Assistant Professor of Music/Musicology

Kentucky, United States
Salary Not specified
Nov 09, 2020
Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Music
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Assistant Professor of Music/Musicology

About Western Kentucky University:

Founded in 1906, Western Kentucky University (WKU) is located in Bowling Green, Kentucky, an ethnically and racially diverse city of just over 68,000 people, situated approximately 65 miles north of Nashville, TN, and just over 100 miles south of Louisville, KY. More than 50 different languages are spoken in and around Bowling Green and people from 35 nationalities call the area home. Core to our mission, WKU strives to foster a sense of community where people of all backgrounds, identities and perspectives feel welcomed and enriched, and is committed to employing a diverse and inclusive workforce. We seek to attract research- and teaching-active faculty, as well as staff members, from academically and culturally diverse backgrounds.


The university's population of approximately 18,000 students includes 33% first generation university/college, 16% underrepresented minority and 2% international students. A regional comprehensive university, WKU is student-centered and focuses on applied research that expands knowledge; improves learning; and serves the region, state and nation.


We proudly offer a comprehensive benefits package to employees and their family, including domestic partners and other qualified dependents. In addition, we offer generous vacation, medical and holiday paid-time-off and an outstanding tuition discount program for employees and dependents.


The WKU Department of Music offers two degree options for undergraduate music majors: the Bachelor of Arts (Liberal Arts/Music) and the Bachelor of Music (Music Education or Performance) as well as a Master of Music. Each degree requires nine to twelve hours of coursework in music history or music literature, requiring students to do traditional research, make written and oral arguments, and appreciate music from both a historical and global perspective. Musicological offerings for majors and non-majors currently include traditional Western music history study along with offerings of Music Appreciation, World Music, Jazz History, History of Country Music, Blues History, and History of Rock and Roll. 

Job Description:

The Department of Music invites applications for a full-time, tenure-eligible Assistant Professor of Music in Musicology. The successful candidate will demonstrate sound classroom management, organizational skills, and an ability to foster critical thinking, research, and scholarly writing skills in students; will teach required courses in music history and music literature to undergraduate and graduate music majors; teach and oversee core curriculum courses in music appreciation and other musicology courses; sustain an appropriate teaching, scholarship, and service portfolio; serve as the departmental liaison with the university library; and work collaboratively within a large and comprehensive music program. Candidates will have a broad approach to the musicology curriculum, will be capable of imagining and implementing innovative approaches to the discipline and emerging fields of study, and be able to teach and/or oversee curricula across the genres from Classical, Jazz, World Music, to other popular styles in an inclusive vision of musicology. Additional responsibilities will be determined by departmental needs and the candidate's strengths.  


  • Earned Doctorate in Music History or Musicology (Ph.D.) at the time of appointment
  • Demonstrated research and scholarship in the field, and a commitment to public and professional service
  • Demonstrated leadership and administrative skills, and the ability to work effectively within a diverse campus community

Additional Information:

Kentucky state law requires all public institutions of postsecondary education to conduct pre-employment criminal background checks to determine suitability for employment.


Western Kentucky University (WKU) is committed to a policy and practice of providing equal employment and educational opportunities to all individuals. In accordance with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Revised 1992, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, no form of discrimination or harassment will be tolerated at WKU on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, creed, religion, political belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, marital status, age, uniformed services, veteran status, genetic information, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, or physical or mental disability in admission to career and technical education programs and/or activities, or employment practices.


Persons with disabilities, who need reasonable accommodations to participate in the application and/or selection process, should notify the office of Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action/University ADA Services (EEO). To request an accommodation, report/express a complaint, or ask questions regarding WKU''s Discrimination and Harassment Policy (#0.2040), please contact Mr. Joshua Hayes, EEO Director/Title IX Investigator/University ADA Coordinator, via email at or by phone at (270) 745-5121.


The University is also required to investigate complaints of sex and gender-based harassment, also a form of discrimination, and has designated the Title IX Coordinator as the individual responsible for coordinating the investigation and response to such complaints. The Title IX Coordinator for the University is Ms. Deborah Wilkins, who can be contacted via email at or by phone at (270) 745-5396. Additional information regarding Title IX is accessible via WKU''s website.


Information concerning educational programs offered by WKU are provided at:

Application Instructions:

The following items must be submitted through the electronic talent management system by December 1, 2020, although expressions of interest may be considered until the position is filled:

  • Letter of Intent
  • Curriculum Vita
  • Unofficial Transcripts
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy (addressing pedagogy, use of technology, and teaching a diverse population)
  • Video Link of a Teaching Presentation


Names and contact information of five reference providers will be collected during the application process. Reference letters will be requested by the Search Committee through an online process at a later date.


You will receive email confirmation once you have successfully completed the application process.