Beverley Taylor Sorenson Endowed Professional Chair in Elementary Arts Education Southern Utah University

17 Nov 2014 9:38 PM | Anonymous member

Southern Utah University, Utah's designated public liberal arts and sciences university, is a comprehensive, regional graduate and undergraduate degree-granting university. Located in Cedar City, Utah, it is an accredited, state-supported institution with an enrollment of nearly 8,000 students.  Home to the Utah Shakespeare Festival and surrounded by national parks, monuments, forests and wilderness areas that draw millions of visitors annually from around the world, it is only 40 minutes from great snow skiing and year-round golfing. It is located 2 ½ hours from Las Vegas and 3 ½ hours from Salt Lake City.

Southern Utah University invites applications for the position of Beverley Taylor Sorenson Endowed Professional Chair in Elementary Arts Education.  This is a full-time, 10-month position to begin August 16, 2015. The position has the possibility of being tenure-track or non-tenure-track, depending upon qualifications and experience.   Salary is commensurate with qualifications & experience; excellent benefits.

Department of Elementary Education General Duties & Responsibilities: 
1. Teach pre-service courses in arts education (your area of specialization) for elementary school classroom teaching majors (approximately 50% of load).
2. Coordinates, designs and implements professional development opportunities for elementary school classroom teachers and arts specialists, both at the university and off campus (in-service, conferences, workshops, seminars, etc.).
3. Work cooperatively with existing and prospective youth arts education programs within the College of Education and the College of Performing and Visual Arts to develop and coordinate arts outreach initiatives by the University to elementary school students in Utah.
4. Serve as a liaison for the College of Education and other Colleges and arts education programs at the University.
5. Interface with reputable local and national non-profit arts organizations in the development and implementation of arts education initiatives for elementary school students in Utah's public schools.
6. Serve as an advocate for arts education in Utah.
7. Work cooperatively with other University faculty members and administration in supporting arts curriculum and initiatives to promote the sequential teaching of arts in Utah's elementary schools.
8. Coordinate with University faculty and students with a view to building and maintaining productive working relationships with Utah's school districts, public school arts programs, the Utah State Office of Education and arts organizations in Utah and elsewhere.
9. Be productive as an artist/scholar and engage in University and community service with regard to the arts.
10. If authorized by the University, network with other universities, colleges, state education institutions, arts organizations and interested citizens to promote the sequential teaching of the arts in Utah's elementary schools.

Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program Responsibilities: 
1. Collaborate with university-endowed chairs, Art Works for Kids, and USOE to oversee and implement the BTSALP program statewide.
2. Ensure that BTSALP specialists in the Southern Utah University region receive support, mentoring and professional development.
3. Write, oversee, and report on grants from USOE and other arts education entities for program support.

Minimum Qualifications: 
Doctorate preferred, masters with significant professional accomplishment or national board certification considered.  (Non-MFA master's degrees do not qualify for tenure track status but will be considered and could be hired on an extended year non-tenure track contract.)

Demonstrated excellence in teaching at the collegiate and public/private elementary school levels.

Specialty in at least one area of the art disciplines (Art, Music, Drama, Dance-Movement).

A big part of this job is interaction with teachers, students, principals and superintendents in the public schools in southern Utah. This person will meet state government officials and university administration.  Therefore, excellent interpersonal and communication skills are essential.

Reputation and potential for developing prominence at the state/national level through scholarly/creative activities, professional service and leadership in state or national professional arts organizations.

Demonstrated leadership and scholarship in arts education including research interests in developmentally appropriate practice for elementary school arts teaching and innovation in program development and implementation.

Experience in grant writing, financial management and fiscal responsibility is fundamental.

In accordance with Utah State Code 53A-3-410, appointment to this position is contingent upon the successful passing of a background check. 


Applicants must apply online at (Job #1400254) or use the direct link at  and click on Apply for this posting.


Individuals are asked to attach, electronically, the following required documents:  a cover letter, resume/CV, statement of teaching philosophy, copies of unofficial transcripts, and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three professional references.  First consideration of applications will begin January 5, 2015. The position is open until filled. If you have questions or problems with the application process, contact Human Resources at or 435-586-7754.   Southern Utah University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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