Massachusetts, USA
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Assistant Professor in Music (Tenure Track)

The Music and Theater Arts Section of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, invites applications for a full-time Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) with a specialty in musicology, broadly defined. The rank of Assistant Professor holds an initial appointment of three years, with renewal determined at the end of the second year. The Section offers supportive mentorship to junior faculty and seeks individuals who practice collaboration, empathy, and self-reflection in the service of sustaining an inclusive and welcoming academic culture.


Faculty duties include teaching courses in music history and culture; conducting innovative research that contributes to the humanistic understanding of music; and advising students. The teaching load for an Assistant Professor is three classes per academic year. New faculty initially teach subjects in the existing curriculum and subsequently develop new course offerings in line with their interests and the needs of the Section. Assistant Professors are also expected to serve on committees, advise students, and participate fully in the governance of the Section, the School, and the Institute.


A PhD in Musicology or a related field is required by the start of employment. The qualified candidate is actively engaged in original research in musicology, ethnomusicology, music theory, or related fields, with a minimum of two years of teaching experience at the university level.


We request that applications and other materials, including a) cover letter, b) curriculum vitae, c) pedagogy statement (max. 300 words), and d) names of three referees who can speak to research and teaching (to be contacted for letters as needed), be submitted online at https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/27856. Additional materials, including writing samples and a teaching portfolio (video and syllabi), may be requested at a later date. To receive full consideration, applications must be completed by September 16, 2024.


MIT is an equal opportunity employer. We value diversity and strongly encourage applications from individuals from all identities and backgrounds. All qualified applicants will receive equitable consideration for employment based on their experience and qualifications and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, or national or ethnic origin. Employment is contingent upon the completion of a satisfactory background check, including possible verification of any findings of misconduct (or pending investigations) from prior employers.

SMT Jacksonville 2024

The Society for Music Theory celebrates its forty-seventh Annual Meeting at the Hyatt Regency Riverfront Hotel in Jacksonville, Florida, November 7–10, 2024.


Visit Jacksonville built a microsite for our attendees to use. Visit the site to learn more about Jacksonville, including where to eat, what to do, and how to get there.


Information about the conference can be found on the SMT website

Hotel Reservations 

The Hyatt Regency Riverfront Hotel (225 E Coastline Drive) has reserved a block of rooms for conference attendees. The rates are $169/night for single and double occupancy; $194/night for triple occupancy; $219/night for quadruple occupancy; and $169 for student quadruple occupancy (limited rooms available). Hotel reservations for non-students may be made online.  SMT student members should have received an email with a code to reserve at the student rate; please email Jennifer Diaz at smt@societymusictheory.org if you did not receive the email. 

Using the conference room block at this hotel helps us meet our contractual obligations and keeps you close to all conference activities.

Conference Registration

Conference registration is open and available on our website. The rates are as follows:

Rate Category Early (6/01–9/27/2024) Regular (9/28–11/1/2024)
Student or low-income $70.00 $95.00
Emeritus/Retired $100.00 $135.00
Standard $130.00 $175.00
Student Helpers

We are in need of student volunteers to assist during the conference. Volunteers will receive a registration fee waiver in exchange for 6.5 hours of service. The deadline to apply is September 6

Hotel Accessibility

Every effort will be made to meet the unique requirements of all attendees. For specific needs or questions please contact Jennifer Diaz, Executive Director, at smt@societymusictheory.org.  


The Society provides several sponsorship opportunities for organizations at our Annual Meeting. 


The deadline to reserve an exhibit booth is September 6

Program Guide Advertisements 

The final deadline to reserve a program guide ad is September 6