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Assistant Professor of Music Theory

Butler University
Indiana, United States
Salary Not Specified
Start date
Aug 24, 2023

The Butler University School of Music, in the Jordan College of the Arts, is inviting applications and nominations for Assistant Professor of Music Theory, tenure-track.

Primary responsibilities include:
  • Providing dynamic, excellent teaching in Music Theory and Aural Skills courses, primarily undergraduate with some graduate-level courses.
  • Coordinating the theory and aural skills area which involves overseeing the aural skills curriculum (hearings, written exams, lesson plans), administering and grading diagnostic and placement exams, helping with recruitment of adjunct faculty when necessary, observing theory and aural skills faculty, etc.
  • The typical teaching load is three three-credit hour classes per semester plus one course release for scholarly and creative activity (3 + 3).
  • Two of Butler’s key strategic goals are “to create an intentionally diverse, inclusive, and equitable campus community,” and to “build a culture of empowerment, engagement and accountability.” The successful candidate will actively contribute to building an inclusive learning environment for an increasingly diverse student population, including the teaching of diverse repertoires. Inclusive and evidence-based pedagogy is expected at Butler University.
  • Academic advising; student mentoring; attendance at faculty meetings (department, college, and university); committee participation and other service to the university, community, and profession; and a high profile of local, regional, and national/international scholarly activity is expected of the successful candidate.
Please indicate your previous experience with and commitment to inclusive and evidence-based pedagogies in your cover letter. Continuing excellence in teaching, creative/scholarly activity, and service is expected to qualify for reappointment, tenure, and promotion.

Required qualifications include:
  • A PhD in Music Theory or its equivalent by the time of appointment
  • Evidence of successful music theory/aural skills teaching at the collegiate level
  • A record of scholarly accomplishment, and an active program of research
Review of applications will begin September 30, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled. Applications should include the following:
  • Cover letter
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Links to examples of scholarly and/or creative professional work (please attach links to word document)
  • Contact information for four references.
Please contact with any questions.

Competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications

August 2024

Founded by abolitionist Ovid Butler in 1855 on the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion, Butler University is a private, nationally recognized comprehensive university consisting of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the College of Education, the Lacy School of Business, the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, the Jordan College of the Arts, and the College of Communication. Approximately 4,500 undergraduate and 1,000 graduate and doctoral students are enrolled at Butler, representing 46 states and 24 countries. Ranked #1 in the Midwest region by U.S. News and World Report and recognized for “best undergraduate teaching” and “most innovative schools,” Butler is located just five miles from downtown Indianapolis, a cultural center of the state and country. ( ) Indianapolis is home to many national music organizations including the American Pianists Association, Music for All/Bands of America, Percussive Arts Society, Drum Corp International, as well as the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, and Indianapolis Opera.

The School of Music, one of the first schools in the country accredited by NASM, enrolls over 200 majors pursuing Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in a wide variety of curricula including performance, music education, composition, and jazz studies. The Jordan College of the Arts includes the School of Music as well as the departments of dance, theatre, arts administration, art, and the Butler Community Arts School, an arts education program where Butler students serve as Teaching Fellows. JCA provides focused professional study and collaborative, creative experiences within the context of a strong liberal arts education. We value an inclusive and welcoming environment with a diverse range of artists, traditions, ideas, and audiences, and we emphasize the development of students as artist-citizens who will become leaders in arts and society.

Butler University is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive and equitable environment for all employees. We welcome applications from all individuals, regardless of age, gender, gender identity, sex, race, religion, color, disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, national origin, or any other legally protected category.

Advertised: August 24, 2023
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