Texas, USA
University of Texas at Austin
Assistant Professor of Music Theory

The Butler School of Music invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Music Theory with full probationary period, tenure track, as part of the Expanded Approaches to the Arts initiative at the College of Fine Arts at the University of Texas at Austin. The initiative seeks scholars whose research engages with underrepresented archives and repertoires in the arts and whose methodological or theoretical approaches expand traditional geographic and/or temporal articulations of artistic canons and/or traditions. The Expanded Approaches initiative places high value on inter- and cross- disciplinary thinking, public humanities, and creative practice components of a scholar’s portfolio.

Potential research areas include, but are not limited to: Afrodiasporic musics; global histories of music theory; feminist, queer, and trans approaches to music analysis; popular music and media studies; analytical approaches to world music; and transcultural music theory.

Scholars who are within two years from degree completion and whose work and/or qualifications will significantly advance the goals of diversity, equity, and inclusiveness at the university, may be nominated to the interdisciplinary Provost Early Career Fellows program, a university-wide initiative advancing cohort mentorship and academic career development.


Responsibilities include undergraduate and graduate instruction; advising; supervision of theses; university service; and establishment of a nationally prominent research profile.


PhD in Music Theory or relevant cognate discipline. Demonstrated strong record of or potential for research, as well as evidence of successful teaching at the college level. Research expertise and interest in an area of Music Theory that fits within the Expanded Approaches to the Arts Initiative, including but not limited to the potential research areas listed in the above position description. Research program that uses inter- and cross-disciplinary thinking, the public humanities, and/or creative practice. Demonstrated experience working with underrepresented communities and applying lessons learned from those experiences to research, teaching, and/or advising.

Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Applications should include:
> cover letter, which should include a description of the candidate’s contributions and skills related to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion
> curriculum vitae
> complete contact information for three references

Please do not submit additional supporting materials unless requested by the search committee.

All documents must be uploaded via Interfolio: https://apply.interfolio.com/118993

Review of applications begins January 17, 2023. Applications will continue to be accepted after this date and the position will remain open until filled.

Position requires relocation to Austin, TX. Scholars from underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.


Inquiries only may be directed to: bsom-hr@utexas.edu


The Butler School of Music is committed to cultivating an inclusive, equitable, and welcoming community and to increasing the diversity of its faculty, students, and curricula. The UT theory faculty emphasizes, in both their teaching and their research, an approach that combines strong music-theoretical training with interdisciplinary inquiry. We welcome applicants who can help achieve these objectives.

The University of Texas at Austin ranks among the finest universities in the country. The Butler School of Music, comprising some 80 faculty and approximately 620 music students, has an outstanding reputation for its performance and academic programs. Degree plans range from the bachelors to the doctoral level. The Austin area, known for its beauty and comfortable lifestyle, also provides many cultural advantages through its numerous arts organizations and is home to a very active and creative music scene.

UT Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.