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Assistant Professor (Tenure Track), Music Business | University of Colorado

18 Feb 2019 2:00 PM | Communications Director MEIEA (Administrator)

Job Description 

Assistant Professor - 15341 



University of Colorado – College of Arts & Media

Assistant Professor (Tenure Track), Music Business

The University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus seeks individuals with demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment.  We value the ability to engage effectively with students, faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds.



The Music and Entertainment Industry Studies Department (MEIS) in the College of Arts & Media (CAM) at the University of Colorado Denver (UCD) seeks an Assistant Professor in the Music Business (9-month, Tenure Track). The position will begin August 2019. The successful candidate will have a teaching load of five courses per academic year (3/2 or 2/3), with Research/Creative work and Service components. This position has a 40/40/20 split between teaching, research and service.


With purpose in its role as a creative catalyst in a public urban research university, The College of Arts & Media (CAM) seeks faculty in the Departments of Music and Entertainment Studies, Film & Television and Visual Arts--who will be a diverse group--representing varied gender, racial, ethnic, sexual, and class identities.


The College of Arts & Media (CAM) envisions a world made smaller, and more fully human, by the artist’s, designer’s and scholar’s interpretations of the human experience. CAM students enroll with passion for creative expression. The goal of the faculty, staff, alumni and community partners is to send them out into the world confident of purpose, ready to succeed. CAM students acquire the skills they need to excel in an academically rigorous, experiential learning environment energized by creative exchange, real-world experience and diversity of voice.


In addition to having notable and relevant specialization(s) in research and creative work, candidates will have professional affinities and the motivation to also teach, lead, model and conduct research and creative work across the three departments in CAM (music industries, film & tv and visual arts). Experience and/or aptitude in professional practice* is prime criteria for consideration, and an awareness/involvement to assure CAM graduates are future-ready to enter the creative industries. The expectations for all faculty hires will be civic engagement (to advance opportunities for students and attainment for faculty research and creative work), participation in student recruitment, and to be active and dynamic citizens of a culture that engages broadly with the community.


*persuasive speaking, networking, leadership, critical thinking, creative thinking, clear writing, project management, technological skills, financial and business, entrepreneurial skills, interpersonal skills.


About MEIS 

The Music and Entertainment Industry Studies Department in the College of Arts & Media at the University of Colorado Denver is ranked as one of the top music business programs in the country by Billboard. The Department of Music and Entertainment Industry Studies (MEIS) lives up to its name with state-of-the-art recording studios, private teaching studios and cutting-edge technology. This department is designed to prepare students for a variety of alternative careers in the arts and entertainment industries through its intense focus on commercial music styles.


MEIS students have access to:

  • Five state-of-the-art recording studios
  • 16-station piano lab, with the most up to date applications
  • 12 student practice suites
  • King Academic & Performing Arts Center – 500-seat concert hall, 200-seat recital hall and multiple production studios

MEIS offers a Bachelor of Science in Music with four emphasis areas:

Recording Arts, Music Business, Performance and Singer/Songwriting. It also offers M.S. degrees in Music in two areas: Recording Arts and the rapidly growing field of Audio Forensics. The College of Arts & Media also offers undergraduate degrees in Film and Television, Arts Practices, Illustration, Digital Design and 3D & Digital Animation.


About the University of Colorado Denver

The University of Colorado Denver is comprised of the Downtown Denver Campus and the Anschutz Medical Campus. The consolidated university confers more graduate degrees each year than any other higher education institution in Colorado, offers over 130 degree programs in 13 schools and colleges, and brings in nearly $400 million annually in sponsored research.


The Denver Campus is located downtown, next to a vibrant commercial and cultural district, three major professional sports venues, the Denver Convention Center, and city and state government offices. The Denver Campus alone has an enrollment of over 15,000 learners and has a highly diverse student population.


Salary and Benefits:

Salary is commensurate with skills and experience. The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at Employee Services.


The University of Colorado Denver is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees. 


The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work. Alternative formats of this ad are available upon request for persons with disabilities.


Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. The University of Colorado provides generous leave, health plans and retirement contributions that add to your bottom line.



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Diversity and Equity:

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The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.




Minimum Qualifications:

  • Masters level degree with extensive industry experience.
  • Quality research, creative, and scholarly activity.
  • Proven ability to effectively teach at the university level.
  • skill set for high quality independent teaching and administrative service.
  • Aptitude for professional development through scholarly activity.
  • Ability and willingness to discern and meet the needs of students.
  • Evidence of an ability to work with others in a collegial and productive manner.
  • Ability to maintain a climate that is collegial, respects and values diversity, treats faculty, staff and learners fairly, and is hospitable to creativity and innovation.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Terminal degree or other academic equivalent (PhD, DMA JD, etc.).
  • Minimum 2 years teaching experience in Music Business.
  • Minimum 3-5 years’ experience in one or more of the following music industry sectors: Artist management, concert promotion, music marketing, record company operations and the digital music industry.
  • Active research agenda with published peer review journals or books.
  • Curriculum and course development experience (including online courses).


Application Materials Required: Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References 


Application Materials Instructions: 

Applications are accepted electronically at 
CU Careers, refer to requisition ID: 15341 

When applying, applicants must include: A letter of application which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications A current Resume/CV The names, addresses, daytime telephone numbers and e-mail addresses for three professional references, either attached to your resume/CV or uploaded as a separate document Please be advised that the University does check references as part of the employment process. Please do not submit any of your application material (via email) to the job posting contact.

Job Category: Faculty 

Primary Location: Denver 

Department: D0001 -- Denver Campus - 30121 - CAM-Music & Entertain Inds Stu 

Schedule: Full-time 

Posting Date: Jan 15, 2019 

Unposting Date: Ongoing 

Posting Contact Name: Dr. Richard Strasser 

Posting Contact Email: 

Position Number: 00677289

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