ASU School of Music Faculty Vacancy – Music Theory

The School of Music, Dance and Theatre in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University seeks an exceptional and versatile scholar of music theory for a full-time tenure-track appointment at the assistant professor rank beginning fall 2022.

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
Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts is the largest comprehensive design and arts school in the country, located within a dynamic research university focused on transformative change. Built on a unique combination of disciplines, the Herberger Institute comprises the Schools of Art; Arts, Media and Engineering; Music, Dance and Theatre; The Design School; The Sidney Poitier New American Film School, and the ASU Art Museum. The Herberger Institute is committed to redefining the 21st-century design and arts school through developing and scaling ideas that strengthen the role of designers and artists across all areas of society and culture, increasing the capacity of artists to make a difference in their communities. For more information on the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, visit

About the School of Music, Dance and Theatre
The School of Music, Dance and Theatre in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University is widely recognized for preparing artists, scholars, visionaries and entrepreneurs to become creative leaders who transform society through their creative work. Our internationally recognized faculty artists, scholars and guest artists are motivating and compassionate mentors who work with students to cultivate excellence and personal growth. Our nationally recognized programs feature a comprehensive range of degrees plus minors and certificates and more than 600 concerts, events, performances, productions and recitals each year. Music programs include the degrees of Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Music with an optional concentration in Music and Culture or Popular Music; Bachelor of Music (BM) in Music with concentrations in music performance, jazz studies, music theatre, music learning and teaching, 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 musicology; and Master of Music (MM) in composition, conducting, music learning and teaching, 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 learning and teaching or musicology, as well as a graduate certificate in theory pedagogy. Located in the culturally rich Southwest in one of the most vibrant, expanding urban centers, our programs afford students access to a diverse environment and engagement in Phoenix’s flourishing arts community. Above all, we value the creativity, personal experience and voice each student brings to the school. For more information on the School of Music, Dance and Theatre, visit

The music theory area is part of the Music Composition, Musicology, and Music Theory division. The degree of Bachelor of Music with emphasis in Music Theory is available to undergraduates, and graduate students may pursue a Graduate Certificate in Music Theory Pedagogy. The division offers a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in support of the music program’s many degree offerings. Faculty in the division also serve on graduate committees for master’s and doctoral students. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to develop specialized new courses and will participate in the design and development of dynamic degrees and programs in the music theory area. In addition, the successful candidate will work collaboratively with faculty in all areas to ensure that the university maintains its reputation as one of the most inclusive and innovative institutions in the country.

The School of Music, Dance and Theatre seeks applicants who can contribute a unique voice to the music theory program and provide excellent teaching that fosters and promotes theory and musicianship skills relevant to the needs of a diverse body of twenty-first-century musicians. Candidates should demonstrate an awareness of and sensitivity to current issues in music theory regarding race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality. The successful candidate will be expected to pursue and maintain a high level of research and publication; teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels; collaborate with the theory area in curricular reform; mentor graduate students in the completion of their final projects; collaborate with faculty colleagues in recruiting students and in the development of curricular initiatives at the undergraduate and graduate levels; and engage in professional service.

Required Qualifications:
• PhD in Music Theory, completed or in hand at time of appointment
• Significant scholarly achievement as demonstrated through presentations and publications
• Demonstrated excellence in teaching undergraduate theory and aural skills, with exceptional potential for teaching a wide range of courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels
• Evidence of a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in research and creative activity, teaching, and service

Desired Qualifications:
• Demonstrated interest in and engagement with current topics in the field of music theory
• Demonstrated ability to teach effectively at multiple levels, including advanced undergraduate electives and courses for graduate students
• Demonstrated ability to teach score reading and analysis courses in the Western art music tradition and/or other specialized courses related to the candidate’s research interests
• Complementary research specialty and/or teaching expertise in popular music, jazz, and/or non-Western music and music theory
• Demonstrated expertise and interest in innovative course development, online course development, and/or creative approaches to teaching
• Expertise in current and innovative uses of technology in the classroom and in the delivery of course content

Instructions to Apply:
Please submit the following materials:
• Letter of interest addressing how the candidate meets the specific qualifications for the position, in particular: work experience, creative activity and/or research, and innovative teaching as they imagine it now and in the future. The letter of interest should also address the candidate’s vision for a 21st century theory curriculum that embraces musical diversity and technology.
• Curriculum vitae;
• A one-page statement addressing the candidate’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion;
• Three confidential letters of reference. Letters of reference must be submitted directly from the authors via Interfolio; and,
• Two examples of scholarly work.

All applications must be submitted electronically via

Application Deadline:
The application deadline is December 27,2021. 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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