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The College of Music at Michigan State University invites applications for a tenure-stream Assistant Professor of Music Theory position beginning 16 August 2022. Review begins 28 October.

Develop a national reputation as a scholar by advancing an active agenda of research publications and presentations in the field of music theory
Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in music theory (a 2 + 3 course load) 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 in research and teaching
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

A completed doctorate in music theory by 16 August 2022
An emerging or established record of scholarly productivity
Successful university-level teaching experience
A demonstrated commitment to music theory pedagogy
A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging

Demonstrated ability to mentor student research
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 or keyboard skills; and specialized readings seminars and proseminars for Master’s students in music theory

To apply, visit the MSU job postings website ( and select posting 732746:
Please submit:
letter of application
3 letters of recommendation that attest to the qualifications listed above (to be uploaded separately by recommenders)
C.V. that lists contact information for at least 2 references who are not letter writers
1-page research narrative summarizing primary and any secondary research specializations, short- and longer-term research plans and titles of 2 proposed readings seminars for Master’s students in music theory
1- to 2-page teaching narrative outlining goals, priorities, and methods as a music theory pedagogue

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