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Institution: Michigan State University

Position: Assistant Professor of Music Theory (Tenure-Stream)

General Information:

Assistant Professor of Music Theory (Tenure-Stream), effective August 16, 2016


-A completed Ph.D. in music theory at the time of appointment is required.

-A strong commitment to music theory pedagogy and successful university-level teaching experience are required.

-Scholarly promise is required, and a record of scholarly publication and ongoing research is desirable.

-The ability to teach theory and analysis of 20th- and 21st-century music at both the undergraduate and graduate levels is required.

-A research focus on theories of 20th- and/or 21st-century music is desirable.

-The ability to teach effectively at multiple levels, including in the undergraduate core, in junior- and senior-level electives, in courses for graduate performers, conductors, and composers, and in specialized seminars for master’s students in music theory, is desirable.

-A commitment to collaborating with colleagues in other disciplines within the College of Music and across the university is desirable.

Job Description/Responsibilities:

-Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in music theory that serve the needs of music majors in a variety of sub-disciplines.

-Develop a national reputation through an active agenda of research and publication in the field of music theory.

-Participate in activities related to the academic mission of the university, including academic governance, outreach and engagement, music entrepreneurship, service on graduate committees, and administration of area exams.

-Seek and receive external grants to support research, teaching, and/or creative activities.

Salary Range: unspecified

Items to Send:

To apply, please visit the MSU job postings website ( and select posting #2553 in the faculty/academic staff section.

In a single document, please provide a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for four references (including mailing address, phone number, and e-mail address). In addition, letters of recommendation from three references should be uploaded separately. Letter writers may appear on the list of references.

Later in the search process, candidates may be asked to submit additional materials, such as samples of research, teaching videos, and transcripts.

Deadline: January 29, 2016


Please direct any inquiries to:

Michael Callahan
Chairperson, Music Theory Search Committee
College of Music, Michigan State University
333 W. Circle Drive
East Lansing, MI 48824

Other Information:

Review of applications will begin on January 29, 2016, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

With 70 full-time faculty members, the Michigan State University College of Music serves approximately 600 majors and offers a comprehensive range of degree programs from baccalaureate through the doctorate. For more information about the College, please visit our website at

Minorities are encouraged to apply. Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation MSU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Institution.

Date Listed: 12/19/2015

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