Massachusetts, USA
Smith College
Assistant Professor

The Department of Music at Smith College invites applications for a tenure-track, full-time position in Music Theory at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin July 2021. We seek an exceptional scholar of music theory, broadly defined, with a promising research profile and record of presentations and/or publications. Evidence of methodological and analytical breadth is encouraged. We especially welcome applications from those who approach music theory with an interdisciplinary perspective: for example, whose research and teaching explores the intersection of music and questions of race, class, gender, and sexuality.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach an annual two-semester introductory music theory course for undergraduates introducing analytical techniques and concepts from within and beyond the Western classical repertoire. Teaching load is 2-2. Other courses will depend on the candidate’s area(s) of specialization and the needs of the department, and might include topics such as digital and electronic music, vernacular and non-Western music, and music and media. The successful candidate will have a creative understanding of the role that music theory might play in the context of a liberal arts college.

Located in Northampton, MA, Smith College is the largest women’s college in the country and is dedicated to excellence in teaching and research across the liberal arts. A faculty of outstanding scholars interact with students in small classes, as advisors, and through student-faculty research projects. Smith College offers opportunities to foster faculty success at every career stage, such as those listed here. The College is a member of the Five College Consortium with Amherst, Hampshire and Mt. Holyoke Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Students cross-enroll and faculty cross-teach across the Five Colleges. Details about the Department of Music may be found at https://www.smith.edu/academics/music.

Diversity and a culture of equity and inclusion among students, staff, faculty, and administration are crucial to the mission and values of Smith College. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or veteran status in the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, and the operation of any of its programs and activities, as specified by all applicable laws and regulations. Women, historically underrepresented minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


A Ph.D. in Music Theory is expected by the time of appointment. Candidates from groups underrepresented in music theory are encouraged to apply.


Submit application at http://apply.interfolio.com/78467 with a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and a statement on diversity and inclusion. Please include complete contact information for three confidential references. Letters of reference and a writing sample will be solicited in a later round.


Kate Soper: ksoper@smith.edu, Andrea Moore: amoore44@smith.edu