American String Teachers Association

Professor of Practice in Viola

University of Houston
Houston, Texas, United States (on-site)
27 days ago


The Moores School of Music at the University of Houston is pleased to invite applications for a non-tenure-track faculty position as Professor of Practice in Viola for a Fall 2023 appointment. 

The successfulcandidate will serve as a member of the string area faculty with colleagues in violin, viola, cello, and double bass. As such, the applicants for this position should be prepared to: 

  • Teach applied viola to undergraduate, graduate and performer’s certificate students. 
  • Coach string and mixed student chamber ensembles. 
  • Coordinate String Chamber Music. 
  • Maintain an active performance calendar with national and international engagements. 
  • Recruit and retain excellent viola students. 
  • Engage in related service activities. 
  • Teach orchestral repertoire at the undergraduate and graduate levels. 

The ideal candidate will have demonstrated commitment to the future of the art form, including to music performance as an art form that reaches as wide and diverse an audience as possible. The ideal candidate will have aptitude for innovative approaches to teaching and mentoring students, a high level of community involvement, a commitment to collaboration, and a national or international performing career with a track record of recognition and awards. We especially welcome applications from candidates with specializations that reflect the University of Houston's commitment to diversity. 


In order to receive full consideration for the position, submit the following materials: 

  • Cover letter & CV 
  • 750-word diversity statement (details below under "cluster hire") 
  • Linksto teaching videos(minimum of 2 students of different levels) 
  • Linksto videosof representative performancesrecorded within the last five years. Live performancesare preferred. 
  • List of 3 professional references who may be contacted as needed by the search committee 

The applicant’s recommenders will receive instructions independently on submitting letters electronically. Additional materials may be requested at a later date. Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2022 and continue until the position has been filled. 

Submit all materials at the UH website: 

Inquiries may be sent to Professor Timothy Hester, Viola Search Committee Chair, at or (713) 743-3309.  

This position is part of an Interdisciplinary Cluster Hire program in the studio practice disciplines in the McGovern College of the Arts. The program is one of many initiatives that advances the McGovern College's priority of achieving an inclusive and innovative climate. Candidates appointed within the program are eligible for supplemental funding from the Office of the Dean in support of their research agenda. 

The McGovern College of the Arts understands the value of a diverse faculty, of a diversity of approaches to the arts, and of approaching the arts as an interdisciplinary area of study. The College believes that such values are fundamental to the future of arts production. To express its commitment to these values, the Interdisciplinary Cluster Hire programs seeks to identify and build a diverse network of practitioners, researchers, and scholars that will inform and support the work of the College in these areas. The program will bring a minimum of seven new faculty members to the College's studio practice disciplines. 

The McGovern College is the culturally rich and innovative home of the visual and performing arts at the University of Houston, one of the most diverse R1 institutions in the nation and situated in the thriving, dynamic, and extraordinarily diverse arts metropolis that is the twenty-first century city of Houston. Therefore, the successful candidate for this position will excel at teaching and mentoring students who are broadly diverse with regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion. 

Applicants must submit 750-word statement addressing their experience with, interest in, or contributions to diversity and inclusion efforts that impact students, faculty, staff, or the applicant's field of study; and addressing how they envision demonstrating a similar commitment at the University of Houston. Applicants may address their experience, interest, or contributions in one or more of the following areas: 

  1. Teaching and mentoring a range of artisticexpressions that reflect the diversification of the arts disciplines and the need to ensure access to an arts education to as wide a student body as possible. 
  2. Pursuing a sustainable agenda of research and artistic practice dedicated to interdisciplinary cultural studies or to an overall research agenda that supports diversity in the arts disciplines. Areas of secondary interdisciplinary interest that might be reflected in one's practice include, for example, Comparative Cultural Studies, Cultural Anthropology, Diaspora Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Racial Inequality, Social Justice, Sociology, or others. 
  3. Collaborating across the arts disciplines with artists whose specializations or practices differ from your own. 
  4. Developing interdisciplinary curriculum that reflects diversification of the arts disciplines beyond the "Western canon" as codified in the last century. 

The University of Houston is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.Additionally, the University prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. 


  • Advanced university degree or equivalency in professional experience. 
  • Have demonstrated excellence in viola teaching at the highest level, represented by student success. 
  • Have demonstrated the abilityto attract, recruit, and retain students. 
  • Be prepared to plan and organize events associated with master classes, visiting artists, festivals, etc. 
  • Leadership ability, including an ability to assume administrative duties in the string division of the School of Music. 
  • Demonstrated commitment to community engagement and issues around social equity and inclusion. 
  • Knowledge of under-represented creative works, literature, and pedagogies. 

In addition, applicants for the position are expected to exhibit the following Core Values and Competencies listed below: 

MSM faculty exhibit: 

  • Passion, energy and tenacity. 
  • Integrity and collegiality, especially in regard to diversity. 
  • An ability to attract resources, including grants or other external sources of support that advance the school’s mission. 
  • An aptitude for building dynamic degree programs and recruiting top-tier students. 
  • An ability to find creative solutions to difficult problems. 

MSM faculty are also committed to: 

  • Excellence in the arts, arts education, and arts scholarship 
  • Fostering student growth and success 
  • Collaboration with others, both within and across disciplines. 

Notes to Applicant: Official transcripts are required for a faculty appointment and will be requested upon selection of the final candidate. All positions at the university are security sensitive and will require a criminal history check.  

Salary Commensurate with experience  

The University of Houston is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. Minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Additionally, the University prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 66531705
  • Workplace Type: On-Site
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas, United States
  • Company Name For Job: University of Houston
  • Position Title: Professor of Practice in Viola
  • Job Function: Other
  • Job Type: Full-Time
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