Jobs: Assistant Professor (Tenure-Track), Popular Music, Don Wright Faculty of Music, Western University

Assistant Professor (Tenure-Track), Popular Music, Don Wright Faculty of Music, Western University

The Department of Music Research and Composition, Don Wright Faculty of Music, Western University, invites applications for a full-time, probationary (tenure-track) appointment in Popular Music Studies (Production, Creation, Dissemination), at the rank of Assistant Professor. The salary will be commensurate with the successful applicant’s qualifications and experience. The anticipated start date will be July 1, 2023.

An earned doctorate or professional equivalent is required. The candidate will have a specialization in one or more of the following areas: music production for motion media (including film, television, streaming, and gaming), electronic songwriting and record production modalities, popular music performance and production pedagogies, and other areas related to the production, creation, and dissemination of popular music. Professional experience working with musics of the African diaspora or non-Western popular musics is an asset, as is professional experience in all aspects of licensing and music supervision.

The successful candidate will have a strong research and/or industry profile and will further develop Western’s already highly successful popular music program.  Existing or potential success in attracting external research funding would be an asset. They will grow a highly collaborative, experiential environment where students from all disciplines in the Don Wright Faculty of Music will develop expertise and creativity relevant to our contemporary musical landscape. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to teaching and research supervision at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Demonstrated effectiveness in teaching and mentorship as well as experience and/or interest in curriculum development will be considered strong assets.  Effective communication and interpersonal skills, as well as the potential to recruit outstanding students, will be expected. Service and administrative duties will also be expected at the department, faculty, and university levels.

The Don Wright Faculty of Music, with approximately 440 undergraduate and 160 graduate students, is one of the largest music schools in Canada and supports a wide range of studies in popular music, music theory, musicology, composition, music education, and performance. The DWFoM Popular Music Studies (PMS) program was launched sixteen years ago.  A unique program in Canada, graduates include Grammy and Juno winners, as well as professionals in all areas of the music industry at the highest level.  For further information      on the Don Wright Faculty of Music, please visit our website at .

Western University delivers an academic experience second to none. Western challenges the best and brightest faculty, staff and students to commit to the highest global standards. Our research excellence expands knowledge and drives discovery with real-world application. Western attracts individuals with a broad worldview, seeking to study, influence and lead in the international community. Since 1878, The Western Experience has combined academic excellence with life-long opportunities for intellectual, social and cultural growth in order to better serve our communities.

Candidates should submit a comprehensive curriculum vitae and a letter of interest that addresses creative/scholarly work, teaching philosophy, and commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. Examples of creative/scholarly work in the form of files or internet links should also be submitted with the application.  Please ensure the form available at is also completed and included in your application submission. Three confidential letters of reference should be forwarded under separate cover.

All application materials must be sent electronically to:

Dr. Omar Daniel, Chair
Department of Music Research and Composition
Don Wright Faculty of Music
Talbot College, Room 210
Western University
1151 Richmond Street
London, Ontario, N6A 3K7

The deadline date to apply is February 28, 2023.

Positions are subject to budget approval. Applicants should have fluent written and oral communication skills in English. The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Western is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, members of racialized groups, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression.

In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. If you require accommodations for interviews or other meetings, please contact Julia Lazarito at or (519) 661-4008.