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Back to search results Apply now Job no: 743948
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Music
Department: Music 10030598
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Education/Training, Fixed Term Faculty, Full Time (90-100%), Union

Working/Functional Title

Assistant Professor of Music Theory

Position Summary

The music theory area (theory.music.msu.edu) consists of seven faculty members and features a vibrant Master’s degree program with 12–15 students enrolled at a time. Research seminars and other advanced coursework, an active colloquium series with three guest scholars per semester, and dedicated faculty mentors equip Master’s students with the analytical, research, musicianship, and pedagogical skills to pursue doctoral study in music theory and to present scholarship while still Master’s students. The Master’s program and a Graduate Certificate in music theory also serve composer-theorists and performer-theorists who go on to successful collegiate teaching careers. Finally, the theory area interacts with nearly every student in the College of Music, including undergraduate majors in performance, music education, jazz studies, and composition, as well as Master’s and Doctoral students in performance, composition, and conducting.

This position operates on a renewable yearly contract. The new colleague will function as a vital member of our faculty team by teaching courses at all levels of the music theory curriculum and having an equal voice in theory-area discussions and initiatives. Our intent is to recruit a candidate who will play an essential, long-term role in the teaching and service missions, and secondarily in the research mission, of the music theory area.

RESPONSIBILITIES:         

  • Teach 4 courses per fall semester and 4 courses per spring semester, to include a mix of undergraduate and graduate courses that serve the needs of music students in a variety of majors
  • Advise Master’s students in music theory and serve on advising committees for graduate students throughout the College of Music
  • Collaborate with colleagues and students to advance the College of Music’s and music theory area’s missions of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging
  • Participate in theory-area initiatives such as colloquia, guest-scholar residencies, administration of exams, recruiting, and admissions, and provide service to the college, university, and discipline
  • Engage with the music-theoretic discipline as a scholar through conference attendance, presentations, and/or publications

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Doctorate

Minimum Requirements

  • A completed doctorate in music theory by August 16, 2022
  • Successful university-level teaching experience
  • A demonstrated commitment to music theory pedagogy
  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging
  • Current expertise in one or more research areas within music theory

Desired Qualifications

  • Demonstrated ability to mentor student research
  • An emerging or established record of scholarly productivity
  • Demonstrated ability to teach effectively at multiple levels and in a variety of subjects within our curriculum, including undergraduate core music theory and aural skills; graduate analysis courses on a variety of repertoires and techniques; graduate skills courses such as counterpoint and keyboard skills; and specialized readings seminars and proseminars for Master’s students in music theory

Required Application Materials

  1. a letter of application
  2. three letters of recommendation that attest to the qualifications listed above (candidates will provide contact information for the letter writers, who will be contacted after the application is submitted and asked to submit their letters before November 29, 2021)
  3. a curriculum vitae that lists contact information for at least two additional references who are not letter writers
  4. a 1- to 2-page teaching narrative outlining goals, priorities, and methods as a music theory pedagogue and a list of undergraduate and graduate music theory courses (both within and in addition to our current curriculum) that you would enjoy teaching

Later in the search process, candidates may be asked to submit videos and artifacts of teaching, samples of research, and transcripts. Finalists will be invited to the East Lansing campus to interview.

 

Please direct any inquiries to:

Michael Callahan

Chairperson, Music Theory Area and Music Theory Search Committee

mrc@msu.edu

Together-we-will Statement

The university is requiring all MSU students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at: https://msu.edu/together-we-will/

Review of Applications Begins On

11/29/2021

Website

www.music.msu.edu

Department Statement

With 85 faculty members, the Michigan State University College of Music (music.msu.edu) serves approximately 600 majors and offers a comprehensive range of degree programs from baccalaureate through doctorate.

The music theory area (theory.music.msu.edu) consists of seven faculty members and features a vibrant Master’s degree program with 12–15 students enrolled at a time. Research seminars and other advanced coursework, an active colloquium series with three guest scholars per semester, and dedicated faculty mentors equip Master’s students with the analytical, research, musicianship, and pedagogical skills to pursue doctoral study in music theory and to present scholarship while still Master’s students. The Master’s program and a Graduate Certificate in music theory also serve composer-theorists and performer-theorists who go on to successful collegiate teaching careers. Finally, the theory area interacts with nearly every student in the College of Music, including undergraduate majors in performance, music education, jazz studies, and composition, as well as Master’s and Doctoral students in performance, composition, and conducting.

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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