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Tenure-Track Assistant/Associate Professor in Music

Ambrose University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant/associate professor position in Music, starting August 2023. Reporting to the Dean of Arts & Science and working collaboratively with the Chair of Ambrose Arts and other Arts faculty, the individual has shared responsibility for developing and executing a robust Music program vision while successfully maintaining individual teaching, committee and research loads.

Duties and Responsibilities

The primary area of responsibility will be in Music Theory. The Music program offers a 4-year Bachelor of Music and 4- and 3-year Bachelor of Arts with a major in Music with a tradition in choral, vocal, piano, and jazz music. The successful applicant will complement our current expertise in Choral Music and Musicology by teaching elective courses in a secondary music area such as: Composition, Jazz Studies, Music Theatre, Performance, Technology/Production, and/or Worship Arts.


Duties will include:

  • Preparation and teaching of Music courses
  • Ongoing research, publication and/or professional practice
  • Regular committee work at departmental and institutional levels
  • Academic advising and support for students involved in Ambrose productions and work-integrated learning opportunities
  • Periodic involvement in student recruitment, curriculum development, and other department initiatives


Depending on experience and skillset, the potential exists for an administrative/leadership role in the Ambrose Arts department.

  • PhD in Music Theory or Composition, Doctor of Musical Arts or equivalent
  • Demonstrated success in post-secondary teaching
  • Demonstrated success in research and/or composition
  • Demonstrated ability to integrate the Christian faith and the study of Music
  • Demonstrated experience as a team player and colleague in a music faculty
Additional Information


Ambrose Arts exists as a department within the Faculty of Arts & Science as a home for degree programs, minors, diplomas, and elective credit offerings in the visual and performing arts at Ambrose University.  Ambrose Arts works to internally elevate awareness of the Arts while fulfilling the external cultural aims of the institution in Calgary and the world. Interdisciplinary interaction is of high value within the department.

  • Ambrose Arts produces an annual performance season featuring student, faculty, alumni, and guest artists in music, theatre, and dance, both on and off campus.
  • Music students enrol in one of three degree offerings: Bachelor of Music (BMus) or Bachelor of Arts in Music (3-year concentration or 4-year major). A Music minor is also offered.
  • Music degrees feature study in history, theory, applied music, aural training, and additional courses specific to the student’s career and educational direction.
  • Music ensembles include Choir, Orchestra, Jazz Band, and Jazz Combo. Ensembles and soloists offer a variety of performances within the Ambrose Arts season (October to April) and also participate in other university or community events. Ensembles often feature the involvement of community musicians, reflecting the strong emphasis on collaborative work within Ambrose Arts.
  • Music graduates fill positions in churches, private music teaching, performing organizations, and music-related organizations, or continue their education in graduate and post-baccalaureate professional (e.g. Education) programs.



  • Ambrose Employees agree to uphold and sign the University’s Statement of Faith upon initial appointment and govern the conduct of their work in accordance therewith. 
  • Employment is contingent upon satisfactory criminal background check and academic transcripts.
  • In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.
  • Compensation package is commensurate with education and experience. 
  • A relocation allowance may also be provided.


To apply for this position: Send a letter of application, complete curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy, and the names and contact information of three referees to Ambrose University c/o indicating “ Position in Music Theory/Composition” in the subject line. Review of applications begins on December 12, 2022. However, the position will remain open until filled.



Ambrose University is committed to employment diversity and encourages applications from all qualified men and women, members of visible minorities, aboriginal peoples, and persons with disabilities.

Ambrose University is a private, accredited Christian post-secondary institute located in South West Calgary. Our Faculty of Arts and Science offers provincially accredited Bachelor of Arts degree programs majoring in Behavioural Science, Christian Studies, English Literature, General Studies, History, and Psychology as well as Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Music, and a Bachelor of Science majoring in Biology. We also offer a Bachelor of Education (After Degree). Our Faculty of Theology offers undergraduate degree programs in Children’s Ministries, Church Ministries, Intercultural Studies, Worship Arts and Youth Ministries. At the Seminary level there are a variety of graduate options including Master of Divinity, Master of Arts, Master of Christian Studies as well as Diploma and Certificate programs. Ambrose is committed to the integration of Christian faith with academic discipline, with a vision for academic excellence in the service of the church and the world. For more information visit us online at

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Ambrose University, Calgary, Alberta
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