Pennsylvania, USA
University of Pennsylvania
Assistant Professor

The Department of Music at the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA) seeks to appoint a tenure track assistant professor specializing in Korean music, to begin 1 July 2024. We seek a colleague who will engage broadly with Korean humanities and encourage applications from scholars with strong interdisciplinary orientations who engage multiple sub-disciplines within music studies. We seek candidates with proven classroom experience; teaching responsibilities will include core and specialized undergraduate and graduate courses. Candidates should have completed the Ph.D. by 1 July 2024.

The Department of Music is a community of creators and thinkers who explore worlds of music, sound, and performance in ways that expand the boundaries of knowledge and practice. Our department is housed within the School of Arts & Sciences, which is comprised of 28 academic departments, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Graduate Division, and the College of Liberal and Professional Studies. Interdisciplinary research and collaboration are supported by the breadth and depth of academic pursuits at Penn as well as the proximity of resources on our contiguous green urban campus in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. We promote and encourage curiosity, intellectual engagement, and discovery among all our students and faculty. University, School, and departmental resources that support [our efforts/student and faculty life] [b1] include but are not limited to: the Offices of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Vice Provost for Research, PennGlobal, Wellness at Penn, the Center for Teaching and Learning, the Penn Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships, and Penn Human Resources.

We offer a music major and two minors, and students from across the university have access to our first-rate faculty and to performance opportunities in a wide range of ensembles. In our undergraduate courses and ensembles, we aim to provide an integrative context within which performance is seen as a core part of our academic pursuits. Our graduate programs in music studies (musicology, ethnomusicology, theory) and composition are known for fostering creativity and rigor, thanks to the high degree of interaction and collaboration among students and faculty. We also listen to and engage with the vibrant cultural lives of Philadelphia, seeking to foster relationships with the many communities in our city.

We seek candidates who share our strong commitment to research, teaching, and mentoring, and to a scholarly community shaped by values of inclusive excellence. The School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania is committed to cultivating and sustaining a community of students, scholars, researchers, and staff that reflects the diversity of our world. We nurture working and learning environments that are affirming, equitable, and inclusive. As a community, we are committed to thoughtful discussions and dynamic interactions as we strive for an environment where everyone is supported and valued. Please see our School’s Inclusion and Antiracism Initiatives to learn more about our active priorities: https://www.sas.upenn.edu/2020-inclusion-and-anti-racism-initiatives.


Qualifications include:
● Broad training in Korean humanities and Korean music
● Strong research potential
● Capacity for teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate levels and mentoring and supporting a diverse student body
● The ability to direct graduate/undergraduate research
● Candidates are expected to have a PhD by the time of appointment, which is 1 July, 2024
● The successful candidate will be expected to contribute actively to the James Joo-Jin Kim Center for Korean Studies


Application instructions/Required documents:
o CV
o Cover letter
o Writing Sample (article or chapter-length)
o Contact information for three recommenders

● Review of applications will begin on 15, October, 2023 and continue until the position is filled.


Please contact Margie Smith Deeney (mmsmith@sas.upenn.edu; 215.898.7544) with questions regarding the application process