Virginia, USA
James Madison University
Assistant Professor of Music Theory

The School of Music at James Madison University seeks applicants for a full-time, tenure track appointment in music theory at the rank of assistant professor beginning in August 2021. The School of Music invites applications from outstanding teacher-scholars who can contribute to the music theory area’s ongoing work to diversify and decolonize its curricular offerings, research work, values, and perspectives.


Teach written theory within a modular core curriculum, and aural skills within a sequenced curriculum; Offer graduate and undergraduate seminars in music theory whose topics reflect the wide range of interests of students both within and outside of Western classical music; Perform research, preferably in an area that differs from that of current faculty; Provide service to the school, college, and university, especially in a way that brings unique perspectives and values to the institution


Applicants must be ABD in Music Theory, hold the PhD in Music Theory, or have equivalent professional experience; applicants should also demonstrate success teaching collegiate music theory; show motivation to engage in meaningful and deliberate discussion about how music theory course offerings can continue to be modified and expanded to address the changing landscape of music higher education, especially in relation to recent calls for more diverse and inclusive pedagogy; provide evidence of an active record, or potential to develop an active record, of research in music theory that differs from the interests of current faculty, including (but not limited to) such things as: non-Western music, Jazz, 20th- and 21st-century music, cognition, popular music, film music, video game music, and disability studies.

Commensurate with Experience

Applicants should submit the following (https://joblink.jmu.edu/postings/8101): A curriculum vitae; A cover letter that outlines: (1) the candidate’s program of research and the ways it complements current faculty at JMU, and (2) the candidate’s teaching experience with discussion of the way in which the candidate has worked/plans to work toward inclusive music theory pedagogy; A separate 1–2 page statement that articulates the candidate’s views of the role that inequity has played and continues to play in both the discipline of music theory and in University environments in general, as well as the candidate’s vision for equitable transformation of these institutions. Applications without this separate document will not be considered; A list of 3 references who may be contacted


The music theory area offers 33 courses each year in an active program with about 340 undergraduate majors, 60 graduate students, and 200 music minors. We revised the music theory curriculum for the 2020-2021 academic year to become modular and menu-based as part of our effort to diversify the kinds of music and analytical methodologies we teach. An outline of the curriculum appears on our website (http://sites.google.com/jmumusictheory). We teach alongside 44 full-time faculty and 47 part-time faculty in a school that produces more than 250 performances and presentations annually, promoting a vibrant culture of research, scholarship, and creative activity. Housed within the College of Visual and Performing Arts, the School of Music offers the Bachelor of Music in music performance, music education, composition, music theatre, and music industry; Master’s degrees in composition, conducting, music education, and music performance; and Doctoral degrees in Performance, Pedagogy and Literature and Conducting, Pedagogy and Literature.
With approximately 22,000 students, JMU is located in Harrisonburg, a diverse city in Virginia's beautiful and historic Shenandoah Valley, 130 miles southwest of Washington, D.C. The College of Visual and Performing Arts