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Institution: Lawrence University

Position: Assistant Professor - Music Theory

General Information:

The Conservatory of Music at Lawrence University invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position in music theory to begin in Fall 2017. We seek a scholar/teacher of outstanding accomplishment or potential to contribute to the Conservatory’s tradition of excellence in training thoughtful, accomplished musicians and scholars. Appointment begins September 1, 2017.


Ph.D. in music theory by the date of appointment. Solid command of tonal harmony, voice leading, and form; enthusiasm for teaching a canon-centric core curriculum and for developing canon-stretching and/or otherwise cutting-edge upper-level electives. Evidence of potential for outstanding teaching and for significant scholarly contributions in any area of specialization within the field of music theory.

Job Description/Responsibilities:

Teach first- and second-year music theory and aural skills, as well as upper-level theory electives. Contribute to the coordination and advancement of the core theory curriculum and the music theory major. Pursue an active research agenda and contribute to the broader intellectual mission of the university, of which the latter may include occasionally teaching Freshman Studies, an introduction to the liberal arts that is the foundation of a Lawrence education.

Salary Range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Items to Send:

To receive full consideration, applicants should submit the following materials by the indicated dates:

1. By September 1, 2016, to:

•letter of application, incorporating discussions of pedagogical aims and approaches, current and projected research agenda, and ways in which the applicant could contribute to the commitment to diversity that is central to Lawrence’s institutional mission;

•curriculum vitae;

•sample of recent scholarly writing (no more than two articles, book chapters, or conference papers).

2. By September 1, 2016, to

•three letters of reference.

3. By September 9, 2016, to

•a link to one video of representative core theory or aural skills teaching, preferably before a live class – not to exceed 15 minutes in length. We recommend uploading to YouTube (using the “Unlisted” publish option) or sharing a link to a Dropbox or Google Drive file (in which case, please make sure your video is saved in an .MP4 or .MOV format).

Deadline: September 1, 2016


Gene Biringer, Associate Professor, search chair

Other Information:

Lawrence University, located in Appleton, Wisconsin, is a highly selective undergraduate liberal arts college and conservatory of music, known for the quality of its classroom and tutorial education, research opportunities for undergraduates, and faculty of teacher/scholars and teacher/artists. Founded in 1847, Lawrence is a community of 1500 intellectually curious students that bring a diversity of experience and thought from nearly every state and 50 countries. Serving more than 350 music majors, the Conservatory of Music, founded in 1874, offers preparation for professional careers in music within the intellectual environment of a liberal arts college.

Lawrence’s commitment to enhancing the diversity of its campus and curriculum rests on a conviction that an education in the liberal arts and sciences lives up to its aspirations only by fully engaging the multiplicity of viewpoints and approaches that a diverse community represents. We therefore encourage applications from individuals who can contribute to diversity of identity and/or ideas at Lawrence and who are interested in developing inclusive pedagogies to address the needs of a diverse student body.

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Date Listed: 07/14/2016

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