Academic Jobs Wiki

This page is for jobs that begin in 2013

Last year's page: Musicology/Ethnomusicology, 2011-12


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Schools with accepted offers

Cornell University: Catherine Appert (UCLA, 2012); Alejandro Madrid (UIC; OHIO ST., 2003)

Pennsylvania State University: Mark Ferraguto (CORNELL, 2012)

University of Birmingham: Eliot Bates (UC BERKELEY, 2008)

University of Pennsylvania: Jim Sykes (King's College London postdoc; CHICAGO, 2011)

Yale University: Rebekah Ahrendt (Tufts postdoc; UC BERKELEY, 2011) and TBA

Jobs for 2013

(NOTE: If you add an entry here, please also add the deadline in "Upcoming Deadlines" below)

Bard College - Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology (Deadline: 15 December 2012)

  • Geographic and theoretical specialization are open. Candidates who work in African, African Diaspora, North African and Arabic music, East Asian music, or Southeast Asian music are especially encouraged to apply.
  • Ability to teach fundamental Western Music theory and more general music courses is a plus.
  • The ideal candidate witll be a practicing musician with a Ph.D. who will start and maintain a music ensemble in his/her musical area.

Baruch College, CUNY (Deadline: 31 December 2012)

  • The music program at Baruch College, CUNY, seeks a promising teacher and scholar currently pursuing or having recently attained the Ph.D. in musicology for a tenure-track position beginning Fall 2013. All degree requirements must be met by the beginning of the 2013-2014 academic year. The rank is at the Assistant Professor level.
  • Please send Curriculum Vitae to Professor Andrew Tomasello, Chair of the Music Search Committee: Tomasello1 at Deadline: 31 December 2012. Send no supporting materials at this time.
    • Do you think a cover letter is considered supporting material or is a cover letter implied with the request for CV?
    • I don't know, but I sent just a CV (with a brief covering email saying only "please find attached [etc]", and got an email "Baruch College/ Receipt of Application (CV)." So if I had to guess I would think just the CV is fine for their preliminary vetting. Also, for what it's worth I had emailed asking for clarification on what having "recently attained the CV" means. The chair wrote back saying they were only prepared to negotiate an Assistant, rather than Associate or Full, Professor position, and that the most important criterion is that they want applicants who have have remained active as scholars; this was set in opposition to, for example, graduating, taking a job outside of academia, and "go[ing] dormant" (his words, by which I assume he means writing and going to conferences). So perhaps "recent PhD" is less a year than it is a state of mind . . .
    • Was anyone else puzzled and amused by the email's sig line? "Department of Fine and Performing Arts
      “Making students miserable since 1982”
    • Ha! I hadn't noticed that. Definitely amused. :)
    • Probably seeking replacement for Ora Saloman, a faculty member who passed away last year and who specialized in the Classical era.
    • makes me think I'd fit in there
      • I'd suggest that you check out Tomasello's responses on Rate My Professor. They're pure gold.
      • -sadly they seem to have been removed
      • Awesome guy. I so want to be Tomasello's colleague!
    • sent CV, got acknowledgement and affirmative action survey next day (Nov 18)
  • Is everyone really sending only a CV, with no cover letter?
    • Yes. x4
    • For having the ability to read a CV.....ALL HAIL BARUCH!!
    • You may or may not enjoy working with Tomasello. He's an odd but committed teacher and curmudgeon who can throw you under the bus without thinking. There is little colleagiality in the dept with an old guard and a divided lot between music, architecture,  art and theatre.  
  • Letter of thanks-but-no-thanks received 1/7 (x2)
    • Kudos to Baruch for coming up with such an open, efficient search process.
      • Open about the fact that the only criteria they care about are where you got your degree and how many publications you have?
      • I think you have to view it from their point of view: if they have to sift through 200 or 300 applications, objective criteria are a reasonable way to start. They probably care about more than the things you mention, but can't deal with nuances on that scale. BTW, if your best accomplishments aren't already on your CV, why not add them in?  
    • Could you specify email or postal service mail?
      • Mine was an email with multiple undisclosed recipients
      • Has anyone heard nothing either way?
      • I haven't heard a word. I assume that means I made the first, brutal cut. (x2)
      • I did not receive the rejection e-mail, but was not contacted for a phone interview (x6)
      • Phone interviews scheduled for period of Jan 8-13 (x3)
      • 260 applicants, 25 contacted by phone, 4 candidates to be chosen for interviews
        • So then how many got rejection emails? Did they forget to contact 5+ people either way?
        • This seems to be info supplied by the search committee. I'd like to note that I still haven't heard a peep from them. Anyone else in the same boat?
        • Yup. There's nothing quite like uncertainty...
        • Perhaps just in case the 25 initial candidates aren't sufficient, they want to have some back-up.
    • Second wave of thanks-but-no (1/12) (x5)
    • Request for supporting documents (1/18)

Boston College - Assistant Professor in Ethnomusicology (Deadline: 15 December 2012)

  • "Primary responsibility is teaching undergraduate courses in ethnomusicology, world music and popular music."
  • "The Boston College Music Department favors an integrated approach to the discipline and places non-Western traditions within a broad cultural context that emphasizes the interdependence of theoretical approaches and practical music making."
  • "While specialization in any area will be considered, candidates with expertise in African, Asian, or Hispanic music traditions, an interest in sacred music (broadly defined), and/or a willingness to form and/or direct a performing ensemble may be preferred."
  • There are still a few interview slots available at the AMS conference November 2-3. Signups at (10/23/12)
  • Any word on this one? I know it's only been a little over a month (and over break at that), but I'm very curious about this one. 1/19
  • Rejection received via email 2/1/13. (x2)

Boston University – Associate Professor of Historical Musicology (with tenure) (Deadline: 1 November 2012)

  • Applicants must possess a long-held Ph.D., associate professor status in current position, a rich publication record, prominence in the field of historical musicology, and a distinguished record of teaching at the graduate and undergraduate level.
  • anyone know why the ethno and full rank potential were eliminated from this new version of the search?
  • I don't think this is a repeat or continuation of last year's search. It is an entirely different thing.
  • 11/30 Four candidates have been publicly announced and will be visiting campus in December.
    • Anyone have a link to where the candidates are listed?
      • I'm not sure where the parent of this thread got the idea that they were publicly announced. As a member of the department, I can say that we don't advertise our short lists outside the confines of the school, and only then within a short circle. Internal email =/= public announcement.
  • Has this search concluded?
    • No.

California State University, Fullerton – Assistant Professor in Ethnomusicology (Deadline: 15 November 2012)

  • African American Music, Culture and History. The position is in the African American Studies department, not music.
  • Rumor has it that this is an inside hire.
  • Confirmation Receipt/AA-EEO request via snail mail (11/14)

California State University, Sacramento – Assistant Professor of Music History (Deadline: 23 January 2013)

  • "Teach and coordinate a full range of music history period courses at undergraduate and graduate levels."
  • "Experience as a teacher at the undergraduate and at the graduate level preferred. Extensive background in and ability to apply scholarly knowledge to performance applications. Ability to direct graduate theses. Evidence of publications required as well as potential for continued development as a teacher scholar."
  • As of December 3rd, job ad is only listed on MVL.
  • Checking today (12/6), the job no longer appears in the MVL database, does not appear on the CSUS HR site, and on HigherEdJobs it states that it was deleted as of today. Anyone know what's going on?
    • I called the department, and the department secretary confirmed that the position has been canceled. She added, "we hope it is only temporary."
    • As of 5 January, the ad is back on Higher Ed Jobs and MVL.
  • Confirmation Receipt/AA-EEO request via email (1/15) (x2)
  • 2/1 I submitted my application materials by mail but have not received a confirmation receipt yet. Should I contact them to follow up?
    • I think that would be a good idea. I submitted mine by mail and got an email acknowledgement within a few days. The person who sent me the email is Karen Sorenson, Administrative Support Coordinator for the Department of Music,, 916-278-5191.
    • Done! Thanks!

Cape Breton University – Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology (Deadline: 4:00PM, 30 November 2012)

  • "The successful candidate must have an established teaching and/or research record in the area of analysis and theory of traditional and popular musics. A research specialization in some aspect of Cape Breton music would be considered a strong asset."
  • Strong internal candidate

Chinese University of Hong Kong - Assistant Professor / Research Assistant Professor in Ethnomusicology (Deadline: 31 January 2013)

  • "Full-time academic post in Ethnomusicology with an emphasis on Chinese music..." 

Chinese University of Hong Kong - Associate/Assistant Professor in Historical Musicology (Deadline: 15 November 2012)

  • The Department invites applications for a full-time faculty post in historical musicology. Other areas of specialization will also be considered, and expertise complementary to the research areas of serving faculty members will be an advantage. Appointment will be considered for the appropriate rank with reference to the candidate’s qualifications and experience.
  • Applicants should have (i) a doctoral degree in a relevant discipline; (ii) demonstrated potential for developing as distinguished and productive scholars; and (iii) commitment to teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
  • There is still one interview slot available on Nov 3 at the AMS conference in New Orleans. Sign up at (10/28/12)
  • Campus visits scheduled (1/1/13)

College of Charleston - Assistant Professor of Music History (with Secondary Area in Viola or Collaborative Piano) (Deadline: 15 November 2012)

  • Qualifications: Candidates must have a PhD in musicology/music history earned by date of hire, college-level teaching experience, and teaching/performing experience in a secondary area of either applied viola or collaborative piano.
  • Principal duties include: teach upper-level undergraduate Music History, teach and develop General Education music history survey and First-Year Experience courses; teach applied viola & chamber music OR collaborative piano, class piano, and applied piano for non-majors.
  • The successful candidate must show a strong commitment to teaching with proven successful skills at the college level.
  • Holy moly, they also ask for a videotaped performance.
  • Skype interview 12/5
  • Campus visit scheduled 12/12

College of Charleston – Associate / Full Professor of African American Studies (Deadline: 26 October 2012)

  • Preference given to applicants specializing in one or more of the following: art, art history, music, ethnomusicology, or performance studies.
  • Also posted in Cultural Studies/Ethnic Studies 2012-13

Colorado State University - Assistant Professors of Music History (two positions) (Deadline: 9 November 2012)

  • "We are interested in candidates whose interests could include ethnomusicology, music in popular culture or other innovative areas of research in musicology."
  • Q: I am sorry to be slow but what does it mean when a position is "nine-month, tenure track"? It seems contraductory.
  • I think that means that you only get paid on a 9-month schedule. Many institutions do this and give you the option for spreading out your pay checks over 12 months.
  • 9/8: I agree with the previous poster; this is how it is done at my institution. It also means that summer courses (if taught) would be paid over and above the regular 9-month salary.
  • 9/10: Does anyone know who is chairing this committee?
  • 9/14: "9-month salary" also indicates that it is not a faculty/admin position, which are usually "12-month salary" like deans, chairs...
  • 9/15: How can an Assistant Professorship not be a faculty position?
  • I think they meant it's not a COMBINED faculty/admin position, but rather is solely a faculty position.
  • I know we've been over this before, but this sort of thing really is so ridiculous: "Please send . . . a 15-20 minute video of engaged, dynamic classroom teaching in QuickTime format". I'm sure (I hope!) it's some university-wide adminstrative policy to emphasize teaching in hiring or something, but innovations in application requirements are terrible.
  • Skype interviews scheduled for this week.
  • Have any Skype interviewees received updates from the committee?
  • Skype interviews rescheduled for week starting Jan. 7 (x2)
  • Were candidates chosen?
  • Campus interviews are being scheduled.

Columbia University - Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow/Lecturer (Deadline: 5 November 2012)

  • period of two years
  • The degree must have been awarded between 1 January 2009 and 1 July 2013.
  • Fellows will be expected to pursue research, participate in the academic life of the Department of Music, and teach one class per semester during each of the two years (three in Columbia's Core Curriculum and one in the candidate's area of specialization). Ph.D. or DMA (for composers) at time of appointment. All candidates must demonstrate excellent scholarship and show promise for development as scholars and teachers.
  • Thanks-but-no mass email received (1/29) (x4)

Cornell University - Assistant Professor in Ethnomusicology (Deadline: 14 September 2012) - CATHERINE APPERT (UCLA 2012); ALEJANDRO MADRID (UIC; OHIO STATE 2003)

  • Repeat of search from last year? See Musicology/Ethnomusicology, 2011-12
  • Yes, this is a repeat of last year's search.
  • Heard second-hand that interviews have been requested.
  • Has anyone received an offer?
  • An offer has been made and accepted (12/21)
  • Anyone know how this search ended up yielding two positions, one tenured?
    • I don't know anything, but I'd venture to guess that the department requested an additional line when they saw the applications.

East Tennessee State University - Assistant Professor in Bluegrass Old-Time and Country Music Studies (Deadline: Open until filled)

  • Performance experience essential, but "Highest preference will be given to applicants holding the terminal degree in a related area" (including ethnomusicology, other music studies disciplines).

Eastern Illinois University - Instructor in Music History (Deadline: February 15, 2013)

  • Teach a full range of undergraduate music history classes, graduate research and history seminars, and online courses. Other duties may be assigned depending on qualifications and departmental needs. Doctorate or ABD in Music History/Musicology. Evidence of excellence in teaching, preferably at the college level. Accomplishments as a performer considered an asset. Evidence of research and scholarly activities. Ability to direct research for graduate theses.

Florida State University College of Music - Assistant Professor of Musicology (Deadline: 30 November 2012)

  • Teaching experience, record of research, and evidence for continuing research career. Specialization in music before 1750. Ability to direct early music ensemble program. Interest and outstanding experience in teaching music to nonmusic majors highly desirable.
    • Request for writing samples/recordings (12/7)
    • Interviews are being scheduled for late January/early February (1/7)

George Mason University - Assistant / Associate Professor of Musicology (Deadline: 19 November 2012)

  • "Expertise in 17th or 18th century music is strongly preferred. Candidates with expertise in historical performance practice are encouraged to apply."
  • Has anybody heard from them?
  • Still no word? 1/30
  • Still no word. 2/1

Harvard University Department of Music - Post-Doctoral Fellowship: "Hearing Modernity" (Deadline: 10 December 2012)

  • The music department at Harvard University is pleased to announce its John E. Sawyer seminar in 2013/14 on the topic of “Hearing Modernity.” The interdisciplinary seminar series, generously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and organized by Professor Alexander Rehding, will explore diverse aspects of sound culture.
  • As part of this project we invite applications for a one-year post-doctoral fellowship. Scholars with expertise in one or more areas relating to sound studies and a broad interdisciplinary outlook are invited to apply. Applicants who received the PhD degree (or equivalent) after January 2009 are eligible to apply. Applicants who do not yet hold a PhD must include a letter from their committee or department chair confirming that the PhD degree will be conferred before the fellowship begins.
  • We will welcome the postdoctoral fellow as a member of the intellectual community at the Music Department and Harvard University. The fellow will conduct his/her research, will help with the preparation of the seminar and will be an active participant in it. There is no required teaching component. The appointment will run from August 1, 2013 through May 31, 2014, and the fellowship offers a salary of $46,000 (plus benefits). There is no citizenship requirement or restriction for this fellowship. Non-US nationals are welcome to apply. If required, Harvard University will sponsor a J-1 visa for international fellows.
  • email confirming receipt of materials (12/12) x2
  • submitted an application last week, but no confirmation of receipt--anybody else? (12/13) (x2)
  • Rejection received via email (1/15/13) x4

Hobart and William Smith College - Assistant Professor, Musicology (Deadline: November 1, 2012)

  • The Department of Music at Hobart and William Smith Colleges invites applications for a tenure-track position in musicology at the assistant professor rank, beginning Fall 2013. The position involves teaching music history courses within the major/minor curriculum, including periodic upper-level seminars and service courses on music history topics to be determined, and general curriculum courses with a preference for interdisciplinary approaches. Other responsibilities include academic advising, and other forms of service; opportunities to mentor honors students also exist. Preference will be given to candidates with a secondary area, such as ethnomusicology, and to candidates with a vibrant scholarly or creative agenda that complements those of the department's current faculty.
  • Candidates should have completed the doctoral degree (ABD candidates will be considered), and at least two years experience of undergraduate teaching is preferred. An appreciation for and understanding of the liberal arts is expected.
  • What are service courses? A little googling suggests these are survey courses for non-majors, but it would be nice to know for sure. Thanks all! (October 20, 2012)
    • "Service courses" generally refer to those that have to be taught regularly to meet curriculum needs (ie Music Apprec., Grout Survey, research methods) rather than seminars where you pick the topic.
  • 11/8 - "Candidate Self-Identification Survey" received by email. (x3)
  • Any word on this one?
    • nothing so far.
    • I heard from them Thursday regarding a missing letter of recommendation (a very polite and thoughtful email). I got the impression that they are just beginning to review applications and that it will be some time before they select semifinalists. (x3)
    • Just received an e-mail request for Skype interview next week. They've asked 16 semifinalists from 160 applications. (x3)
  • Any word from finalists?
    • I made it to the semifinals, but haven't heard anything yet.
    • I heard they were doing some follow-up skype interviews late last week, but no news of actual finalists.

Illinois State University - Assistant/Associate Professor- Music History (Deadline: 1 November, 2012)

  • Teach a broad range of undergraduate and graduate courses in Western music history and literature to music majors; teach in the university's general education program; develop and sustain a positive record of scholarly/creative activity; other teaching and services as appropriate and needed.
  • Applicants with strong additional skills in an area other than Music History are encouraged to highlight those abilities in the application.
    • Any updates? (12/10)
    • Not to be negative, but "updates" are the point of this page. What are the chances the search has progressed, that successful candidates are sitting on that information, and that your question will inspire them to post?
    • Yes, that *was* negative. Cut him/her some slack, Jack! Let's practice treating our current colleagues the way we intend to treat our future colleagues. x3
    • Indeed, I recently updated the Hobart and William Smith thread in response to a question like this one. It hadn't advanced, but I did happen to have some information about the search.
    • And I'd asked the question about Hobart and was grateful for the new information. No reason not to ask about searches on this page that appear to have stalled - and it often leads to helpful updates.
    • Yay, the system works! I like helping my colleagues. :)
    • Also, members of search committees do visit the wiki and occasionally after a question is asked about the status of a search post an update.
    • Request for phone interview (1/24) x2
    • Rejection letter (2/3) x2
      • And very informal, too! Dear [First Name] ..., not even Dear [Mr/Ms/DR] ... (note: this is not snark, just something that caught my eye. Ah well! Good luck to those with interviews!)

Indiana University Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology - Visiting Lectureship (Deadline: 7 January 2013)

  • One year Visiting Lectureship with possibility of second year.
  • Preference will be given to applicants with a specialization in the musics of Africa or the African Diaspora. "We will consider applicants with other specializations that complement our faculty's current research."

Indiana University Jacobs School of Music - Post-Doctoral Resident Scholar, Department of Musicology (Deadline: 15 November, 2012)

  • Tenure-Ineligible, Two-Year Visiting Appointment.
  • The successful candidate will teach one course per semester during three semesters, and two courses during one semester. Conduct an active program of research during the appointment, resulting in the submission of proposals to research conferences, the submission of articles to academic journals, or other scholarly projects. Attend two conferences per year and deliver a colloquium to the department each year. It is expected that the resident will teach a seminar in his or her area of expertise during the appointment. The resident will participate in departmental activities, exclusive of committee and other administrative duties.
  • A completed Ph.D. degree in music is required. Candidates must have received the Ph.D. from an institution other than Indiana University no more than five years prior to their appointment.
    • Email confirming receipt of materials (10/24)
    • HELP! The web portal won't let me submit my application until I have uploaded three letters of recommendation. Obviously, I entered my recommenders' information, but there's no way I'm going to be uploading the letters myself. How did you get around this?
    • From an email response to my own question: "If you go to "Documents needed to Apply", in the "letter of reference 1, 2 & 3" fields, either upload a reference letter, or a document saying that a Professional Reference letter will be sent directly from your reference provider.
      Once these fields are filled, you can proceed to the "Professional References" page where you may add your reference provider's name and their email. An automatic email will then be sent to your provider with instructions to upload the letter directly to your application."
      • Thank you!! I just got an email back from the contact person with the same method suggested. I think it worked. Lots of good job market karma heading your way.
      • Yay! Good luck to you too!
      • Thanks so much - I had the same problem. Good luck to all.
  • Any movement here? (1/24)

Ithaca College - Music Theory and/or Musicology (Deadline: December 1, 2012)

  • full-time, tenure-eligible position in music theory and musicology at the rank of Assistant Professor, to begin fall 2013.
  • Primary responsibility will be teaching music theory, aural skills and/or Western music history courses for music majors.
  • According to the theory/composition wiki, on-campus interviews are being held in February.  (1/30)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Music Technology (with specialization in Digital Musicology/Ethnomusicology considered) (Deadline: December 31, 2012)

  • Tenure-track, assistant professor.  Teaching undergraduate subjects in music technology and possibly other areas of the performing arts according to the candidate's expertise and Section needs; developing classes in music technology; and conducting research or engaging in significant creative work within music technology. Areas of specialization within music technology include but are not limited to composition, performance, sound installation, DJing, instrument building, music cognition, or music research that creates or creatively uses new technologies. (emphasis added) The teaching load for the position is two subjects per semester.
  • Not primarily a musicology/ethnomusicology position, but there are a number of musicologists who would be eligible to apply.

Max-Planck-Institut für Bildungsforschung, Berlin - Postdoc-Stipendium (Deadline: November 30, 2012)

Michigan State University -- Assistant Professor in Historical Musicology (Deadline: 15 November 2012)

  • Develop and teach courses and seminars in musicology that serve the needs of undergraduate and graduate music majors in a variety of disciplines; develop and teach courses in music designed for non-majors in general education; advance research and creative activity related to area of appointment; and participate in graduate advising and academic governance in the College of Music and the University.
  • Scholars of exceptional ability and promise to expand the areas of interest represented in the department, who possess a strong commitment to the performing arts and the potential to teach effectively across the broad range of our undergraduate, graduate, and non-major curricula; experience preferred teaching musicology research methods/bibliography course; earned Ph.D. in historical musicology preferred; strong commitment to teaching with proven skills at the college and/or university level; scholarly achievement and promise of continuing research in the area of this appointment; and ability to work effectively with colleagues across disciplines.
  • To apply, please visit the MSU job postings website: and select posting #6846 in the faculty/academic staff section.
  • Is this a search for an Assistant professor or is it open rank?
    • Indeed, it is Assistant. The posting is up on the MSU job site now.
  • "This is an academic year appointment in the tenure system as an assistant professor of historical musicology beginning August 16, 2013. To apply, please visit the MSU job postings website: and select posting #6846 in the faculty/academic staff section."
  • Heard second-hand that interviews are scheduled. (1/21) (x2)
  • Any first-hand info?
  • Contacted for interview. (1/18)

Middle Tennessee State University - Director, School of Music (Deadline: 29 October 2012)

  • "visionary leader to oversee the growth and development of its dynamic School of Music"
  • Candidates selected for campus interviews.

Misericordia University (Ongoing Deadline)

  • The Fine Arts Department of the College of Arts and Sciences at Misericordia University seeks a tenure-track faculty member to teach courses in music history and literature, musicology, ethnomusicology, and possibly music semiotics. Additional teaching duties may include teaching Western music theory.
  • Required qualifications are an earned Ph.D. in music history and theory with a strong emphasis in interdisciplinary research and at least two years' experience teaching Western music history, popular music, and music theory at the undergraduate level. A secondary emphasis in music semiotics is desired. Expertise in the broad spectrum of American music and non-Western cultural identity is desirable. Experience in designing courses in music and culture is preferred.
  • The successful candidate will show a strong, proven commitment to teaching at the college/university level; interest in curriculum development; the ability to integrate technology in teaching; and an interest in interdisciplinary teaching. Candidates should be able to demonstrate the following: an ability to teach music history and theory within a liberal arts setting; a broad knowledge and experience in current methodologies in music; experience in designing interdisciplinary courses at the undergraduate level.
  • The successful candidate will also demonstrate scholarly achievement and promise of continuing research/creative activity in the area of the appointment; the ability to work effectively with colleagues; and a willingness to participate in academic governance, and department and university service.
    • I spoke with HR, and they said "applications will close when the search committee believes it has a strong pool of candidates." In other words, get cracking!
  • Confirmation receipt of materials via snail-mail.
  • Request for demographic information via postcard.
  • This posting was deleted on November 5, and it seems that enough time has passed for the search to advance. Does anybody have any information?
  • I spoke with Misericordia's HR department last week and they told me the search is still on.
    • Neato, thank you.

National University of Ireland Maynooth - Assistant Lecturer in Music (Five-Month Fixed-Term) (Deadline: 26 October 2012)

  • The University is now seeking an individual of the highest quality who will add to the teaching and international research strength of the Department.
  • This five-month sabbatical leave cover contract post includes a requirement to teach and coordinate core modules in history, analysis and musicology across the Department's curriculum at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The post-holder will also supervise dissertations in musicology and, depending on individual specialist background, contribute to other strands of the undergraduate curriculum. The successful candidate will teach and administrate and pursue scholarly research. The nature of the post will imply a commitment on the part of the appointed candidate to carry out such teaching, examining and administrative duties, as directed from time to time by the Head of Department or other appropriate person, whether or not such duties are connected with the appointee's specialist area.

New England Conservatory -- Jazz Studies/Music History Faculty (Deadline: 1 December 2012)

  • Teach a combination of classroom courses in Jazz History, Theory and Analysis within the Jazz Studies and Music History Departments.
  • Based on experience and background, teach a small load of jazz studio students and/or coach a small jazz ensemble.
  • Request for more materials (12/18)

New York University Abu Dhabi – Open rank, musicology and/or ethnomusicology (Deadline: 1 November 2012)

  • preference for those with an expertise in music of the Middle Eastern region
  • request for materials 12/13

North Carolina Central University, music dept. chair (Open until Filled)

  • The Chair is responsible for the daily administrative operation and leadership of the Department, as well as long-term planning and curriculum development. Responsibilities include class scheduling, staffing, faculty evaluation, fiscal management, program assessment, event scheduling and recruitment. The Chair will teach a limited course load.
  • In addition to a doctoral or terminal degree that meets the requirements for tenure in the Department of Music, the successful candidate will need: a record of scholarly, creative and teaching excellence; successful administrative experience in higher education; strong interpersonal and communications skills; ongoing activity in professional organizations; a commitment to student recruitment and retention; demonstrated ability in fundraising and/or grant writing; and the ability to provide vision and leadership in a diverse academic environment.

Northern Arizona University - Lecturer in Music in General Studies (Review begins January 14, 2013)

  • Job Description: non-tenure-eligible, full-time, benefit-eligible, 9-month appointment. This appointment is renewable, subject to performance, funding, and departmental needs. Duties begin August 19, 2013. The NAU School of Music seeks a dynamic and creative faculty member dedicated to the Liberal Studies mission of the university and the instruction of non-music-majors using blended/hybrid learning pedagogies and delivery modes. Responsibilities will include development and teaching of blended/hybrid courses in general music studies and teaching other courses in music as assigned.
  • Qualifications: Minimum: Master's degree in any relevant field in music. Three years of experience teaching at the college or university level. Preferred: Doctorate in any relevant field in music. Evidence of successful teaching of general studies courses in music at the college or university level. Evidence of effective curricular design and implementation, including developing and teaching hybrid/blended courses that incorporate a variety of digital media and/or online instructional methodologies and course support systems. Commitment to working collaboratively with diverse student and faculty populations.
  • Application Procedure: Letter of application, curriculum vitae including contact information (mailing address, phone number, and email address) for five references, statement of teaching philosophy, sample syllabi for non-music-major courses, and official or unofficial transcripts of the last degree earned or in progress. Mail to: Chair, Music in General Studies Search Committee, Northern Arizona University School of Music, 1115 S. Knoles Drive, Box 6040 Flagstaff, AZ 86011 Email to:
  • More information:
  • Acknowledgement of complete application and EOE survey (by postal mail) 1/22 (x3)

Northwestern University (Bienen School of Music) - Open Rank, Musicology/Ethnomusicology: Music in Contemporary Culture (Deadline: November 1, 2012)

  • Does anyone know who is heading the search committee for this position? 9/1/2012
  • R: I believe Linda Austern is behind the description. Although, as seen in recent ethno/musicology searches at Northwestern, the committee's decision is not necessarily final as the dean seems to have the power to arbitrarily override it.
  • They interviewed people at AMS/SEM in New Orleans.
    • I heard that too. sort of weird to interview people a day after the app deadline...
  • Request for additional materials (11/13) x7
  • I never even received acknowledgement that my application was received. Anyone else? (x2)
    • No, just the request for materials (emailed) on the 13th. (x2)
    • And nothing since then? (curious x2 as of 1/4/2012)
    • References were contacted around Dec. 20.
    • Request for campus interview (1/10). Three finalists selected for interviews.

Ohio State University (Department of Spanish and Portuguese) Assistant Professor of Latin American culture (music, dance, performance) (Deadline: 14 November 2012)

  • Specialist in Latin American indigenous cultures, ethnographic studies, and/or ethnomusicology
  • "Candidates whose research analyzes material culture and/or practices (performance, popular rituals, music, dance, etc.) and how such signifying practices relate to larger social, political and economic processes and dynamics (e.g. colonialism/postcolonialism, citizenship, globalization, identity formation, patterns of sociability)."
  • Confirmation of materials received via email.
  • Affirmative action survey received via snail mail.
  • Skype interviews (11/30).
  • Has anyone heard anything about this position?

Peabody Conservatory of Music – Musicology Faculty, Full Time (not tenure-track) (Deadline: 15 October 2012) – MVL

  • I sent all my application materials by email on Monday but didn't get any acknowledgment. Has anybody who applied by email received any response?
  • I received same-day confirmation (10/4), but I asked for it specifically in my email.
  • Affirmative Action survey request. (x3)
  • More materials requested (email, 11/9)
  • Rejection email. (12/7) Search "advancing to the inverview stage." (x2)
    • Quick question: Were you one of the long-listed candidates? Thanks!
    • I'm not the original poster, but I was long-listed, and then received a very nice rejection email. Kudos to Peabody for doing it right.
    • I was not long-listed, and I have not received any emails/mail from them about my application. (x3)
    • I do understand the logic of not rejecting people who haven't been asked for interviews until the end of the search.  Although it's rare, I've seen some searches go back to the long list or even back to applications sometimes after interviews have been completed (see Christopher Newport University's search on last year's wiki for an example.)

Pennsylvania State University – Assistant Professor in Musicology (Deadline: 20 September 2012) FILLED: Mark Ferraguto (Cornell University, 2012)

  • specialist in music after ca. 1650
  • "Experience with online or hybrid teaching formats would enhance applications."
  • Additional materials and interview in New Orleans requested (10/12) x2
  • Offer made and accepted.
  • E-mail rejection letter announcing that Mark Ferraguto has accepted the position.  (1/9)
  • Congratulations, Mark!

Quest University Canada (Deadline: 26 October 2012)

  • "Although research, especially that involving undergraduates, is encouraged, those seeking a research-focused faculty position should not apply."
  • telephone interview scheduled, 11/13 (x3)
  • Anything on this? No word since mid-November phone interview (not even a polite "no thanks").12/7 (x3)
  • On campus interviews being conducted in December

Rowan University - Assistant Professor in Musicology (Deadline: 31 December 2012)

  • This person will be responsible for teaching courses in music history, coordinate and develop online classes and degree programs, and pursue scholarly activity.
  • Review of candidates will begin on December 10, 2012 and the deadline for applications is December 31, 2012.
    • Has anyone heard anything yet (2/4) ?

Stony Brook University - Assistant Professor in Musicology (Deadline: 8 January 2013)

  • Specialization in Music Before 1500
  • Preference may be given to candidates conversant with performance practice issues and interdisciplinary perspectives.
  • This search is to replace Sarah Fuller, who is retiring.
  • Received e-mail request for addtional materials (1/23) x4

Stony Brook University - Visiting Assistant Professor in Musicology (Deadline: 20 February 2013)

  • Specialization in "opera and other music of the 18th and 19th centuries"
  • Does anyone know how this fits into the context of their other search? Is this a sabbatical replacement?
    • Different time period, so would seem to be unrelated to the other search.  And since it's potentially renewable beyond a year, not likely to be a sabbatical replacement. Looks like a new position!
      • Thanks for your insight. New positions are always exciting!

Syracuse University - Post-Doctoral Fellowship in American Popular Music (Deadline: 15 January, 2013)

  • The Department of Art & Music Histories, an interdisciplinary unit housed in the College of Arts and Sciences, seeks to appoint a post-doctoral fellow specializing in American popular music.
  • The Schragis Fellowship is a two-year appointment designed to give emerging scholars the opportunity to pursue their research while in residence at Syracuse University. The Schragis Fellow will teach one course during each semester of the fellowship, and will also give one public lecture on his/her current research topic(s) for each of the two years of the fellowship. A Ph.D. in musicology or related field by the appointment date is required, and the successful candidate will show the potential for a distinguished scholarly profile.
  • Request for more materials (writing sample and letters) via email (1/28) x5

Texas Tech University - Assistant Professor of Musicology/ Ethnomusicology or Music Theory (Deadline: Open until filled)

  • "Hispanic Music Specialist"
  • Any word on this one?
  • Was asked for interview this week.

The College at Brockport, State University of New York (Deadline: 1 November, 2012)

  • Teaching the equivalent of four courses per semester drawn from the music courses offered by the Department of Theatre and Music Studies and to the Human Heritage and Aesthetics sequences in the Delta College Program. Service to the Delta College Program and Department of Theatre and Music Studies through student advisement and mentoring, recruitment, and participation in departmental events. This position is split 50/50 between the two programs.
  • The College at Brockport is a comprehensive college of approximately 9,000 students located in the village of Brockport, minutes from the city of Rochester. The Delta College Program is an exciting and unique alternative to the traditional General Education Program, featuring interdisciplinary courses that together fulfill the College's General Education requirements, complemented by experiential learning courses that prepare students for life after they graduate.
  • Required Qualifications: Completed Terminal Degree in Music (Terminal degree may be, but is not limited to a degree in Music Arts, Musicology, Music History, Music Theory, or Music Performance). At least one year of successful college-level teaching experience. Desire and ability to participate in interdisciplinary and team-taught courses. Ability to work with culturally diverse populations.
  • Preferred Qualifications: Successful experience in teaching music as part of a college liberal arts curriculum. Successful experience in directing instrumental or vocal ensembles. Successful experience in advising and mentoring college-level students. Experience with hybrid or asynchronous online course development. Potential for increasing the diversity of the faculty, curriculum and/or student experience through teaching and mentoring activities.
  • 10/20: The online application form lists this job's title as "Visiting Assistant Professor."
  • Phone interview (12/8)

Towson University – Assistant Professor of Music History and Literature (16 October 2012)

  • "Expertise in the broad spectrum of American music is desirable."
  • Wow, names and contact info for 6 referees? I don't understand why, if they're getting letters from three people, they need to hear from three other people in order to vouch for me.
  • Do you think that with all of the materials they ask for, they are just trying to winnow down the applicant pool? (Who can blame them?) Now, to email my undergrad advisor about being a reference...
  • Email acknowledgement of receipt of materials (10/10/12) Very courteous. (x2)
  • Oh, *so* courteous. I got such a polite answer to my question about submitting references.
  • What do they mean by "broad spectrum of American music," exactly?
  • Might the spectrum be broad enough to include, say, Britney Spears?
  • Guess they were serious about the 6 references--I've heard from some of mine that they have been contacted! (x2)
    • Really? Has anyone else heard anything directly from them?
    • (12/6) Request for Phone Interview
  • Campus visits scheduled (1/20/13)

Universiteit van Amsterdam - Associate Professor in Cultural Musicology (Deadline: December 31, 2012)

  • Candidate must be well-versed in "the history and methodologies of the field of cultural musicology, including comparative musicology, ethnomusicology and world music studies, and [must be] thoroughly familiar with the processes of globalization of music."
  • "In-depth knowledge of the music and indigenous musicology of one of the main regions of the world, for instance East Asia, South Asia, South-East Asia, the Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America or the Amerindian traditions, next to a broad overview of the musical traditions of most of these regions."?
  • "The candidate must have a fluent command of both Dutch and English or he/she will acquire this level of linguistic competence within two years of taking the post."
  • "Please submit a letter of application in Dutch or English, accompanied by a CV and list of publications."
  • Any news about this?

University of Birmingham - Lectureship in Music (Ethnomusicology and/or Popular Music) (Deadline: August 6, 2012) FILLED: Eliot Bates (UC Berkeley, 2008)

  • additional links: (down); PDF (still available 8/22)
  • looks like this didn't get up in time, but I thought it's worth adding it late, so we can have a complete record of the year's advertised positions.
  • "The appointee will be expected to be a specialist in popular music and/ or ethnomusicology. Skills in performance and a commitment to outreach into the larger community are also desirable."
    • rejection email 8/22 x2
    • Just out of curiosity, where was this originally posted? <--- Whoops, nevermind. I should read more carefully!
    • Offer made and accepted.

University of California, Los Angeles – Assistant Professor of Musicology (Deadline: October 15, 2012)

  • "The department is fully open to all research specialties, but does have teaching and advising needs in the following areas: music before 1600, 19th-century music, popular music and jazz, film music and new media, music theory, performance practice, music of California and Latin America."
  • Anyone figure out how/where to apply for this? The link provided has led me nowhere.
  • The link provided goes to the google groups announcement from the AMS announce list, which is also the same link in other public announcements of the post.
  • There is no online application form. Email materials (cover letter, CV, letters of reference) to [Chair of search committee]
  • Automatic email acknowledging receipt of materials (10/12)
    • Demographic survey sent by email (10/16)
  • Is there really no movement here? (11/12)
  • I imagine this has moved on by now - anybody hear anything?
  • I got an email on 10/31 indicating that they were missing my letters of recommendation. [Turns out I had typed the wrong delivery address into Interfolio; the administrative staff at UCLA was very nice and made an effort to email me when the letters did arrive.] This suggests that they started sifting through applications later than the 10/15 deadline. Even so, I'm assuming they have moved on at this point...
  • I heard a rumor that they had over 250 applications. I wouldn't be surprised if they didn't move on until the new year.
  • So ... anyone hear anything?
  • Request for writing samples (Jan. 4) (x4)

University of California, Merced - Open Rank Global Arts Studies Professor (Deadline: October 15, 2012)

  • "Rank and area of specialization are open, but priority will be given to music scholars who are interested in crossing boundaries of discipline, genre, geography and history to develop a new interdisciplinary program in close collaboration with colleagues in visual arts."
  • Help grant a diverse student body of undergraduates the tools to read artistic objects across a range of media and cultural contexts as texts bearing information about society. Participate in an interdisciplinary humanities graduate program.
  • Required: excellent research/teaching, Ph.D. by July 1, 2013. Desirable: technology focus, background in historical research, dedication to critical music-cultural analysis, ability to cross the Western/non-Western divide.
  • Request for additional materials (10/25) x10
  • Call for interview (11/28).
  • Interview scheduled

University of California, San Diego – Assistant Professor of Music (Deadline: October 31, 2012)

  • "The successful candidate must have a completed doctorate in ethno/musicology or an allied field."
  • "Candidates will be expected to contribute to the undergraduate music program, preferably in the Jazz and Music of the African Diaspora concentration, and to the graduate program in Integrative Studies. Potential areas of interest include (but are not limited to) improvisation, experimental practices and creative processes, and/or music of the African Diaspora."
  • Has anyone figured out how to apply for this position? The online job application page for UCSD doesn't have the position listed. ETA: It looks like it's listed now!
  • Does anyone know if the university's required "personal statement summarizing teaching experience and interests, leadership efforts, and/or contributions to diversity" is the same document required in the job description ("a personal statement summarizing past or potential diversity and leadership efforts")?
  • Is the "documentation of research and creative or professional activity" a research statement? Or a narration of parts of my CV? Any idea?
  • Further: is it code for samples of writing? performance portfolios?
  • Without descending too much into negativity, search committees please take note: when you write your job ads, there's nothing wrong with being very specific in your requests for what materials! Vague wording like in this UCSD posting (not that it is unique to them) benefits nobody. You have to read a lot of garbage that doesn't address what you are looking for, and it provokes undue anxiety and mind-reading-attempts on our parts.
  • Deadline changed to 11/15 (via application website)
  • Deadline changed to 10/31 (via semnotices-l message 10/29)
    • do you think this means they weren't happy with the pool of applications they received? : )
    • Skype interview 12/5
    • Campus visit scheduled 12/7
    • Advert still listed on Departmental homepage...any updates?

University of Central Missouri - Assistant Professor of Music (Deadline: 5 January 2013)

  • Position Purpose: Teach music history courses to undergraduate and graduate majors. Coordinate departments general education music offerings. Maintain research and scholarly writing. Other duties possible based on candidates strengths and departments needs.
  • Candidates must complete an on-line faculty profile found at and apply to position #998369. Attach to the faculty profile a letter of application describing the candidates qualifications and interest in the position, current curriculum vitae and unofficial transcript from the most recent school attended.
  • In addition, a 20-30 minute video of recent classroom teaching (undergraduate preferred) is required. This sample should be in the form of a digital file or link. This sample should be uploaded on the publication document type as part of the electronic application process. (A suggestion on how to provide this video: create a video on the web site and provide the link to it here).
  • Please list on the profile the names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses for three (3) professional references. In addition, three (3) current letters of recommendation should be sent to the Chair of the Search Committee at the address below.
  • Review of completed applications begins January 5, 2013 and continues until filled.
  • Ha! I love teaching videos! I'll just show a little leg and I'm guaranteed and interview!! xoxoxo (after all, what else could they be for?)
  • However, I'm sure if I show some leg, I'm guaranteed not to be interviewed. x 2
  • I don't know about anyone else, but I'm not really very comfortable with the idea of putting a teaching video on Youtube. Has anyone tried attaching a video file to the online application, and has it worked? I'm afraid my file might be too big. Any file format suggestions?
  • A good suggestion is to open up an on-line cloud storage account (i.e. dropbox) and post it there.
  • Thanks! It worked great! =)
    • I tried the Dropbox option, and couldn't get it to work for various reasons. I ended up splitting my 20-minute video into two 10-minute videos, uploading each to my Youtube page (selecting the "unlisted" option, which keeps it relatively private), and then submitting the first video link with the online application. Also, the online app was funky and wouldn't let me remove my faulty Dropbox public link. I had to call HR to get them to remove the bad link. They were very nice and efficient and explained they are working through some system kinks. So if you run into tech problems regarding their online system, give them a call. (My legs had better get me a damn job. Apparently that's all I have going for me.)
  • Has anyone clarified whether they want a total of 3 references (list them in the profile then ask the same three people to send letters) or 6 references (send 3 letters now and list 3 additional names in the profile for later)? (PS - no legs were harmed in the making of my video)
    • I called the HR folks about this - the three who send letters *can* be the same as the three listed on the profile. N.B. they did not say they *should* be the same.

Université de Genève - Professeur/e ordinaire ou professeur/e associé/e en Musicologie (Deadline: 31 October 2012)

  • "Poste en musicologie moderne et contemporaine (17e-20e siècles)"
  • Any news about this?

University of Illinois - Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology (Deadline: 22 October 2012)

  • Dynamic, interdisciplinary scholar-musician of the highest intellectual, creative, and pedagogical potential.
  • Teaching and research specializations will complement and lend new direction to existing emphases within a vitally integrated musicology program whose faculty regularly interface with many distinctive cross campus institutions and activities. These include five federally funded National Resource Centers for area studies, similar centers for ethnic and gender studies, the Robert E. Brown Center for World Music, cutting edge symposia and colloquium series, and a vibrant array of performance ensembles and events.
  • Duties: Establishing a record of professional excellence through innovative scholarship and publication, contributing to the teaching of diverse interdisciplinary music courses, such as focused courses in the area of specialization and graduate seminars targeting contemporary topical, theoretical, and methodological issues in ethnomusicology, mentoring of theses and dissertations, and service, such as advising, committee membership, and public outreach.
  • All areas of specialization will be considered.
  • Request for additional materials (12/5)

University of Illinois - Assistant Professor - Historical Musicology (Deadline: November 15, 2012)

  • The School of Music at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seeks a historical musicologist with teaching and research specializations in music before ca.1700. The successful applicant will complement and lend new direction to existing emphases within an interdisciplinary musicology program. Candidates from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.
  • Demonstrating a record of professional excellence through innovative scholarship and publication; contributing to the teaching of a diverse curriculum for majors and non-majors, including topical, genre, and period courses in the area of specialization for undergraduate and graduate majors, and graduate seminars targeting specialized topics and contemporary issues in musicology; mentoring Ph.D. dissertations and D.M.A. theses and serving on committees.
  • Request for additional materials (12/3) x7
  • Any more movement here?
  • Over Christmas break??
  • Have any of the folks who were asked for additional materials heard anything yet?
  • No (1/24) (x3).
  • Request for campus interview (1/30)

University of Louisville - Assistant Professor in Western Musicology (Deadline: 12 November, 2012)

  • Candidates in Western musicology with primary specialization(s) in music before 1750 and/or after 1900. Those with research specialties in additional areas (such as jazz studies, popular music studies, ethnomusicology, etc.) are especially encouraged to apply.
  • Experience with distance learning and familiarity with current classroom technology tools will be an advantage.
  • 10/5: The Human Resources employment page doesn't have the job listed, but the music dept has a description here:
  • Communicated this concern to the search committee, and it turns out that it was just a clerical error. Online application link has been restored.
  • This appears to be written for an inside hire/current NTT instructor.
    • Hah, maybe I'm paranoid, but they almost all feel like that to me.
    • I didn't see any obvious insider: their VAP is 19th C & most of their part-timers don't have Ph.D.s....
    • Word on the street is that this search is controversial within the School. Considering what happened last year, one can hardly be surprised.
      • For those of us not in the know, what happened last year, and what is the nature of this controversy?
        • Last year they conducted a search and collected materials only to have the entire process short-circuited by the state budget.
  • Is there really no news on this? Three months seems like rather a long time, even given interdepartmental tensions.
  • Request for additional materials (12/6)

University of Maryland - Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology (Deadline: November 15, 2012)

  • The Division of Musicology and Ethnomusicology of the University of Maryland School of Music seeks an ethnomusicologist of exceptional promise or established reputation, with expertise in the music of the Middle East (broadly defined).
  • Significant experience in fieldwork, ability to enhance interdisciplinary interaction with programs such as theatre and dance, and expertise in audio-visual documentation and editing are all desirable.
  • Ph.D. (attained by August 2013) in ethnomusicology or a related field; strong background in both cultural anthropology and historical musicology; fieldwork experience; evidence or promise of excellence in research, teaching (graduate and undergraduate), and graduate advising.
  • This seems incredibly specific. Just out of curiosity, does anyone meet all of these requirements?
  • I don't think this is that specific - it just shows a preference for geographical area, but the other requirements are on par with the interdisciplinary nature of ethno
  • It reads more like a wishlist for an area with the added desire for someone who is conversant in performance studies and can add a video component to an ethnographic methods course. There are plenty of other jobs on this wiki that have specific requests of their candidates in both fields.
  • Just to add: I emailed the chair to ask whether the area requirement for this job was flexible, and he clarified for me that it is not very flexible--they really need someone specializing in Middle Eastern musics (broadly defined, to be sure).
  • Right. I was talking about the videography / dance / theater part being a wishlist. Sorry to confuse. Think of it like a time period specialization for historical musicologists. If your focus is solely on early music, you probably wouldn't apply for a 19th century position, right?
  • Expert in Middle East w/ experience in fieldwork, audio-video documentation, and cultural anthropology all clearly relate to each other. And yes, there are ethnomusicologists who also draw theoretically from dance studies, theatre, and performance studies. It's the strong background in historical musicology that I have a hard understanding. This is more than a regional or temporal designation, it's requesting three different methodological approaches. Not saying it doesn't happen, of course, but this reads to me like a program that wants an outstanding ethnomusicologist who can also "fit in" to a traditional music department. I'll be interested in seeing who they hire.
  • Request for additional materials (11/18) x2
  • Phone interview (12/7)
  • Campus visits scheduled for late January/early February.

University of Massachusetts Amherst - Associate Professor of Music History (Deadline: 29 October 2012)

  • record of excellence in college or university teaching, including interdisciplinary experience"
  • To see the job posting, go to the UMass music webpage (linked above), click Faculty, then Faculty Searches, and download the PDF.
  • Per job description, this is a senior scholar position.
  • Request to contact more references and for additional materials.  (11/30)

University of Miami- Associate Professor of Musicology (Deadline: 1 December 2012)

  • minimum 5 years full-time collegiate teaching experience at the graduate and undergraduate levels
  • demonstrated national reputation as a researcher with the potential to achieve an international reputation
  • specialty open, but should complement existing faculty strengths

University of Minnesota - Assistant Professor of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature (Deadline: 22 October, 2012)

In fact Leppert has NOT retired. The department is interested in building in music, sound studies, media music, etc., as well as in other areas listed in the job description. (x2)

I spoke with Dr. Leppert at the recent AMS conference in New Orleans, and he personally asked me to post to this list and re-iterate that he is NOT retiring. No one seems to know how this rumor got started, least of all Dr. Leppert. (x2)

(1/8) materials had been requested in December per Comparative wiki above. Apparently nearly six hundred applicants. 

Thanks to the person who checked on that and updated this page. (1/10)

University of New Mexico - Assistant Professor of Music History (Deadline: 15 December 2012)

  • "Preference given to candidates with a strong secondary area, such as ethnomusicology, American music, Latin American music, border music, African diasporic music, popular music or world music."
  • They want UNDERGRAD transcripts? LMAO, SMH, etc.
  • Can we all agree to send only 2 syllabi each? Guess I know how I'll be spending Thanksgiving break...
  • Anything? 1/26
  • Someone told me they called UNM in the last week and the search committee indicated that they were still very much in the process of evaluating applications.
  • Request for Letters, Writing Samples, Teaching Video (2/2)

University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill - Assistant Professor of Music (Deadline: 14 December, 2012)

  • The Music Department of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill seeks to appoint a scholar with expertise in the field of music since 1900. The successful candidate will be expected to engage in research, service, and teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.
  • I saw this posted on the Theory/Composition wiki, and also listed on the SMT's "Music Theory Online" job board. Does anyone know whether this is a theory job or a musicology job? Or some combination of the two? The posting is pretty vague.
  • (10/28) UNC believes in "Musicology" as an integrated field encompassing historical musicology, theory, and ethno into a broader, more cohesive whole. They have recently lost both a theory specialist and a historian who specialize in 20th-century fields, so they could be looking to fill either position (more likely the theorist, who they lost first) or seeking someone who can effectively teach in both discipines. I know that isn't terribly decisive, but it is nonetheless the case.
  • Heads-up: when you submit your application, it sends emails to the folks you list as references asking that they complete letters of reference by 12/14. Whether or not letters were required was ambiguous on the listing; I hadn't realized that they'd ask for time-sensitive letters and thought that they'd contact them for the next round. Not a problem, per se, but not expected.
    • It must be the application system. The same thing happened at Penn – the job ad said "no letters required" yet, the online application system requested the letters almost immediately. It's even likely that the search committee doesn't know that this is how it is happening. Best not to get too upset.
    • Their system works well if you're using Interfolio for reference letters. I submitted at the UNC website at night (long after business hours) and Interfolio received the request and processed delivery within minutes. 
  • Request for more materials (12/17) (x3)
    • That is a FAST turnaround!
  • Campus visits have been scheduled.

University of North Florida – Assistant Professor of Musicology (Open Until Filled)

  • "Initial assignment will include teaching undergraduate courses within the music history sequence, world music, literature and musicology topics."
  • "Demonstrated success in applied teaching is welcome."
    • By "applied teaching" I assume they mean teaching lessons. Am I reading this right?
    • That's how I read it; not uncommon at smaller schools or those who hire mostly adjuncts to do the studio lessons. I once got a job bc I listed my undergrad instrument - chair said not many put it on their CVs.
    • Just contacted the head of the committee; "applied teaching" does refer to ability to teach applied lessons
    • Indeed, the hire will almost certainly teach lessons. Afraid that's the reality at many programs.
  • Phone interviews conducted week of 11.19.12
  • On-campus interviews conducted in early December.
  • Offer made (and apparently accepted).

University of Notre Dame - Assistant Professor of Musicology (Deadline: 1 October 2012)

  • "We seek applicants with an interest in interdisciplinary work and/or sacred music who would complement the expertise of the Notre Dame music faculty
    • Has anyone actually found this job on the Notre Dame website? It doesn't seem to come up under the 'search for positions' link ...
  • Deadline extended to October 15.
  • Email acknowledging receipt of materials (10/23) x3 (10/23)
  • Request for additional materials (10/29) x10 (and here I thought I was all special and what-not.)
    • But you are special. Think of all of the people who didn't make that cut. Be proud.
  • Request for telephone interview (11/19) X 1
  • Rejection letter (11/24) x 5
  • I had gotten a request for further materials, but received a rejection letter today (12/10). Very thoughtful and polite, though. (x6)
  • Neither request for telephone interview nor rejection letter. (12/12)
  • Candidates have been invited to campus. (1/10)

University of Oregon - Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology (Deadline: October 1, 2012)

  • "undergraduate and graduate-level courses in ethnomusicology and world music. Specialization in any area will be considered"
  • Email acknowledging receipt of materials (9/26)
  • Email request for conference interview (10/29) X 2
  • Email request for additional material (11/11) X 2
  • Campus visit requested (12/21)
  • Any word on this position?

University of Pennsylvania - Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology (Deadline: 30 September 2012)  FILLED: Jim Sykes (Chicago, 2011)

  • "All areas of specialization will be considered; the Department especially encourages applications from scholars with strong interdisciplinary orientations and with an ability to engage other sub-disciplines in music."
  • Does anyone know who's chairing this committee, or who's on it?
  • Request for additional materials (10/16) X 3
  • Short-list/campus invite (11/10) X 2
  • Are they only interviewing 2 people? Does anyone know?
    • Apologies if I'm reading too much into your question, but in general one should not take the numbers posted on this site to be the full pool. A few years ago, I remember someone (Ryan Banagale?) writing that the numbers on the wiki tend to reflect about 1/3 of the total numbers in most searches. That may have gone up somewhat, but one still shouldn't assume that x2 means there are only 2 candidates.
    • they are interviewing 4.
    • Any news here? I feel like this search, and the other Penn search, must have been decided by now.
    • Heard through the grapevine that an offer's been made but there is not yet any official notification (?)

University of Pennsylvania - Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship (Deadline: 30 November 2012)

  • Three two-year Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowships in the humanities and humanistic social sciences.
  • Fellows will teach one course per term. Eligibility is limited to applicants who will have received their Ph.D. within two years prior to the time they begin their fellowship at Penn (August, 2011 or later.) $50,923 stipend.
  • We are especially seeking fellows in Africana Studies (Africa, especially religion or South Africanist, or early African American history, especially slavery, black Atlantic), Philosophy, and Religious Studies (specialist in the study of Islam and gender in Asia).

University of Pennsylvania - Musicology (Open Rank) (Deadline: 30 September 2012)

  • "All areas of specialization will be considered; however, scholars who work on topics pre-1700 or post-1900 are especially encouraged to apply. We also encourage applications from scholars with strong interdisciplinary orientations and with an ability to engage other sub-disciplines in music and sound studies."
  • (Technically, this job posting is "open rank.")
    • Does anyone know if the reference letters are on the we'll-contact-your-references model? The wording of the ad is a bit confusing.
    • Yes, they contact your references asking for letters shortly after you submit the application (or at least that was the case with the ethno position).
    • My first job market mistake of the year: I thought their phrasing meant they'd only ask for letters of recommendation later in the process... so I didn't alert my referees. Fortunately, they are champs and submitted them on time anyway.
    • It doesn't sound like a mistake, but rather you took their description at their word. I suspect that they automatically requested letters from applicants' references, but they will still consider applications without them.
    • I made this mistake last year and felt terrible. Now I just assume that all online applications will automatically request letters if I include an email address on the form. For what it's worth, it did take a couple of weeks after I submitted my application for them to request letters. I'm not sure if it was a timing issue or if they are doing a quick review of the application before requesting letters (although my assumption is the former).
  • request for more materials (10/22)
  • Job ad reposted on The Chronicle (10/26): "Review of applications will begin 12 October 2012 and continue until the position is filled." Looks like they weren't impressed by the applications they got, which I find hard to believe. Any thoughts?
    • Yes, I thought that was very strange. I wonder if there was some sort of clerical error or miscommunication. I can't imagine they're rebooting the search, especially with that bizarre Oct. 12 deadline.
    • Any movement on this one? With such an early deadline I would have thought there would be more info, but perhaps not!
    • Finalists have been chosen, I've heard, but I don't know any more than that. Seems to be a bad year for people updating the wiki!

University of Pittsburgh - Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology (Deadline: 1 December 2012)

  • "We seek a specialist in the music of East Asia"
  • "Expertise in an area such as global or transnational studies, popular music, or gender and sexuality is desireable."
  • Any movement on this search? (1/17)

University of Richmond – Assistant Professor of Musicology/Ethnomusicology (Deadline: 22 October 2012)

  • specialist in American vernacular music
  • Connections across departments and programs are a strength of the University of Richmond curriculum and applicants who can offer interdisciplinary courses are strongly desired.
  • 10/9 email from the department: "We would like to clarify that we are seeking a specialist in North American music - not Latin American or South American music. We apologize for any confusion."
  • Maybe they should have called it "specialist in Anglo-American vernacular music"
  • Interesting, because I got an email with a rather contradictory message: I also asked how they defined "American vernacular music" and did it include the Americas; response was that they would consider a scholar who did research on music "performed and consumed by Hispanics in the U.S."
  • Holding interviews at AMS/SMt/SEM in New Orleans.
  • How is "Hispanics in the US" contradictory? If they want North America/US, that includes "Anglo" (although, yuck!) as well as Af-Am, Hispanic, Asian, Native Am etc. I read it as a geographical consideration rather than a cultural one. But I'm not on the search committee so I know nothing.
  • For what it's worth, I don't think the "contradictory" poster above was saying that the message s/he received was internally contradictory, but rather contradicted what the 10/9 email said. One email says "not Latin American music." The other e-mail says "performed and consumed by Hispanics in the U.S." So which is it? (Or at least that is how I understood the bullet 3 above this one).
  • Right, especially considering that border studies and transnational studies have been around for quite some time. The entire premise is troublesome.
  • Nothing wrong with looking for someone whose research is close to home, geographically speaking. Especially since the other musicologists in the department work on music in Bali and France.
    • Agreed. There are many benefits to studying music in the U.S. - insider ethnography, ethnography of elite cultures, possibilities for student research, etc.. But I do think the search committee will likely find that there are many different interpretations of what constitutes "American" music.
  • Any movement on this job? (11/15)
    • 8 (of 106) asked for a writing sample.  What a nice gesture to include details search committee!
    • Thank you for posting this, am glad to know I have company (doubtless all well-qualified and highly promising scholars). Would anyone who advanced be so kind as to post their sub-field? I'm very curious to know what they were looking for here.
    • Heard secondhand that campus visits are scheduled.

University of Southern California Postdoctoral Scholars Program in the Humanities (Deadline: 15 November 2012, by noon)

University of Texas - Pan American (Deadline: 10 December 2012)

  • A completed doctorate (by July 1, 2013) is required, but ABD’s will be considered during the screening and interview process.
  • Primary responsibilities include teaching Ethnomusicology, Music History; World Music, Music Appreciation, and other classes as needed by the department. Latin-American, Mexican-American, or Music of the Borderlands (Texas and Mexico) specialist preferred.
  • A bilingual candidate (English/Spanish) is preferred.
  • Proficiency on Guitar or Percussion is considered a strong asset.
  • Are they trying to duplicate Cathy Ragland, or did she leave?
  • They are trying to replace Cathy Ragland who is now at the University of North Texas
  • Skype interview requested (1/29)

University of Waterloo (Conrad Grebel University College) - Faculty Position in Global Music (Ongoing)

  • According to CUMS, "There is no change to the position, just not yet filled and still accepting applications."
  • In case it's of use--I was an applicant in last year's search process and my understanding, based on the feedback & conversations I had, is that (while the search is "global") the committee is interested in someone with relatively long-term life experience & fieldwork in Africa, Latin America, or Asia (so perhaps "global South" would be a good way to describe "global" in this case).
    • Yep. I had a phone interview, and my rejection email hinted at the same thing. I think multiple members of the search committee were missionaries, and they really value that long-term life experience in the global South.
    • I was short-listed last year and did an on-campus interview. I was told that the search committee after interviewing 4 candidates was confused about whather it wanted a social scientist, a musicologist or a performer-scholar. Then I was told that my application was no longer under consideration with no explanation provided. This position requires service in the college (a Mennonite, Christian college within a public university) as well as the university. A Mennonite probably would be most comfortable with that. According to Canadian law, the search cttee cannot say explicitly that it prefers hiring a Mennonite or active Christian, but if you are one, pursue this position if you like. I didn't fit this description.
    • I was also one of the four finalists and my experience tracks yours pretty closely--I was told, similarly, that the committee did not know what it wanted, and then was told that my application was no longer under consideration with no further explanation.
  • Rejection email received stating that they had moved on with a short list.
  • As of 1/24/2013 the ad seems to have been removed from the Grebel web site. Is it failed search, or has someone been hired?

University of Wisconsin-Madison – Assistant Professor of Anthropology / Global Music Studies (Deadlne: 8 December 2012)

  • The department seeks an empirically grounded scholar with an active research program, well versed in contemporary anthropological and ethnomusicological theory, who ranges widely in interdisciplinary scholarship. Preference given to candidates to candidates with research in Latin America, the Caribbean, and South Asia and topical focus on global popular music, diaspora studies, or the political economy of music.
  • The announcement gives both a snail-mail and an e-mail address for applications but doesn't specify which method is preferred. Can that be interpreted as applications submitted by e-mail are OK?
    • Yes. I submitted the email in the job ad and received a confirmation of receipt within 24 hours.
  • Does anyone have any clue about "Global Music Studies" at Wisconsin? They have an ethnomusicologist on the committee, and an ethno program. I can't seem to find anything about a "Global Music Studies" program at UW.
  • Request for further materials received 12/19
  • Affirmative Action Survey Request 1/3
    • Always awesome when these things arrive after the department has already moved on to a long-short list. (3x
  • Has anyone heard anything about this position? Is there a strong inside candidate?

Victoria University, New Zealand - Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Ethnomusicology (Deadline: September 17, 2012)

  • "U.S. equivalent to Assistant/Associate Professor"
  • "may give preference to candidates with a strong background in music cultures of the Asia/Pacific region, who are sensitive to fostering music in the local community, and who will consider ways to enhance the study of music at the NZSM across the breadth of its programmes"
  • Request for preliminary Skype interview
  • Rejection Email 10/30
  • I heard second-hand that this has been filled with a U.S. candidate. 

Washington and Lee University - Associate or Full Professor of Music and Department Head (Deadline: 20 October 2012)

West Chester University - Assistant Professor of Music History (Deadline: 1 December 2012)

  • West Chester University of Pennsylvania's Department of Music Theory, History, and Composition, School of Music, College of Visual and Performing Arts seeks a music historian committed to excellence in teaching who can demonstrate a record of, or potential for, significant scholarly contributions.
  • Candidates must be able to teach music appreciation, survey of music history for music majors, and graduate Baroque or Classical music, in addition to one or more of the following at the undergraduate and/or graduate level: Women in Music, World Music, American Musics (folk, classical, religious), History of Orchestral Music. Must be able to advise master's theses in music before 1800. Teaching assignments will include opportunities for teaching at off-campus sites and/or through distance education.
  • Research specialization in music 1600-1800 required. College level teaching experience required. Energetic, enthusiastic classroom persona essential.
  • What the announcement does not say: this is a (minimum) 4-4 teaching load.
    • I really wish search committees would be more forthcoming about these things. It looks like a sleight of hand.
    • This is standard at teaching (not research I) universities.
  • Contacted for phone interview (1/27) x3

West Virginia University -- Assistant Professor (Deadline December 1st)

  • Assistant Professor appointment, full-time tenure-track position, benefits eligible. The primary assignment is to teach courses in music history from a multicultural perspective for non-majors and music majors, as well as seminars for graduate students; teach a writing intensive music history course; serve on masters and doctoral committees; direct graduate research for the M.Mus. degree in music history and the D.M.A. degree in performance.
  • The successful candidate must have a comprehensive knowledge of all periods of Western Music History, including Jazz, a record of excellence in teaching at the collegiate level, and a strong commitment to research and publication with the potential for national and international achievement as a scholar. A Ph.D. is required. Candidates must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills and enjoy working collaboratively in a vibrant academic environment.
  • The following materials should be sent to Dr. Keith Jackson, Director, School of Music, College of Creative Arts, West Virginia University, P.O. Box 6111, Morgantown, WV 26506-6111. Phone: 304-293-4532. Fax: 304-293-7491. Email: keith.jackson at; Materials will be returned if accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped mailer: a letter of application; a curriculum vitae; a copy of a publication or paper read at a professional meeting; three letters of reference which address the applicant's potential as a publishing scholar and/or provide evidence of successful teaching; contact information for three references (including mailing addresses, phone numbers and email addresses).
  • Snail mail acknowledgement of application, EOE Survey (12/3) x3
  • Has anyone heard anything further about this one?
  • Request for phone interview. (1/25)
    • How were you contacted for the phone interview?
      • I was contacted by e-mail.

Western Michigan University - Assistant Professor of Music History / Ethnomusicology (Open Until Filled)

Almost no information provided in the ad (including app due date). Possible inside hire?

Further information is given if you click the "Apply Online Now" link in the ad.

I also find it suspicious that it was only advertised through this outlet.

  • "Desireable qualifications: Both undergraduate and graduate teaching experience. Research background in ethnomusicology and/or 20th century music. Skills as a performer and/or in technology. Ability to teach in other areas of the music curriculum."

[11/19] There was a VAP here last year, right? Maybe that candidate will stay on.

  • On-campus interviews scheduled (12/5)
  • This seems to confirm the suspicion that this is an internal hire. 
  • Offer made and accepted (1/29, reply to e-mail inquiry)
  • So they hired someone and didn't tell the applicants?
    • Classy.

Williams College - Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology (Africa or African diaspora) (Deadline: 30 November 2012)

Is this an internal hire?

As far as I understand it, no. This position is in part to fill the void left by the passing last spring of Dr. Ernest Brown.

Request for more materials (1/10)

Williams College – Visiting Position in Music History (26 February 2013)

One semester visiting appointment for Fall 2013

"Teach two courses in the fall semester. These will include Music in History 1: Antiquity-1750 for music majors and one additional course in the candidate's field of expertise for the general student."

Wichita State University - Assistant Professor of Musicology (Open until filled)

  • Teach undergraduate and graduate music history surveys, seminars, and courses representing all periods. Teach courses in other areas of expertise depending on departmental needs. Advise and recruit graduate musicology students; advise graduate theses. Fulfill faculty expectations associated with traditional university appointment (teaching, scholarly/creative activity, service). Opportunities may include teaching bibliography and ethnomusicology, and other specialty courses - depending upon the successful applicant's area of expertise.

Yale Institute of Sacred Music - Assistant Professor of Music History (Deadline: November 5, 2012)

  • specialty in the sacred repertories of the Medieval period (ca.900-1400). This appointment will provide teaching to students in Yale College and the Graduate School as well as the Institute and Divinity School.
  • Writing samples requested x 3
  • Candidates have been invited x 4

Yale University – Assistant Professors of Music History (two positions) (Deadline: October 15, 2012)

  • "primary specialties in any period of post-medieval Western Art Music. Strong secondary specialties, including but not limited to popular music and/or non Western music, are also welcome."
  • We are looking for early career scholars" - Is this code for "Graduated before 2010 need not apply"? There has been significant discussion at CHE about the use of terms like "enthusiastic" and "energetic" in job ads to signify age/experience preference. Is this blatant discrimination against anyone who graduated in the recent Depression when there were no fellowships or jobs?
  • Or might it be expressing interest scholars who aren't already 4-5 years into a TT position somewhere else?
  • I heard second-hand that more materials were requested.
  • I heard that interviews have been scheduled.
  • Five candidates have been invited to campus.
  • Is there any news here? Maybe for the New Year we can all vow to start keeping this wiki up to date! (X2!)
  • It is very early to expect further news. And what news would that be? Would you expect someone to post when they have received an offer? I don't think that is useful or appropriate. An *accepted* offer would be appropriate and useful to indicate in this space, as are requests for more matierals and invitations to campus (and it's true that this commnity could be doing better when it comes to updating at those stages).
  • I have no personal investmenst whatsoever in this search. However, looking at the timeline so far, it doesn't seem that unreasonable for someone to have assumed that an offer might have been accepted by now.
  • I know of one offer having been extended; haven't heard about the other.

Offer made.

Offer made and accepted (1/15)


(In chronological order; please update this when you add a new item above, and please mark expired deadlines with strikeout)

  • 06/Aug/2012: University of Birmingham - Lectureship in Music (Ethnomusicology and/or Popular Music)
  • 14/Sep/2012: Cornell University - Assistant Professor in Ethnomusicology
  • 17/Sep/2012: Victoria University, New Zealand - Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Ethnomusicology
  • 20/Sep/2012: Pennsylvania State University – Assistant Professor in Musicology
  • 30/Sep/2012: University of Pennsylvania - Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology
  • 30/Sep/2012: University of Pennsylvania - Musicology (Open Rank)
  • 01/Oct/2012: University of California, San Diego – Assistant Professor of Music
  • 01/Oct/2012: University of Oregon - Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology
  • 15/Oct/2012: Peabody Conservatory of Music – Musicology Faculty, Full Time (not tenure-track)
  • 15/Oct/2012: University of California, Los Angeles – Assistant Professor of Musicology
  • 15/Oct/2012: University of California, Merced - Open Rank Global Arts Studies Professor
  • 15/Oct/2012: University of Notre Dame - Assistant Professor of Musicology
  • 15/Oct/2012: Yale University – Assistant Professors of Music History (two positions)
  • 16/Oct/2012: Towson University – Assistant Professor of Music History and Literature
  • 20/Oct/2012: Washington and Lee University - Associate or Full Professor of Music and Department Head
  • 22/Oct/2012: University of Illinois - Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology
  • 22/Oct/2012: University of Minnesota - Assistant Professor of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature
  • 22/Oct/2012: University of Richmond - Assistant Professor of Musicology/Ethnomusicology
  • 26/Oct/2012: College of Charleston - Assistant Professor of African American Studies
  • 26/Oct/2012: National University of Ireland Maynooth - Assistant Lecturer in Music (Five-Month Fixed-Term)
  • 26/Oct/2012: Quest University Canada
  • 29/Oct/2012: Middle Tennessee State University - Director, School of Music
  • 29/Oct/2012: University of Massachusetts Amherst - Associate Professor of Music History
  • 31/Oct/2012: Univeristy of Geneva - Professeur-e ordinaire ou professeur-e associé-e en Musicologie
  • 01/Nov/2012: Boston University - Associate Professor of Historical Musicology
  • 01/Nov/2012: Hobart and William Smith College - Assistant Professor, Musicology
  • 01/Nov/2012: Illinois State University - Assistant/Associate Professor- Music History
  • 01/Nov/2012: New York University Abu Dhabi – Open rank, musicology and/or ethnomusicology
  • 01/Nov/2012: Northwestern University (Bienen School of Music) - Open Rank, Musicology/Ethnomusicology: Music in Contemporary Culture
  • 01/Nov/2012: The College at Brockport, State College of New York
  • 05/Nov/2012: Columbia University - Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow/Lecturer
  • 05/Nov/2012: Yale Institute of Sacred Music - Assistant Professor of Music History
  • 09/Nov/2012: Colorado State University - Assistant Professors of Music History (two positions)
  • 12/Nov/2012: University of Louisville - Assistant Professor of Western Musicology
  • 14/Nov/2012: Ohio State University - Assistant Professor of Latin American Studies (ethnomusicology, music, dance, performance studies)
  • 15/Nov/2012: California State University, Fullerton - Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology (African American Music)
  • 15/Nov/2012: Chinese University of Hong Kong - Associate/Assistant Professor in Historical Musicology
  • 15/Nov/2012: College of Charleston - Assistant Professor of Muisc History (with Secondary Area Viola or Collaborative Piano)
  • 15/Nov/2012: Indiana University Jacobs School of Music - Post-Doctoral Resident Scholar,
    Musicology Department
  • 15/Nov/2012: University of Southern California Postdoctoral Program in the Humanities (by noon)
  • 15/Nov/2012: Michigan State University -- Assistant Professor of Historical Musicology
  • 15/Nov/2012: University of Illinois - Assistant Professor - Historical Musicology
  • 19/Nov/2012: George Mason Unversity - Assistant / Associate Professor of Historical Musicology
  • 30/Nov/2012: Cape Breton University – Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology (Deadline: 4:00PM)
  • 30/Nov/2012: Florida State College of Music - Assistant Professor of Musicology
  • 30/Nov/2012: University of Pennsylvania - Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship
  • 30/Nov/2012: Williams College - Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology (Africa or African diaspora)
  • 01/Dec/2012: Ithaca College - Assistant Professor of Music Theory/Musicology
  • 01/Dec/2012: University of Miami - Associate Professor of Musicology
  • 01/Dec/2012: West Chester University - Assistant Professor of Music History
  • 01/Dec/2012: West Virginia University - Assistant Professor of Musicology
  • 01/Dec/2012: University of Pittsburgh - Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology
  • 01/Dec/2012: New England Conservatory - Jazz Studies/Music History Faculty
  • 08/Dec/2012: University of Wisconsin-Madison -- Assistant Professor of Anthropology / Global Music Studies
  • 10/Dec/2012: Harvard University Department of Music - Post-Doctoral Fellowship: "Hearing Modernity"
  • 10/Dec/2012: University of Texas-Pan American - Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology
  • 14/Dec/2012: University of North Carolina- Chapel HIll - Assistant Professor of Music
  • 15/Dec/2012: Bard College - Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology
  • 15/Dec/2012: University of New Mexico - Assistant Professor of Music History
  • 15/Dec/2012: Boston College - Assistant Professor in Ethnomusicology
  • 31/Dec/2012: Baruch College - Assistant Professor of Music
  • 31/Dec/2012: Rowan University - Assistant Professor of Musicology
  • 31/Dec/2012: Universiteit van Amsterdam - Associate Professor in Cultural Musicology
  • 31/Dec/2012: Massachusetts Institute of Technology -- Assistant Professor of Music Technology (incl. Digital Musicology)
  • 05/Jan/2013: University of Central Missouri - Assistant Professor of Music
  • 14/Jan/2013: Northern Arizona University – Lecturer in Music, General Studies
  • 15/Jan/2013: Syracuse University - Post-Doctoral Fellowship in American Popular Music
  • 31/Jan/2013: Chinese University of Hong Kong - Assistant Professor / Research Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology
  • 20/Feb/2013: Stony Brook University - Visiting Assistant Professor
  • Ongoing: University of Waterloo (Conrad Grebel University College) - Faculty Position in Global Music
  • Ongoing: Texas Tech University - Assistant Professor in Musicology/Ethnomusicology or Music Theory


Acronym guide

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)

I am a musicologist: 23

I am an ethnomusicologist: 12

I am a little of both: 10

I am currently in a TT position: 6

I am currently in a VAP/Lecturer position: 10

I am currently a Postdoctoral Fellow and on the market: 6

I am a recent PhD and on the market: 10

I am a no-longer-so-recent PhD and on the market: 5

I am a senior tenured scholar looking for a better position: 2

I am ABD and on the market: 14

I am ABD and no longer on the market: 1

I am not on the market but am an interested observer: 4

I am a member of a search committee: 2

I will keep this wiki a positve place for discussion and not post negativity: 15

I am so deeply discouraged professionally: 2

Recent grads are getting most of the jobs

8/10: The numbers from last year's wiki show that 61.5% (32/52) of the TT musicology or ethno jobs in the United States went to people whose doctorates were finished in 2010 or later. When the 11 2009 and 2008 graduates are added, this number increases to 82.6%, and if the 4 2007 graduates are included, the figure is 90.4%. There are obviously other relevant factors here, but these numbers clearly show that schools prefer to hire recent grads.

8/12: I suspect that recent grads are also much more likely to be unemployed or underemployed. Statistically, you can't really claim that search committees have a preference for recent grads unless you know the make-up of the entire sample space of applicants. If, for example, 70% of the applicants for TT jobs last year were themselves recent grads (i.e. post-2010), then your calculations would suggest a slight disinclination to hire recent grads.

8/12: Comparing the DDM database with the wiki shows that there is a ratio of at least 2-1 (and sometimes 3-1 or even 4-1) between the number of people who get musicology doctorates each year and the number of people who get TT jobs. Unless all of the unsuccessful candidates from earlier years have given up trying to get a TT job, how could there not be a large number of not-so-recent grads in the job market? Most teaching in American universities is now done by adjuncts, many of whom have been teaching for many years and have qualifications that match or even exceed those of their TT colleagues. Don't you think these people are interested in TT jobs? The evidence shows that these less recent PhDs are out there, and that they are not getting hired (only 5 pre-2007 PhDs became TT musicology faculty last year). Though not derived from a large sample space, I can add my own anecdotal evidence. I happen to have inside info on four different TT searches in which an ABD or very recent PhD was hired over dozens of more experienced candidates. Everything that I have seen during my six years of TT job searching convinces me that schools prefer recent grads, including my own experience. I got 3 TT interviews when I was ABD, and I made several short lists in the first two years after graduating. I've received almost no interest since then despite the fact that I've compiled a pretty decent record of publication and teaching experience.

8/13: My own experience is similar to the last poster. My publication and teaching record keeps on getting better while the interest in my candidacy has remained pretty much unchanged. You'd think it would increase, but that simply isn't the case. I wonder if the academic societies can take a more proactive role to advocate on behalf of all of the contingent laborers among us. We aren't damaged goods, but I suspect that search committees might view us that way.

9/11 And now it's a visible form of discrimination

  • At some point, I think, you have to take the remaining pride you have left and acknowledge that *they* are missing out on you, that all of the problems with academia are eliminating some fantastic people and some fantastic minds from higher education. We're all smart enough to find something else to do with our talents and energy - and we might even find better paying jobs that are less stressful. [It's my last year on the job market, if you can't tell. Good luck, everyone!!!]

9/12 I hate to play librarian but is there a forum somewhere on the wiki for general commiserations or kvetching? This issue might effect us but is not particular to the Ethno/Musicology job forum. Thanks!

9/12 The main Academic Jobs Wiki has a directory of relevant articles. The venting page is just that. Also, there are wikis for airing our feelings on good and awful interviewing experiences: Universities to Love , Universities to fear . I know a lot of people dislike this wiki in place of the old format, but it is nice to have all of these resources and other wikis around.

9/15 @ 9/11 Careful there. I have it on pretty good authority that things are a little wacky at CSU. Unreasonable tenure denials, closed searches with no finalists hired, etc... I'm just saying that discrimination at Fort Collins might not reflect a national trend.

10/22 This is an interesting discussion. But isn't the root of the problem that there are far more Ph.D.'s than tenure-track positions? And isn't the root of that problem the cuts to higher education funding in state budgets? Yes, we could certainly ask some individual search committees to behave differently, and some administrations to portion out a bit more budget for our particular departments, and perhaps even some departments to let in fewer graduate students. But in the end a certain fixed percentage of people are going to go without jobs.

10/28 OK, it is a visible form of discrimination. Baruch's position seeks a "...scholar currently pursuing or having recently attained the Ph.D...." I wonder if I fit within the time span indicated by "recently." blech.

Job disappeared: University of North Texas (Visiting Assistant or Associate Professor, Ethnomusicology)

8/13 I posted this job on the wiki but t's been removed I guess. You can see it on the cached page if you Google. The deadline is past, but it starts in 2013. Does it belong somewhere else? I'd be interested in following it. Thanks! -S

8/13: The start date in the ad says August 2012. Someone else posted, "Position offered and accepted by Cathy Ragland (CUNY/University of Texas-Pan American)."

8/14 So sorry- I was unable to see that here.

Applying to Liberal Arts Colleges

8/19. I'm a recent UK PhD and would love to teach in a liberal arts college. Does anyone out there -- either candidates or members of search committees -- have any idea how UK PhDs are looked upon by such institutions? (Apologies if I'm posting this in the wrong place).

8/20. How much teaching (as the main instructor) have you gotten to do in the UK?

OP: I've done maybe 10 or so independent lectures, plus various seminars and tutorials, but haven't taught any complete courses on my own (almost all courses in the institution I was at are team-taught). I've also co-supervised some final year undergrad research projects. What kind of teaching experience do successful applicants tend to have? (ps. thanks for responding)

8/23. You might check last year's wiki; there was a long discussion re: how important teaching experience is to one's application. Some search committee members chimed in...As for the UK angle, I have no idea. I do know that lots of US PhDs would also love to teach at a SLAC. Super competitive - as competitive as R1 jobs, or really, every job nowadays. Good luck!

OP: Thanks -- I'll check it out. It's pretty competitve here in the UK at the moment, too.

Interview Questions

10/30. What are the questions you are getting in interviews? Why must we be ambushed with them? Why not inform the candidate of the questions before the interview?

11/13: Why? Students don't send me their Qs before class, neither do people on the committees I serve on. My doctoral defense didn't either and conference audiences can get really bizzare really fast. Perhaps questions are a way to guage your reactions and thinking skills. I do agree that some are outlandish (What kind of animal are you most like? and How many kids do you think you'll have?) Are certainly innappropriate so I might suggest having rehearsed something along the lines of, While I appreciate your interest in my spirit guide/reproductive system, I'd really like to discuss how my research X fits in with the University's Institute Y... Remain calm, breathe and remember that you don't have to accept the job.

11/15 Just to echo that sentiment, it's definitely not the point of job interviews to "ambush" you. Frankly, it would be weird for them to send you an approved list of questions and have you recite pre-prepared answers. A few minutes of poking around in the Chronicle of Higher Ed job advice colums and discussion forums will give you a good sense of what sort of questions they will ask. It's also good to talk to older grad students or alumni of your department about their experiences. In my program, people who had been through the market successfully were often expected to report back to younger students about what happened, in their interviews and in general. More than any other time in your career, this is a time where mentorship is crucial, so seek it out if it hasn't been presented to you.

11/15 Two places with some really good information are: (Bardiac has been blogging about a job search at her place; it's not musicology but the process and issues ring very true to me as a search committee member. Karen Kelsky has *great* stuff on her website and her blog, pearls of wisdom, including lots of examples of interview questions and how to field them (e.g. the "second project" question). And I think she's doing some interview webinars, too.

1/27 Thanks for these-they are very helpful! As for teaching videos, what are people putting on them? Are there expectations for blackboard presentation, powerpoint, piano demonstration, discussion, group work? Are folks looking for efficient distribution of information or innovative classroom strategies? Any of my classes could be quite different form the next (depending on content) what are the expectations here?

Musicology/Ethnomusicology Jobs

I have a question for people who are currently serving on search committees or who have served on search committees in the past. For Musicology jobs that request sub-specialization in ethnomusicology, does that mean that you are looking for someone who wrote a dissertation on Western art music and took classes/TA-ed in ethno? Or is musicology used broadly as an umbrella term to include historical musicology and ethnomusicology, implying a research specialization in ethnomusicology? I come from a musicology program (hence most of my coursework, teaching experience etc. is in historical musicology), but decided to write an ethnomusicological dissertation. Will my applications to musicology jobs be disregarded for not meeting the basic requirements? Obviously, it's likely much more complicated than this, but given the discussed tendency to weed out as many applications as possible during the first read-through, I was curious if it's worth it at all to even submit applications to musicology jobs.Thanks for your thoughts! :)

R: This is a complex question and it is HIGHLY dependent upon the college/university doing the hiring. In general, there are probably more western hist/lit classes taught than ethno- oriented so most schools need at least one person who can teach the Grout survey. The best thing you can do is clearly explain your degree, diss and interests in your letter. There is so much cross over (esp. in say, American music) that search committees likely won't discount someone just based on alma mater/degree title/diss title. I am a prof with a title of both Musicology and Ethno even though I consider myself the former and only teach one of the latter, so they hired a musicologist who could teach in a secondary area. If you think your skill set could be of use to them and at least moderately fits what they say they want you to actually do, then demonstrate YOUR value and how you would fit the dept, and let them decide.=

AMS/SEM/SMT Interviews

In addiiton to the schools listed on the AMS "Interviews" webpage (, the following employers have reserved interview rooms: Hobart & William Smith Colleges, Lebanon Valley College, Northwestern University, Oxford University Press, Peabody Institute, Penn State. Good luck, everybody! (10/31/12)