Assistant Professor-Percussion

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Job description: The College of Liberal Arts and the Department of Music at The University of Texas at El Paso invite applications and nominations for the position of Assistant Professor of Percussion. This is a 9-month, tenure track, full time faculty position, whose primary responsibility will be to oversee the Percussion Area including teaching applied percussion, drum line, and steel pan with secondary emphasis on non-western drumming including Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, and Caribbean/Steel Pan.

Job responsibilities include but not limited to:

  • Teaching Applied Percussion
  • Lead Percussion Ensembles with an emphasis in non-western drumming
  • Serve as lead recruiter for the UTEP Percussion Studio
  • Supporting all recruiting efforts of the Department of Music
  • Develop and expand outreach opportunities in the regional K-12 school system to further nurture the musical talent of El Paso students while recruiting students to attend UTEP
  • Work with the Department of Music, and specifically the Winds and Percussion Area, in its mission to instill postsecondary educational aspirations in youth, increase resources for college readiness in high schools, and improve access to higher education for all students in the greater El Paso borderland region
  • Identify and actively participate in all events and program where the visibility of UTEP performing ensembles can be amplified
  • Maintain a high profile as a performer and clinician through regional, state, national, and international venues, conferences, and guest performing activities. 

Appointment Date:  Fall 2021

Required qualifications:  DMA or Master’s degree with significant and substantial performing experience required. The successful candidate will have documented experience and a record of success in the areas of percussion performance and pedagogy. In addition, proven success in diverse areas of percussion that include, but not limited to drum line and non-western drumming. Excellent leadership, interpersonal, and communication skills are also essential.

 About UTEP:

The University of Texas at El Paso is a comprehensive public research university that is increasing access to excellent higher education. UTEP enrolls more than 25,000 students in 167 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs in 10 colleges and schools. It is one of the largest and most successful Hispanic-serving institutions in the country, with a student body that is over 80% Hispanic. UTEP advances discovery of public value and positively impacts the health, culture, education and economy of the community it serves. With more than $100 million in total annual research expenditures, the University is ranked among the top 5% of colleges and universities in research and fifth in Texas for federal research expenditures at public universities, after UT Austin, Texas A&M, the University of Houston and The University of Texas at Dallas. It is also nationally recognized as a community-engaged university.

Application Procedure:  Applicants must submit the following:

(1) Letter of interest

(2) Current curriculum vitae

(3) Complete contact information for three current professional references

(4) In a Word document, please provide the following links:

  • video recording demonstrating the candidate’s percussion performance including, but not limited to, keyboard, timpani, and a representative instrument from non-western drumming
  • video recording of a minimum of 20 to 30 minutes demonstrating the candidate’s percussion teaching & pedagogy

Review of applications will begin October 1, 2020, and continue until the position is filled.

For questions about the position, please contact:

Dr. Bradley Genevro, Search Committee Chair

To apply, please visit

Hiring decisions are subject to final budget approval.  

  In keeping with its Access and Excellence mission, The University of Texas at El Paso is committed to an open, diverse, and inclusive learning and working environment that honors the talents, respects the differences, and nurtures the growth and development of all.

 The University of Texas at El Paso is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity in employment or the provision of services in accordance with state and federal law. Discrimination on the basis of sex includes an employee's or prospective employee's right to be free from sexual harassment under Title IX of the Higher Education Amendments of 1972.