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[https://meredithcollege.hiretouch.com/job-details?jobID=66838&job=assistant-professor-of-music-theory-and-composition Meredith College] (no deadline listed, posted 1/26) Assistant Professor of Music Theory and Composition
 
[https://meredithcollege.hiretouch.com/job-details?jobID=66838&job=assistant-professor-of-music-theory-and-composition Meredith College] (no deadline listed, posted 1/26) Assistant Professor of Music Theory and Composition
 
*Despite the title, this is a one-year (renewable) position.
 
*Despite the title, this is a one-year (renewable) position.
*2/19 Generic email saying "review will begin soon, make sure your application is complete" (x3)
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*2/26 Invite for phone interview
 
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Florida Gulf Coast University (deadline 11/30) Assistant Professor, Music

  • N.B. https://www.fgcu.edu/about/ "Unlike most universities, we do not have a tenure system so faculty members work on multi-year contracts."
  • 12/30 any updates here?
  • 2/4 Checked my candidate profile on the employment website. Status listed as "Approved for Interview" but have heard nothing from FGCU. (x3)
  • 2/6: Check your Spam folder! I had an interview request go there once... If nothing there, I think it's perfectly appropriate to contact the department and inquire if there was a missed communication somewhere.
  • 2/14: Despite the approved status, still haven't heard anything, including voicemail and spam folder. Anyone know who we should contact to ask? There's no specific email address on the application.
  • 2/15: I contacted the director of the music department via email. He reassured me that I did not miss any messages. (No further updates, though.)
  • 2/15 (2): Couldn't that ("Approved for Interview") just mean that HR has verified that you meet the minimum requirements?
  • 2/15 (3): This is probably the case. It's also possible that the department has made a short list, but either 1) hasn't got around to scheduling interviews yet, or 2) is only interviewing a subset of that list at this time.
  • 2/18: References contacted
  • 2/18 (x4): Invitation for a Zoom interview

Hochschule für Künste Bremen (deadline 9/30) Professor, Early Music Theory

James Madison University (review begins 12/28) Assistant Professor, Music Theory

  • 1/7 Invite for Zoom interview
  • 2/1 Anyone hear anything since Zoom interviews took place?
  • 2/1 Brief follow-up Zoom interview (not virtual campus visit) scheduled
  • 2/17 Virtual campus visit scheduled

Miami University (deadline 1/7) Assistant Professor of Music Theory

  • 1/30 request for materials
  • 2/12 Request for short Zoom interview (x2)
  • Any updates here?

New England Conservatory (deadline 2/1) Music Theory Faculty

  • N.B. NEC does not offer tenure.
  • 2/26 rejection received (x4)

Northwestern University (deadline 3/12) One-Year Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Theory and Cognition

Purdue University Fort Wayne (deadline 9/30) Lecturer in Music Theory

  • Begins Spring 2021
  • Duties: Coordinate music theory curriculum with other instructors. Teach assigned music theory courses. Advise and mentor undergraduate majors and supervise tutoring program with university personnel. Actively participate in the work of the School of Music and other duties as assigned by the director.
  • 10/19 Invitation for a Zoom meeting
  • 11/02 Campus Interviews are underway

Indiana University Jacobs School of Music (deadline 1/15) Assistant Professor of Music (Music Theory)

  • 1/27 Request for materials + Zoom interview x2
  • 2/17 Invitation for virtual campus visit

Smith College (deadline 10/15) Assistant Professor of Music (Music Theory)

  • Deadline appears to have been extended to Oct 26, 2020 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time
  • (11/25) Any updates on this search?
  • 11/30 Request for materials + Zoom interview (x3)
  • 2/7 Any updates here?
  • 2/7 Campus interviews are underway

Syracuse University (posted 11/5) Part-time faculty, Diatonic Harmony II (Spring 2021)

Syracuse University (posted 12/8) Part-Time Faculty: MTC 646.1 Advanced Tonal Analysis (Spring 2021)

University of Connecticut (review begins immediately, posted 1/8/21; preferred deadline 3/8) Assistant Professor of Music Theory

  • 2/18 The posting on SMT Jobs listing says "Evaluation of applicants will begin immediately. PREFERRED APPLICATION DEADLINE March 8, 2021."
  • 2/19 I have limited experience being on search committees. Can someone provide some insight into a job that's posted in mid-January with a note that says "evaluation begins immediately," and then is re-announced in mid-February with a "preferred application deadline" of early March? (And the preferred application deadline is the day the online application system appears to stop accepting applications.) Why announce that you're beginning reviews immediately if the deadline isn't for two months?

University of Dortmund (deadline 8/19) Professor (W2) in Music Theory

  • 7/20 The announcement is unclear, but I believe this is actually for Fall 2020, not 2021. European job searches are often done much closer to the start of the job than in the US.
  • 7/21 Ad only says "as soon as possible." I believe the German "fall semester" normally begins October 1 and the "spring semester" April 1. An August 19 deadline seems incredibly late for an October 1 start date (unless the outcome is pre-determined), but I'm used to the US hiring system so I suppose it's possible!
  • 7/24 A variety of things might be lost in translation here (not necessarily linguistic---there's obviously differences in academic cultures). According to Wikipedia's article on academic ranks in the UK, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Academic_ranks_in_the_United_Kingdom the W2 rank is equivalent to US associate professor (or higher). The German equivalent of this page, "Liste akademische Grade (Deutschland)" lists degrees, not professorship ranks--"Dr. habil." reminds us of the extra hoop of Habilitation there. SMT's job listings list this job as "Full Professor," which may have to do with how the position was submitted to the SMT or with how it was interpreted by the organization. I am very happy to stand corrected if any of the information that I wrote here is incorrect (like probably most users of this wiki, I am much more familiar with US academia).

University of Durham (UK) (deadline 2/26) Assistant Professor in Music Analysis

  • Also posted at Musicology/Ethnomusicology 2020-21
  • 15/1 Is this the same search from last year? Was that search cancelled? From the website, it doesn't look like anyone new joined the department.
  • 16/1a It is the same search. Last year it was cancelled because "we are strongly committed to increasing the diversity of our Department and in this respect, we regrettably observed that our advertisement had not attracted a sufficiently diverse pool of applicants.  For instance, only 16% of the applicants were female, whereas the benchmark in this sector (UK Music Departments) is 37%". I believe they are looking for a woman.
  • 16/1b Is this information verified by someone in the department? After that statement was posted last year, they extended the deadline and invited folks to interview. Women were certainly rejected.

University of Music and Performing Arts, Graz (deadline 1/22/21) University Professorship for Harmony and Counterpoint (begins summer 2022)

  • Scroll down for posting in English

Wesleyan University (deadline 3/30) Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Theory

  • "The field of specialization is open, with a preference for music theoretical research grounded in historical or ethnographic methods. Interests that cross disciplinary boundaries are welcome, as are additional fields of expertise. Teaching will include undergraduate courses in both theory and music history and an introductory graduate research seminar."
  • Also posted at Musicology/Ethnomusicology 2020-21

West Virginia University (Review begins 11/30) Teaching Assistant Professor of Music Theory

  • 2/16 Any updates here?

Theory/Performance, etc.

Bard College (no deadline listed, posted 12/4) Instructor in Chinese Music Theory and Performance

Bellarmine University (Open until filled, posted 10/29) Instructor, Music; Piano and Theory Emphasis

  • "This is a non-tenure track, 24 hour course load position. This faculty member will teach:  Applied piano to all Piano majors; Collaborative Performance and Accompanying; Instrumental Pedagogy I and II; Theory I, II, and III as needed; Theory IV; Counterpoint, Form and Analysis; Choral Writing and Arranging, occasionally as needed. ... While the position carries a 24 hour load, all full-time faculty members are expected to engage in scholarship and service."

California State University, Fresno (deadline 11/2) Assistant Professor of Flute

  • Primary teaching responsibilities and scholarly activities will be in the area of Flute instruction and Flute ensemble, with a secondary focus such as, but not limited to; Music Theory, Ear Training, Music History, Music Appreciation, Music Technology, World Music, or another area of expertise.

California State University, Monterey Bay (deadline 1/31) Assistant Professor of Music

  • "The ideal candidate will have expertise in the scholarship and performance of one or more Chicanx/Latinx musical traditions... Preferred Qualifications: Basic fluency in concepts and vocabulary of music technology (particularly those involving audio engineering); Experience in, or evidence of potential for, teaching in a lower-division music theory and musicianship core sequence ..."
  • Also posted at Musicology/Ethnomusicology 2020-21

College of the Atlantic (Review begins immediately, posted 1/7) Full Time Faculty Member in Music

Cypress College (deadline 2/10) Vocal Jazz & Theory Instructor

Davidson College (deadline 10/18) Assistant Professor of Music

  • "We seek a specialist in African diasporic musics who has the ability to teach courses such as but not limited to, jazz history & theory, hip hop theory and practice, musical ethnography, improvisation, and transcription. The ability to direct student performances related to their area of expertise is highly desirable."
  • Also posted at Musicology/Ethnomusicology 2020-21

Eastern Oklahoma State College (review begins immediately, posted 9/22) Instructor of Music/Director of Music and Choral Ensembles

  • "The successful candidate will teach courses in music theory, including harmony, ear training, and sight- singing and vocal and instrumental performance classes"
  • 11/5 Received an email saying the position has been closed

Eastern Oregon University (deadline 9/15) Full-time Instructor of Jazz and Contemporary Music

  • "Teaching responsibilities include ensemble instruction for small instrumental groups. The successful candidate would also teach music theory, individualized lessons for woodwinds and classes in improvisation as needed."
  • "Internal EOU candidates only"

Elon University (deadline 11/29) Musical Director/Conductor in Music Theatre

  • "Elon University’s Department of Performing Arts invites applications for a Musical Director/Conductor in Music Theatre full-time lecturer or tenure-track position depending on professional experiences and educational qualifications"
  • "Primary responsibilities include musical directing and conducting mainstage productions and teaching Music Theatre History, Music Theatre Literature, and Music Theory/Sight-Singing all from a global perspective. Strong keyboard, programming, and sound design experience as well as secondary area in vocal coaching and writing for music theatre is desired."

Hamilton College (deadline 3/15) Visiting Assistant Professor of Music

  • "We seek candidates to teach music theory and Western music history with an emphasis on the period from 1750-1900. ... The teaching load for this position is five courses, including music theory, music history, and an introductory listening course that encompasses a diverse range of musics and approaches."
  • Also posted at Musicology/Ethnomusicology 2020-21

Hochschule für Musik Freiburg (deadline 1/17) W3 Professorship for Music Theory with focus on Jazz/Pop/Arrangement

Judson College (Review begins immediately, posted 9/23) Assistant Professor of Music: Piano & Theory

  • "Founded in 1838, Judson College, a woman’s college affiliated with the Alabama Baptist Convention, employs faculty who profess faith in Jesus Christ and who are dedicated to teaching and service as they model the principles of the Christian faith. Candidates considering the application process should have a serious Christian commitment that is reflected in their scholarship, teaching, and mentoring of undergraduate students."

Lee University (deadline 1/10) Assistant/Associate Professor of Music (Trumpet/Music Theory)

  • "Qualifications of the ideal candidate include the following: an earned doctorate in trumpet performance or music theory and graduate-level training in the other of the two discipline ... Candidates must have a commitment to Christian higher education and the integration of faith with teaching/learning."

Lincoln University of Pennsylvania (Open until filled, posted 2/2) Adjunct – Music Department

  • "The department of Visual & Performing Arts seeks applications for adjunct professors to teach courses in the following areas:  music composition, arranging, music production, and woodwind performance. "

Marywood University (deadline 1/19) Assistant Professor of Music Theory & Guitar

Portland State University (deadline 4/15, but screening begins 3/1) Assistant Professor of Music Theory/Brass

Reedley Community College (deadline 3/16) Music Theory/Instrumental Music Instructor Full-Time

Schoolcraft College (deadline 3/31) Instructor - Music (Full-Time)

  • "Provide a broad range of music instruction. Oversee the Music and Theatre departments within the division of Liberal Arts & Sciences. ... Preferred Qualifications: 1. Doctorate in Music Theory or Performance."

University of Alaska Anchorage (deadline 2/14) Term Instructor of Music (Aural Skills/Music Appreciation/Brass Methods/Orchestral Conducting)

University of Central Florida (deadline 3/25) Assistant Professor, Music (Bassoon, Theory)

University of North Texas (no deadline listed, posted 11/18/20) Assistant/Associate Professor of Jazz

  • "Minimum Qualification: Doctorate in music (PhD, DMA, DMus, etc.) in jazz studies, music theory, musicology, ethnomusicology, or music history at the time of appointment"
  • Also posted at Musicology/Ethnomusicology 2020-21

Valparaiso University (deadline 1/6) Residential Postdoctoral Fellowship, Humanities and the Arts

  • We offer up to two two-year residential postdoctoral teaching fellowships in all areas of the Humanities and the Arts for 2021-2023 for scholars seriously considering academic careers in church‑related institutions.

Victoria College (Victoria, TX) (open until filled, posted 9/14) Adjunct Instructor - Music

  • "Victoria College is hiring Adjunct Instructors to teach music major courses in Sight Singing and Ear Training, Class Piano, and Music Theory."

Wartburg College (no deadline listed, posted 12/17/20) Assistant Professor of Music (History/Theory)

  • "Teach undergraduate core music theory and music history courses. Other responsibilities may include an applied area of specialty. Preferred: Proven expertise in piano instruction."
  • Also posted at Musicology/Ethnomusicology 2020-21

Western Carolina University (posted 9/9) Assistant Professor in Musical Theatre

  • "Conducting, sight-reading and piano accompaniment skills. Teaching assignments include a sequential Musicianship I and II for musical theatre students, Song Study, and Ensembles."
  • 11/29 Any updates here?
  • 2/9 It's been crickets here. Anything to share?

University of Würzburg (deadline 1/25) Assistant Professor of Digital Music Philology and Music Theory

Theory/Composition, etc.

Colby College (deadline 1/1) Visiting Assistant Professor in Music Theory/Composition (Spring 2021)

  • 1/11: Notification saying that I made the short list x3
  • 1/20: Email notification that the position was filled
  • 1/20: Position filled by Elizabeth Hambleton, UCSB (Ph.D. in Music Theory, 2020)

Geneva College (no deadline listed, posted 10/13) Part Time Musical Composition Instructor

  • "Teach applied lessons in composition; Guide students in compositional projects and recitals; Possibly teach courses related to music theory, depending on departmental need; Possibly teach piano related courses, depending on departmental need."
  • "Christian Commitment: eligible candidates must be a thoughtful and articulate Christian and an active member of a Protestant evangelical Christian church."
  • 11/30 Position has been closed per department chair

Heidelberg University (deadline 2/1, posted 12/17) Assistant Professor of Composition and Theory

  • As of 12/21, please note that the linked ad says both "Review of candidates will begin on February 1, 2021 and will continue until the position has been filled" and "Review of candidates will begin immediately and will continue until the position has been filled." Not sure which one is accurate.
  • According to someone in university admin I asked, the dual statements *seemingly* could be a way to express that they will only seriously review things until Feb. 1 if they haven't found their candidates yet. This isn't the first or last time this has happened from my years of applying either. Proceed wisely.

Meredith College (no deadline listed, posted 1/26) Assistant Professor of Music Theory and Composition

  • Despite the title, this is a one-year (renewable) position.
  • 2/19 Generic email saying "review will begin soon, make sure your application is complete" (x4)
  • 2/26 Invite for phone interview

Midlands State University (deadline 2/12) Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor/Professor of Music Theory/Composition/Piano (Harare campus)

Syracuse University (deadline 2/15, but review begins immediately) Assistant Teaching Professor, Composition and Theory

  • Does Syracuse still offer tenure?
  • Syracuse is advertising jobs in other departments that are tenure-track, so yes I think they still have a tenure system.
  • 2/25 Request for additional materials (x4)

Universidad EAFIT (deadline 3/15) Assistant/Associate Professor in Theory/Composition

  • 1/27 Added link to posting
  • Good command of Spanish required

University of Nevada, Las Vegas (review starts 2/23) Assistant Professor, Music Composition & Theory

  • "This position requires a doctoral degree in composition from a regionally accredited college or university and a minimum of 10 years of teaching experience at the college level."
  • 2/16 The listing has disappeared. Perhaps the position has been filled?
  • It was also deleted off HigherEdJobs on 2/16 - https://www.higheredjobs.com/faculty/details.cfm?JobCode=177403589
  • I think it's more likely that the search was cancelled than the position was filled (since review doesn't even start until Feb 23rd). Darn, I was going to apply. Did anyone who has already applied receive any communication?
  • 2/17 I applied, and I had confirmation they received my application. The liaison reached out to me to tell me I did something wrong (turns my head in shame)
  • Thanks 2/17, please let us know if you hear anything else!
  • 2/18 I emailed a faculty member asking about it and and saying I was planning to apply before the Feb 23rd deadline. Here is what he responded: "I was informed that because of the volume of applications submitted, the search was closed. This is a search that began in February 2020 and was frozen in April 2020 and then reopened some weeks ago. I don't have any control over that system, so it seems that for the moment it's not possible to apply. I'm sorry about this inconvenience." Thus, it looks like the search is not canceled (yay!). However, I am very annoyed (not at the prof, at HR or whomever), that the ad said applications would be given full consideration if received by Feb. 23rd and that was a lie.
  • 2/18 Shame on UNLV (HR) for closing the search prematurely. Text of the ad is still available here: https://www.academicgates.com/job/assistant-professor-music-composition-theory-unlv-college-of-fine-arts-r0120636/74249/view in case anyone wants to try sending their materials straight to the search chair.

University of North Carolina Wilmington (deadline 3/25) Visiting Assistant Professor - Music Composition/Theory (2 year position)

  • "Responsibilities include: teaching undergraduate upper level theory/aural skills courses, including Orchestration and Arranging, Film and Video Game Scoring, and/or Applied Composition, and other departmental needs as assigned by the chair"

Composition Only

Bilkent University (Ankara, Turkey) (deadline 12/31) Assistant/Associate Professor of Music Composition

  • 1/16 Interview scheduled
  • 2/8 Virtual Campus visits are underway

Brandon University (deadline 2/26) Assistant Professor – Composition, Tenure-Track

  • 2/11 - "In addition, the successful candidate will have deep knowledge of and engagement with Indigenous musical practices, and a keen interest in engaging Indigenous and non-Indigenous students and community members through musical, artistic, and pedagogical endeavours."

Longy School of Music (no deadline listed, posted 13 November 2020) Artist-Teacher of Composition

  • 1/25 any updates?
  • 2/25 I hadn't checked in awhile but the listing is no longer up. I wonder if the filled it.

Oberlin Conservatory (deadline 3/1) Visiting Assistant Professor in Composition

University of Chicago (deadline 10/1) Assistant/Associate Professor of Music Composition

  • 10/22 request for additional materials
  • 11/11 finalist interviews scheduled

University of Chicago (deadline 12/7) 2021-2022 Chicago Center for Contemporary Composition Postdoctoral Instructor

  • 1/27 Request for 3 confidential letters of recommendation (x2) <-- Was this via email from the CCCC, or a notification through interfolio?
    • 1/31 - I see in my Interfolio application that it is now incomplete because a request for 3 confidential letters has been added (but I cannot see when it was added). I am not the OP that posted the comment above.
    • 1/31 – An email sent via Interfolio (filtered to Spam folder, fyi). Interfolio application has been updated to include section for Letters (requested by Feb 5)
    • 1/31 - My Interfolio application is also marked incomplete because a spot for 3 confidential letters has been added. I can't edit the application to request letters though and I can't find any emails from Interfolio about letters (including in spam folder).
    • 1/31 - It seems likely that your recommenders would have received an email, not you the applicant, as CCCC has requested the letters from inside Interfolio. That's just my guess.
    • 2/1 – OP here: I, applicant, received an email directly via Interfolio to email inbox (by way of Spam folder), requesting that I initiate letter requests myself. I can actively edit my Interfolio application, which was also newly "Incomplete" until I added requests manually – now "Complete (Pending Letters)." Sorry to be bearer of potentially bad news.

University of Colorado-Colorado Springs (deadline 1/15; extended to 2/15) Assistant Professor - Composition

  • "The University of Colorado Colorado Springs will not sponsor work visas or permanent resident applications for this position."

University of Manchester (deadline 2/22) Lecturer in Composition (.8 FTE)

University of Sheffield: (deadline 1/21) Teaching Associate (Composition), 50% FTE

  • "Contract Type: Fixed-term from 25 January 2021 to 31 August 2021. Part-time working pattern: 50% FTE."

University of Southern California (review begins "January 2021") Assistant Professor, Composition

  • Request for additional materials on 2/13 (x4)

Wilfrid Laurier University (deadline 3/12) Tenure-Track (Assistant Professor) Composition

Composition/Music Technology

The American University in Cairo (deadline 1/31) Professor of Practice in Music Technology

Athens State University (posted 9/15) Adjunct Instructor of Music/Audio Technology

Carleton College (deadline 3/15) Visiting Assistant Professor or Instructor in Music - Composition

Colby College (deadline 1/3) Assistant Professor in Electronic Music, Music Theory, and Composition

  • (2/12) Anyone heard any word on this one? (x2)
  • (2/12) Rejection received.
    • Just confirming, was that for this position or for the VAP position listed above, which has been filled?
      • Confirming that yes, this was for the Music Technology job and not the VAP position listed above.
      • (2/21) I think we need further clarification from others since here seems to be contradicting news regarding updates from the school. One user received a rejection, another received an invitation to Zoom while most people have not received any correspondence. Anybody want to weigh in?
      • (2/22) Was informed that they are working through a list of 11 candidates for zoom interviews for the TT job, which are under way last week + this week. Very sorry to be bearing potentially bad news.
    • Have not received a rejection (nor any other correspondence) for the tenure-track listing. (x7)
  • (2/15) Invitation to Zoom interview with search committee (x2)

Eastern Oregon University (deadline 9/15) Senior Instructor of Music Technology

  • This posting is for "Internal EOU candidates only"

Georgia Tech (review begins 9/15) Research Scientist, Center for Music Technology

  • 9/16 I can't find this job on the Georgia Tech HR site anywhere, just on the InsideHigherEd Careers site (where it was posted 9/15).

Goldsmiths, University of London (deadline 3/26) Lecturer in Music (.5 FTE)

  • "Teaching experience should lie in creative practice, with a focus on sonic art/electronic music, or fringe/popular music, and demonstrate a commitment to teaching in HE. Areas of desirable expertise here include cross-genre work, spanning art music and sonic art, or jazz and fringe music, as well as musicology as a scholarly discipline."
  • Also posted at Musicology/Ethnomusicology 2020-21

Hamilton College (deadline 2/15) Visiting Assistant Professor of Music

  • "We seek candidates to teach music composition, technology, and theory."
  • (2/19) Invitation to Zoom interview with search committee

Hong Kong Baptist University (open until filled, posted 10/8/20) Augmented Creativity Lab, Chair Professor / Professor of Practice / Professor / Associate Professor

Newcastle University (Deadline 9/20) Research Associate, RADICAL (‘A Radical New Interdisciplinary Space for Sonification’)

  • "You will work on the RADICAL project with a primary focus on the ethnographic/auto-ethnographic and/or practice-as-research aspects of the project. You will likely have a background or demonstrable interest in contemporary technologically-mediated musical or sonic arts practice. Applications are welcomed from theorists, ideally with some practical experience in the relevant fields, or from practitioners who have a demonstrated ability to theorise their work to a high research standard."

North Carolina State University (deadline 11/1) Open-Rank Teaching Assistant/Associate Professor in Music Technology

  • "The Department of Music at North Carolina State University invites outstanding applicants for a full-time, nine-month, non-tenure track faculty position in Music Technology."
  • 2/23 Any updates?

Northeastern University (deadline 02/12) Assistant Professor of Music and AI

  • The Department of Music in the College of Arts, Media and Design and the Khoury College of Computer Sciences at Northeastern University announce a search for a tenure-track appointment in Music Technology and Computer Science, Music and Artificial Intelligence specifically, at the rank of Assistant Professor. The appointment will be 75% in Music and 25% in Computer Science.

NYU (deadline 10/15) Postdoctoral Associate, Music and Audio Research Laboratory (Machine Listening)

  • "Required Education: A doctoral degree (or all but defense) in CS, EE, music technology or related discipline, by the start date of the position."
  • Preferred start date: January, 2021

Osnabrück University (deadline 8/20) Research Assistant/Postdoc, Music and Media Technology Group

San Jose State University (open until filled, posted 10/10) Assistant Professor - Music - Theory/Technology

  • "The candidate will teach and develop courses in music theory, as well as courses in music software and hardware, instrument and device controllers, and programming."
  • 11/24 Request for additional materials (x3)
  • 2/20 Did anyone ever hear anything after that request? (Should we assume the position has been filled?)
    • 2/20 (2) I sent a follow-up email on 1/25 and received a generic "applications are still under review" response.

Southern University of Science and Technology (Shenzhen) (deadline 11/15) Lecturer in SUSTech Arts Center

  • "Have a doctoral degree in arts (in one of the following area: music, dramatic art, fine arts, dancing art, new media art, media, intangible cultural heritage and modern and contemporary art)"

Royal Northern College of Music (deadline 12/1) Tutor in Sound Art and Composition with Technology (part-time, starts January 2021)

Southern Utah University (deadline 3/31) Assistant Professor/Director of Graduate Music Technology

  • It should be noted that not only is this position non-tenure-earning (despite its title of Assistant Professor), SUU's music technology programs are really commercial music programs and they are 100% online.

United States Air Force Academy (posted 6/24) Assistant Professor of Fine Arts (starts June '21)

  • "Applicants must hold a terminal degree in one of two categories:  1) Musicology (music appreciation/history); or 2) Creative/Applied Arts with expertise in interactive media, and/or integrated media, with a strong background in digital technology."
  • Also posted at Musicology/Ethnomusicology 2020-21

University of California, Irvine (deadline 3/1) Composer-Improviser, Assistant Professor (tenure track)

  • "We seek an established composer-improviser who will diversify the creative practices explored in the department's PhD program in Integrated Composition, Improvisation, and Technology (ICIT), and who will deepen the department's engagement with African American musics and whose presence (research, creative activity) will foster greater awareness of social justice and/or gender equity issues."

University of California, Santa Cruz (deadline 12/14) Assistant Professor of Electronic/Electroacoustic Music Composition

  • 1/29 Request for informal Zoom interview <-- What does "informal" mean?
    • 40-minute interview. Finalists to be contacted about next steps within two weeks.
  • 2/23 Rejection received. (x2)

University of Edinburgh (deadline 8/2) Lecturer in Sound for Media (starts January 2021)

University of Iowa (deadline 2/1) Grant Wood Fellow in Music

  • "Required Qualifications: Demonstrated expertise in hip-hop, popular music, improvisation, and/or electronic music composition. ... Desirable Qualifications: Demonstrated skills in beat making, music production, mobile recording, songwriting, and/or creative musicianship."

University of Florida (deadline 3/14) Assistant or Associate Professor in AI and the Arts (x2)

University of New Haven (deadline 12/15) Adjunct Instructor of Studio Recording (starts January 2021)

University of Oxford (deadline 9/25) Postdoctoral Researcher (starts March 2021)

  • "The Faculty of Music proposes to appoint three postdoctoral researchers for 36 months from March 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter to work on the ERC Consolidator Grant Sonorous Cities: Towards a Sonic Urbanism (SONCITIES). ... Postdoc 1 will be a sound artist with experience of creating sound work for public spaces and exhibitions, and collaborating with communities in sound/sound art contexts."

University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley (deadline 1/4/21) Three Year Lecturer I – Music Technology/Composition

  • 2/23 Any updates?
  • (1/29) Zoom interview with the search committee
  • (2/12) Campus visit (Zoom)

University of Virginia (deadline 2/15) Assistant Professor in Music - Black Sound Art and/or Black Sound Studies, Tenure Track

Washington University in St. Louis (deadline 12/15) Lecturer – Music Technology

  • Request for additional materials

Commercial Music

Ambrose University (deadline 3/15) Full-Time Term-Certain Faculty Position in Music Technology/Production

Arizona State University (deadline 4/6) Studio Engineering and Recording, Faculty Rank TBD

Bournemouth University (deadline 1/4) Lecturer (Academic) in Music and Sound Production

  • (01/28) Interview scheduled for 02/02

Brigham Young University (deadline 10/1) Full-time continuing faculty in Commercial Music

Buena Vista University (deadline 10/19) Assistant Professor of Music Production

  • (12/17) Position filled.

Cypress College (deadline 2/10) Commercial Music & Composition Instructor (Full-time, tenure-track)

  • "Job Description: Teach college-level courses in Music and Commercial Music including, but not limited to, Music Technology, Recording Arts, Composition, Audio Production for Film, Electronic Music, Video Game Audio, Music Notation, and related to a diverse student population."

Drexel University (deadline 1/24) Assistant Teaching Professor, Music Industry Program & Music Program

Duke University (deadline 1/20) Part-time Instructor (Songwriting)

  • "The Department of Music at Duke University is looking for a part-time instructor to teach a course in song writing. This is a non-regular rank position and is only for the 2021 spring semester."

Full Sail University (no deadline listed, posted 11/20) Course Director (Faculty) - Structure of Music

Hong Kong Baptist University (deadline 2/28) Assistant Professor / Senior Lecturer / Lecturer I / Lecturer II (two positions) (PR0243/20-21)

  • "The Department of Music at Hong Kong Baptist University (http://mus.hkbu.edu.hk) invites outstanding applicants for academic/teaching positions specialising in the field of (a) Scoring for Film, Television and Video Games and (b) Songwriting. ... Preference will be given to those with expertise in two or more of the following areas: Composition and Applied Orchestration for Screen; Techniques of Sound Design; Music Technology and Production; Songwriting; Arranging for Songwriters"

Long Island University (review begins immediately, posted 12/15) Instructor/Assistant Professor of Music Technology, Entrepreneurship, and Production

Midlands State University (deadline 2/12) Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor/Professor of Music Technology (Harare campus)

Purdue University Fort Wayne (posted 10/14) Clinical Assistant Professor of Popular Music

Purdue University Ft. Wayne (deadline 3/1) Clinical Assistant Professor of Music Recording & Technology

Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design (Review begins immediately, posted 1/13) Subject Matter Expert in Music Business

  • "Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design seeks qualified applicants to serve as Subject Matter Expert in music business, audio recording and production, and multimedia production course development for our new Music Production department."

Shenandoah Conservatory (review begins immediately, posted 1/27) Director of Contemporary Music, Assistant/Associate Professor

South Carolina State University (posted 8/19) Assistant Professor of Music Industry

  • The candidate will teach courses in Music Industry to include, but not limited to, the following: digital media, music technology, recording production, contemporary song writing, musical arts administration & funding, and commercial music practices.
  • Zoom interview (10/26)

Southwestern Community College (Creston, IA) (deadline 2/3) Professional Music Instructor

  • "Teaching responsibilities include Music Theory, Instrumental and/or Vocal Jazz Ensembles, Vocal and/or Instrumental Arranging, and Recording Studio Production. The ability to compose and arrange for a variety of ensembles; demonstrate competence with live sound and recording studio technology; and play jazz/pop piano, as well as either jazz/pop guitar, drum set, or bass is preferred."

SUNY Oneonta (no deadline listed, posted 12/14/20) Lecturer - Music Industry / General Music

Syracuse University (posted 11/5) Part-time faculty, Advanced DAW Production (Spring 2021)

Syracuse University (posted 11/5) Part-time faculty, Songwriting (Spring 2021)

Syracuse University (deadline 2/1) Assistant Teaching Professor, Music Industry

Syracuse University (deadline 2/1) Assistant Teaching Professor - Sound Recording Technology

University of Cincinnati (deadline 2/10) Assistant Professor of Audio/Sound Production (Tenure Track)

University of Liverpool (deadline 12/3) Lecturer in Film Music Composition

  • "Ideally, you will be able to take up the post by 1 January 2020. [sic]" Presumably this is supposed to say January 2021.

University of North Alabama (posted 10/9) Assistant Professor, Entertainment Industry

University of Pittsburgh-Bradford (review begins immediately, posted 11/25) Faculty Instructor Adjunct/Music

  • "Music: Instructor (part-time), to teach a course in digital music creation beginning January, 2021."

York College of Pennsylvania (deadline 11/1) Adjunct Professor of Music Production

York College of Pennselvania (deadline 11/1) Adjunct Professor of Music Production, Graduate Program

School-Specific Discussion

  • Does anyone know anything about the Vanderbilt position in Music Theory/Composition that was advertised on October 23? It was posted on Interfolio but now it seems to have disappeared. No one had put it on this wiki either. I wonder what happened.
  • (12/11) The application for Longy School of Music Artist-Teacher in Composition asks the applicant to state their desired salary, either hourly or annual. Is this a "trick question"? Bid too high and risk seeming arrogant or out-of-touch with reality, bid too low and undersell yourself. I couldn't find information about the average salaries of professors, let alone "artist-teachers," at Longy, but Cambridge, MA has a high cost of living...
  • 12/11, I agree that it seems like an inappropriate question for the application! I would probably ask a few friends who work or have worked at different private conservatories in high-cost-of-living cities what professors there are usually paid in order to get an idea of the range and then ask for something in the middle.
  • (12/21) Here's what I think: a school like Longy is probably searching for someone who is absolutely awesome, and they are probably willing to pay for it. I'm just conjecturing rather than stating facts. Desperation probably won't get you any points with them. Considering the place it was in the application, it may not be so a big a deal, really. I can't imagine it's one of their top priorities initially. Just using my own experiences and point of view to come to that conclusion.

General Discussion

  • I do not plan to actively post jobs again this year (though I often can't help myself if I see something that should be up and isn't), but I will be keeping an eye on the page in case discussion gets out of hand like it did last year. You can contact me via email at 5120janon at gmail.com if needed. -5120j (musicology page moderator)
  • August and not a single TT job yet announced...is this normal? Should we start to worry?
  • Unfortunately, no one knows how bad the market is going to be this year and when (/if) frozen lines will start to reemerge. "Should we start to worry?" Worrying is only productive inasmuch as it motivates us to take action, for instance, do a great job on that revise-and-resubmit before the semester starts etc. That famous saying about what you can or can't control.... I hope that everyone stays positive during these difficult times and that the crisis makes us nicer to each other on this online forum. At any rate, August 2 is still on the early side----just as an example, IU's opening last cycle was on "smt-announce digest" on Sep. 4, Princeton's opening was announced to "smt-announce" digest on Aug. 15th. Both of these had early-side deadlines as far as I remember. Good luck to everyone! 
  • What schools have had retirements recently? Yale has, but anywhere else?
  • (8/4) While tracking retirements might be a good indicator of jobs to come, I am skeptical universities will replace these positions with TT lines. From my perspective there are a few reasons.
    • For a start, many universities (with the possible exception of schools with large endowments) have taken a serious financial hit last semester, having to refund millions of dollars to students for dorms, meal plans, etc. Many university systems are predicting 100–200 million in lost revenue just from that to say nothing of low enrollments in the fall if classes remain virtual. Because of that uncertainty, I expect the hiring freeze will continue at least through Fall 2020 and quite probably into Spring 2021.
    • Second, universities won't know what they need until its too late. Many of us got a crash course in how difficult and time-consuming online teaching was, and administrations won't be able to act fast enough to ease that burden by hiring new faculty--and even if they did, it certainly wouldn't be anything more than an adjunct or lecturer position to lighten the load for their existing faculty.
    • Third--and I don't intend to come off as ageist by any means--retirements might ramp up this year if things remain virtual. I can't imagine all faculty jumping at the chance to teach online again, even if it is the safest option from a public health perspective. And if schools stubbornly open despite warnings from public health officials, at-risk individuals regardless of age may be forced to leave their positions (which is deplorable but a real possibility). Whether or not these choices are met by emergency sabbaticals or sudden retirements/resignations is anyone's guess. In either scenario, those classes will be filled by contingent labor (or quite possibly by graduate students who are already at these institutions). And still, I doubt openings such as these would be filled before 2022.
    • In my opinion--no doubt a pessimistic one--the job market this year will be a complete wash. We've already seen numbers drop significantly over the past decade, and our current situation will only exacerbate that. My guess is that things start to return to normal in Fall 2021 for jobs that start in Fall 2022. Now, I truly hope I am wrong and some schools do begin opening up opportunities sooner than my predicted timeline, but I can't comment on the odds of that happening. There simply are too many variables (many, many more than what I've mentioned above). Still, I hope everyone can remain optimistic about the field and their chances. I do however echo the comments from previous posts: keep working and allow things to fall into place as best you can. Good luck to everyone. Stay safe and keep washing those hands!
    • (8/6) I also expect the prospects to be bleak, likely much worse than what happened following the 2008 crash. Personally, I expect that many departments will drastically cut their faculty lines or otherwise remake their programs to be very different than what they are today. Part of this is due to finances in the post-covid world, assuming there is one, and part of it is the attacks on classical music that we've seen lately from a growing number of voices (i.e., classical music is "white" and therefore "racist" and therefore faculty must be purged). Especially for those who compose music and theorists who adhere to traditional analytical methods, the coming period looks to be very dark, indeed.
      • (8/7) The attitude of privilege that one must bring to bear to lament the radical inclusion of non-traditional musics and non-traditional theories into the world of North American music theory—that attitude is the source of the field's problems. No one is arguing that studying Western Classical music is inherently racist. They are arguing that studying and teaching Western Classical music at the exclusion of any other music is an institutionalized form of oppression. So some music theory departments (hardly all) are becoming wise to the trend in the field of music theory towards a plurality of musics, voices, and theories. Does that mean that a smaller percentage of people will study Haydn? Perhaps. Does that mean that you cannot study Haydn? No. Does that mean that you should be prepared to explain how you position your work in an ever-diversifying field of music theory—an explanation that, for decades, a white Western supremacist mindset has seen fit to ignore—to explain how it is original, significant, and worthy of investment? Yes. Moreover, rather than casting about for excuses as to why the job market might be particularly challenging to those who "adhere to traditional analytical methods," perhaps offer advice and guidance on how one might present oneself as a collegial member of a community of scholars, instead of as a spiteful reactionary, a victim of the "purge of faculty" that is quite simply non-existent, a dog whistle and little more.
      • It begins.......
        • like clockwork!
      • (8/7b) This is hilarious. I am picturing a composer writing their cover letter / artist statement right now. "Hello! I am a composer of music that adheres to traditional analytical methods. I hope in my work to craft listening experiences which reflect the rich cultural hegemonies of the glorious common-practice period of supreme western musical history, with the goal of offering my listeners a safe refuse to escape from the cacophonous very dark period. I combine my rigorous training in the foundations of tonality, with special innovative modern techniques, such as 013 sets, and drawing big pretty lines that clearly show how I develop large-scale harmonies. Also, I am very not a racist."
        • RefuGe? or Freudian slip?
        • Refugue
      • 8/8: I really appreciate the fact that I can go to a music theory conference (online or in person, whatever it means right now) and hear a report on a computational study of hip-hop or of a critical study of common-practice music, along with many other approaches to many other musics. It strikes me as a much stronger discipline now than when it was founded. As someone else said above, those who "adhere to traditional analytical methods" can present themselves in a cover letter as collegial and open-minded contributors to an academic department. Trying something out here as an example--acknowledging that others might be able to give far better professionalization ideas than me: "My dissertation deals with Haydn's usage of Type 4.3.7 sonata form, more specifically with how Urlinie's scale-degree 4 goes down to scale-degree 3. I have presented this research at [X,Y,Z] and have an article forthcoming about the dissertation topic in [journal X]. etc. etc." Teaching paragraph contains: "While in graduate school, I taught ______ and I am currently visiting faculty at ______, where I am working with majority first-generation college students.... I have included [diverse musics / analytical approaches / innovative teaching methods / blogging / Spotify playlist shares / public music theory activities / program note writing / etc. etc.] in my teaching..... I have asked my students to share what they were listening to and have included examples from their listening in my teaching, so that I can connect theoretical concepts to my students' musical interests and make music theory more experiential." I am sure that there are many, many other ways to frame this and there are many recent pedagogy resources that would be useful. Despite the urge to just counter-attack, (which is extremely understandable in light of the shocking recent events in the discipline, as well as with the nonsensical cycles of this heaven/cosmos-forsaken wiki itself), I think that we can try to make this a space for useful professionalization ideas--again, others' ideas would be more useful than mine, I just gave it a very quick try in the spirit of brainstorming.
  • (8/23) I bet we don't see any job announcements before 9/15...
  • (9/16) Here's a bit of anecdotal context that might provide comfort (if cold comfort) to job-seekers. I'm at a flagship state institution in the Midwest, and we had several retirements announced last year immediately prior to the COVID shotdown. This year, we're running searches to fill those slots (none in theory/comp, FYI), but because of budget uncertainty there's a statewide hiring freeze. So, any replacement searches need to be specifically approved by the Chancellor's office before a search committee can even be assembled. This means that there likely be 1-2 jobs announced by our institution in short order, but we can't advertise them yet because they've got an extra several layers of administrative hurdles to clear before the searches happen. Given that budget uncertainty is everywhere, I imagine this is more common than you might think: there are jobs waiting to be announced but delayed in their budgetary approval due to the chaos around COVID. 
  • (9/17) Much of what was predicted a month or more ago is coming to fruition. Few jobs overall and almost zero jobs for composers. What's left of the field has been filtered into theory positions and all manner of technology, industry, "sonic arts" (whatever that is), and the like.  The idea of composers relying on academia for a career is fast becoming or has already become a thing of the past. In any case, don't wait for academia to come to you. 
  • (9/17a) The fact that you put "sonic arts" in air quotes is a telling sign that you see the academy as a life-support mechanism for a form of composition that is no longer relevant. Composers don't need the academy for a career -- one's career is to be a composer. An academic position in composition provides security, resources and social prestige as a benefit incidental to the musical profession. Academia never "came to anyone", talk about entitlement! I suggest listening to Malcolm Gladwell's recent podcast on nihilist hiring policy as a way to rethink the current job market. 
  • 9/17c. Some composers of so-called art music are conversant and competent in genres of the music industry, sonic arts, and many diverse fields of creativity and knowledge. The point has been made earlier that one wants to represent oneself as an open-minded potential future colleague, not as an entitled curmudgeon--if you pretend to be open-minded rather than dismissing out of hand fields that you don't care that much about (and perhaps don't know that much about), that might potentially even help your job search and perhaps future collegiality. What "flagship state-school midwestern prof." (9/16) implies, I think, is not that things are great right now for any job seekers in the two disciplines represented here (theory and composition), but that there's a possibility that jobs will pop up later than usual during this cycle (if those chancellors and administrators sign off on those searches, which under previous circumstances would have required fewer approvals). A possibility is just that, a possibility. My hope is that at least the 1-year hiring will be increased, and that things will become better later on (institutions will subsequently be able to convert those lines to tenure-track lines). Of course, this is my hope, not a forecast / prediction / assessment of the situation, the academy and the economy over the next few years, which I'm not in a position to assess. Good luck to everyone--keep up positivity and do whatever you need to do to be happy, find gainful employment in academia or beyond. Just remember: any minute spent on this part of the WIki is a minute not spent applying for a job / composing / theorizing / enjoying life.
  • (9/28) When searches ask for "evidence of teaching effectiveness," what does that mean, specifically? A video? A PDF sampling of your best student evaluations over the years? Personal testimonials? (That last one was partially meant in jest, but who knows?) And, assuming that this is a document, how should it be prepared?
    • I think that teaching evaluations from a recent course/semester (if one has them) are great, but also things like syllabi that you have designed yourself, assignments that you have designed, anonymized student work with your feedback on it---anything that can give the committee a sense of what students in your class experience. Teaching videos are tricky and obnoxious to create (they were certainly one of the worst parts of my past experiences as a past job applicant)--I'd focus on quality vs. quantity (like a 15-minute interaction that went well during a class session), unless one is requested to submit a teaching video with a whole class on it. I don't know about personal testimonials (from prior students? prior 1-on-1 composition students?) Not sure. Think about the committee evaluating this and about the fact that they are probably not going to spend 5 hours evaluating your teaching, at least not at the initial stages of a search. I wonder what other readers of this wiki think about this. 
    • (9/28b) Good advice here: theprofessorisin.com/2011/09/23/1610/ 
  • (9/29) Some numbers for you theorists out there, jobs announced on the SMT listserv, beginning the following Fall:
    • 2015 July–Sept
      11 tt jobs    1 non-tt job
    • 2016 July–Sept
      11 tt 4 ntt          
    • 2017 July–Sept
      5 tt
    • 2018 July–Sept
      11 tt 4 ntt           
    • 2019 July–Sept
      7 tt 5 ntt    
    • 2020 July–Sept
      1 tt 0 ntt
  • (11/1) We are all so, so screwed.
  • (11/1b) Let's keep this a positive place even in such a difficult time. It's possible that some theorists feel only qualified for the "theory only" category, (which is indeed sparse so far, though no longer at "1+0"), while others have skills that qualify them for other categories (or even for jobs on the musicology wiki). If you want an academic career, then accepting a lecturer-track position / non-tenure track position / 1-year position at an undesirable (to you) location might be the way to go, at least temporarily----this was true pre-COVID and post-2008 crash, and most likely even before 2008---you have complete control over when you decide to quit, if you decide to quit. An academic career often means that you don't choose whether you'll end up in Idaho or Alaska or Hawaii, say. Work on what you can control: publish peer-reviewed articles out of grad school, find independent teaching opportunities that don't derail you (and/or frame in your letters why your teaching in grad school was quite independent), improve your job documents, practice your interview skills, take very good care of yourself and your well-being, (which possibly means spending less time on social media or on this part of the wiki). If you've concluded that you are "done" with academia, I am quite sure that others who have made the transition (and who have nice websites on the internet that you can search) would be quite receptive to professionalization e-mails from you ("will you help me with my transition out?")---I can't make any promises on their behalf but am cautiously optimistic that at least some of these people would be nice and helpful and empathetic to somebody in the situation of their prior selves. Karen Kelsky's website (and surely others) have useful information about all sorts of paths that one can take, explaining why as an academic you have many skills that are desirable to employers and that you may not even realize that you possess. Good luck and please be nice to yourselves and others.
  • (11/2) An excellent point, 11/1b. Currently, I'm keeping one foot inside the academy and the other outside. I'm thinking about pivoting if nothing comes through for me this year. (I'm almost 40, so time's a wastin'.) An organization that I've found particularly helpful is Beyond the Professoriate. (beyondprof.com). Highly recommend checking that out! And this whole job market thing is so, so, frustrating and depressing. Let's lean on each other for support.
  • Thank you for the kind words about my previous comment. I think that what could be useful on this part of the wiki is: 1) Expressions of solidarity (rather than mutual bashing and the like). 2) Concrete information about things to do, e.g., how to write a teaching statement, how to find out about career options, etc. The perspective on the job market might be very different for someone who's ABD and is willing to take on a 1-year gig of any "size" vs. someone who has been adjuncting for an X number of years and is ready to move on (or is just ready to move on for whatever reason). Good luck to everyone.
  • Many of us will not get these jobs in the future, but in retrospect, I think it will be be okay. All I have to say, it's a shame that some people prioritize where you went to school and when. As someone who has built a career outside of it as a musician, you learn a lot of things that could help students succeed. Not being in academia for a while is beneficial to a person's research, teaching, and artistry, not the other way around. It increases the relationship between academia and the authentic music industry. And it turned me into more understanding person (than I was already, possibly) with a lot of empathy and gave me a strong desire to treat others better. I am grateful for my time without a tenure track or full time position, and am okay with the way things are. I hope we can change many attitudes in the future. Happy holidays to you all!
  • (1/2) A general question about letters of rec: Over the last few years, I've taken the approach of my recommenders writing a general letter for me--i.e. not addressed to any specific institution--and uploading that to Interfolio. That way, I can have the same letter go out to many different institutions, and not have to ask my recommenders (and annoy them) for a new letter every time a new opportunity comes up. Is this okay? Would my letters carry less value if they aren't institution-specific? I mean, let's be honest--most of us are just throwing spaghetti against the wall and seeing which noodles stick, and I'm sure search committees know that. I've had very little luck landing any interviews over the last few years, and I'm wondering if my general letters are the reason.
    • (1/5) past SC committee member and frequent LOR writer here. I wouldn't say that general vs. school-specific letters are ever a make-or-break thing, but having a letter tailored to the job definitely helps. I've had students tell me "here are the two or three jobs I REALLY want, and I'm also applying to these other four jobs." For the former category, I'll do a little poking around the school's website and the job announcement, and try hard to customize my letter for that institution. I know my colleagues do the same. I can't speak for everyone, but I don't find it annoying to get a lot of different LOR requests. We want very badly for our students to get jobs! The letters are only one part of your portfolio, but I can say that when I've been on a search committee and I get a letter from a colleague that talks about why the candidate would be a good fit for our department specifically, I definitely give that candidate a close look.
    • 1/17: I have only used Interfolio with a generic (music theory recommendation) letter. I assume that all/most of my references addressed my research, teaching, as well as service/collegiality/work ethic/"other" category---based on the contexts in which they mentored me. I appreciate 1/5's perspective as someone who is surely more experienced than me, but do want to point out the advantage of dealing with multiple deadlines of simply using interfolio (esp. if the receiving end is an e-mail address and you are sending a couple business days in advance, I think that it's a good solution and I think that you're quite safe, though of course it's always better to hit the deadline several days in advance and not have any glitches). The question is not only "bugging" references / your mentors / past colleagues, but also simply a practicality of meeting deadlines and applying widely to any job that you're minimally qualified for (AKA "throwing spaghetti against the wall.") If someone on the market more recently than me wants to chime in on the time that it takes Interfolio to deliver electronically, please do! As always, I'd be happy to stand corrected with perspectives from others, which may well be better-informed than mine! Good luck to everyone.
  • 2/6: Is it strange that the UNLV posting is asking for 10 years of experience for an assistant position?
    • 2/7: Yes it does seem a little silly to add that stipulation outright. Trying to weed out applicants I suppose but is pretty steep and as you said, 10 years of experience likely doesn't reflect hardly anyone applying for an Assistant position at UNLV.
    • 2/7(2): It isn't all that strange, and they will likely get a very strong pool of applicants. There are a lot of highly qualified applicants who have been working as adjuncts while continuing to be active in the field. Remember, we are STILL dealing with the fallout from 2007-2010 when there were very few jobs. I can think of at least 15-20 potential applicants with 10 years of experience, and excellent credentials, that would love a tenure track job but have been unable to secure one (myself included). The other possibility is that they already have someone in mind, but that doesn't negate the fact that it has been a buyers market for the past 13 years.
    • 2/9: Adding on to this, many of the major programs have students teaching for the entirety of a doctorate, and in some cases even during a Master's degree. So you can have an applicant finish a doctorate with 7-8 years' experience already under their belt, and then 2-3 more years as a VAP, lecturer, or adjunct somewhere. Perhaps as the previous commenter said, too, they're throwing a bone to people who have been adjuncting for 4-5 years and have had difficulty competing with new grads.
    • 2/19: "Throwing a bone" is an odd thing to say. Maybe, just maybe, they want(ed) someone who knows how to design a syllabus, is flexible in what they can teach, doesn't need to figure out how to teach, has shown that they can still produce work while carrying a full teaching load, has won grants and other niceties that people seem to value, and has basically proved themselves outside of the academy without any institutional support. There is something about that sort of experience and perseverance that would indicate that a candidate can do what they need to do to make tenure. At any rate, it seems that the position has been cancelled, but it would have been interesting to see whom they would have chosen.
    • 2/27: Yes, "throwing a bone" could come across as insulting to a segment of the applicant pool. As an applicant, you have to apply to ALL jobs that you're minimally qualified for. Speculating on whether the search is "rigged for an inside candidate" or "rigged for a specific person with 10 years of teaching" would not help you in any way. I have seen search committees ignore inside candidates (i.e., not invite them for an interview that would be extremely cheap for the institution pre-COVID---maybe the cost of a lunch and a dinner). Too bad if this position has been cancelled (I didn't check this). Good luck to everyone! Please stay nice to yourselves and others!!!

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I will keep this wiki a positive place for discussion and not post negativity: 18

I will respect the anonymity of the wiki and create a safe atmosphere by not trying to find out who posted what: 17

I am a theorist: 13

I am a composer: 15

I am a little of both theorist and composer: 11

I am a music technologist: 1

I am a little of both composer and music technologist: 3

I am a musicologist with strong theoretical leanings: 1

I am currently in a TT position: 6

I am currently in a renewable-track non-TT position: 5

I am currently in a VAP/Postdoctal position: 1

I am currently in a Lecturer/adjunct position: 8

I am a recent (3 years or less) PhD and on the market: 10

I am a recent (3 years or less) DMA and on the market: 4

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

I am a no-longer-recent DMA and on the market: 2

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I am so deeply discouraged professionally: 4

I am unsure of whether to keep trying or cut my losses and find a new career: 4

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