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Assistant Professor, School of Creative and Performing Arts, Piano

Job ID: 21985

Updated: January 7, 2021

Location: Main Campus

Position Description

The Faculty of Arts, School of Creative and Performing Arts invites applications for a tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of Piano. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2021. Applicants will be active and versatile performers with extensive performing experience, including chamber music, who are committed to teaching applied piano, chamber music, and new music and collaborative work. They will contribute to the diverse activities of the Music program and School by engaging with, for example, improvisation, new technologies, interdisciplinary exploration or community-based initiatives.

The successful candidate will establish and maintain an active and externally funded research program, teach graduate and undergraduate courses in the area of their specialization in addition to other courses in the Music program, contribute to the graduate program, participate in the affairs of the School and faculty, and engage with the wider community. We invite candidates who understand the changing landscape and challenges faced by today’s practicing musicians and are especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute to diversity, equity and inclusion through their teaching, research, creative activity, and service.

A completed DMA or equivalent degree at the time of appointment is required. An MMus in Piano Performance will be considered only if either a track record of successful piano teaching at an advanced level or significant professional performing experience at a national or international level can be demonstrated.

The successful candidate must display evidence of excellence in research, creative activity and teaching. Candidates may demonstrate excellence in research and creative activity through peer-reviewed performances or publications, as well as demonstrated potential for establishing a strong record of research productivity and successfully securing grants. Evidence of excellence in teaching should be demonstrated via a statement of teaching philosophy, strong teaching evaluations, and an exceptional record of commitment to undergraduate and graduate teaching, student supervision, and mentorship. Where appropriate, the candidate should provide evidence of community engagement in their research and teaching. Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate a commitment to service within a university setting and the wider community.

The School of Creative and Performing Arts is a community of practicing creators, performers and scholars who, with expert technical and administrative support, are dedicated to the education of artists and critical thinkers in the context of a University devoted to the formation of intelligent and engaged world citizens.  In addition to a deep engagement with the foundation of their chosen discipline, students have the opportunity to enrich their education with inter-arts experiences from among the other disciplines in the School.  The Music program has over 140 majors with approximately 1200 additional non-majors enrolled in courses or participating in ensembles. An active piano program is an essential component of our first-class music program. The impact of this position will be felt throughout the program, with participation in masterclasses, chamber music, performance juries, courses related to repertoire, recruitment and retention of students, community outreach, participation in recitals and concerts, and instruction and supervision of graduate students. For more information about the School and Music, please visit

Please submit your application online via the 'Apply Now' link. Please be aware that the application process allows for only four attachments. The four attachments should be organized to contain the following (which may require you to merge documents):

  • A letter of interest, including interests related to research and creative activity
  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae
  • A statement of interests related to research and creative activity
  • A concise record of teaching experience, including evidence of effectiveness
  • A statement of teaching/pedagogy philosophy
  • A one-page statement detailing experience working with a diverse student body and the contributions you would make to advancing a culture of equity and inclusion
  • Electronic links to three recent (within the last 18 months) performances and copies of recital/concert programs.
  • The names and contact information for 3-5 referees

The materials should be addressed to:

Joelle Welling
School of Creative and Performing Arts
University of Calgary 
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta, Canada, T2N 1N4

Application Deadline: February 20, 2021

The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy in line with the foundational goals of Eyes High, committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do.

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)

Additional Information

To learn more about academic opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Academic Careers website. For more information about the Faculty of Arts visit Careers in the Faculty of Arts.

About the University of Calgary
The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit
About Calgary, Alberta

Calgary is one of the world's cleanest cities and has been named one of the world's most livable cities for years. Calgary is a city of leaders - in business, community, philanthropy and volunteerism. Calgarians benefit from a growing number of world-class dining and cultural events and enjoy more days of sunshine per year than any other major Canadian city. Calgary is less than an hour's drive from the majestic Rocky Mountains and boasts the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America. 


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