Assistant Professor of Music - Voice

The University of Southern Maine School of Music seeks a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor in Music—Voice to start in the fall of 2018. Teaching responsibilities will include applied voice, pedagogy, literature, diction and other courses as assigned. This professor will be the lead coordinator of the voice program at USM and will work with the director of the School of Music to assign students to applied faculty, work with theatre and/or music theatre faculty on productions, organize juries, and participate in the audition process. Other responsibilities include student advising, committee work, community service and various service obligations to the School of Music and the university.  Success in recruiting is also integral to the position. This is a 24 credit per year position.

A unit of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, the School of Music, with a full-time faculty of 8 and part-time faculty of 39, serves approximately 160 music majors in three undergraduate programs: music education, music performance, and liberal arts; and a master’s degree program that includes majors in conducting, performance, music education and other areas of specialization. The school actively contributes to USM’s general education curriculum for all students and maintains numerous partnerships with professional performing arts organizations in the region. USM has an active youth engagement program that serves over 200 pre-college students with a youth ensemble program and summer music academies. USM seeks an outstanding performer with a proven track record as a teacher of voice for this position. USM values community engagement and seeks a person who will be a regional leader teaching vocal performance.

The University community is committed to building a culturally diverse team of leaders, faculty and staff.  We strongly encourage applications from female and minority candidates.

The University of Southern Maine (USM) is Maine’s Metropolitan University, dedicated to providing students with a high-quality, accessible, affordable education.  USM’s strategic focus is in alignment with the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities and we are seeking to become a Carnegie Engaged University by the year 2020.  USM offers Baccalaureate, Master's, and Doctoral programs, providing students with rich learning and community engagement opportunities in the arts, humanities, politics, health sciences, business, mass communications, science, engineering, and technology.  Further information on USM can be found at     

USM’s three environmentally friendly campuses are unique, yet all share the extensive resources of the university — and all are energized through strong community partnerships.  Offering easy access to Boston, plus the ocean, mountains and forests of coastal, inland and northern Maine, USM is at the heart of Maine's most exciting metropolitan region:

  • Portland campus is located in "one of America’s most livable cities," according to Forbes magazine, which also ranks Portland among the top 10 for job prospects.  A creative and diverse community on Maine’s scenic coast, Portland is nationally known as a "foodie" hot spot!
  • USM’s beautiful residential Gorham campus  supports and celebrates excellence in academics, athletics, music and the arts and is home to ten Living Learning Communities and six Residential Communities.
  • Lewiston campus is home to USM’s innovative and richly diverse Lewiston-Auburn College. This Central Maine campus integrates classroom, community and workplace, and provides a small college experience with the resources of a large university.

Qualifications: Doctorate in performance, or equivalent, is preferred. Applicants who are ABD, or those who have made significant progress toward a terminal degree in music, or those with evidence of a significant performing career will also be considered. Candidates will have demonstrated skills and success both as performer and teacher. Preference will be given to candidates who have one or more additional areas of expertise in college-level music instruction. Evidence of commitment to diversity, student success, recruiting, and community engagement is desirable.

Apply online at: You will create an applicant profile and complete an application.  You will need to upload a cover letter, resume/curriculum vitae, a list of the names and contact information for three references, and video presentations of the applicant performing, and teaching voice. (You can provide a link to that presentation - to do so, the link must be uploaded in a separate document and the document "type" must be "video.").  Interviewees will be expected to upload three current letters of recommendation.  Additional materials may be requested at a later date.  You will also need to complete the affirmative action survey, the self-identification of disability form, and the self-identification of veteran status form.

Review of materials will begin immediately.  To ensure consideration, materials should be submitted by October 15, 2017.   Materials received after that date will be considered at the discretion of the university. 

Appropriate background screening will be conducted for the successful candidate.

USM is an EEO/AA employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.