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Affiliate Faculty of Music, Theatre, and Dance (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences)

Apply now Job no: 493625
Position type: FAC - Affiliate Faculty of Instruction - One year/Academic Year
Location: Allendale
Categories: College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Summary: Grand Valley State University, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, invites applications for a full-time Affiliate Professor (Violin) in the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance beginning August 6, 2021.  Affiliate Faculty positions are renewable one-year appointments which after two years may be renewed as revolving three-year contracts, depending on satisfactory performance and continued teaching needs of the department.  This is a non-tenure track appointment.

Required Qualifications and Education:

  • Demonstrated success as a violin instructor with a strong commitment to recruitment.
  • Experience as a violin performer in a diverse range of situations including orchestral, chamber, and solo settings.
  • A graduate degree in violin performance is required.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills sufficient to work effectively with an increasingly diverse array of students and colleagues.

Preferred Qualifications and Education:

  • Experience as a violin instructor at the collegiate level.
  • Preference will be given to candidates who have an earned doctorate in violin performance.


  • Serve as a faculty artist and violin instructor committed to excellence and professionalism in teaching while contributing fully to the artistic, intellectual, and creative life of the department and the entire university community.
  • Recruit and maintain an outstanding violin studio.
  • Teach applied lessons and courses as indicated by the candidate’s qualifications and needs of the department.  Probable courses include string chamber music coaching and string methods and possibly others such as music appreciation.
  • Work closely with the university’s orchestra conductor to promote the program.  This will include serving on audition panels, leading occasional sectional rehearsals, and advising sections on technical matters.

Salary/Benefits: The salary is $46,000. The university offers an excellent comprehensive package that includes health/vision/dental plans, life insurance, retirement, sick/leave disability, tuition waiver, adoption resources, wellness coaching, and free access to campus fitness facilities. Family and child care options on and off-campus are also available. For a detailed description of benefits, please visit

Department/College: Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance/College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Campus/University: Allendale, Grand Valley State University. Grand Valley State University (GVSU) is a public comprehensive institution located in West Michigan with campuses in Allendale, downtown Grand Rapids, and Holland, plus centers in Muskegon and Traverse City. The University attracts more than 23,000 undergraduate and graduate students with high quality programs and state-of-the-art facilities, and has been nationally recognized for innovativeness and its contribution to students’ social mobility.

The greater Grand Rapids metropolitan area has a population of around one million people, is affordable and rich in cultural amenities, and is located in easy driving distance of Chicago, Detroit, Lake Michigan beaches, and many other superb summer and winter recreational venues.

Grand Valley is highly rated for safety, sustainability, and veteran and LGBTQ friendliness, and is committed to supporting employees and their families in work-life balance. The university is committed to creating an inclusive and diverse environment for faculty and students while promoting enrichment of society through excellent teaching, active scholarship, and service.  You can find more information about our community at

How to Apply: Apply online at and select "Apply now.”  Please include the following:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of teaching philosophy

The online application will allow attachment of these documents. On the application please provide names, phone numbers, and e-mail address for three professional references. Applicants selected for interviews will be required to submit official transcripts prior to the interview. Candidates who advance in the search may be required to submit additional relevant materials. For further assistance call Human Resources at 616-331-2215. 

Application Deadline:  Review of applications will begin immediately and and the posting may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University.

Due to travel limitations caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, all search events and processes will be conducted over the phone/online. Candidates should expect to have technology that will allow them to use video conferencing software such as Zoom, Google Meets, or Skype. Accommodations within reason will be provided for qualified applicants.

Grand Valley State University does not discriminate against students, faculty or staff in any of its employment practices or in its educational programs or activities. Grand Valley State University is guided by values for inclusiveness and community which are integral to our mission to educate students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies, and to enrich the community through excellent teaching, active scholarship, and public service. The University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. Members of the University community, including candidates for employment or admissions, and visitors or guests, have the right to be free from acts of harassment and discrimination, which are prohibited if they discriminate or harass on the basis of age, color, disability, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, veteran or active duty military status or weight. In addition, Grand Valley is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 to ensure that none of its education programs and activities discriminate on the basis of sex/gender. Sex includes sex stereotypes, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, and pregnancy or parenting status. The Office for Title IX and Institutional Equity serves as a resource for the GVSU community and assists individuals who may have been impacted by discrimination or harassment in connecting with resources, imposes measures that protect or support access to programs and activities, and oversees the university’s grievance process for allegations of discrimination and harassment. Inquiries regarding the application of Title IX may be referred to Theresa Rowland, Title IX Coordinator, 4015 Zumberge Hall,, (616) 331-9530.

The University will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. See TDD Callers: Call Michigan Relay Center at 711 (in State) or 1-800-833-7833 (out of State)

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Must have the physical stamina to work long hours and/or more than 5 days per week. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended by the ADA Amendment Act (2008), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other applicable federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. GVSU will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

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