Georgia, USA
Georgia State University
Assistant Professor in Music History — Popular and World Music

The School of Music at Georgia State University in Atlanta seeks to hire a tenure-track, Assistant Professor in Music History with specialization in Popular and World Music to begin in the 2023-24 academic year. The successful applicant can expect to teach the equivalence of five three-credit hour courses per academic year focused primarily in the popular and world music topics. Successful candidates will also have a record of publishing scholarly work and will demonstrate a strong trajectory toward a national reputation as a teacher-scholar in musicology. We are especially interested in applicants who can connect their teaching with the diverse population of the student body at Georgia State University. This position is a full-time, continuing appointment subject to a third-year review in accordance with promotion and tenure policies and eligible for full health and retirement benefits (see https://hr.gsu.edu/service-centers/benefits/new-hire-benefits/ ).

As an Assistant Professor in Popular and World Music at Georgia State University, you will play a vital role as the School of Music collaborates to transform its curriculum and pedagogy to foreground experiential, interdisciplinary, and technologically enhanced learning furthering Georgia State’s strategic goal of demonstrating that students from all backgrounds can achieve academic and career success at high rates. The School of Music is part of the College of the Arts, which was established in 2016 and also includes the Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design, the School of Film, and the Center for Educational Partnerships in Music. In addition to offering some of the university’s most popular majors, the college connects faculty and students with Atlanta’s thriving arts scene and booming film and music industries. Opportunities for growth and support in this position include university-level teaching fellowships and grants through the Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Online Education, leadership in instructional innovation through our active learning classroom program, and successive promotion to the ranks of Associate Professor and Professor.


The selected candidate can anticipate teaching a mixture of courses for undergraduate and graduate students to include general education courses and courses for students in our music industry programs (History of R&B, Rock, and Rap; World Music; etc.); courses in the music history and literature sequence for music majors (e.g., World music and Western Music History 2), and topical research-based seminars for graduate students in the M.M. and M.M.Ed. programs.

Music History faculty are encouraged to design new courses within their areas of interest in collaboration with the Honors College and Student Success Office, especially courses that contribute to diversifying the department’s offerings to include more music outside the European concert traditions.

The selected candidate will be expected to maintain an active research agenda and to develop a strong publication record of national and international significance. Promotion to Associate Professor with tenure is dependent on the development of a significant scholarly agenda and evidence to support an upward trajectory of research productivity.


Essential Qualifications:
ABD in Music History or Musicology
Specialization in Popular Music and World Music Courses
Demonstrable success teaching collegiate music history courses
Demonstrable commitment to inclusivity in music instruction (diversity, equity, and accessibility in pedagogy and course design, etc.)

Preferred Qualifications:
Completed Ph.D. in Musicology or Ethnomusicology
Demonstrable success teaching online, large-enrollment courses

$60,000 – $67,000

1. A letter of application addressing the essential and preferred qualifications as well as your teaching philosophy and your past and/or potential contributions to diversity and inclusion through teaching;
2. Curriculum vitae;
3. A portfolio demonstrating successes and innovations in teaching popular and world music classes, which may include (but is not limited to) sample syllabi, course materials, student evaluations, and/or a teaching video not to exceed 20 minutes; and
4. Names, email addresses, telephone numbers, and titles of at least three professional references.

Candidates should upload documents and files electronically to the link available with this job posting (Log Number 24-027) at https://music.gsu.edu/about/employment-opportunities/. Letters of recommendation will be requested based on the information submitted with the application and should be uploaded by the recommender directly to the link provided to them.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

To ensure consideration, please submit all materials by December 15, 2022. Should you be recommended for a position, an offer of employment will be conditional on background verification.


Questions concerning the search may be directed to the committee chair, Javier Albo, Principal Senior Lecturer of Music History at falbo@gsu.edu.


Georgia State University is a national leader in using innovation to drive student success. Enrolling and graduating one of the nation’s most diverse student bodies, Georgia State provides its world-class faculty and more than 50,000 students with unsurpassed research, teaching, and learning opportunities in one of the 21st century’s great global cities. In 2022, U.S. News & World Report ranked Georgia State as #2 in Most Innovative Schools, #2 in Best Undergraduate Teaching, #5 in Learning Communities, #6 in First-Year Experiences, and #11 in Top Performers on Social Mobility among national universities.

Georgia State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against applicants due to race, ethnicity, gender, veteran status, or on the basis of disability or any other federal, state, or local protected class. As a campus with a diverse student body, we encourage applications from women, minorities, and individuals with a history of mentoring under-represented minorities in Music.