MILLIKIN UNIVERSITY invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Jazz and Commercial Vocal Coach at the rank of Assistant Professor. Primary responsibilities include: oversight of the vocal jazz program; direction of OneVoice, Millikin’s nationally recognized vocal jazz ensemble; accompanying and coaching voice students in contemporary commercial styles; coordination of commercial ensembles.  Candidates must be knowledgeable in contemporary commercial vocal styles and fluent in the jazz idiom.  Additional duties will be assigned according to the candidate’s areas of expertise and/or needs of the music program.  These may include: teaching commercial and jazz piano, improvisation, commercial theory, arranging, or other courses in the music curriculum.  A cogent vision for recruitment through both personal and university ensemble performances, maintenance and development of Millikin’s annual Vocal Jazz Festival and interaction with high school vocal programs is expected. Qualifications include: a completed doctorate or extraordinary professional credentials; demonstrated excellence as a director of vocal jazz ensembles; demonstrated ability in jazz/commercial piano; evidence of success arranging for the jazz/commercial ensemble; evidence of successful recruitment. Candidates demonstrating commitment to academic advising, entrepreneurship, and community outreach will receive strong consideration.  Additional expectations include university service in the form of faculty governance and involvement with the campus community through attendance of recitals, concerts, workshops and festivals.  Position begins August 2019.


Millikin University School of Music has been NASM accredited since 1934, with a vibrant community of 50 faculty and 214 students, offering Bachelor of Music degrees in Performance, Music Education, Commercial Music, and Music Business, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music. The School of Music’s curriculum embraces the interdisciplinarity of diverse musical and academic experiences.  The School of Music is designated as an “All Steinway School.” A Millikin education is characterized by Performance Learning — a unique approach to learning that challenges students to engage with third party stakeholders in the performance of their academic discipline. Students apply their learning to professional experiences both in Decatur and around the world. Millikin University’s mission is to deliver on the promise of education, preparing students for professional success, democratic citizenship in a global environment, and a personal life of meaning and value.


To receive full consideration, please submit 1) letter of application, 2) statement of teaching philosophy, 3) curriculum vitae, 4) names and contact information of at least three professional references, and 5) a video recording of recent performances (as attachment or link) electronically.  Candidates should be prepared to submit additional materials upon request. 


Review of applications will begin October 15.  Offer of employment is contingent upon successful completion of background check and pending budgetary approval. Millikin University is an equal opportunity employer.  Millikin offers a competitive salary and full benefit package.