Assistant Professor-Tenure System

Job no: 539959
Position type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Location: East Lansing
Division/Equivalent: College Of Music
School/Unit: Music 10030598
Categories: Full Time (90-100%), Tenure System Faculty, Education/Training, Non-Union

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Position Summary

The College of Music at Michigan State University invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor in Music Theory beginning Fall 2019. The Music Theory Area at Michigan State University interacts with nearly every student in the College of Music: undergraduate majors in performance, music education, jazz studies, and composition; Master’s and Doctoral students in performance, composition, and conducting; and Master’s students in music theory, whom we prepare with the analytical, practical, research, and pedagogical skills needed for doctoral study and for successful music theory teaching at the collegiate level. We seek a dynamic scholar-teacher to join our faculty.

Teaching responsibilities are likely to include parts of the undergraduate music theory and aural skills cores, specialized courses for Master’s students majoring in music theory, and analysis courses for Master’s and Doctoral students throughout the college. The successful candidate is expected to advance a nationally known research agenda in the form of publications and presentations.

In addition, the candidate will contribute to the advising of Master’s and Doctoral students, participate in the administration of exams, and play an active role in charting the future direction of the Music Theory Area. Additional responsibilities include committee service, recruiting, grant writing, and collaboration with colleagues in other areas of the College of Music.

Required Degree

Doctorate -Music Theory

Minimum Requirements

-a strong commitment to music theory pedagogy and successful university-level teaching experience;

-an emerging or established record of scholarly productivity, including conference presentations and publications;

-demonstrated 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.

Desired Qualifications

-research specialization(s) that would add to those of our current music theory faculty;

-demonstrated success teaching a variety of subjects such as aural skills, counterpoint, undergraduate core theory, 20th- and 21st-century techniques, Schenkerian                                           analysis, and keyboard skills.

Required Application Materials

Please provide a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a one-page statement of teaching philosophy, and the names and contact information for three references.

Following initial review of applications, candidates will be asked to submit writing samples and videos of classroom teaching.

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

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Department Statement

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

MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

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