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Institution: Westminster College of the Arts

Position: Assistant Professor - Popular Music

General Information:

WESTMINSTER COLLEGE OF THE ARTS OF RIDER UNIVERSITY, through its School of Fine and Performing Arts (SFPA), announces an opening for a full-time, tenure track appointment in Popular Music Studies at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning September 1, 2020 on the University’s Lawrenceville campus.


The successful candidate will hold a doctoral degree (PhD or DMA) in music or in a related field with a focus on popular music studies. The successful candidate will demonstrate experience with both the conceptual and historical nature of popular music alongside practical skills in popular music theory, composition and arranging. Direct experience with some of the many styles found in popular music (e.g., pop, hip-hop, jazz, EDM, blues, reggae) is expected.

ABD candidates who will complete their degree within one year of appointment will be considered. We are looking for promising scholar-practitioners with demonstrated teaching experience whose primary field is popular music and whose secondary area of interest complements the department. We especially encourage applications from candidates whose backgrounds are underrepresented in academia broadly and in music specifically.

Desired qualifications include:

• Experience in the popular music industry as a scholar and/or practitioner
• Significant experience with the broad spectrum of popular music
• Performance experience in some genre of popular music
• Familiarity with current research on race, class, and gender studies as these relate to popular music study and practice
• Experience coaching students in popular music performance ensembles

Job Description/Responsibilities:

The successful candidate will be responsible for the following:

• designing and delivering a sequence of courses geared toward Popular Music Studies majors focusing on pop theory, songwriting, and arranging; these courses will incorporate instruction on a digital audio workstation such as Logic Pro, Ableton Live, and/or ProTools
• teaching in some other areas of the major, preferably pop instrument/voice lessons, pop performance ensembles, and/or studio engineering.
• recruiting a diverse cohort of students through official University events as well as through communication with prospective students throughout the recruiting season
• participating in departmental activities including representing the department on committees and working groups on campus
• engaging in ongoing scholarly or creative work, which can include traditional academic publications, a portfolio of creative work, or a combination of both
• advising and mentoring students from diverse backgrounds

Salary Range: unspecified

Items to Send:

All applicants must complete an online application at and attach a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy and goals, a statement outlining their commitment to diversity, including evidence of their experience working with and teaching diverse students and contact information for three references. Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts will be required later in the search process. Please reference Position No. 312534. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, review of applicant materials will begin on December 2, 2019.

Deadline: December 2, 2019


Other Information:

Rider University is a private university with primary campus located in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. Over 4,100 undergraduate and 950 graduate students are enrolled in 67 undergraduate programs and 35 graduate programs in business administration, education, liberal arts, sciences, fine and performing arts, counseling, and leadership. There are 248 full-time faculty supporting a student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1. U.S. News & World Report ranks Rider in the top tier of northern regional universities offering master’s degrees. Rider is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. To learn more about the School of Fine and Performing Arts, please visit our website at

Rider University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer dedicated to excellence through diversity and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, handicap/disability, Vietnam-era/disabled veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other non-job related criteria. The Department values diversity among its faculty and is committed to building a culturally diverse intellectual community.

Date Listed: 11/05/2019

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