Assistant Professor in Musicology

Assistant Professor in Musicology
African American Studies Department
College of Arts & Sciences
Syracuse University

The Department of African American Studies at Syracuse University seeks a scholar with training as a musicologist, centered in Black Studies, for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position. Candidates for the position must hold either a PhD or an equivalent terminal degree. Applicants must be grounded in the history, theory, practice and performance of African American musical heritages, including jazz, blues, spirituals, work songs, and hip-hop.

The Department now has in its curriculum four music courses: Introduction to African American Music, A Survey of African Music, Jazz from 1940 to the present, and Masters of American Black Music. Candidates should be able to teach all, or some of these courses, as well as develop new ones. In addition, candidates must be knowledgeable about African and Caribbean musical heritages, while generally demonstrating the ability to make linkages with Pan African, African Diasporan and Global African ethno musicological traditions/discourses. The successful candidate will be expected to enhance the work of the Community Folk Art Center, a unit of the Department of African American Studies. A well-defined research agenda addressing academic concerns related to the Department’s Pan African Studies frame of reference is expected, as is a strong commitment to teaching, advising, and community service. In addition, the successful candidate should seek to collaborate with Musicologists in the Art and Music Histories Department.

We will begin to review applications as we receive them and will continue until the position is filled. Priority consideration will be given to applications received by 15 December 2013. For full consideration, interested candidates must go to and complete an online faculty application and attach the following documents: CV, a letter of application that includes a statement on teaching philosophy, one publication sample, and contact information for three letters of recommendation.

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