Washington DC, USA
Georgetown University
Assistant Professor

Georgetown University’s Department of Performing Arts invites applications for a full-time tenure-line Assistant Professor position specializing in Music Theory to begin on August 1, 2023. For the first year of this position, the successful candidate will hold the title of Provost’s Distinguished Faculty Fellow and will have no teaching and service responsibilities during that time. This will allow a focus on research while receiving mentorship and support from two senior faculty members. Following the fellowship year, the candidate will have a 2-2 teaching load, offering courses in foundational music theory in addition to courses in the specific areas of research and/or creative expertise.


We seek a music theory scholar with the facility to engage a diverse set of musical repertoires and methodologies. A fundamental attribute for the successful candidate is to approach the discipline and field as a diverse and global tradition. This requires knowledge not only of the Western European art music tradition but also includes competence in and engagement with global, popular, and indigenous practices. Broadly conceived, specific expertise in American musical practices is preferred, with additional expertise in performance and musicology/ethnomusicology.

The curricular role of music theory is fundamental to the program’s major and minor. It provides students with the tools to learn about, analyze, and comprehend broad perspectives essential to the global, historical, and contemporary study of music and its various forms of practice. Required for majors and minors but open to non-majors, these courses are designed to establish foundations for a range of upper-level classes in musicology, composition, and recording arts.

The Georgetown University Department of Performing Arts has a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching, research, performance, and artistic creation at all levels. The music program maintains links to American Studies, African-American Studies, Film and Media Studies, theater, journalism, etc., as well as the Georgetown Humanities Initiative and the Racial Justice Institute. We encourage candidates to acquaint themselves with the Music Program and the Department of Performing Arts before applying.


Ph.D. in hand by August 1, 2023. Expertise in theory and analysis representing a broad array of perspectives. These should include Western art music theory, jazz theory, indigenous theoretical approaches, and popular music concepts reflecting the ability to draw from a range of research methodologies. Candidates should bring specialist knowledge with an understanding of current research and the capability to teach through wide-ranging techniques.

The demonstration of a commitment to academic excellence and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). This commitment to DEI can be demonstrated in a number of ways, including through teaching and research on matters related to DEI or through service that has fostered DEI in a university community.


Visit https://apply.interfolio.com/112656 and click "Apply Now" to submit the following required materials:

1. Cover letter that includes a research statement, teaching experience/philosophy, and a DEI statement explaining how the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion are reflected in the candidate’s research, teaching, and service.
2. Curriculum vitae
3. Three confidential letters of recommendation to be uploaded through the Georgetown Interfolio site.

Applications are due by December 1, 2022. We will conduct first-round interviews via Zoom videoconferencing. Additional materials may be requested from candidates chosen for a campus interview.


For questions related to this position, please contact: Benjamin J. Harbert, Associate Professor of Music and Chair of the Department of Performing Arts, bjh58@georgetown.edu


Georgetown University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer fully dedicated to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and expression, and sexual orientation), disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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