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Assistant Professor, Tenure-Track, Department of Performing Arts Technology

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Jul 24, 2023

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Performing Arts
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

ABOUT THE SCHOOL OF MUSIC, THEATRE & DANCE: As a comprehensive performing arts school set in one of the world’s finest public institutions of higher education, the School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD) is deeply engaged in the creation, practice, scholarship, and pedagogy of music, theatre, and dance. We aim to provide leadership, nationally and internationally, in all three fields. We assert and celebrate the value of the arts to the mission of the University of Michigan. SMTD is strongly committed to access, diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-oppression as a means of enacting justice and achieving and sustaining excellence.


The Department of Performing Arts Technology seeks an innovative practitioner and/or researcher working at the intersection of computational creativity and artificial intelligence as it applies to music, sound, and visual arts. It is desirable for candidates to have a strong musical background and additional interest, experience, and expertise in one or more of the following complementary areas: audio and visual signal processing, music information retrieval, generative and algorithmic art, video game design.

The appointee will be expected to demonstrate a strong commitment to teaching excellence; create an innovative curriculum for a broad range of students of varied identities and backgrounds who seek to explore a range of educational opportunities and career pathways; teach undergraduate and graduate courses in their area of expertise as well as core courses in Performing Arts Technology and relevant offerings for non-majors; recruit and retain students of exceptional promise; and continue to develop and maintain a visible national and international profile as a [performer/scholar] and a pedagogue. The appointee will also be expected to participate in faculty governance, attend faculty meetings, and serve on faculty and university committees as appropriate.


Required Qualifications:

The successful candidate will have demonstrated ability to empower, advocate for, and value a broad range of students of diverse identities and experiences, as shown through pedagogy, mentoring, and related activities, either a terminal degree in a relevant field, or a Master’s degree with substantial additional experience as an artist, researcher, or industry professional prior to the start date; demonstrated evidence of successful teaching at a professional or university level or promise of same; professional experience in highly collaborative environments working with a range of stakeholders.


Preferred Qualifications:

Strong musical background; experience in music and sound design for film, television, video games, and other visual media; experience in grant-writing, extramural fundraising, and/or industry-academic partnerships.

Rank: Assistant Professor, Tenure-Track

Application Instructions

To Apply: Materials are only being accepted via Interfolio, Required documents to be uploaded are: letter of interest, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, professional activity/research statement, and a list of at least three to five current references with contact information. The School of Music, Theatre &  Deadline: Review of materials will begin October 15, 2023. Materials need to be received by October 1, 2023. Dance situates diversity as a core value and is dedicated to promoting access, equity, and inclusion for all individuals. In your application, please include a statement that describes how your research, creative activities, teaching, and/or service in the past, present, and/or future will advance the School's commitments to access, diversity, equity, and inclusion. Please ensure you upload documents to the position for which you are applying and not to your personal Interfolio account.

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