Adjunct Instructor: UPIKE Band Assistant (Humanities Division) - College of Arts and Sciences

The University of Pikeville (UPIKE), the Leading University in Central Appalachia, is currently seeking adjunct faculty who are passionate about teaching and student learning for the Humanities division in the College of Arts and Sciences, specifically for UPIKE Bands.

The Band Assistant (Adjunct Faculty) will assist the Director of Bands in a collaborative environment with the administration, recruitment, retention, and continued development of a comprehensive university band program in addition to other responsibilities as assigned.

Essential duties and responsibilities:

  1. Teach private instrumental lessons (woodwind, brass, guitar, and/or percussion; percussion preferred).
  2. Assist with all aspects of Marching Band rehearsals and administration.
  3. Assist with Concert Band; oversee percussion section.
  4. Assist with Jazz Band; oversee select sectionals.
  5. Assist with Pep Band; shared directing responsibilities.
  6. Ability to write/edit cadences for Marching Band drumline (preferred).
  7. Conduct Marching Band and Concert Band rehearsals in the absence of the Director of Bands.
  8. Assist with instrumental inventory, music library, and uniform inventory.
  9. Assist in recruitment activities including conferences and student outreach.
  10. Inform the Director of Bands on needed purchases/repairs.

 Additional responsibilities may include the following, based on the candidate’s experience:

  • Teach and manage the UPIKE Rock Band, including booking venues and transport logistics.


  • Bachelor’s degree in music or related field experience required; Master’s degree in music or related field preferred.
  • Demonstrate an appropriate level of performance in music.
  • Experience working with athletics, concert, and/or contemporary bands.
  • A history of working in or working collaboratively with high school/university band programs.
  • Active participation and leadership in relevant professional organizations.
  • Ability to use music notation software.

A completed application will include the following:

  • Current résumé or curriculum vitae
  • Letter(s) of recommendation
  • A 10–15-minute video recording of either a performance (conducted or performed) by the candidate and/or a 10–15-minute video of a lesson or rehearsal led by the candidate, submitted electronically via YouTube link (unlisted or public)
  • Portfolio submission with any additional documents/videos (optional)

Faculty Expectations: Note that the University of Pikeville recognizes that effective educators are themselves life-long learners. Adjunct faculty members are encouraged to attend our professional development workshops whenever possible to improve use of educational technology, determine ways to better engage students, and reflect on methods to create the most effective environment for student growth. 

Positions are available in the fall and spring semesters. Review of applications occur as needed within each division of the College. 

The University of Pikeville is committed to providing a safe and productive learning, living and working community. To achieve this goal, we conduct background investigations for all final applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history. 

The University of Pikeville is an equal opportunity employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. The University of Pikeville does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age or disabilities in its programs, activities, hiring, or the admission of students. 

For more information about the University of Pikeville, please visit Interested applicants should complete the online application by visiting In addition to the application, interested applicants are requested to attach to their application a letter of interest, current curriculum vitae, copies of their transcripts, a teaching philosophy statement, and the contact information for three to five professional references.

Date Posted: 05/05/2023
Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Employment Type: Part-Time (20 hours)
Position Type: Adjunct Faculty