Massachusetts, USA
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Assistant/Associate Professor of Music Theory

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.


The Department of Music and Dance in the College of Humanities and Fine Arts at the University of Massachusetts Amherst invites applications for a faculty position in music theory. This is a full-time, nine-month position at the Assistant Professor or Associate Professor level, to begin September 1, 2023. We particularly welcome applications from candidates whose research and teaching will add new repertoires, methodologies, and perspectives to the existing strengths of the Department’s faculty.

The successful candidate will be expected to maintain an active program of research and scholarly activity; teach undergraduate and graduate courses in music theory and aural skills, with additional teaching responsibilities based on the candidate’s areas of expertise and the needs of the Department; serve on departmental committees and perform other appropriate university and professional service; and assist with undergraduate and graduate recruiting, advising, and mentoring.

The Department of Music and Dance values a socially equitable, inclusive, and collaborative environment to support students, faculty, and staff.


ABD in music theory is required for consideration. PhD in music theory is required at the time of appointment. Excellence in research and teaching and a commitment to participating in an energetic department are essential.

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience, and the University offers an attractive benefits package.

Along with the application, please submit a cover letter; curriculum vitae; two (2) representative samples of scholarship; evidence of excellence in teaching; a statement addressing one’s contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion which identifies past experiences and future goals (these contributions may result from lived experiences, scholarship, and/or mentoring, teaching, and outreach activities); and a list of three (3) professional references, with full contact information (including valid email addresses), who can provide letters of reference upon request.

Applicants should apply by the priority deadline of December 8, 2022 for full consideration. Additional supporting materials may be requested from finalists. Application materials will not be returned.



Jason Hooper, Chair, Theory Search Committee: hooper@music.umass.edu


The University is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty and student body. The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members. Because broad diversity is essential to an inclusive climate and critical to the University’s goals of achieving excellence in all areas, we will holistically assess the many qualifications of each applicant and favorably consider an individual’s record working with students and colleagues with broadly diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities. We will also favorably consider experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic career and degree.