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Director of Music Therapy, Assistant Professor of Music Therapy, Tenure-Track

Pacific University
Forest Grove, Oregon
Date posted
Jan 25, 2024

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Music
Employment Type
Full Time

Pacific University achieves excellence and distinction by investing in exceptional people to think, care, create, and pursue justice in our world. We embrace discovery in a close nurturing environment that leads to genuine transformation. Our community is diverse, sustainable, and dedicated to discovery and excellence in teaching, scholarship and practice. 


At Pacific University we thrive in an extraordinary environment, surrounded by the beauty of the great Pacific Northwest, with campus locations in Forest GroveHillsboro, and  Eugene. We humbly acknowledge and thank the original caretakers of the lands on which we live, work, teach, acquire and share knowledge.



Position Description

Pacific University’s Department of Music invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant (or Associate) Professor of Music Therapy and Director of Music Therapy. We seek a tenure-track Director of Music Therapy to support and grow our program to meet the educational needs of the 21st century music therapy student.




  • Teach undergraduate courses in music therapy
  • Provide academic supervision for senior capstone projects
  • Uphold the AMTA Standards for Education and Clinical Training and the AMTA Code of Ethics
  • Receive, respond to, and distribute communication from AMTA regarding program status to appropriate faculty and administration
  • Monitor and communicate student eligibility for internships
  • Monitor and communicate student eligibility for the CBMT exam
  • Comply with applicable federal and/or state laws, regulations and/or agency rules, standards and guidelines, etc. including requirements for board certification and licensure as appropriate



Scholarship expectations:

We seek a collegial scholar-teacher whose research interests supplement or complement existing expertise in the department. We expect our new colleague to establish an active research program with undergraduates that leads to peer-review. Start-up funds are available. We also encourage course-based undergraduate research experiences. Pacific provides resources for developing skills in grant writing, mentoring students in research, or other areas to support the establishment of a sustainable research program.



Service expectations:

Service at Pacific occurs at many different levels (department, school, college, and university). We expect service at the college or university level prior to tenure, and pre-tenure faculty will be eligible for appointment or election to committees starting in their second year. Music faculty also provide academic advising to 10-20 students each semester, starting in the second year. Active recruiting of students into all of the music programs and ensembles is expected. Service to the profession through attendance and presentations at conferences and leadership positions on state, regional or national music therapy associations is also valued in faculty reviews.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Music Therapy
  • MT-BC with at least 3 years of full-time music therapy clinical experience, or its part-time equivalent
  • Demonstrated mastery of all professional competencies in music therapy
  • Effective interpersonal communication, organization, and collaboration skills
  • Successful record of inclusive teaching excellence


Desired Qualifications

  • PhD in Music Therapy or closely related field
  • Teaching and clinical supervision experience
  • Specialization in music science and undergraduate research supervision
  • Specialization or advanced training in at least one area of clinical practice
  • Active involvement in scholarly work including conference presentations and/or research 




Who we are: The Music department is nationally accredited by NASM, and is part of the College of Arts and Sciences (ca. 1400 students), a liberal arts undergraduate college where faculty and staff are committed to an intimate, personalized education. The University also includes a College of Health Professions (including Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physician Assistant Studies, Pharmacy, Dental Science, and Professional Psychology), a College of Optometry, a College of Education, and a College of Business.


The Department of Music at Pacific serves the educational needs of approximately 50 music majors and minors, and many more non-music majors from other disciplines. The department offers a well-balanced combination of Bachelor of Arts in Music with emphasis in performance/general music/music education degrees and two professional degrees, Bachelor of Music Therapy and Bachelor of Music Education with Teaching License. Pacific’s Department of Music enjoys the reputation of the leading music department among liberal arts universities in Oregon and our choirs are recognized at state and regional levels. Our friendly music faculty are dynamic professionals dedicated to supporting each other and making a positive difference in the lives of our students and our community.


Sabbaticals, course releases, leaves, and benefits: This position is eligible for full benefits (information at our HR website). Tenured faculty are eligible for sabbatical every 7 years.



Detailed Application Instructions:

  • Please submit all application materials through PayCom. The details below are intended to help you prepare your best application. Review of materials will begin on March 11, 2024 and review will continue until the position is filled. To ensure equity in the review process, material beyond page limits will not be reviewed.


To facilitate our review, please combine all application materials into a single file (.doc or .pdf), in the order listed below, and give the file a name following this pattern: Last Name, First Name, Director of Music Therapy, 2024



At Pacific University we are dedicated to providing experiences that are authentic, holistic, equity minded, and responsive. We continue to develop our equity practices with a particular focus on racial equity.


For qualifying employees, our benefits include generous paid time off for vacation, holidays (including winter break) and sick leave. We offer medical coverage with alternative care (in-network services covered at 100% after payroll deduction), comprehensive dental, vision plans, 9% contribution to retirement after one year of service with no match required, free mental health appointments, and tuition remission for employees and their dependents. We cover employer paid life, short term disability, and long term disability insurance. On campus benefits include free access to our sports facility and library, with discounts on campus food, bookstore purchases, clinic services, and gear rentals through our outdoor program (kayaks, snow shoes, bikes and more).


Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.  Studies have shown that candidates that are female and/or BIPOC are less likely to apply for jobs unless they meet all of the qualifications they find in the job description. We are seeking the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may be a person who comes from a less traditional background. We encourage you to apply even if you don't meet every minimum qualification described or are unsure if your experience could be considered related experience.




It is the policy of Pacific University not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, religion or religious creed, disability, sex or gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, military, veteran or Vietnam Era status, or any other protected classification recognized by applicable law, in admission, access to, or treatment in employment, educational programs or activities as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, or any other applicable state or federal law, or city ordinance. Questions or complaints may be directed to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, 2043 College Way, Forest Grove, OR


Application materials will be screened and interview candidates will be selected and notified by telephone.  The hiring process normally consists of several interviews and can last several weeks depending on the position.  All applicants will be notified once the position is filled.  Employment is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.

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