Ohio, USA
University of Dayton
Assistant Professor in Music Theory

The Department of Music invites applications for an assistant professor specializing in Music Theory. This is a tenure track, 9-month appointment beginning August 16, 2022. 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.

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):


The successful candidate will teach courses in required music theory sequence for music majors and additional courses in the candidate's area of expertise (music theory for non-majors, composition, music technology, or other).


Minimum Qualifications:
- ABD nearing completion 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
- Promise of excellence in research

Preferred Qualifications:
While not everyone may meet all preferred qualifications, the ideal candidate will bring many of the following:
- Doctoral degree in music theory or closely related field
- Successful experience in one or more of the following:
> teaching undergraduate theory, including methods inside and outside the Western classical tradition (e.g., jazz, popular music, or non-Western musics).
> 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.)
> teaching music technology
> using technology and innovative pedagogies in theory curricula
> working with and/or teaching socially and culturally diverse communities
> working collaboratively toward shared goals in and beyond the department
- A portfolio of peer reviewed research in music theory or a related field
- Commitment to breadth of education, including educating the whole person in the Marianist tradition to support the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion and a commitment of service to the community, university and profession.
- Effective interpersonal communication skills
- Effective oral communication skills
- Effective classroom management skills


Candidates must apply online at UD's employment website by January 17:

Applicants will need to submit the following:
- CV
- Letter of application addressing all minimum and any preferred qualifications met and describing research agenda
- Statement of your philosophy and approaches to diversifying the music theory curriculum
- Names and contact information for three references. (Upon completion of the application, references will be provided the instructions on how to upload the letters of recommendation)
- If ABD a letter from your advisor indicating progress towards completion of doctoral degree is required


We are very excited to welcome a new colleague... please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions you might have. Thank you!

Dr. Toby W. Rush - trush1@udayton.edu
Associate Professor of Music Theory and Technology
University of Dayton


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.

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