North Carolina, USA
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Assistant Professor of Music Theory

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte invites applications for a tenure-track appointment in Music Theory at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin on August 14, 2023.


Responsibilities include teaching courses within the undergraduate music theory sequence, particularly upper-division coursework; overseeing the music theory curriculum; and working with faculty to decenter the curriculum by designing and teaching courses focusing on music traditions beyond the European-American classical canon such as popular music, jazz, and/or musics of underrepresented cultures/ethnicities. Additional teaching duties may be assigned based on the needs of the department. Responsibilities also include developing and maintaining a clearly defined scholarly/creative agenda (e.g., music theory, composition, ethnomusicology, community-engaged practices) that will result in a strong record of peer-reviewed work; promoting an environment of collegiality; demonstrating effective communication skills; and providing service to the campus and professional community.


Candidates must hold a doctorate in music theory or related field (ABD considered; terminal degree by time of appointment required), possess a record of, or potential for, effective teaching at the collegiate level, and demonstrate a commitment to equity and inclusion and sharing the work of retaining diverse first-generation college students within the context of a public urban research university. Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate a scholarly interest in music traditions beyond the European-American classical canon, as well as to candidates whose research, teaching, and/or public engagement could help further departmental goals of increasing social equity in music studies.


Applications must be completed online at https://jobs.charlotte.edu (Position #005060), which will include uploading the following:
1. A letter of interest describing the candidate’s background and education, including the candidate’s record of scholarship, teaching, service, and public engagement.
2. A curriculum vitae.
3. A statement of research, teaching, and leadership that a) specifically addresses how the applicant’s previous research (published or unpublished), teaching, service, and/or public engagement has demonstrated a commitment to increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion in music studies; and b) provides examples of how these activities would continue and expand at UNC Charlotte.
4. A link to a video of 5 to 10 minutes in length, in which the candidate teaches a lesson on any topic in music theory at the undergraduate level. The recording can be of a lesson from a recent synchronous or asynchronous class, or of an asynchronous lesson recorded specifically for this application.
5. The contact information for five references.

Letters of recommendation and transcripts will be requested from candidates advancing into the later stages of the review process. The chosen candidate will be subject to a criminal background check.


James A. Grymes, Ph.D.
Professor of Musicology
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
email: jagrymes@uncc.edu