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Music, Musicology, Tenure Track Faculty

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Please see Special Instructions for more details.

Applicants are required to include a cover letter, their curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy, and their Research Statement or Creative Activities as appropriate to the discipline, at the time of online application. If you need assistance in applying please contact Faculty Recruitment Specialist at 615-898-5128. If you have position specific questions, please contact Ms. Karla Barnes at 615-898-5986.

Posting Information

Posting Information

Position Number 131260
Requisition Number F310
Job Title Music, Musicology, Tenure Track Faculty
Department Music
College Liberal Arts
University Expectations

MTSU seeks candidates who are committed to innovative teaching, robust research/creative activity and meaningful service. We also seek to attract a culturally and academically diverse faculty who value working with a diverse student body.

Job Description

The School of Music at Middle Tennessee State University seeks applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position (#131260) to teach undergraduate and graduate core courses in western music history. Other teaching opportunities may include: American music, 20th century music, and other areas as needed that highlight the strengths of the candidate, or complement the current faculty. Rank to be considered for this position is assistant/associate professor. Start date is August 1, 2018.

The successful candidate will have an active and visible research with resulting presentations and publications, developing national-international reputation, assist in recruiting of graduate students in musicology, service to the School of the Music, the university, and the profession.

Housed in the College of Liberal Arts, the MTSU School of Music serves more than 350 undergraduate and graduate music majors in Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degree programs, and specialized minors. Concentrations include music history, theory and composition, conducting, music education, jazz studies, and music industry. MTSU was the first music school in Tennessee to become an “All-Steinway” institution and is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. The School of Music provides myriad performing opportunities including five wind bands, two orchestras, three choral ensembles, opera theater, a vocal jazz ensemble, big bands, jazz combos, chamber music and percussion ensembles, steel drum ensembles, and a salsa band.

Located 35 miles outside Nashville, the School of Music houses an acclaimed faculty of 36 full-time and 40 adjunct artists/educators. Our faculty perform, compose, teach, conduct, publish and present their research or music continually, from South Korea to Costa Rica to Rome. The School’s low faculty-to-student ratio enables a high quality of personalized instruction, interaction and learning. Our prime objective is to fully invest in each student’s future, providing outstanding educational experiences that will help ensure professional success. The School presents two- hundred events annually from solo recitals to fully-staged operas. Guest artists have included the Beaux Arts Trio, Peter Erskine, Bill Holman, David Maslanka, Robert McDonald, and Peter Serkin.

MTSU is home to the Center for Popular Music, a nationally recognized repository and working research center on American music, and the Center for Chinese Music and Culture, a one-of-a-kind facility for the study and performance of Chinese music. Renowned professional musicologists direct both Centers. School of Music alumni teach in studios and schools from kindergarten through university levels. They perform in orchestras, military ensembles and opera companies, appear in clubs and recording studios, compose music for Hollywood films, lead music organizations, work in the music industry, serve as church musicians, and continually enrich the lives of others.

Required Education

PhD in Musicology or closely related field by appointment date.

Required Related Experience
Required License/Registration/Certification
Other Desirable

Candidates with evidence of prior experience in teaching at the college-university level in the subject area and extensive research experience with evidence of publication and/or presentation at professional conferences may receive special consideration

Salary and Benefits

Rank and salary commensurate with education and experience. Additionally, MTSU provides its employees with a comprehensive benefits package that includes the following:
• Health, dental, vision and life insurance as well as several other optional benefit plans
• Retirement savings programs that include your choice of two plans as well as three deferred compensation savings plans
• An Employee Assistance Program
• Educational Assistance Programs
• Sick leave

Job Open Date 01/19/2018
Job Review Date for Optimal Consideration 02/26/2018
Is this position Grant Funded? No
Special Instructions to Applicants

Applicants are required to include a cover letter, their curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy, and their Research Statement or Creative Activities as appropriate to the discipline, at the time of online application.

If you need assistance in applying please contact Faculty Recruitment Specialist at 615-898-5128.

If you have position specific questions, please contact Ms. Karla Barnes at 615-898-5986.

Additional Information

If selected for an on-campus interview, applicants should request official transcripts (not issued to student) of all college degrees be sent directly to Ms. Karla Barnes in the College of Liberal Arts prior to the interview. In order to complete an employment agreement, official transcripts from each degree-granting institution must be provided. If transcripts are from a non-U.S. institution, it is the responsibility of the prospective faculty member to have the transcripts both translated into English and evaluated by an approved credential evaluator.

Likewise, you will be required to provide names and contact information for three recommenders (external to MTSU) during your application to the posting. If you are approved for the candidate pool, our online hiring system will automatically generate solicitation for these letters using contact information you provided. The letters should be returned via the link provided in the solicitation of the recommendation and must be current and specific to the job posting. Letters of recommendation may not be provided from a general dossier.

Applications received by posted Review Date will receive full consideration. However, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Proof of U.S. citizenship or eligibility for U.S. employment will be required prior to employment (Immigration Control Act of 1986). Clery Act crime statistics for MTSU available at or by contacting MTSU Public Safety at (615) 898-2424.

MTSU is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer that values diversity in all its forms. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Pre-Employment Information

MTSU is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.

This position requires a criminal background check. Therefore, you may be required to provide information about your criminal history in order to be considered for this position.

Job Category Faculty - Tenure Track
Job Type Full Time
Academic Resources

Reference Letters

Reference Letters

Accept References Yes
Minimum Requests 3
Maximum Requests 5
Last Day a Reference Provider Can Submit Reference 06/30/2018
Special Instructions to Reference Provider

Recommendation letters should be submitted via a uniquely assigned link and per the instructions included in the solicitation letter that will be automatically generated if/when the recommendations are required. Generic letters stored on a third party site will not be accepted.

Letters should be addressed to:

Ms. Karla Barnes
Office of the Dean
College of Liberal Arts
Middle Tennessee State University

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Are you a sexual offender or violent sexual offender as defined by T.C.A. 40-39-202?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
    • MTSU Jobs
    • State Office of Employment Services
    • Friend/Employee
    • Other

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Teaching Philosophy
  4. Research/Creative Activities
Optional Documents
  1. Other Document
  2. Other Document 2