Ohio, USA
University of Dayton
Visiting Assistant Professor - Music Theory

The Department of Music invites applications for a visiting assistant professor specializing in Music Theory, a non-tenure track 9 month appointment beginning August 16, 2021. This position offers the opportunity to contribute to the development of an innovative, inclusive music curriculum, in a department of music that is deeply committed to the university's mission to serve the common good.

The University of Dayton is a Catholic and Marianist institution founded in 1850 by the Society of Mary. At the University of Dayton, we value the diversity in experiences and perspectives of all community members because doing so is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. We translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues and constituencies. Because we seek a community with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we encourage all interested candidates to apply.

We are currently hiring for a one-year, full-time position with benefits. The successful candidate will be eligible to apply for a permanent, tenure-track position, for which we expect to conduct a search in the coming year.


The successful candidate will teach courses in music theory, including the required first-year theory courses for music majors (in Performance, Education, Music Therapy, Composition, Jazz Studies, and Music Studies), and/or courses in other areas of expertise, such as music technology or music history.


Minimum Qualifications:
- Master’s degree in music theory, composition, or closely related field
- Experience teaching music theory at the undergraduate level
- Articulated commitment to diversifying the music theory curriculum
- Effective written communication skills

Preferred Qualifications:
While not everyone may possess all of the preferred qualifications, the ideal candidate will bring many of the following:
- Doctoral degree in music theory or closely related field
- Successful teaching experience in theory, including methods inside and outside the Western classical tradition (e.g., jazz, popular music, or non-Western musics).
- Success in teaching in a related area (i.e.composition, jazz theory/composition, popular music, recording techniques, global music theory, music cognition, improvisation, acoustics, studio music instruction, etc.)
- Success in teaching music technology
- Success using technology and innovative pedagogies in theory curricula
- Successful Experience working with students and colleagues of diverse backgrounds
- Willingness to engage with Catholic and Marianist educational values that include educating the whole person and a commitment of service to the community, university and profession
- Demonstrated successful experience working collaboratively toward shared goals in and beyond the department
- Effective interpersonal communication skills
- Effective oral communication skills
- Effective classroom management skills


Candidates must apply online at UD's employment website by August 1:

Applicants will need to submit a letter, CV, names of three references, and a statement of their philosophy and approaches to diversifying the music theory curriculum.

The deadline is August 1; zoom interviews will take place very shortly after that.

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.


Dr. Toby W. Rush - trush1@udayton.edu


You can learn more about our curricular redesign in our MTMW 2020 presentation:

and the wiki we have been using as a resource sharing site for our redesign (which includes teaching resources, curricular plans, schedules, and so on):