Michigan, USA
Michigan State University
Assistant Professor of Music Theory, Fixed Term

Announcement of Faculty Position
Assistant Professor of Music Theory (Fixed-Term)
Beginning Fall 2022

The College of Music at Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI) looks forward to welcoming a dynamic teacher-scholar to its faculty and, to that end, invites applications for a full-time, fixed-term Assistant Professor of Music Theory position to begin on August 16, 2022.

With 85 faculty members, the Michigan State University College of Music (music.msu.edu) serves approximately 600 majors and offers a comprehensive range of degree programs from baccalaureate through doctorate.

The music theory area (theory.music.msu.edu) consists of seven faculty members and features a vibrant Master’s degree program with 12–15 students enrolled at a time. Research seminars and other advanced coursework, an active colloquium series with three guest scholars per semester, and dedicated faculty mentors equip Master’s students with the analytical, research, musicianship, and pedagogical skills to pursue doctoral study in music theory and to present scholarship while still Master’s students. The Master’s program and a Graduate Certificate in music theory also serve composer-theorists and performer-theorists who go on to successful collegiate teaching careers. Finally, the theory area interacts with nearly every student in the College of Music, including undergraduate majors in performance, music education, jazz studies, and composition, as well as Master’s and Doctoral students in performance, composition, and conducting.

This position operates on a renewable yearly contract. The new colleague will function as a vital member of our faculty team by teaching courses at all levels of the music theory curriculum and having an equal voice in theory-area discussions and initiatives. Our intent is to recruit a candidate who will play an essential, long-term role in the teaching and service missions, and secondarily in the research mission, of the music theory area.


• Teach 4 courses per fall semester and 4 courses per spring semester, to include a mix of undergraduate and graduate courses that serve the needs of music students in a variety of majors
• Advise Master’s students in music theory and serve on advising committees for graduate students throughout the College of Music
• Collaborate with colleagues and students to advance the College of Music’s and music theory area’s missions of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging
• Participate in theory-area initiatives such as colloquia, guest-scholar residencies, administration of exams, recruiting, and admissions, and provide service to the college, university, and discipline
• Engage with the music-theoretic discipline as a scholar through conference attendance, presentations, and/or publications


• A completed doctorate in music theory by August 16, 2022
• Successful university-level teaching experience
• A demonstrated commitment to music theory pedagogy
• A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging
• Current expertise in one or more research areas within music theory

• Demonstrated ability to mentor student research
• An emerging or established record of scholarly productivity
• Demonstrated ability to teach effectively at multiple levels and in a variety of subjects within our curriculum, including undergraduate core music theory and aural skills; graduate analysis courses on a variety of repertoires and techniques; graduate skills courses such as counterpoint and keyboard skills; and specialized readings seminars and proseminars for Master’s students in music theory


To apply, please visit the MSU job postings website (careers.msu.edu) and search for posting 743948 in the faculty/academic staff section, or visit the posting directly at https://careers.msu.edu/en-us/job/508438/assistant-professorfixedterm. Please include the following:
• a letter of application
• three letters of recommendation that attest to the qualifications listed above (candidates will provide contact information for the letter writers, who will be contacted after the application is submitted and asked to submit their letters before November 29, 2021)
• a curriculum vitae that lists contact information for at least two additional references who are not letter writers
• a 1- to 2-page teaching narrative outlining goals, priorities, and methods as a music theory pedagogue and a list of undergraduate and graduate music theory courses (both within and in addition to our current curriculum) that you would enjoy teaching

Later in the search process, candidates may be asked to submit videos and artifacts of teaching, samples of research, and transcripts. Finalists will be invited to the East Lansing campus to interview.


Please direct any inquiries to:
Michael Callahan
Chairperson, Music Theory Area and Music Theory Search Committee


Review of applications will begin on November 29, 2021. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university is actively recruiting women, persons of color, veterans, persons with disabilities, and individuals from other underrepresented groups who can expand our expertise and partner with existing faculty to engage a diverse student population.