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Schools with Accepted OffersEdit

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  • Institution Name: -- First Name Last Name -- YYYY (or ABD) Doctoral Institution -- Current Position, if applicable
  • For ABDs, please only indicate a graduation year if you've already defended and submitted.
  • If an institution had multiple positions open this year, please indicate the position in parentheses.
  • For non-ABD faculty without PhDs, please indicate the terminal degree under the PhD column.
  • Please only list positions filled by musicologists/ethnomusicologists in this chart. Positions filled by non-musicologists should/can be noted on the main job listing below (with their degree in parentheses), but this chart is designed to demonstrate which ethnomusicology/musicology programs are placing their graduates.
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Hiring Institution New Faculty PhD Date, Institution Current Position (if different)

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Jobs for 2018 Edit

Note: in keeping with prior practice, "Jobs for 2018" shall be interpreted as covering jobs that fall into the 2017-2018 application cycle for jobs starting during the North American / UK 2018-2019 Academic Year. Although exact start times will vary, this will generally include any positions starting between January 2018 and April 2019, and can include such things as 1-term visiting professorships, temporary lecturer opportunities, etc. Listings accidentally placed here but belonging to a preceding or following academic year will be moved appropriately.

In keeping with discussion on the previous year's wiki page, this listing welcomes postings about jobs from institutions around the world, including but not limited to: full-time tenure track faculty, full-time non-tenure track faculty, full-time community college faculty, and part-time/adjunct faculty appointments. (We do not currently post listings for part-time adjunct pools, only for specific part-time/adjunct positions.)

Green River College: Ethnomusicology Instructor (begins Jan 2018) (Deadline: 24 September 2017, but review begins 09 September)Edit

  • Job Title: Ethnomusicology Instructor - Tenure Track
  • Closing Date/Time: Sun. 09/24/17 11:59 PM Pacific Time
  • Salary: Depends on Qualifications
  • Job Type: Tenure Track Faculty
  • Location: Main Campus - 12401 SE 320th Street Auburn, Washington
  • First review of applications starts September 9.
  • POSITION SUMMARY: Green River College seeks an Instructor of Ethnomusicology to teach music appreciation courses which may include: Music in World Culture, History of Jazz, American Popular Music or Classical Music. The successful candidate will develop and lead an ethnic drumming ensemble. The candidate will also create curriculum for new courses in the music department directly related to their specialty in Ethnomusicology or Musicology. We seek an instructor who embraces the community and technical college mission and the faculty role of contributing to the general education of students who will apply learning to the world of work and transfer their education to a university.
  • Position Responsibilities: Teach music appreciation courses. Create new curriculum and teach courses focused on their field of study. Develop and lead an ethnic drumming ensemble. Advise students, serve on committees and perform other duties as outlined in the negotiated collective bargaining agreement. Participate in college and division professional activities. Maintain strong collegial and collaborative relationships within the Music Department, the Fine Arts Division, and the Green River College campus community.
  • MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Master's Degree in Ethnomusicology, the Anthropology of Music or Musicology (with coursework in Ethnomusicology). Experience teaching college-level music classes as teacher of record. Ability to lead an ethnic drumming ensemble. Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships with students, colleagues, staff, and administrators. Demonstrated experience working with people of diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds as well as those with disabilities.
  • PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Two years' experience (part-time or full-time) successfully teaching Music in World Culture, History of Jazz, American Popular Music or Classical Music courses at the college level as the instructor of record. Experience teaching music at the community college level. Experience as a performing drummer. Participation in professional organizations. Demonstrated experience, expertise, cultural competencies, and commitment to equity in working with students, communities, and colleagues from diverse backgrounds and identities. Demonstrated experience with underrepresented and underserved communities.
  • Supplemental Information: This is a full-time tenure track position beginning Winter Quarter 2017 [sic - this should probably read Winter Quarter 2018], continuing with annual nine month contracts. The salary will be determined according to the candidate's educational background, teaching experience and applicable work experience. GRC is an agency shop.
  • Base Salary: In addition to the base salary, a premium for your degree or vocational certificate is included in the contract each year.
  • APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCEDURE: Cover letter specifically and clearly addressing each of the minimum and preferred qualifications. CV/Resume. Copies of transcripts documenting all undergraduate and graduate degrees and all relevant coursework (originals required upon hire)
  • At this time, Green River College is not sponsoring for H1-B Visas.
  • 6/17 Continuation of failed search from last year.

International Christian University: Faculty Position in Musicology (Western Music) (Deadline: 31 May 2017)Edit

  • International Christian University (ICU) is a private, bilingual liberal arts university with an undergraduate College of Liberal Arts and graduate programs. ICU’s educational mission is based on Christian and democratic principles. ICU has approximately 3,000 students and over 150 faculty members from Japan and overseas. The university is located on a wooded campus in the suburbs of Tokyo.
  • We are pleased to announce an open search for a full-time faculty position in musicology, with an emphasis on Western classical music. The successful applicant is expected to teach general education, foundation, and area major courses in the College of Liberal Arts, as well as courses in the Graduate School.
  • Department/Program: Department of Humanities
  • Rank & Title: Assistant Professor or above
  • Employment: Full-time
  • Term of Employment
1. Assistant Professor: A tenure-track position for a five-year term (with the possibility of promotion to Associate Professor after a tenure evaluation at the end of the term).
2. Associate Professor & Professor: Employment until the mandatory retirement age of 65.
  • Employment Conditions
1. Salary: in accordance with ICU employment regulations
2. Allowances: available, in accordance with ICU employment regulations (e.g. commuting allowance)
3. Working hours: in accordance with ICU employment regulation
4. Social insurance: coverage by Promotion and Mutual Aid Corporation for Private Schools of Japan (PMAC), workers’ compensation, etc.
  • Qualifications
1. Ph.D. or equivalent in musicology or a related field is required.
2. Language of instruction: Japanese and English
3. Commitment to the University’s Christian mission
  • Deadline for Applications: Applications must arrive at the address written below no later than May 31 2017. (Deadline may be extended until a most appropriate candidate is found.)
  • Starting Date: April 1, 2018 or September 1, 2018
  • Selection Process: After documentary screening, short-listed candidates will be requested to give a lecture and to be interviewed.
  • Notification of Decision: Applicants will be notified by letter.
  • Application materials:
1. Curriculum Vitae. The ICU CV format is available for download at URL.
2. List of Academic Publications (Do not send actual publications until requested.)
3. Names and contact information of three references and one person who can testify the applicant’s commitment to Christianity.
4. Cover letter describing why the applicant is appropriate for the position. (The letter must be submitted both in English and Japanese.)
  • An application package with all necessary materials should be sent by registered mail to:
Matt Gillan
Chair, Department of Humanities
International Christian University,
3-10-2 Osawa, Mitaka, Tokyo 181-8585, JAPAN
  • Write “Application for Position (Musicology)” on the envelope.
  • No email applications will be accepted.
  • Submitted application materials will not be returned. Personal information will be treated with confidentiality.
  • E-mail:
  • Additional Information: For inquiries, please contact the above e-mail address.

Istanbul Technical University: Full-time instructor/foreign teaching faculty, Ethnomusicology (Spring 2018) (Deadline: 15 July 2017)Edit

  • Continuing (one-year renewable) position at the Center for Advanced Studies in Music.
  • Salary rank: Instructor/Foreign Teaching Faculty.
  • The contract includes possible university housing (with very low rent).
  • Start Date: 1 January 2018.
  • Teaching responsibilities: four courses per semester. Candidates should be able to offer a general course on World Music, and courses in Transcription and Analysis, Foundations of Ethnomusicology, and Fieldwork, in addition to advising students and supervising Masters and Doctoral dissertations. There will also be the opportunity to develop new courses within the program. The language of instruction is English.
  • Located on the university's Macka campus, the Center for Advanced Studies in Music (MIAM) was established in 1999. It provides the only U.S.-style graduate music program in Turkey, and attracts top quality international students. MIAM offers a Masters degree in Music with specialties in Music Theory, Historical Musicology, Ethnomusicology, Sound Engineering, Composition, Sonic Arts, Music Business and Management, and Performance. It also offers the Doctorate with concentrations in Ethnomusicology, Musicology, Music Theory, Sound Engineering, Composition, Sonic Arts, and Performance. In addition to teaching facilities, the Center houses a music library and a state-of-the-art recording studio. Istanbul Technical University is Turkey's oldest (established 1774) and among its most prestigious. Its alumni include presidents, prime ministers, and business leaders. A European City of Culture in 2010, Istanbul is a vibrant metropolis of great historical and cultural interest.
  • Doctorate in Ethnomusicology preferred.
  • Send resume, cover letter, and three reference letters. All materials should be submitted electronically to: Paul Whitehead ( Phone: +90-212-247-1733. Fax: +90-212-248-5316.

San Jose State University: Assistant/Associate Professor of Music History (Director of the Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies) (Deadline: 15 September 2017)Edit

  • Subject to budgetary Approval
  • Specialization: Music History, Director of the Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies
  • Job Opening ID (JOID): 24057
  • Rank: Assistant or Associate Professor (Tenure-track)
  • Required Qualifications: Doctorate in Musicology or closely related field, with demonstrated expertise in Ludwig van Beethoven studies. Knowledge of the historical, analytical, and theoretical aspects of 18th and 19th century composers and music. A record that demonstrates promise of a successful career as a teacher-scholar within the context of an urban comprehensive university. Terminal degree by start of appointment is required. Candidate must address the needs of a student population of great diversity - in age, cultural background, ethnicity, primary language, and academic preparation - through course materials, teaching strategies, and advisement.
  • Preferred Qualifications: Successful teaching experience at the university level. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with diverse stakeholders, including students, faculty, staff, alumni, donors, community members, and board members. Reading knowledge of German.
  • Responsibilities: Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in the School of Music and Dance, including, but not limited to, courses in Music Appreciation, Music History, upper-division writing, and graduate seminars in Research and Bibliography, Music History, and Performance Practice. Act as thesis advisor for master’s students and serve on graduate student committees. Participate in School administrative activities, and serve on School, College, and University committees. Build and sustain a record of research, scholarly, and creative activities.
  • Initial appointment will be as Director of the Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies under renewable term conditions. Individual shall be responsible for overall strategic leadership of the Center, creating and implement educational outreach programs and integrating the aims and mission of the Center with the School of Music and Dance and the broader university to make the Center a resource for students, scholars, performers, and other institutions. She or he shall oversee all functions of the Center, including: budget and space, reporting, staff supervision, event planning and coordination, and oversight of The Beethoven Journal. The Director shall work with the Center’s Curator to (a) build collections and plan and implement exhibits; (b) establish program priorities and development objectives with the Board of Trustees of the American Beethoven Society; (c) develop grant fundraising proposals for local and national funding agencies; (d) work with the Dean and development staff to help build the Center’s endowments and foster relationships with potential donors.
  • Salary Range: Commensurate with qualifications and expertise
  • Starting Date: January 22, 2018, with possibility of extending start date to August 20, 2018 if necessary.
  • Eligibility: Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States.
  • Application Instructions: For full consideration, submit an electronic packet that includes: (1) letter of application; (2) curriculum vitae; (3) statement of teaching interests/philosophy; (4) statement of research agenda; (5) writing sample; and (6) a list of three references with contact information by noon on September 15, 2017 to Dr. Fred Cohen, Director of the School of Music and Dance via Interfolio. Transcripts and current letters of recommendation will be required of finalists.
  • Inquiries may be directed to Dr. Fred Cohen: Please include JOID 24057 in all correspondence.

University College Dublin: Lecturer/Assistant Professor in Musicology (Deadline: 30 June 2017)Edit

  • Lecturer/Assistant Professor in Musicology, UCD School of Music, UCD College of Arts and Humanities (Permanent)
  • Applications are invited for a permanent appointment as Lecturer / Assistant Professor (below the bar) in Musicology, UCD School of Music.
  • The appointed Lecturer / Assistant Professor will teach in the BA and BMus programmes in Music and in the MMus in Musicology (with strands in both historical musicology and ethnomusicology). She/he will also supervise and mentor MA and PhD students.
  • The School in particular seeks candidates with a strong research record and teaching interest in the areas of 20th century music (broadly defined), music and media, and/or music and digital culture. The successful candidate will be an innovative scholar with a proven investment in interdisciplinary topics and approaches within the field of musicology.
  • Note: It is envisaged the successful candidate will commence in post on Monday 8th January 2018.
  • Lecturer / Assistant Professor (below the bar) Scale: €32,820 - €57,602 per annum
  • Appointment will be made on scale and in accordance with the Department of Finance guidelines.
  • Closing date: 17.00hrs (Local Irish Time) on Friday 30th June 2017
  • Applications must be submitted by the closing date and time specified. Any applications which are still in progress at the closing time of 17:00hrs (Local Irish Time) on the specified closing date will be cancelled automatically by the system. UCD are unable to accept late applications.
  • Posted to AMS-L 6/12/17.

University of California, Los Angeles: Associate Professor/Professor of Ethnomusicology (Mohindar Brar Sambhi Endowed Chair) (Deadline: 09 October 2017)Edit

  • Job #JPF03043
  • Open June 19th, 2017 through October 9th, 2017
  • Description: The UCLA Department of Ethnomusicology seeks a senior scholar for a position with tenure at the level of Associate Professor or Professor, depending on achievements and qualifications, to hold the Mohindar Brar Sambhi Endowed Chair in Indian Music.
  • Required areas of expertise are ethnomusicology and the music of India with excellence in research, publications, and teaching. The ideal candidate will be knowledgeable in one of its classical forms and possibly one or more of its regional genres.
  • All applicants are expected to have a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology or a closely related field. Applicants are expected to have a robust research agenda and should be prepared to teach at the graduate and undergraduate levels.
  • The position is open till October 9th, 2017. To apply, submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, diversity statement, one scholarly publication or other sample of creative work, and the names and addresses of three references ONLINE at
  • Documents
Cover Letter
Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service.
Scholarly Publication/Sample of Creative Work
Misc/Additional (Optional)
Misc/Additional (Optional)
  • References: 3-5 references required (contact information only)

University of Nottingham: Chair in Music (Deadline: 04 September 2017)Edit

  • Chair in Music
  • Reference: PROF165817
  • Closing Date: Monday, 4th September 2017
  • Job Type: Research & Teaching
  • Department: Music
  • Salary: Salary will be within the professorial range, minimum £59,400 per annum
  • Applications are welcome from specialists in any area of musicology. The successful candidate will offer inspirational leadership to the Department of Music. Through this appointment, we are seeking to enhance the excellence and visibility of existing strengths and synergies within the Music Department, and between the Department and others within the University. In addition to strengthening Music’s research profile, the successful candidate will be expected to play an active leadership role in administrative terms, and to serve as head of department in the near future and in rotation with colleagues thereafter. They will contribute to the teaching programme at undergraduate and postgraduate level, and have a demonstrable interest in pedagogy.
  • Candidates must have a PhD (or equivalent) in Music or a related discipline, be able to demonstrate an outstanding publication record in any area of musicology, and have experience of UK Higher education or a comparable higher education in another country. An understanding of the challenges currently facing the UK HE sector is essential.
  • This is a full- time, permanent post which is available from January 2018
  • In addition to the application form, candidates should supply a CV, which includes details of their teaching and administrative experience and the areas of their research expertise.
  • Shortlisted candidates will be contacted and asked to supply samples of their publications.
  • This post is open until filled.
Job Description/Role Profile
Faculty Brochure
Additional Information
Information for candidates
Apply Online
  • Informal enquiries may be addressed to the Head of Music, Dr Nicholas Baragwanath, email: Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.


  • 31 May 2017 - International Christian University: Faculty Position in Musicology (Western Music)
  • 30 Jun 2017 - University College Dublin: Lecturer/Assistant Professor in Musicology
  • 15 Jul 2017 - Istanbul Technical University: Full-time instructor/foreign teaching faculty, Ethnomusicology
  • 04 Sep 2017 - University of Nottingham: Chair in Music
  • 15 Sep 2017 - San Jose State University: Assistant/Associate Professor of Music History (Director of the Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies)
  • 24 Sep 2017 - Green River College: Ethnomusicology Instructor (begins Jan 2018)
  • 09 Oct 2017 - University of California, Los Angeles: Associate Professor/Professor of Ethnomusicology (Mohindar Brar Sambhi Endowed Chair)


Musicology/Ethnomusicology 2017-18 Wiki Moderator: 5120j (

  • A few comments from 5120j:
1. My rule of thumb for deciding which jobs to post is: "COULD an ethno/musicologist fill this post?" Not the more narrow question "WILL an ethno/musicologist fill this post?" So, this means I will post more general "humanities" jobs, and positions (mostly at small schools) looking for someone to teach music history/appreciation but also direct an ensemble/teach applied lessons/etc. (If the most important part of the job seems to be the ensemble directing/applied lessons and music history/appreciation is an add-on, I don't post it.)
2. I post almost the entire text of the job ad so that if any changes are made later, they can be noticed and noted. The ads also usually disappear from the institution's website after the application deadline has passed, so it's helpful to preserve them here. And it's very instructive to see how the winning candidate did and didn't fit the job as it was advertised. I do usually excise the description of the hiring school/department/facilities and the EOE boilerplate, but I leave the rest of it as-is. Removing anything more feels like editorializing on my part.
3. I don't have a current membership to CMS/MVL or SEM so if jobs are posted only in those locations, I won't see them. I don't think we've missed too many in the last few years though, since most jobs are advertised fairly widely.
4. My anon email is 5120janon at gmail, and I welcome comments and questions about the wiki and its moderation this year. I'm not a musicologist of any type and am not (and will not be) on the market myself, but I have a professional interest in the ethno/musicology job market.

Acronym guideEdit

CMS: College Music Society

CHE: Chronicle of Higher Education

HERC: Higher Education Recruitment Consortium

IHE: Inside Higher Ed

MVL: Music Vacancy List (published by the College Music Society). Requires a member login.

AMS-L: American Musicological Society listserv

SAM-L: Society for American Music email list

SEM-L: Society of Ethnomusicology listserv

SEM: Society of Ethnomusicology. Their current job list requires a member login.

TT: Tenure Track

VAP: Visiting Assistant Professor

ABD: All-But-Dissertation

Wiki Counter: (check all that apply) Edit

I am a musicologist: 1

I am an ethnomusicologist:

I am a little of both: 1

I am currently in a TT position:

I am currently in a VAP/Lecturer position:

I am currently a Postdoctoral Fellow and on the market: 1

I am currently adjuncting and on the market: 1

I am a recent PhD and on the market: 1

I am a no-longer-so-recent PhD and on the market: 1

I was denied tenure and am back on the market:

I am a senior tenured scholar looking for a better position:

I am a tenured or tenure-track professor whose position has been cut:

I am working outside of the academy:

I am ABD and on the market:

I am ABD and no longer on the market:

I am not on the market but am an interested observer: 1

I am a member of a search committee:

I will keep this wiki a positive place for discussion and not post negativity: 2

I will respect the anonymity of the wiki and create a safe atmosphere by not trying to find out who posted what: 2

I am so deeply discouraged professionally: 1

I am unsure of whether to keep trying or cut my losses and find a new career: 1

Salary InformationEdit

  • (2017 note: Many of these links need to be updated, if anyone would like to do so).

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