Assistant Professor of Music Composition – School of Music

Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University

The School of Music in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University seeks an exceptional artist-teacher of music composition for a full-time tenure-track appointment at the assistant professor level beginning fall 2020.

About ASU

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 80,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation’s fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.

About the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, the largest comprehensive design and arts school in the nation, is a vibrant example of the New American University philosophy. With nearly 5,000 students, more than 400 faculty and faculty associates, 135 degree options and a tradition of top-ranked programs, the Herberger Institute is built on a combination of disciplines unlike any other program in the nation. The institute includes the School of Art, School of Arts, Media and Engineering, The Design School, School of Film, Dance and Theatre, School of Music, and the ASU Art Museum. Through recognizing that design and the arts are critical resources for transforming society and solving complex problems, ASU’s Herberger Institute is committed to positioning artists, scholars, designers, and educators at the center of public life. For more information on the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, visit

About the School of Music

Located in one of the most expansive metropolitan centers in the United States and situated in the Sonoran desert, the ASU School of Music supports a broad range of inquiry. Programs within the School of Music lead to the degrees of Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Music with an optional concentration in Music and Culture; Bachelor of Music (BM) in Music with concentrations in music performance, jazz studies, music theatre, music education, music theory and composition, and music therapy as well as three minors in music performance, music studies, and musical theatre; Master of Arts (MA) in Music with concentrations in ethnomusicology or music history and literature; and Master of Music (MM) in composition, conducting, music education, music performance, performance pedagogy and music therapy. In addition, the school offers a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) in composition, conducting and performance and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) with a concentration in music education or musicology, as well as a graduate certificate in theory pedagogy. With one of the largest comprehensive music programs in a public research university in the United States, the ASU School of Music plays a prominent role within the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts and is located on the ASU Tempe campus. For more information on the School of Music please visit

The music composition area is part of the Division of Music Composition, Musicology, and Music Theory. Between 25 and 30 students are enrolled as composition majors, divided almost evenly between the undergraduate and graduate levels. The composition program offers the Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in composition, as well as Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in composition with a concentration in Interdisciplinary Digital Media and Performance for students who have interests and skills in the unique cross sections of the arts and sciences. Students pursuing these degrees engage in a multifaceted program that emphasizes creative writing, collaborative projects with other areas and departments, and the performance of their music in a variety of venues both on and off campus. The faculty strives to create a safe, supportive environment where students can explore diverse styles and techniques.

The School of Music seeks applicants who will contribute a unique voice to the composition program and provide excellent teaching in the composition and theory areas. The successful candidate will be expected to pursue and maintain a high level of creative research, teach composition and composition-related courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, teach classes in music theory including those in the core curriculum, collaborate with faculty colleagues in recruiting students and in the development of curricular initiatives, and engage in university, community and professional service. The program promotes a collegial atmosphere where all styles and techniques are welcome. Students study with all members of the composition faculty in order to engage with a range of different philosophies.

Required Qualifications:

  • PhD, DMA or MFA in composition or commensurate experience;
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching composition and/or theory at the collegiate level;
  • Evidence of significant creative achievement as demonstrated through public performances, presentations, and/or publications;
  • Evidence of a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in creative activity and research, teaching and service

Desired Qualifications:

  • •       Demonstrated excellence in developing and teaching undergraduate core theory classes;
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching at both graduate and undergraduate levels;
  • Ability to teach in an area of specialized interest, which might include but is not limited to: contemporary popular music, music for film/video/stage, 20th/21st-century music theory, music technology, sound art, digital culture, improvisation;
  • Ability to contribute to and design courses on popular music, and/or music for film, video or stage;
  • Ability to work with students, faculty, and staff from a wide range of social and cultural backgrounds;
  • Ability to mentor students in a wide range of styles and techniques;
  • Research interests that complement existing department strengths;
  • Interest in collaborating with faculty and students in other areas of the Herberger Institute (e.g. dance, film, animation, etc.) and across the university on creative, research, and potential external grant projects;
  • The ability to work and collaborate across disciplines, outside the arts, across campus, and in the community;
  • The ability to attract resources, including grants or other sources of support that advance the Herberger mission.

Instructions to Apply:

Please submit the following materials:

  • Letter of Interest addressing creative activity and research, teaching, and work experience;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • A one-page teaching philosophy statement;
  • A one-page statement addressing the candidate’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion;
  • Three confidential letters of reference; and,
  • Three examples of creative work along with corresponding audio and/or video recordings. One of these examples can be a scholarly writing, if desired. Candidates may include recordings of creative work examples by submitting a document with live hyperlinks to recordings. For detailed instructions on how to create a document with live hyperlinks, please click here.

All applications must be submitted electronically via

Application Deadline: The application deadline is November 15, 2019. Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool.  Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled.

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