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Visiting Assistant Teaching Professor of Music Theory

School of Music, Dance and Theatre

Job description:


Visiting Assistant Teaching Professor of Music Theory

School of Music, Dance and Theatre

Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University



The School of Music, Dance and Theatre in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University seeks a visiting assistant teaching professor of music theory for a one-year, full-time, benefits-eligible position for the 2023-24 academic year. The position entails teaching courses in our undergraduate theory core, upper level undergraduate electives, and graduate seminars related to the candidate’s interests. This position is on the ASU Tempe Campus.

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About ASU:

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 80,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.

About the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts:

Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts is the largest comprehensive design and arts school in the country, located within a dynamic research university focused on transformative change. Built on a unique combination of disciplines, the Herberger Institute comprises the Schools of Art; Arts, Media and Engineering; Music, Dance and Theatre; The Design School; The Sidney Poitier New American Film School, and the ASU Art Museum. The Herberger Institute is committed to redefining the 21st-century design and arts school through developing and scaling ideas that strengthen the role of designers and artists across all areas of society and culture, increasing the capacity of artists to make a difference in their communities. For more information on the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, visit herbergerinstitute.asu.edu.

About the School of Music, Dance and Theatre

The School of Music, Dance and Theatre in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University is widely recognized for preparing artists, scholars, visionaries and entrepreneurs to become creative leaders who transform society through their art. Our internationally recognized faculty artists, scholars and guest artists are motivating and compassionate mentors who work with students to cultivate excellence and personal growth. Our nationally recognized programs feature a comprehensive range of degrees plus minors and certificates and more than 600 concerts, events, performances, productions and recitals each year. Located in the culturally rich Southwest in one of the most vibrant, expanding urban centers, our programs afford students access to a diverse environment and engagement in Phoenix’s flourishing arts community. Above all, we value the creativity, personal experience and voice each student brings to the school. For more information on the School of Music, Dance and Theatre, visit musicdancetheatre.asu.edu.

The music theory area offers a Bachelor of Music in Music Theory and Composition with an emphasis in Music Theory and a Graduate Certificate in Music Theory Pedagogy. The area provides a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in support of the School of Music, Dance and Theatre’s many degree programs. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate music theory core courses as well as upper-division undergraduate and graduate music theory courses. The School of Music, Dance and Theatre seeks applicants who will contribute a unique voice to the music theory program and excellent teaching that fosters and promotes theory and musicianship skills relevant to the needs of 21st-century musicians, and will provide service to the program.

Required qualifications:

  • PhD or DMA in Music Theory, Composition, or a related field; ABD considered
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching theory and aural skills classes
  • Demonstrated ability to teach in at least two of these three areas: the undergraduate theory core, analysis of song (broadly defined), and/or 20th/21st century music and related analytical techniques.
  • Evidence of a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in teaching and service

Desired qualifications:

  • PhD degree in music theory preferred
  • Demonstrated implementation of research-based pedagogical strategies
  • Demonstrated ability to teach effectively at multiple levels, including undergraduate core courses, advanced undergraduate electives, and graduate seminars
  • Demonstrated engagement with current pedagogical practices in the field of music theory
  • Demonstrated engagement with innovative course development and/or creative approaches to teaching
  • Expertise in current and innovative uses of technology in the classroom and in the delivery of course content
  • Strong keyboard and musicianship skills

Application deadline:

The application deadline is April 14, 2023. Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool.  Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled.

Instruction to apply:

Please submit:

  • Letter of interest that articulates how the candidate's qualifications and teaching experience align with the job description and qualifications outlined in this posting.
  • Curriculum vitae
  • A one-page statement addressing the candidate’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion
  • A one-page statement addressing the candidate’s teaching philosophy
  • A document containing a link to a video recording of 15-20 minutes demonstrating undergraduate theory teaching.
  • A sample syllabus for a theory course and optional supplementary material (e.g. a lesson plan, instructions for an assignment, etc.) that will provide evidence of proven implementation of research-based pedagogical strategies.
  • A separate document with names and contact information for at least three references.

All applications must be submitted electronically via http://apply.interfolio.com/117084.

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