Wisconsin, USA
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Assistant Professor

The Department of Music in the College of Arts and Communication seeks an Assistant Professor of Music Theory and Aural Skills. This is a full-time, nine-month, tenure track position with responsibilities for teaching undergraduate courses in Music Theory and Aural Skills, research, and service to the University and community. Research expertise should complement existing faculty expertise and may include interest in jazz, commercial music, and/or music theatre. The Department of Music will welcome candidates who expand the field and approach Music Theory from vantage points that promote more inclusive perspectives, expanded hearings, and ways of configuring music.


The successful candidate will be able to teach undergraduate Music Theory and Aural Skills courses as part of our program’s four-semester foundational Music Theory sequence. Additional teaching assignments may be chosen from courses related to the successful candidate’s interests and background and may also include teaching our college’s World of the Arts course, which serves our entire campus. The candidate will be expected to pursue an active research agenda or participate in creative work that engages undergraduate students, results in publications and/or performances, and contributes to advancing the Department, University, the profession, and society. The candidate will also be expected to participate in service activities, including departmental recruiting, embrace the University’s mission, vision, and values as a member of the University Community, and contribute to related professional organizations.

Full-Time teaching responsibilities include Music Theory and Aural Skills and additional courses based on faculty expertise. Research expectations include publications, original compositions, performances, commercial recordings, or similar creative work in line with Music Department standards. In addition, faculty members serve as advisors/mentors to students and are encouraged to engage students in undergraduate research or other scholarly and creative activities. Service responsibilities include participating in departmental recruiting activities, committee service at the departmental, college, and university levels as well as participation in community and professional organizations as relevant to the candidate’s expertise and interest.


Minimum Qualifications:

· Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) in Music is required. ABD candidates may apply but must have their degree completed by the contract start date in August 2023; if not, they will be hired on a one-year contract with the understanding that their degree will be completed before January 2024 in advance of their first scheduled review

Desired Qualifications:

· Emphasis in Music Theory or Composition
· Active presence as a jazz pianist, or as a vocalist in jazz, musical theatre, and/or contemporary commercial music styles, or research interests related to these areas
· College-level teaching experience
· Demonstrated excellence in and commitment to teaching with an emphasis on promoting the success of undergraduate students, clear evidence of scholarly potential, commitment to working with diverse populations and serving as active member of the university community

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

· Willingness and ability to be an active participant in following applicable safety rules and regulations including necessary trainings and drills
· Ability to interact respectfully with people from diverse socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds

Well-qualified candidates can expect a starting annual salary within a range of $52,000-$53,000. UW System employees receive an excellent benefit package. To learn more, review the UW System Employee Benefits Brochure.

Only complete application packages will be considered. This includes online submission of the following documents:
· Cover letter/letter of interest
· Curriculum Vita
· Teaching philosophy that includes reference to the incorporation of diversity and inclusion in classroom practice
· Names and contact information for three professional references (letters of recommendation may be solicited at a later time)
· Copies of unofficial graduate transcripts (Official transcripts will be required if offered the position)
This Job ID is 18974.
Application Link: click here and type in the Job ID: https://www.careers.wisconsin.edu/psc/careers/EMPLOYEE/UW_TAM/c/HRS_HRAM_FL.HRS_CG_SEARCH_FL.GBL?Page=HRS_CAREERS_FL&Action=U&FOCUS=Applicant&SiteId=15


Applications received by November 30, 2022 are ensured full consideration. Applications received after that date may be given consideration at the discretion of the search committee. The most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process.

If you have questions regarding this recruitment or if you are unable to complete the application online due to a disability or system problem, please contact us at (262) 472-1072 or hrstudent@uww.edu.

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Dr. Benjamin Whitcomb, Professor
Chair, Music Theory Search Committee



The UW-Whitewater Music Department is a community of faculty and students dedicated to the study and performance of music. Our faculty are active performers and scholars united by a commitment to high-quality teaching. The Department has a special mission toward music education and a long track record of student winners of the Richard A Gaarder Award, which is given to the top music education student in the state. Students are passionate about learning their craft and work towards the highest standards of scholarship and performance. The Music Department annually touches thousands of people through its student and faculty concerts, which are presented in both our department’s beautiful Light Recital Hall and in the larger Young Auditorium, and through its service and outreach to the broader music education community in southeastern Wisconsin.

The Department of Music, with 32 full or part-time faculty, is a division of the College of Arts and Communication and is an accredited member of NASM. The Department offers Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music degrees with emphases in Music Education, Performance, and Theory/Composition; Certificates in Accompanying, Jazz, Theory, and History; and a Minor in Music.

The College of Arts and Communication serves a diverse population of students and embraces the principles and practices of Inclusive Excellence that are reflected in the University of Wisconsin System’s commitment to diversity and educational opportunity. We actively seek candidates who possess the interest and ability to work with students from diverse socio-economic, educational, and ethnic backgrounds.


Founded in 1868, UW–Whitewater is one of eleven comprehensive universities in a public higher education system that also includes two doctoral institutions and a statewide Extension. UW-Whitewater’s main campus is located in Whitewater, with a branch campus in Rock County, in the city of Janesville. Together, these campuses form a preeminent academic institution driven by the pursuit of knowledge, powered by a spirit of innovation, and focused on transforming lives. UW-Whitewater’s campuses are located conveniently near Milwaukee, Madison, and Chicago, and thus offer the advantage of beautiful small-town environments with easy access to the cultural and commercial opportunities of major metropolitan areas.

The Warhawk family — led by caring faculty and staff — is devoted to student success within a broad range of academic programs offered at the associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral levels. These include both on-campus and online programs, and span the disciplines, from the theoretical to the applied, and encompass study in the arts, business, education, humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, technology, and professional and interdisciplinary programs.

UW-Whitewater has a special mission within the UW System to serve students with disabilities and, as such, embraces the principles of universal design and is one of the most accessible campuses in the nation. The campuses have more than 200 student organizations and UW-Whitewater’s intercollegiate athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division-III level. UW-Whitewater is committed to seeking and sustaining a culturally and ethnically diverse campus environment, building a diverse faculty and staff with expertise and interest in serving students with diverse needs, backgrounds, ethnicities, abilities and other distinct characteristics in respectful, sensitive and understanding ways. The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, and actively seeks and encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and veterans.


The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is part of the 13-campus University of Wisconsin System (https://www.wisconsin.edu).

Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(b) provides that applicants may indicate in writing that their identity should be kept confidential. In response to a public records request, the University will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful final candidate will be released. See Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(a).

Per Regent Policy Document 20-19, University of Wisconsin System Criminal Background Check Policy and UW System Administrative Policy 1275 Recruitment Policies, UW-Whitewater requires criminal background checks as a contingency to employment. A criminal background check will be conducted prior to an offer of employment. All final candidates must be asked, prior to hire, whether they have been found to have engaged in, are currently under investigation for, or left employment during an active investigation in which they were accused of sexual violence or sexual harassment. When obtaining employment reference checks, these same sexual violence or sexual harassment questions must also be asked.

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater requires that all employees be active participants in following applicable safety rules and regulations including necessary training and drills.

For UW-Whitewater Campus safety information and crime statistics/annual Security Report, see http://www.uww.edu/asfr. If you would like a paper copy of the report please contact the UW-Whitewater Police at 262-472-4660.