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Institution: Christopher Newport University

Position: Assistant Professor of Music (Music Theory)

General Information:

Full Time, Tenure Track


A Doctoral Degree in Music Theory or Composition or a closely related field is required for appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor. In some cases, exceptionally well-qualified candidates may be considered for appointment at a higher rank and ABD candidates who will not hold the Ph.D. by the time of appointment may be considered for appointment at the rank of Instructor. Phi Beta Kappa membership is highly desirable.

Job Description/Responsibilities:

The Department of Music at Christopher Newport University invites applications for a tenure-track position in Music Theory, effective August, 2018. Applicants must be committed to undergraduate education and demonstrate the potential for excellence in teaching and research with undergraduates. Responsibilities include administering the theory and ear training curricula; teaching elementary and advanced theory and ear training, counterpoint, orchestration, post-tonal music, and, possibly, an applied music area appropriate to the successful candidate’s credentials. The nominal teaching load for tenure track appointments is 3-3.

Salary Range: unspecified

Items to Send:

To apply, submit a letter of application, vita, graduate transcripts (copies are acceptable for initial screening), a statement of teaching philosophy, evidence of teaching effectiveness (if available), and three letters of reference.

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Review of applications will begin on, October 27, 2017. Applications received after October 27, 2017, will be accepted but considered only if needed.

Search finalist to complete a CNU sponsored background check.

Deadline: October 27, 2017


Other Information:

The Department of Music at Christopher Newport University is composed of 12 full-time and 20 adjunct faculty. The department offers the Bachelor of Music degree with concentrations in composition, music education pre-certification, and performance, the Bachelor of Arts degree in music, and the Master of Arts in Teaching degree with concentrations in instrumental and choral music education. Entrance into the music degree programs is highly selective, although the department welcomes students from all disciplines into its many courses, ensembles, and organizations. The music majors, around 100, were leaders in their high schools and are thoroughly engaged in both their major and in the professional and social organizations within and beyond the department. Fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, the University recognizes the Department of Music as one of its outstanding programs. The arts are housed within the $60 million, I.M. Pei-designed Ferguson Center for the Arts, bringing to Virginia the finest performing artists in the world. The area of Hampton Roads is home to The Virginia Symphony, the Virginia Opera Association, military bands, and several other professional and community organizations and ensembles. Candidates wishing to know more about the department and its programs are invited to visit

CNU is committed to outstanding teaching and learning, undergraduate education, and the liberal studies core; the University is seeking to shelter a Phi Beta Kappa chapter. The Fall 2017 freshman class of 1,290 students was selected from over 7,000 admission applications, and presented average high school GPA and SAT scores of 3.8 and 1210, respectively. Capital improvements (approaching $1 billion) on the beautiful, 260-acre campus, located between historic Colonial Williamsburg and the ocean resort of Virginia Beach, integrate the University’s liberal arts vision, nurturing mind, body, and spirit. These include the state-of-the-art Trible Library; three new academic buildings including a newly opened integrated science building; the Freeman Center athletic complex; and the I.M. Pei-designed Ferguson Center for the Arts, which brings to Virginia the finest performing artists in the world.

Our faculty enjoy an atmosphere of collegiality and mutual respect that rewards outstanding teaching and fosters active intellectual and creative engagement. Christopher Newport University is committed to ensuring that all people are welcomed, honored and fully engaged in the life of our academic community. We recruit exceptional and diverse faculty and encourage applications from individuals who are underrepresented in their profession. Faculty are productive scholars and researchers, supported by professional development funds. Faculty and administrators regularly consult and collaborate as the University works to sustain a culture of scholarly inquiry, informed debate, and civic action that enriches students, faculty, and the surrounding community. The result is a supportive and cohesive academic setting in which the University cultivates and carries forward its mission. Competitive salary with excellent health and retirement benefits and a well-designed family leave policy further enhance the CNU workplace. For further information on CNU, please visit our website at

Christopher Newport University, an EO Employer, is fully Committed to Access and Opportunity.

Date Listed: 09/23/2017

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