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Institution: School of Music in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University

Position: Assistant Professor of Music Theory

General Information:

The School of Music in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University, Tempe campus, seeks an exceptional scholar in the area of music theory for a full- time tenure-track appointment at the assistant professor level beginning fall 2015.

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 80,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.

The Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, the largest comprehensive design and arts school in the nation at a research university, is a vibrant example of the of the New American University philosophy. With 4,700 students, more than 675 faculty and faculty associates, 135 degrees and a tradition of top-ranked programs, the Herberger Institute is built on a combination of disciplines unlike any other program in the nation. The institute includes the School of Art; School of Arts, Media + Engineering; The Design School; School of Film, Dance and Theatre; School of Music; and the ASU Art Museum. Through recognizing that design and the arts are critical resources for transforming society and solving complex problems, the Herberger Institute is committed to placing artists and designers at the center of public life.

Located in one of the most expansive metropolitan centers in the United States and situated in the Sonoran desert, the ASU School of Music supports a broad range of inquiry. Programs within the School of Music lead to the degrees of Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Music; Bachelor of Music (BM) in Music with concentrations in music performance, jazz studies, music theatre, music education, music theory and composition, music therapy as well as two minors in music studies and music performance; Master of Arts (MA) in Music with concentrations in ethnomusicology or music history and literature; and Master of Music (MM) in composition,
conducting, music education, music performance, performance pedagogy and music therapy. In addition, the school offers a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) in composition, conducting and performance and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) with a concentration in music education. With one of the largest comprehensive music programs in a public research university in the United States, the ASU School of Music plays a prominent role within the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts and is located on the ASU Tempe campus.

The music theory area is part of the Division of Music Composition, Musicology, and Music Theory. The degree of Bachelor of Music with emphasis in Music Theory is available to undergraduates. The Division offers a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in support of the School of Music’s many degree programs. Faculty in the division also serve on graduate committees for master’s and doctoral students. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to develop specialized new courses and will participate in the design and development of dynamic degrees and programs in the music theory area.


Required Qualifications:
•PhD in Music Theory, completed or in hand at time of appointment;
•Demonstrated excellence in teaching undergraduate core theory and ear training classes;
•Scholarly achievement as demonstrated through presentations and publications.

Desired Qualifications:
•Demonstrated excellence in teaching at both undergraduate and graduate levels;
•Demonstrated expertise and interest in music theory pedagogy or 20th/21st century music theory strongly preferred;
•Ability to teach in other areas of specialized interest, which might include music technology.

Job Description/Responsibilities:

The School of Music seeks applicants who can contribute a unique voice to the music theory program and provide excellent teaching. The successful candidate will be expected to pursue and maintain a high level of research and publication; teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including those in the undergraduate music theory core curriculum; mentor graduate students in the completion of their final projects; collaborate with faculty colleagues in recruiting students and in the development of curricular initiatives at the graduate level; and engage in professional service.

Salary Range: unspecified

Items to Send:

Please submit a letter of interest addressing research and creative activity, teaching, and service experience. Include curriculum vitae, three confidential letters of reference, and two examples of scholarly work. Materials submitted by e-mail should be in PDF format. Letters of reference must be sent directly from the authors.

Deadline: December 20, 2014


Applications by e-mail are preferred. Submit all materials to

Applications sent via postal mail must be addressed to:
Chair, School of Music Search Committee, Music Theory c/o Adrienne Goglia, coordinator, School of Music
PO Box 870405
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ 85287-0405

Please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope if you would like your materials returned.

Other Information:

Application Deadline: The application deadline is December 20, 2014; if not filled, reviews will occur every two weeks thereafter until search is closed.

ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses and certifications.

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by
law. See ASU's complete non-discrimination statement at

Date Listed: 10/23/2014

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