Georgia, USA
Georgia State University
Lecturer in Music Theory (and Technology and/or Applied Performance)

Music Theory/Technology and/or Applied Performance – (Log Number 23-050)

The School of Music at Georgia State University in Atlanta seeks to hire a Lecturer in Music Theory to begin in the 2022-23 academic year. The successful applicant can expect to teach four courses per semester focused primarily in the undergraduate music theory and aural skills curriculum at the first- and second-year levels. We are especially interested in applicants who can also teach entry-level courses for music technology students, such as “Computer Applications in Music,” and/or applicants who can offer instruction in applied music in addition to music theory and aural skills courses. This position is a full-time, continuing appointment subject to a third-year review and eligible for full health and retirement benefits (see https://hr.gsu.edu/service-centers/benefits/new-hire-benefits/ ).

As a Lecturer in Music Theory at Georgia State University, you will play a vital role as the School of Music collaborates to transform its curriculum and pedagogy to foreground experiential, interdisciplinary, and technologically enhanced learning furthering Georgia State’s strategic goal of demonstrating that students from all backgrounds can achieve academic and career success at high rates. The School of Music is part of the College of the Arts, which was established in 2016 and also includes the Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design, the School of Film, and the Center for Educational Partnerships in Music. In addition to offering some of the university’s most popular majors, the college connects faculty and students with Atlanta’s thriving arts scene and booming film and music industries. Opportunities for growth and support in this position include university-level teaching fellowships and grants through the Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Online Education, leadership in instructional innovation through our active learning classroom program, and successive promotion to the ranks of Senior Lecturer and Principal Senior Lecturer.

Georgia State University is a national leader in using innovation to drive student success. Enrolling and graduating one of the nation’s most diverse student bodies, Georgia State provides its world-class faculty and more than 50,000 students unsurpassed research, teaching, and learning opportunities in one of the 21st century’s great global cities. In 2022, U.S. News & World Report ranked Georgia State as #2 in Most Innovative Schools, #2 in Best Undergraduate Teaching, #5 in Learning Communities, #6 in First-Year Experiences, and #11 in Top Performers on Social Mobility among national universities.


The selected applicant can anticipate teaching music theory and aural skills courses, focused primarily in the first- and second-year curriculum for B.M. and B.S. students in music. Teaching assignments may include courses in music technology and/or applied performance commensurate with the candidate’s expertise and the changing needs of the department.


Essential Qualifications

M. or M.A. in music theory, composition, or performance

Demonstrable success teaching collegiate music theory and aural skills

Demonstrable commitment to inclusivity in music instruction (diversity, equity, and accessibility in pedagogy and course design, etc.)

Preferred Qualifications

Completed Doctorate (DMA, PhD, EdD) in a music-related field

Demonstrable success teaching in at least one other area to complement current curricular offerings (music technology, relevant applied area)


To apply, please submit:

1) a letter of application addressing the essential and preferred qualifications as well as your teaching philosophy and your past and/or potential contributions to diversity and inclusion through teaching;

2) curriculum vitae;

3) a portfolio demonstrating successes and innovations in teaching music theory and aural skills classes, which may include (but is not limited to) sample syllabi, course materials, student evaluations, and/or a teaching video not to exceed 20 minutes;

4) (optional) supplemental materials to demonstrate expertise in a secondary teaching area such as music technology or applied music; and

5) three letters of recommendation.

Candidates should upload documents and files (items #1-4) electronically to https://tinyurl.com/GSULecturerMusicTheory (upload files by clicking the blue “select files” button). Letters of recommendation (item #5) should be emailed from the recommender (or a service such as Interfolio) directly to the committee chair. Questions concerning the search may be directed to the committee chair, Marie Sumner Lott, Associate Professor of Music History at msumnerlott@gsu.edu.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. To ensure consideration, please submit all materials by January 10, 2022. Should you be recommended for a position, an offer of employment will be conditional on background verification.

Georgia State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against applicants due to race, ethnicity, gender, veteran status, or on the basis of disability or any other federal, state, or local protected class. As a campus with a diverse student body, we encourage applications from women, minorities, and individuals with a history of mentoring under-represented minorities in Music.


Marie Sumner Lott, Associate Professor of Music History: msumnerlott@gsu.edu