University of Utah — Tenure-Track Faculty Position, Music Theory



RANK/SALARY: Assistant Professor, tenure-track. Salary commensurate with candidate’s credentials and experience.

DUTIES: (1) Establish a notable professional career as a music theorist with continuing growth and national/international visibility; (2) teach undergraduate and graduate courses in music theory according to curricular needs and the candidate’s abilities/expertise, such as undergraduate theory courses in diatonic harmony, form & analysis, and 20th/21st century styles & techniques, as well as courses at the graduate level, such as analysis, pedagogy of music theory, and others, as needed; (3) supervise undergraduate final projects and graduate theses and dissertations, and promote the graduate music theory program; (4) advise undergraduate and graduate music theory majors; (5) contribute to the coordination and advancement of the core music theory curriculum; (6) participate on committees, including doctoral supervisory committees; (7) and perform other appropriate college, university, and professional service.

QUALIFICATIONS: (1) An earned doctorate or ABD in music theory, or equivalent experience in music theory research; (2) publication of scholarly, original, peer-reviewed research or evidence of the potential for the publication of scholarly, original, peer-reviewed research for recent recipients of the doctorate; (3) teaching experience in music theory at the college level; (4) excellent classroom keyboard skills; (5) demonstrated experience and effectiveness with instructional technologies. The successful candidate must have a commitment to high-quality undergraduate and graduate instruction, and ability or potential to teach and mentor a diverse student body. We are seeking a resourceful, creative, innovative, and accomplished music theorist who demonstrates every promise of attaining professional distinction, as defined in our Retention, Tenure, and Promotion guidelines

PROCEDURE:  Applicants must submit (1) a letter of application; (2) a curriculum vitae (including the names, telephone numbers, and email addresses of 3 to 5 persons who can provide references); (3) a succinctly written statement of teaching philosophy; (4) 3 confidential letters of recommendation (uploaded directly by recommenders); (5) unofficial copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts. Submit all materials electronically via: The review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position has been filled. Candidates should complete their on-line application prior to February 4, 2018, to ensure full consideration. Candidates who proceed to the final level will be required to participate in a routine criminal background check and to provide official transcripts. For more information, or to suggest nominations for this position, please contact Dr. Steve Roens, chair of the search committee, at Do not send other materials unless requested.

APPOINTMENT:  July 1, 2018 (duties begin August 15, 2018)

The University of Utah is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and it has over 400 majors. Faculty members in the School of Music are a distinguished group of approximately 90 performers, educators, scholars, conductors, and composers. Students in the School of Music earn BA, BM, MA, MM, DMA, and PhD degrees in fields that include conducting, composition, jazz studies, music education, music theory, musicology, and performance. The University of Utah is the primary research-intensive, doctoral-degree-granting public university in the state, with its commitment to research (including creative activity) fully extended into the arts and humanities. The university was founded in 1850 and currently enrolls over 35,000 students pursuing degrees ranging from the bachelor’s level through doctoral and professional programs. The university is located two miles east of downtown Salt Lake City and is a core component of the vibrant entrepreneurial metropolitan area, a region consistently rated among the best places to live in the U.S. The University and the School of Music have historic and continuing links with all of the professional arts groups in the state, including the Utah Symphony and Utah Opera.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, national origin, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, status as a person with a disability, genetic information, or Protected Veteran status. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. To inquire about the University’s nondiscrimination or affirmative action policies or to request disability accommodation, please contact: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Circle, Rm 135, (801) 581-8365.

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds, and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.