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For Music Theory and Composition jobs that begin in Fall 2017.

  • NOTE from Moderator, 7/8/2016: I have changed the naming convention of this page to fall in line with every other job page on this wiki. The 2016-2017 page (this one) is for the 2016-2017 hiring season, for jobs that will begin in 2017. (In previous years the music theory/composition wiki has been named after the year in which the jobs will begin. This is why last year's page has nearly the same name as this year's.)


Last year's page, for jobs that start in Fall 2016: Music Theory/Composition 2016-17

Music Theory/Composition 2015-2016 (2 years ago)

Music Theory/Composition 2014-2015 (3 years ago)


See also: Musicology/Ethnomusicology 2016-17


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Theory OnlyEdit

Arizona State University (deadline 11/15) Assistant Professor of Music Theory (x2)

California State University, Sacramento (deadline 12/1) Tenure Track Instructional Faculty - Music (Theory)

Baylor University (deadline 10/14) Lecturer in Music Theory

  • (10/25 request for more information)
  • contacted references

Eastman School of Music (deadline 10/7) Assistant Professor of Music Theory (x2)

  • (10/25) request for SMT or Skype interview and teaching video (x3)
  • (11/7) request for writing sample, after SMT interview
  • (11/24) Finalists visiting campus.

Elon University (deadline 11/28) Lecturer in Music (Aural Skills)

George Mason University (deadline 12/15) Assistant/Associate Professor of Music Theory

Gettysburg College (deadline 12/15) Assistant Professor in Music Theory

Indiana University (deadline 11/15) Post-doctoral Resident Scholar

Lawrence University (deadline 9/1) Assistant Professor of Music Theory

  • (9/15) request for Skype interview
  • (10/6) request for campus interview
  • (12/5) received letter saying the position has been filled

Middlebury College (deadline 12/15) Visiting Assistant Professor of Music

Oberlin Conservatory (deadline 11/30) Tenure-track faculty position in Music Theory and Aural Skills

  • Request for teaching video and phone interview (12/8)

Portland State University (deadline 2/1) Assistant Professor of Practice (Music Theory)

Princeton University (deadline 12/1) Professor of Music Theory

  • "senior position in music theory, analysis and/or history of theory"

Shenandoah Conservatory (deadline 10/21) Assistant Professor of Music Theory

  • Request for skype interview (10/28)
  • Request for phone interview (10/29)
  • (11/16) Request for campus visit

Southern Methodist University (deadline 10/15) Lecturer in Music Theory

  •   Request for interview (11/8)

University of Alabama in Huntsville (deadline 1/1) Assistant Professor of Music Theory

University of California, Santa Barbara (deadline 11/30) Assistant Professor of Music Theory

University of Colorado (deadline 12/15) Instructor of Music Theory

University of Florida (deadline 11/15) Assistant Professor in Music Theory

  • (12/6) Reference letters requested.

University of Houston (deadline 12/1) Assistant Professor of Music Theory

University of Kentucky (deadline 11/15) Assistant Professor of Music Theory

  • (11/14) Checked with the department to see whether we are, indeed, supposed to upload our own recommendation letters.Turns out it's a mistake and letters can be emailed to the search chair at: kjholm2 at uky.edu. Hope that helps!

University of Louisville (deadline 12/15, posted 11/14) Assistant Professor of Music Theory

University of Notre Dame (deadline 11/1) Assistant Professor of Music Theory

University of Pittsburgh (deadline 12/1) Lecturer in Music Theory

  • (12/8) Request for Skype interview.

University of Puget Sound (deadline 9/6) Sabbatical Replacement, Music Theory (full-time, 1-semester, Spring 2017)

  • This was reposted on HigherEdJobs and Chronicle Vitae on 11/17, so they must still be taking applications.

University of Richmond (deadline 1/1) Visiting Assistant Professor of Music (2-year)

  • "The successful candidate will oversee a theory curriculum that includes courses in harmony, musicianship and analysis, and offer courses in a secondary area such as popular music composition, music industry, arranging, leading popular music ensembles, and/or song writing."

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (deadline 1/10) Assistant Professor - Music Theory

University of Toronto (deadline 11/28) Assistant Professor of Music Theory

Vassar College (deadline 10/1) Assistant Professor in Music Theory

  • "A secondary area in composition, jazz studies, music perception and cognition, or ability to contribute to a multi-disciplinary field would be welcome."

Theory/Performance, Etc.Edit

Alderson Broaddus University (open until filled, posted 10/31) Tenure-track Faculty Position in Music: Piano/Theory/Musicianship

  • "The primary instructional responsibilities of the successful candidate will be to teach applied piano lessons, piano classes, music theory sequence, and musicianship/aural skills sequence."
  • Also posted at Piano 2016-17.

Bowdoin College (deadline 1/3) Visiting Assistant Professor of Music (Musicology or Music Theory)

  • "Teaching load is two courses each semester and will include a Western classical music survey course for non-majors, an introductory music theory course, an intermediate-level course in form and analysis, and an advanced seminar in an area of special interest to the candidate."
  • Also posted at Musicology/Ethnomusicology 2016-17.


Cabrini University (deadline: review begins immediately, posted 26 September 2016) Assistant Professor of Music

  • "The Department of Graphic Design and Fine Arts, Cabrini University, invites applications for a tenure-track, Assistant Professor position to teach undergraduate courses in music theory and music history, as well as courses in the core curriculum."
  • Also posted at Musicology/Ethnomusicology 2016-17.
  • 12/01/16: Rejection received via email. (x2)

Central Michigan University (review begins immediately, posted 10/12) Music Theory/Literature Lecturer (Spring 2017)

  • "Duties: Teach undergraduate courses in music theory, history, and related areas, principally MUS 114: Music-The Listening Experience, MUS 313: Musics of the World, and MUS 718: Historical Perspectives II-19th-20th Centuries. Anticipated teaching load is 12 semester credit hours in spring term."
  • Also posted at Musicology/Ethnomusicology 2016-17.

Concordia College, Moorhead (deadline 1/15) Assistant Professor in Music

  • "Primary teaching duties are within the core musicianship area (aural skills, theory) and within one or more of the following areas of specialization: Composition, Music Theory, Musicology, or Ethnomusicology."
  • Also posted at Musicology/Ethnomusicology 2016-17.

Doane University (deadline 11/15) Assistant Professor of Music (Music Theory/Piano)

  • "Responsibilities include teaching music theory and ear training, teaching piano lessons and overseeing all piano instruction and accompanists in a thriving department. "
  • Also posted at Piano 2016-17.

John Brown University (deadline 11/15) Music Full-time Faculty: Theory/History

  • "Responsibilities include teaching the majority of courses found in the music core curriculum – music theory, aural skills, music history/philosophy, and Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI)."
  • Also posted at Musicology/Ethnomusicology 2016-17.
  • NB: "... and a commitment to Christian higher education are essential."

Hampden-Sydney College (deadline 12/15) Assistant Professor of Music

  • "The applicant will be a specialist in both music theory and musicology, with the ability to teach theory fundamentals as well as theory for music minors, and music history survey and topics courses. A third area of competence in world music topics, composition, and/or electronic music is a benefit."
  • Also posted at Musicology/Ethnomusicology 2016-17.


Kapi'olani Community College (deadline 11/16) Instructor, Music (tenure-track)

  • "Under general supervision, design, deliver and assess instruction in Music in World Culture and two or more of the following music appreciation, theory (general and pre-ed), guitar, ukulele, voice, piano and musical theater, with reference to course competencies and institutional and program level student-learning outcomes."
  • Also posted at Musicology/Ethnomusicology 2016-17.

Ramapo College (deadline: none listed) Assistant Professor of Music - Music Industry

  • "The successful candidate should also have expertise in either musicianship or musicology, thereby able to teach either musicianship courses that focus on Western music theory, ear training, rhythmic training, and keyboard skills or music history/culture courses about diverse types of popular music as well as Western art music, jazz, or other music traditions."
  • Also posted at Musicology/Ethnomusicology 2016-17.

Royal Holloway, University of London (deadline 10/13) Teaching Fellow in Music

  • "You will be a versatile musicologist with experience of successfully teaching undergraduate courses in music history and analysis. Expertise in Schenkerian Analysis and/or Wagner is desirable"
  • Also posted at Musicology/Ethnomusicology 2016-17.

Truman State University (deadline 11/21) Assistant Professor in Music (Saxophone/Music Theory)

  • Position requires a MM or DMA in Saxophone

University of North Carolina at Pembroke (deadline 1/9) Assistant/Associate Professor of Music History and Theory

University of North Carolina at Pembroke (deadline 1/9) Assistant/Associate Professor - Piano and Music Theory

University of Performing Arts Graz (deadline 12/1) Senior Scientist with PhD in Musicology or Music Theory

University of Tampa (deadline: 10/1) Assistant Professor of Music History and Theory

  • Also posted at Musicology/Ethnomusicology 2016-17.
  • 8/20 Does anyone know if the request for a conducting video is a mistake? The job description doesn't mention anything at all about conducting.
  • 8/22 Request for conducting video has been removed from the ad.
  • 12/7 Any updates on this one?

University of Wisconsin-Platteville: Assistant Professor of Music Theory & Applied Instrumental Instruction (beginning Spring 2017) (Deadline: 31 August 2016)

  • NB: The job description states that clarinet is the preferred instrument and that the ideal candidate will be an "artist-level performer," so they are more likely looking for clarinet DMAs who can teach theory. Just saving all the non-clarinetists a few clicks.

University of West Georgia (deadline 10/10) Assistant Professor of Music Theory

  • "Other duties and teaching will be assigned according to departmental needs, and will be selected from: Applied Music, Composition, Accompanying/Keyboard, and Jazz Studies, or other assignments according to the experience and expertise of the successful candidate."
  • 11/12 further materials requested

Theory/Composition/Etc.Edit

Bangor University (deadline 9/5) Lecturer in Music (composition/musicology)

Boise State University (deadline 11/15) Assistant Professor, Composition and Music Theory

Hillsdale College (deadline 11/3) Assistant Professor of Music

  • NB: Hillsdale is a "fiercely independent college of liberal arts, committed to the Western tradition, informed by Judeo-Christian religion...Within the statement of teaching & research interests there should be detailed response to the College’s Mission Statement that includes a discussion of the candidate’s ability to teach in the light of its commitments."

Muhlenberg College (deadline 11/1) Assistant Professor of Music (Composer/Conductor)

  • "A completed doctorate degree in composition, significant experience in conducting, and full-time college teaching experience are preferred."
  • 11/27 Skype interview scheduled (x2).

Ohio University (deadline 12/9) Assistant Professor of Composition/Music Theory

Rutgers University (Deadline: 15 September 2016) Assistant Professor of Music Theory/Composition

  • Skype interviews scheduled for 10/19.
  • 11/15 This was one of the earliest posted searches and deadlines of the season. Any updates?

Southern Methodist University (deadline 10/1) Lecturer, Composition and Music Theory, Non-Tenure Track

  • 9/26 This job has already been filled and should have been removed from all job requests sites.  The new position now available is the Lecturer, Music Theory, which is position 49828.

University of Georgia (deadline 11/15) Assistant Professor of Composition (teaching includes theory)

  • 12/2 Additional materials requested (x2)

University of Redlands (posted 9/16, review begins immediately) Assistant Professor of Music Theory and Composition

  • 10/17 Additional materials requested.
  • Skype interviews scheduled.

University of Waterloo (deadline 11/1) Assistant Professor of Music Theory(/Composition)

Ursinus College (deadline 12/1) Assistant Professor in Music

Washington College (deadline 9/15) Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Theory/Composition (Spring 2017)

Western Kentucky University (deadline 12/16) Assistant Professor of Music, Music Theory(/Composition)

  • "Responsibilities include teaching undergraduate and graduate Music Theory and Composition, Form and Analysis, Orchestra and Band Arranging, and Choral Arranging."

Composition OnlyEdit

Bath Spa University (deadline 11/24) Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Music (Composition)

Belmont University (review begins immediately, posted 11/11) Assistant Professor of Music (Composition and Arranging)

Berklee College of Music (deadline 1/9) Full-time Faculty, Composition Department

Central Michigan University (open until filled, posted 10/4) Assistant Professor, Composition

  • 11/16 References contacted

University of Colorado Colorado Springs (deadline 12/15) Assistant Professor - Music Composition

Durham University (deadline 11/20) Lecturer in Composition

Eastman School of Music (deadline 11/14) Composer/Director of the Beal Institute for Film Music and Contemporary Media

  • In case the link doesn't work, Job ID number is 197469

Peabody Conservatory, Johns Hopkins University (deadline 10/15) Part-time Faculty - Composition

The College of St. Rose (review begins immediately, posted 9/23) Assistant Professor of Music Industry (Songwriting, Composition and Performance)

  • They are looking for a Singer-Songwriter.

University of California, Los Angeles (deadline 9/30) Assistant Professor of Composition

University of California, Los Angeles (deadline 9/30) Associate/Full Professor of Composition

  • Skype interviews for the Associate/Full Professor position will take place on December 8 and 9. 

University of California, Santa Barbara (deadline 10/31) Lecturer, Composition (part-time, non-tenure-track)

University of Chicago (deadline 12/1) 2017-2018 Postdoctoral Fellowship in Music Composition

  • This is the first in a series of annual, non-renewable, one-year Postdoctoral Fellowships in Music Composition at the Center for Contemporary Composition at the University of Chicago.

Composition/TechnologyEdit

Allan Hancock College (deadline 11/7) Assistant Professor, Music (starting January 2017)

  • "This is a full-time, 175-day (10-month annual contract) tenure-track faculty position in the fine arts department teaching sound technology and may include recording techniques, music theory, electronic music, and general education classes when required."
  • Campus visit scheduled

Baylor University (deadline 10/15) Lecturer of Composition/Music Technology

  • 10/31 Additional materials request
  • 11/7 Contacted references

Brandeis University (deadline 10/31) Assistant Professor of Music

  • "Duties include the teaching of composition, theory and analysis at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Significant expertise in electroacoustic music and experience in the design and maintenance of an electroacoustic music studio would be a plus."
  • 11/29 Request for more materials (x2)

Colorado College (deadline 12/15) Visiting Assistant Professor - Music Technology (1-year)

  • "The emphasis of this position is on interdisciplinary and digital creativity within the liberal arts... The ideal candidate will bring an intellectual approach to the history and literature of music and technology, offering courses such as digital music production and digital creativity. Preference will be given to candidates with coding experience. We are particularly interested in candidates willing to support the core content courses of the music department through a secondary area of interest, in addition to their individual areas of expertise."

Georgia Institute of Technology (deadline 11/1) Assistant/Associate Professor of Music Technology

  • 11/15 Request for phone interview

Goldsmiths, University of London (deadline 11/6) Lecturer A/B in Sonic Arts (part-time)

  • "You will teach in undergraduate modules covering a wide range of contemporary and historical practices and theory in electronic music composition and history, sonic arts, and phonography."

Hostos Community College (deadline 12/13) Assistant Professor of Digital Music/Music

  • "Responsibilities include the following: teaches courses in Audio Engineering, Music Production, Sound Design, Music

Lane Community College (deadline 11/27) Music Instructor - Theory/Music Technology (Winter/Spring 2017)

Liberty University (no deadline listed, posted 11/16) Assistant Professor of Commercial Music and Film Score Composition

  • Job posting number: 9019463
  • "Extensive experience leading worship in evangelical church settings (8-10 years experience)"

Mount Holyoke College (deadline 11/15) Faculty Innovation Hire in Digital Music and Music Entrepreneurship

  • "We encourage applications from individuals with expertise in digital music and entrepreneurship with possible areas of concentration including: electronic music composition, production, and sound design; music business and management; music production and engineering; music and digital media; interactive and intermedia applications; community engagement and collaboration; and music and social entrepreneurship."

Oberlin Conservatory (deadline 1/1) Technical Director for the Technology in Music and Related Arts (TIMARA) Department

Princeton University (open until filled, posted 10/27) Director of Electronic Music (Lecturer/Senior Lecturer), starting in January 2017

  • "The primary function of the position is to direct the Princeton University Laptop Orchestra, organize departmental electronic music activities, and coordinate co-curricular electronic music instruction. The Director of Electronic Music is also responsible for administrating and teaching academic courses in the theory and practice of electronic music, for maintaining the electronic music studios, and for supervising a graduate student assistant."

Ramapo College of New Jersey  (review begins immediately, posted 10/5) Assistant Professor of Music Production

  • "Ramapo College of New Jersey seeks a tenure track Assistant Professor in the field of Music Production. The successful candidate will teach all levels of Music Recording and Electronic/Computer Music courses. In addition to teaching, the candidate will be responsible for the maintenance of the Les Paul Studio (recording) and Digital Music Lab. The candidate should have a doctorate degree in music, or a MFA in music technology or production, and be well versed in a broad range of music software and hardware audio systems including Pro tools, Max/MSP, Reason, Logic Pro, and Ableton Live."

Savannah State University (review begins immediately, posted 9/20) Instructor - Music (Keyboard and Music Technology)

  • "Savannah State University seeks a full-time instructor of Keyboard & Music Technology qualified to teach music appreciation, keyboard, music theory, ensemble, applied lessons, and music technology courses."
  • Also posted at Piano 2016-17.

School of the Art Institute of Chicago (deadline 12/16) Full-time Faculty Position in Sound

  • "Specific areas of practice and research might include: acoustic ecology and soundscape; phonography; site-specific installation; electronics and electronic music, including analog synthesis, instrument design and construction; improvisation or other live-performance practices; work with innovative approaches to sound for video, film, or games."

Stetson University (deadline 11/1) Assistant Professor of Digital Arts

  • "seeks a Digital Artist whose practice emphasizes applications of technology to sound and music"

SUNY Oneonta (no deadline listed, posted 11/21) Assistant Professor of Composition and Audio Production

University of Leeds (deadline 9/2) Teaching Fellow in Music (Electronic & Computer Music)

University of Miami (deadline 12/15) Assistant or Associate Professor in Music Engineering Technology

University of Michigan (deadline 1/3) Assistant Professor in Performing Arts Technology

University of Technology Sydney (deadline 10/27) Lecturer and Senior Lecturer (2 positions), Music and Sound Design

UPCOMING DEADLINESEdit

  • 31 Aug 2016 - University of Wisconsin-Platteville: Assistant Professor of Music Theory & Applied Instrumental Instruction
  • 01 Sep 2016 - Lawrence University: Assistant Professor of Music Theory
  • 02 Sep 2016 - University of Leeds: Teaching Fellow in Music (Electronic & Computer Music)
  • 05 Sep 2016 - Bangor University: Lecturer in Music (composition/musicology)
  • 06 Sep 2016 - University of Puget Sound: Sabbatical Replacement, Music Theory
  • 15 Sep 2016 - Rutgers University: Assistant Professor of Music Theory/Composition
  • 15 Sep 2016 - Washington College: Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Theory/Composition (Spring 2017)
  • 30 Sep 2016 - University of California, Los Angeles: Associate/Full Professor of Composition
  • 30 Sep 2016 - University of California, Los Angeles: Assistant Professor of Composition
  • 01 Oct 2016 - Southern Methodist University: Lecturer, Composition and Music Theory
  • 01 Oct 2016 - University of Tampa: Assistant Professor of Music History and Theory
  • 01 Oct 2016 - Vassar College: Assistant Professor in Music Theory
  • 07 Oct 2016 - Eastman School of Music: Assistant Professor of Music Theory (x2)
  • 10 Oct 2016 - University of West Georgia: Assistant Professor of Music Theory
  • 13 Oct 2016 - Royal Holloway, University of London: Teaching Fellow in Music
  • 14 Oct 2016 - Baylor University: Lecturer in Music Theory
  • 15 Oct 2016 - Baylor University: Lecturer of Composition/Music Technology
  • 15 Oct 2016 - Peabody Conservatory, Johns Hopkins University: Part-time Faculty - Composition
  • 15 Oct 2016 - Southern Methodist University: Lecturer in Music Theory
  • 21 Oct 2016 - Shenandoah Conservatory: Assistant Professor of Music Theory
  • 27 Oct 2016 - University of Technology Sydney: Lecturer and Senior Lecturer (2 positions), Music and Sound Design
  • 31 Oct 2016 - Brandeis University: Assistant Professor of Music
  • 31 Oct 2016 - University of California, Santa Barbara: Lecturer, Composition
  • 01 Nov 2016 - Georgia Institute of Technology: Assistant/Associate Professor of Music Technology
  • 01 Nov 2016 - Muhlenberg College: Assistant Professor of Music (Composer/Conductor)
  • 01 Nov 2016 - University of Notre Dame: Assistant Professor of Music Theory
  • 01 Nov 2016 - University of Waterloo: Assistant Professor of Music Theory
  • 03 Nov 2016 - Hillsdale College: Assistant Professor of Music
  • 06 Nov 2016 - Goldsmiths, University of London: Lecturer A/B in Sonic Arts (part-time)
  • 07 Nov 2016 - Allan Hancock College: Assistant Professor, Music
  • 14 Nov 2016 - Eastman School of Music: Composer/Director of the Beal Institute for Film Music and Contemporary Media
  • 15 Nov 2016 - Arizona State University: Assistant Professor of Music Theory (x2)
  • 15 Nov 2016 - Boise State University: Assistant Professor, Composition and Music Theory
  • 15 Nov 2016 - Doane University: Assistant Professor of Music (Music Theory/Piano)
  • 15 Nov 2016 - Indiana University: Post-doctoral Resident Scholar
  • 15 Nov 2016 - John Brown University: Music Full-time Faculty: Theory/History
  • 15 Nov 2016 - Mount Holyoke College: Faculty Innovation Hire in Digital Music and Music Entrepreneurship
  • 15 Nov 2016 - University of Florida: Assistant Professor in Music Theory
  • 15 Nov 2016 - University of Kentucky: Assistant Professor of Music Theory
  • 15 Nov 2016 - University of Georgia: Assistant Professor of Composition
  • 16 Nov 2016 - Kapi'olani Community College: Instructor, Music (tenure-track)
  • 20 Nov 2016 - Durham University: Lecturer in Composition
  • 21 Nov 2016 - Truman State University: Assistant Professor in Music (Saxophone/Music Theory)
  • 24 Nov 2016 - Bath Spa University: Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Music (Composition)
  • 27 Nov 2016 - Lane Community College: Music Instructor - Theory/Music Technology (Winter/Spring 2017)
  • 28 Nov 2016 - Elon University: Lecturer in Music (Aural Skills)
  • 28 Nov 2016 - University of Toronto: Assistant Professor of Music Theory
  • 30 Nov 2016 - Oberlin Conservatory: Tenure-track faculty position in Music Theory and Aural Skills
  • 30 Nov 2016 - University of California, Santa Barbara: Assistant Professor of Music Theory
  • 01 Dec 2016 - California State University, Sacramento: Tenure Track Instructional Faculty - Music (Theory)
  • 01 Dec 2016 - Princeton University: Professor of Music Theory
  • 01 Dec 2016 - University of Chicago: 2017-2018 Postdoctoral Fellowship in Music Composition
  • 01 Dec 2016 - University of Houston: Assistant Professor of Music Theory
  • 01 Dec 2016 - University of Performing Arts Graz: Senior Scientist with PhD in Musicology or Music Theory
  • 01 Dec 2016 - University of Pittsburgh: Lecturer in Music Theory
  • 01 Dec 2016 - Ursinus College: Assistant Professor in Music
  • 09 Dec 2016 - Ohio University: Assistant Professor of Composition/Music Theory
  • 13 Dec 2016 - Hostos Community College: Assistant Professor of Digital Music/Music
  • 15 Dec 2016 - Colorado College: Visiting Assistant Professor - Music Technology (1-year)
  • 15 Dec 2016 - George Mason University: Assistant/Associate Professor of Music Theory
  • 15 Dec 2016 - Gettysburg College: Assistant Professor in Music Theory
  • 15 Dec 2016 - Hampden-Sydney College: Assistant Professor of Music
  • 15 Dec 2016 - Middlebury College: Visiting Assistant Professor of Music
  • 15 Dec 2016 - University of Colorado: Instructor of Music Theory
  • 15 Dec 2016 - University of Colorado Colorado Springs: Assistant Professor - Music Composition
  • 15 Dec 2016 - University of Miami: Assistant or Associate Professor in Music Engineering Technology
  • 16 Dec 2016 - School of the Art Institute of Chicago: Full-time Faculty Position in Sound
  • 16 Dec 2016 - Western Kentucky University: Assistant Professor of Music, Music Theory(/Composition)
  • 01 Jan 2017 - Oberlin Conservatory: Technical Director for the Technology in Music and Related Arts (TIMARA) Department
  • 01 Jan 2017 - University of Alabama: Assistant Professor of Music Theory
  • 01 Jan 2017 - University of Richmond: Visiting Assistant Professor of Music (2-year)
  • 03 Jan 2017 - Bowdoin College: Visiting Assistant Professor of Music (Musicology or Music Theory)
  • 03 Jan 2017 - University of Michigan: Assistant Professor in Performing Arts Technology
  • 09 Jan 2017 - Berklee College of Music: Full-time Faculty, Composition Department
  • 09 Jan 2017 - University of North Carolina at Pembroke: Assistant/Associate Professor of Music History and Theory
  • 09 Jan 2017 - University of North Carolina at Pembroke: Assistant/Associate Professor - Piano and Music Theory
  • 10 Jan 2017 - University of Texas Rio Grande Valley: Assistant Professor - Music Theory
  • 15 Jan 2017 - Concordia College, Moorhead: Assistant Professor in Music
  • 01 Feb 2017 - Portland State University: Assistant Professor of Practice (Music Theory)
  • Open until filled - Alderson Broaddus University: Tenure-track Faculty Position in Music: Piano/Theory/Musicianship
  • Open until filled - Belmont University: Assistant Professor of Music (Composition and Arranging)
  • Open until filled - Cabrini University: Assistant Professor of Music
  • Open until filled - Central Michigan University: Assistant Professor, Composition
  • Open until filled - Central Michigan University: Music Theory/Literature Lecturer (Spring 2017)
  • Open until filled - Liberty University: Assistant Professor of Commercial Music and Film Score Composition
  • Open until filled - Princeton University: Director of Electronic Music (Lecturer/Senior Lecturer), starting in January 2017
  • Open until filled - Ramapo College: Assistant Professor of Music - Music Industry
  • Open until filled - Ramapo College of New Jersey: Assistant Professor of Music Production
  • Open until filled - Savannah State University: Instructor - Music (Keyboard and Music Technology)
  • Open until filled - SUNY Oneonta: Assistant Professor of Composition and Audio Production
  • Open until filled - The College of St. Rose: Assistant Professor of Music Industry (Songwriting, Composition and Performance
  • Open until filled - University of Louisville: Assistant Professor of Music Theory
  • Open until filled - University of Redlands: Assistant Professor of Music Theory and Composition

DISCUSSIONEdit

It's strange that there have been so few updates.  What's going on out there?


  • 8/19 Travel reimbursement: Can anyone share advice on getting reimbursed for travel expenses? I've never had this problem before, in the many campus visits I've done in the past (I've always been reimbursed in 4-6 weeks), but this time it's been a real drag, over two months.The campus visit was in the Spring semester. I submitted receipts and requisition form in early June. When I enquired a few weeks ago they said they were working on it. But I've still received nothing and now they don't even reply to my polite emails. Any ideas?
  • Corollary question to 8/19's query: Is it typical to have candidates make and pay for their own travel arrangements? Every institution I visited (so far) has made (and thus paid for) my travel arrangements. Any institution which is unable to make and pay for travel arrangements up front sounds suspect to me and raises a serious red flag. I should add I am new to the job market.
  • (8/30) Every interview I've ever been on has covered all expenses, but some schools to seem to prefer the candidate to make the arrangements and pay for them, and then reimburse them.  I've never had as long a wait as 8/19 seems to have had.  I'd continue being the squeaky wheel, if I were you.  Another variable is that, in the time between your interview and now, the budget year has turned over.  I don't know if that will cause any troubles.  Hopefully not - best of luck!
  • 8/30(2) This is 8/19 again.  I've always been reimbursed for travel for a campus visit, usually within about five weeks. In this instance they fully invited me to submit receipts for reimbursement.  And I did, within the same budget year as the interview (in early June for a March interview).  But then they just never sent a check, and now they don't even respond when I write an email to ask.  This is an otherwise reputable institution, except that I notice that sometimes their entire website is down, which is worrying.  I just wondered if anyone else has had a similar experience and what they did about it. Or whether there is something I can do that I'm not thinking of.
  • 8/30(3)  New poster: I had an experience like this once.  I finally got through by politely writing to one of the upper-level administrators I'd spoken to during my interview, cc-ing the search chair, and the dept. assistant who was supposed to have processed the check.  Passive aggressive maybe... but it worked, and with no hard feelings (I think).  It's hard to know at what level the process has stalled, so it helped to write to as many tiers at once.  Maybe a red flag, but then again maybe not.  I have respect for the institution and the people I met there.  I wouldn't read too much into it.  A great institution can have a bungling assistant in the human resources department somewhere.
  • 8/19. If you haven't gotten your money back, I suggest writing them again, but copying the Dean, Provost, VP of Academic Affairs and the University President., marking the email as urgent. You may want to use a  subject line like: Search Applicant from previous year's music search still awaiting reimbursement funds.   That should get their attention. 
  • 10/15 I'm hearing more and more cases like this.  Is there any update?  If not, now may be a good time to call your family's lawyer.
  • 10/15 (2) Yes there is an update:  Two weeks later, I wrote a second time to about five people in the business office and the department as well.  This time, after a few days another person wrote back saying they were trying to take care it.  After another week--yes seven days--the departmental assistant wrote back cc-ing to someone in accounting, that they needed my SS# (which is the first time I've ever heard of having to provide and SS# to get reimbursed and also the first time anyone had asked for this since the whole rigamorole started).   Then after another ten days they said they were ready to process my check, which would take up to two weeks to arrive.  But WAIT that's NOT ALL:  after two weeks I wrote saying that I never received the check, and asked when was it sent and to where?  They wrote back saying to wait yet another week and let them know if I still didn't receive the check. They also said they sent it to the address provided on the invoice and quoted that correct address back to me.  After waiting another F%^&*@(**^^T$%ing week I wrote again.  They said the check had been returned to them because of an undeliverable address. It turns out that someone MISreTYPED my address in TWO different ways such that it couldn't be delivered.  So they cut another check and had it sent, which took another week; I received that check two weeks later, and deposited it immediately.  By the time the whole affair was over I wanted to flush someone's head down the toilet AND kick them in the stomach. Blech!!!

.SCI National Conference - 2017

  • 08/29 (1): Has anyone heard anything about this? If my piece is accepted I'll need to apply for funding ASAP since I will be supplying my own performers and will need to cover their travel.
  • 08/29 (2): External adjudicator here. We were asked to assess submitted materials by August 1st. I expect the hosts/organizing committees will need some time to finalize programs before notifications go out.
  • 11/9 Any word? It seems to be very late.
  • 11/10 Received notification of acceptance on 10/8. Sorry I didn't notice this as something to update until today...
  • 11/10 (2) Strange. I received an email last night stating that they still had not finalized the decisions and that people would be notified by December 1. It's a wash for me at this point. Too late to get funding and I had to let my performer go for another gig that was a sure thing.

School-Specific DiscussionEdit

  • The Open University position, and University of West London position are not Fall 2017 starts, and should therefore probably be removed and placed on last year's wiki.
  • 7/13 I have moved them to last year's page.

University of Houston (no deadline published yet) Assistant Professor of Music Theory

  • There is no link provided with the current U of Houston entry on this wiki. This job, as of mid-afternoon on 9/7 is also not listed on the U of H's website. Is there an official source for this posting or does this just reflect a rumor that U of H will be looking for a theorist later this season? (9/7)
  • It was announced at a faculty meeting a couple weeks ago and is generally known around the school of music. Who knows how long it will take them to send out an official call? But UH is definitely going to conduct a search for a TT theorist to start work in the fall of 2017. (9/8)
  • There are currently 2 adjunct theory professors at this school. At least one of them might have an inside track. Just something to be aware of. And I hope you like guns, as this is a "campus carry" school.
  • 10/22 This job is now posted online (see above).

Beloit College

  • What is the connection between media studies and music? I see music not mentioned once in the job description, so I'm just curious how the committee would find a composer working with music technology appealing to them.
  • 11/23: I agree with the above comment. While sure, music is part of "media," there is another wiki for "Communication and Media Studies." I've removed this job from this wiki, as it's already on the other one. Please feel free, anyone, to re-add if you feel it is appropriate.

UCLA

  • Any updates on these comp jobs? 
  • There are apparently a tremendous number of applicants, so it wouldn't be surprising if they're not through the first round of reviews, yet.

UGA

  • Is this a real search?  They hired someone without a full search last year to replace another composer who fled the school after just one year.  Before that, they had another composer, an Australian I believe, whom they strung along for several years only to toss aside in favor of the person who later fled.
  • SC member here: This is indeed a real search, for a tenure-track position. No one was "tossed aside" and no one "fled". There have been in the past few years limited-term professors whose terms expired, and a tenure-track professor who was made a highly competitive offer from a top institution after one year at UGA. This search is to replace the TT professor who left, and left on good terms. 
  • This is an interesting case.  What they did last year was invite finalists who'd been considered the previous year, essentially alternates for the candidate who left (or "fled").  So the initial poster is correct, they did not conduct a real search last year.  I'm not sure the legality of it.  This year's search may or may not be real, but I would guess the person they brought in from last year will have a leg up in this process.  I am not familiar with the Australian mentioned above, but it is common practice at a number of institutions to use temporary faculty, especially those from overseas with strict visa requirements, as a means of meeting teaching needs and then not offering them anything when they "expire", to use the term from above.
  • 11/23 I was one of the finalists for the 1-year search in May. It was a real search. I had not been a finalist in the previous year and still made it to the interview round.     

Boise State

  • This job was posted on November 1st with a November 15 deadline. Sounds fishy. And now, the job posting has been taken down prior to the deadline. Sounds really fishy?
  • The job posting isn't down, it is still there . Also, I'm not sure when Boise State was added to this wiki, but it was announced well before Nov. 1st on multiple job list sites (Vitae, CMS Vacancy List).

University of Louisville

  • Not on the job market, but wanted to throw my two cents in for this particular job. If you have not been following higher education news, please do your research before applying to the University of Louisville. There is a massive culture change that is happening/being forced upon by the Kentucky state government. It's well documented in Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed. Yes, it's a tenure-track job, but it's not a great environment. I want everyone to know what they're getting into in the case they do decide to apply, get an interview, and eventually get an offer.
  • Most of us are unemployed or precariously employed, so this is moot.
  • 11/23: LOL, I've been thinking recently about how relatively calm and uneventful this year's wiki discussion has been so far, compared to previous years. Thanks for the "altruism," OP. I'll give you the benefit of the doubt that your comment was done out of concern for the applicant, and not out of wanting to take a dig at the institution. But I'm sure anybody who progresses to the point of interviews and job offers will surely have "done their research" and know a bit about their prospective employer by then.
  • 11/23(2): In response to the (first, undated) response above, not everybody on this wiki is "unemployed or precariously employed," and I don't think the information given above is moot. Some theorists are relatively securely employed and considering making a move, and for these people, this is relevant information. In response to 11/23 above, yes, "anybody who progresses to the point of interviews and job offers will surely have "done their research" and know a bit about their prospective employer by then," but maybe the information the first poster gave can help them consider whether they want to waste their time applying in the first place. Thanks for the heads-up, OP.
  • 11/24 Count me amongst the precariously- and most likely to be soon un-employed. I would encourage those who have jobs to heed the advise and skip this one so the desperate among us have a shot!
  • Haha.  Amen, 11/24.
  • 11/28 OP here. I certainly understand the sentiment if you're unemployed or precariously employed. Regardless, I still think it's worth taking the time to look into it. The recent shake-up was big news. But it would have been easy to miss if someone didn't follow IHE or Chronicle over the summer. All it was, was a heads up.
  • 11/28(2): Can anyone elaborate on the situation or provide a link to a relevant article?
  • 11/28(3): In short, Governor Matt Bevin dismiised the entire board of trustees and installed his own people. Lawsuit overturned Bevin's move. Bevin is now taking it to Supreme Court. Work backwards from here: http://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/politics/2016/11/21/bevins-uofl-appeal-may-hit-ky-supreme-court/94245530/
  • 11/30: This conversation cracks me up. If I get the job will I have my own office? Will I get paid more than I could make at Starbucks? Can I have the job for more than one year? Then I don't care who the Governor is and what he might do!!!!
  • 11/30b: While we all have our own thresholds, the fact that 11/30a's is so low is concerning, deeply concerning. By which I mean, concerning regarding the state of academic employment generally!
  • 12/1: It is very concerning. It's absolutely dreadful out there.
  • 12/1 (2): All of which makes me echo questions as to why we're singling out the University of Louisville here. I have enough knowledge of the program (and the state) to know that in fact it IS a pretty great environment: the faculty there are some of the nicest and most collegial people you could ever hope to work with and the students are quite bright and talented. And Louisville is a really great city. 
  • 12/1 (3): I guess you'd have to direct your question to the OP.
  • 12/1 (4): In response to 12/1 (2) It's pretty obvious why U of Louisville is "singled out." As far as I know, U of Louisville is the only university whose state governor has asserted himself into university life in such a way as to threaten academic freedom.
  • 12/6: Two words: Scott Walker. Not that UW has an opening, but he's doing some truly dreadful things to the University system there. Would I apply if UW had an opening? Hell yeah! Madison is like the greatest place ever. And to one of the points made above, Louisville is also a lovely town. These things matter. We aren't robots. At the end of the day, I want to make a decent living and live in a nice place. All jobs have BS that go along with them.

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