North Carolina, USA
University of North Carolina Wilmington
Visiting Assistant Professor - Music Composition/Theory

The Department of Music at the University of North Carolina Wilmington is seeking a Visiting Assistant Professor in Composition/Theory, a nine-month non-tenure track position, starting August 2021.

This is a 2 year fixed-term appointment starting August 2021 through May 2023.


Responsibilities include: teaching undergraduate upper level theory/aural skills courses, including Orchestration and Arranging, Film and Video Game Scoring, and/or Applied Composition, and other departmental needs as assigned by the chair. Responsibilities also include student advising, committee work and contributing to an inclusive and equitable community in the department, college and university.

Opportunity to join a student-centered faculty of performer-teachers who value diversity, equity and inclusion, and are dedicated to growth in new and current programs. 


Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:
> PhD, DMA or other terminal degree in composition or theory
> Experience and expertise in teaching/developing a music theory program appropriate for an undergraduate level institution.
> Applicants who are ABD for the terminal degree may be considered depending on expected completion date.

Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills & Experience:
> PhD, DMA or other terminal degree in composition or theory
> Experience in developing an innovative undergraduate music theory and/or composition curriculum
> Experience in teaching and/or composing music in film, television and video games
> Experience in teaching courses aligned with candidate’s creative/research specialty
> Experience in teaching an applied area and/or jazz studies

Ideal candidate will demonstrate: excellence in teaching; engagement in significant creative/scholarly activities; an ability to work effectively with faculty colleagues across all degree areas.

Special consideration will be given to applicants who are members of diversity groups that have been historically underrepresented in faculty positions in higher education.


Special Notes to Applicants:
Prior to the official appointment to the university, the candidate(s) selected for hire must be able to demonstrate eligibility to teach assigned courses by successfully meeting the credentialing requirements based on official transcripts and other documentation as required.

Applications will be accepted until 11:59pm EST on March 25, 2021, the position closing date. To apply, please complete the online application process available at https://jobs.uncw.edu/postings/19928 and attach the following materials as PDF documents:

> Cover Letter
> Curriculum Vita
> Combined unofficial Graduate Transcripts
> Teaching Philosophy – Statement of Teaching Philosophy and Creative/Research Plans
> Links to Digital Audio Files – YouTube links in a PDF/Word document to representative audio/video recordings of: recent compositions/arrangements; music theory lectures/classes; and/or applied performances
> Portfolio/Work Sample – Representative PDF’s of compositions or music theory articles 
> Statement of Diversity and Inclusion – Statement of Diversity and Inclusion addressing how issues of diversity shape their working practices, past and planned

Note that letters of application without the requested components will not meet the application requirements.

Finalists appearing virtually through Zoom may be asked to teach a theory, composition or aural skills class, in addition to a lecture or lesson in an appropriate secondary area.

Please note that a minimum of three professional references are required for all applications. References will be requested during the screening process.


Please direct questions concerning the search to Professor Jerald Shynett, Chair, Visiting Professor of Music Composition/Theory Search Committee, at shynettj@uncw.edu For questions regarding the online application process, contact Ms. Nina Brown at brownn@uncw.edu.