South Dakota, USA
South Dakota State University
Assistant Professor of Music Theory

The School of Performing Arts at South Dakota State University invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Music (Music Theory). The School seeks a dynamic teacher who will oversee the music theory curriculum. The candidate will teach courses in the music theory sequence and additional courses related to the needs of the program.

The candidate will have the opportunity to work in a collegial, vibrant, and supportive artistic environment. The School is housed in the Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center, a newly constructed facility with outstanding spaces dedicated to performance, rehearsal, and instruction in the disciplines of music, theatre, and dance. South Dakota State University is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music to provide curricula leading to undergraduate degrees in music.

This is a 9-month, full-time, tenure-track, benefit eligible position with an anticipated date of employment of 22nd August 2022. The position is supervised by the Director of the School of Performing Arts.

SDSU is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to the School’s commitment to student engagement experiences representing contemporary trends in music theory. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.


> Teach courses in music theory. Teaching assignments will include the following: Sophomore-level Music Theory, Orchestration, and Forms and Analysis.
> Teach courses in at least one secondary specialty from the following: music appreciation, music entrepreneurship, music technology, commercial music and audio production, composition, and/or applied studio teaching (voice, flute, double reeds, horn, or trombone).
> Teach courses face to face on-campus or through emerging modes of content delivery as assigned.
> Provide leadership in course content for the music theory sequence and adopt technology as appropriate.
> Support undergraduate research and creative activity by preparing students to enter competitions, write papers, and other related activities.
> Develop positive and supportive relationships with students, colleagues, and external stakeholders.
> Engage in peer-reviewed scholarly and creative activity that enlightens the discipline and strengthens the reputation of the School.
> Provide service to the discipline and the university.
> Engage in professional development opportunities with affiliated professional organizations as appropriate and supported financially by the program.


> A completed doctorate in the discipline of music is required.
> Experience in teaching in higher education.
> The ability to teach courses in music theory.
> The ability to teach in at least one secondary area of specialization..
> Evidence of strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills.
> Effective written communication skills.
> Sponsorship is not available for this position, must be authorized to work in the U.S.

> Demonstrated success in recruiting and retaining students in a higher education setting is desired.


See original job posting and apply online at: https://yourfuture.sdbor.edu/postings/27105

> Cover letter, which should specifically address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement
> Curriculum Vitae
> Statement of research and creative interests (attached as Other)
> Teaching philosophy statement (attached as Work Sample)
> Reference page with the contact information for three professional references


For questions on the position, contact Jacob Wallace at (605) 688-5187 or Jacob.Wallace@sdstate.edu.