Visiting Instructor (Choral Conducting)


Openings: 1


Position Details: Gustavus Adolphus College invites applications for a full-time, one-year position of Visiting Instructor (or Assistant Professor with appropriate credentials) in the Department of Music to begin September 1, 2023. The department anticipates a continued vacancy, and the successful candidate may be considered for continuation into additional years, contingent upon favorable review and the continuing needs of the College.

Institution Information: Gustavus Adolphus College is one of the nation’s leading private liberal arts colleges serving 2,000 students, where faculty help equip students to lead purposeful lives and to act on the great challenges of our time. The College aspires to be a community of persons from diverse backgrounds who respect and affirm the dignity of all people. Gustavus is located on a scenic 340-acre hill in St. Peter, Minnesota, and within a short drive to the Minneapolis/Saint Paul and Mankato metro areas. Learn more at

Department Information: The Music Department at Gustavus Adolphus College offers students of high-aspiration a music education of recognized excellence that enables them to become independent learners, pursue further advanced study, and attain their full potential as musicians. The artists/teachers/scholars of the music faculty offer a balance of tradition and innovation in their teaching and seek to bring students to an awareness of the interrelatedness of the historical, theoretical, pedagogical, and performance areas of music across a broad range of genres. The music department affirms the core value of music in a liberal arts education and a passion for lifelong engagement with music.

Things you will do:

  • Teach 5.75 or 6 course equivalents during the academic year. Primary teaching responsibilities will include conducting the Lucia Singers (auditioned, large soprano/alto choir), the Choir of Christ Chapel (unauditioned, large mixed choir), and leading the Justice Choir (an ensemble that engages in the empathetic, collaborative, and collective power of singing together to create change). Other courses may include Basic Conducting or Secondary Choral Music Methods.
  • Help cultivate a welcoming community where everyone feels a sense of belonging. We strive to foster an environment where people can be themselves, build community, learn, and grow.

Things you can choose to do:

  • Improve your teaching by joining a teaching circle, participating in workshops, applying for an internal teaching development grant, and engaging in conversations about teaching with colleagues across campus.
  • Advance your scholarship by working with undergraduate research assistants, joining a writing retreat, applying for an internal grant, receiving travel funds to present at conferences, receiving help applying for external grants, and making use of our research facilities.
  • Develop professional skills by participating in faculty meetings and committees, attending faculty development days, and taking advantage of the College’s membership to the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD).

How to apply:

Visit and complete the online application. The documents that must be uploaded include the following:

  • Letter of application that addresses the required and preferred position qualifications
  • Curriculum vitae
  • A brief (one page) statement of teaching philosophy
  • Transcripts (scanned copies acceptable)
  • The names and contact information for three professional references (at least one must be able to address teaching experience and teaching effectiveness; please indicate the teaching reference in your letter of application). Please do not ask references to submit letters of recommendation; the committee will conduct reference checks by phone.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. At this time, please only upload the required documents listed above; finalists will be asked to submit additional materials. Incomplete applications will not be considered by the search committee.

Things you might like:

Based on AAUP (American Association of University Professors) and CUPA (College and University Professional Association) data, we offer a starting salary that is competitive with our peer institutions as well as comprehensive benefits that prioritize your personal and financial well-being.

  • Medical insurance (which includes access to Nice Healthcare) as well as dental, vision, and life insurance
  • Workplace accommodations for physical or mental health concerns
  • Access to mental health apps
  • Onsite health services
  • Free parking, exercise classes, use of library and athletic facilities
  • Paid parental leave
  • Daily multifaith sabbath
  • Employer match contribution to retirement savings plan (after one year of employment)
  • 1-on-1 financial coaching

Gustavus Adolphus College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, disability, religion, age, sexual orientation, or veteran status in its education or employment programs or activities.

Learn more about Gustavus's campus-wide commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging:


What’s required:

  • Master’s degree in choral conducting, music education, or a related field (DMA in Choral Conducting or PhD in Choral Music Education preferred)
  • Ability to recruit and retain undergraduate students for the choral program

What’s preferred:

  • Prior experience as a secondary public school teacher for a minimum of three years
  • Evidence of effectiveness in teaching
  • Commitment to preparing high-quality pre-service music educators
  • Strong communication and organizational skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to supporting students from diverse backgrounds and identities

Posted March 14, 2023


Brandon Dean | | 507-933-7370

Posted: Tue Mar 14, 2023

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