly to the Director of the School of Music and Theatre.


The successful candidate will have demonstrated experience, qualifications and abilities, including:

  • D.M.A. (ABD acceptable) in Music Composition with a cognate area in Theory is Preferred; Ph.D. in Theory with composition studies will be considered.  Previous collegiate teaching experience is preferred.  Scholarly Activities and a demonstrated potential for success in the field of theory and composition is expected.  
  • The successful candidate must possess the ability to assess and revise a music theory and composition curriculum at the undergraduate level.  
  • Expressed and demonstrated respect and sensitivity to and understanding of the needs of a diverse student body. 
  • Recruitment is a primary requirement in addition to service to the School of Music and Theatre and the broader Heidelberg University community.
  • Demonstrated analytical and strategic thinking abilities.  
  • Demonstrated strong commitment to student centered active learning and student engagement activities.
  • Willingness to participate and engage in responsibilities, campus efforts and activities during the day, evenings, and /or weekends at both on-campus and off-campus in order to be part of a community that supports education excellence and student success.
  • Demonstrated excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication and problem- solving skills.
  • A demonstrated work ethic that promotes teamwork, enhances creativity and motivation, and builds consensus in a high-energy and high-task environment.

How to Apply

For consideration, complete the online application. Candidates should upload a cover letter, curriculum vitae/resume, listing of professional references, and transcripts. In addition, a statement of teaching philosophy which incorporates how the candidate includes diversity, equity, and inclusion into the classroom, and statement of research interests should be submitted.  Review of candidates will begin on February 1, 2021 and will continue until the position has been filled.  Official transcripts will be required of the finalist candidate. 

Expected Closing Date

Review of candidates will begin immediately and will continue until the position has been filled.

EOE Statement

Heidelberg University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply for all postings.

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