Tennessee, USA
The University of the South
Visiting Assistant Professor

The University of the South (Sewanee, TN) seeks a Visiting Assistant Professor of Composition/Music Theory. This is a full-time, one-year appointment (effective July 1, 2024 – June 30, 2025) and may be extended and/or converted to tenure track.


The Department of Music seeks an inspiring theorist-composer to complement the strengths of the current faculty. The successful candidate will recognize students’ musical potential and develop that potential both through practical musicianship (ear training, basic keyboard skills) and creative composition.

The teaching load for this position is six courses per year.


We particularly welcome faculty with knowledge, skills, or diverse life experiences contributing to an inclusive and welcoming environment in our department and the institution. Evidence that the candidate can address the needs of students from underrepresented groups is highly valued. Teaching responsibilities will focus on the core music theory curriculum but may also allow for upper-level instruction in the area(s) relevant to the candidate’s expertise, including but not limited to songwriting, sound design, media composition (film, television, video games), production software, musical theater, and/or composition in the Episcopal/Anglican tradition.

PhD or DMA with credentialed pedagogy in music theory (ABD considered)

Review of application materials will begin March 1, 2024.

Depends on Qualifications

Apply directly at the following link;

Required Application Materials:

Cover letter,
Graduate and undergraduate transcripts (unofficial accepted),
Statement of teaching philosophy,
Evidence of scholarly/creative activity (analytical papers, sample compositions, or recordings, etc.),
Three letters of reference.


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The University of the South, commonly known as Sewanee, comprises a nationally ranked residential College of Arts and Sciences and a School of Theology. The University is strongly committed to the values of intellectual inquiry, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and living and serving in community. Situated on 13,000 acres atop Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau, Sewanee is known for its stunning natural beauty while providing easy access to Chattanooga, Nashville, and Huntsville. The University is affiliated with the Episcopal Church and seeks to help employees of all backgrounds and identities flourish.

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