Assistant/Associate Professor of Musicology

Position Overview

The University of Kansas School of Music seeks to fill a full-time, academic year (nine month) faculty position to teach undergraduate and graduate music history and musicology beginning on August 18, 2024. The School of Music at the University of Kansas strives to offer a comprehensive array of programs of study at the bachelors, masters, and doctoral levels. The School offers required coursework to students wishing to pursue a profession in music or those pursuing related programs of study on campus. The School also offers elective opportunities for music study to the overall student body.

This appointment will be at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor (tenure - track). This position will typically teach five courses divided over two semesters, advise master's theses, doctoral dissertations, and DMA documents, maintain a record of scholarly productivity that indicates continuing growth and national and/or international visibility, as well as actively participate in the intellectual life of the school and university, and serve on graduate and faculty committees. The successful candidate will be expected to conduct research in their major field of study, to teach courses in American music and other musicology courses as needed, and to advise graduate documents in musicology. At the University of Kansas, diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are an important part of our culture and university strategic plan. Applications from members of underrepresented groups are encouraged, noting the value that differences bring to our organization, students, staff, faculty, and community. The successful candidate must be eligible to work in the U.S. by the effective date of the appointment.

The University of Kansas is the state’s flagship university, an R-1 institution and one of just 66 invited members of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU). Our university consistently earns high rankings for academics and recognition as a premier research university (engaging in $275 million of externally funded research annually). At KU we make it our mission to educate leaders, build healthy communities, and make discoveries that change the world. We aspire to be an exceptional learning community that lifts each other and advances society. KU’s strategic plan Jayhawks Rising is focused on objectives to accomplish this vision through three mission-based priorities of student success, healthy and vibrant communities, research, and discovery.

KU’s research residential campus is in the center of a vibrant and culturally-rich community — a quintessential college town. Visitors, students and new employees from outside the area enjoy discovering the many wonders of Lawrence, including a thriving downtown, diverse local and regional events, area lakes, vibrant arts and music scenes, and an indelible history. Home to nearly 95,000 people, Lawrence is located 45 minutes west of Kansas City and 30 minutes east of Topeka, the state capital. Along with the music, arts, culture and sports experiences offered at KU and in Lawrence, the short drive to Kansas City provides quick access to historic jazz clubs, museums, world-class music and theatre venues, and professional sports teams.

Job Description

Teaching 40%
  • Teach undergraduate and graduate music history and musicology
  • Advise master's theses, doctoral dissertations, and DMA documents.
Research 40%
  • Establish a research/creative agenda pursuant of artistic growth and an expanding reputation of excellence
  • Maintain scholarly productivity that indicates continuing growth and national and/or international visibility.
Service 20%
  • Participate actively in the cultural and intellectual life of the School and the University
  • Serve on graduate and faculty committees

Required Qualifications

Evaluation of the following requirements will be made through (1) descriptions of research/creative work and teaching in letter of application, (2) record of accomplishments and productivity included in CV and (3) information provided from three professional references.

For appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor:
  1. Ph.D in musicology required by start of appointment.
  2. Evidence of successful teaching at the college/university level.
  3. Evidence of productive scholarly work in American Music.
For appointment at the rank of Associate Professor:
  1. Ph.D in musicology
  2. Demonstrated excellence in teaching at the college/university level.
  3. Demonstrated productive scholarly work in American Music

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Teaching and/or scholarly productivity in the Baroque era

Additional Candidate Instructions

In addition to the online application. Applicants should submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, contact information (e-mail and telephone) for 3 references who can be contacted for letters of recommendation, teaching statement and scholarly writing sample must be attached to the online application. The teaching statement (1-2 pages) should include discussion of personal teaching philosophy within a comprehensive university music school, including objectives and the means of assessment. Other materials upon request only.

In addition to the materials above, learning about each applicant's contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important part of KU's mission. As such, applicants will be presented the following question at the time of application, each response must be within 4,000 characters or less.
  • Describe your experiences working with people from diverse backgrounds, and explain how those experiences reflect your commitments to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.
Initial review of applications will begin October 9, 2023 and will continue until a pool of qualified applicants is obtained.

Contact Information to Applicants

Terri Morris

Advertised Salary Range


Application Review Begins

Monday October 9, 2023

Anticipated Start Date

Sunday August 18, 2024

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Posting Information

  • Posting ID:  26158BR
  • Department:  Music
  • Primary Campus:  University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
  • Reg/Temp:  Regular
  • Employee Class:  F-Faculty
  • Review Begins:  09-Oct-2023

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