Assistant Professor, Jazz

Date Posted: 01/18/2023
Closing Date: 02/27/2023, 11:59PM ET
Req ID: 28787
Job Category: Faculty – Tenure Stream (continuing)
Faculty/Division: Faculty of Music
Department: Faculty of Music
Campus: St. George (Downtown Toronto)


The Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto invites applications for a full-time tenure stream position in the area of jazz. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2023, or shortly thereafter.

Candidates must have earned a graduate degree in Jazz Performance and/or Jazz Composition/Arranging, or a related area, by the time of appointment, with a demonstrated record of excellence in research and/or creative professional activity and teaching. A doctoral degree by the time of appointment, or shortly thereafter, is strongly preferred. We seek candidates whose creative professional activities/research and teaching interests complement and enhance our existing vibrant community of students instructed by a dedicated faculty of high-level professional jazz artists with an emphasis on modern jazz performance and composition/arranging; for more information on the jazz area, see and The successful candidate will be expected to pursue innovative and independent professional/research activities at the highest international level.

Candidates must provide evidence of creative professional activities and research excellence which can be demonstrated by a record of achievement that could include performances for major venues, organizations, and festivals; collaborations with established artists and ensembles; public presence through broadcasts, recordings, and digital media platforms; academic and professional conference presentations and publications; awards and accolades; arts and/or research grant support; and strong endorsements from referees of high standing.

Evidence of excellence in teaching will be provided through teaching accomplishments, the teaching dossier (with required materials outlined below) submitted as part of the application, as well as strong letters of reference.

Responsibilities will include teaching undergraduate and graduate jazz courses, including one-on-one performance lessons and leading jazz ensembles, as appropriate to the candidate’s areas of specialization; research supervision and mentoring of jazz students at the masters and doctoral levels; service to the jazz area, Faculty of Music and the University.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

All qualified candidates are invited to apply online by clicking the link below. Applicants must submit a cover letter; a current curriculum vitae; a statement outlining current and future professional/research interests; links to recent samples of work (performance videos, compositions/arrangements, publications, as appropriate); and a teaching dossier to include a teaching statement, sample course materials, and teaching evaluations. Candidates must demonstrate their commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion in a brief (up to one page) statement of contributions, which might cover topics such as (but not limited to): research or teaching that incorporates a focus on underrepresented communities, the development of inclusive pedagogies, or the mentoring of students from underrepresented groups.

Applicants must provide the name and contact information of three references. The University of Toronto’s recruiting tool will automatically solicit and collect letters of reference from each after an application is submitted (this happens overnight). Applicants remain responsible for ensuring that references submit letters (on letterhead, dated and signed) by the closing date.

Submission guidelines can be found at CV and cover letter should be uploaded into the dedicated fields. Please combine additional application materials into one or two files in PDF/MS Word format. If you have any questions about this position, please contact

All application materials, including reference letters, must be received by Monday, February 27, 2023.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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Accessibility Statement
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