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Volume 6, Number 5, November 2000
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Washington University, Assistant Professor, Music Theory

Washington University in St. Louis is reopening its search for the following position.


Washington University seeks to fill a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor of music theory. The successful candidate will be expected to combine an active research career with a dedication to teaching music in a liberal arts environment. We are looking for a scholar with broad interests who has expertise in music of the 20th century and research interests in recent cognitive theory, critical theory, philosophy, non-Western musics, or jazz theory. The appointee will be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate tonal theory and analysis, 20th-century music and theory, seminars; pursue research and publication; supervise independent projects, theses, and dissertations; and participate on departmental and university committees. Candidates must have completed a Ph.D. in music theory by the beginning of the appointment and have demonstrated excellence in teaching.

The Department of Music at Washington University is a constituent of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. The Department has 13 full-time and 18 part-time faculty and staff and numerous teachers of applied music drawn largely from the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra. Bachelor's and Master's degrees are offered with emphases in theory, history, composition, and performance. The Ph.D. is offered in theory and musicology. The department is characterized by a collegial atmosphere, imaginative and dedicated teaching, and close personal contact between students and faculty. The educational programs of the Department of Music are supported by the Gaylord Music Library, the Sachs Electronic Studio, and substantial endowed scholarship funds.

Washington University is a private institution enrolling approximately 5500 undergraduates and 4000 graduate and professional students on its hilltop and medical campuses. The Faculty of Arts and Sciences is the largest faculty on the hilltop campus.

St. Louis, a metropolitan area of over 2 million, has a thriving musical culture, centered around the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, the summer St. Louis Opera Theater, and the historic Sheldon Theater. Washington University is located in suburban St. Louis, bordering Forest Park, and is within easy access to the symphony, the opera, and all other major cultural, sporting, and civic institutions.

To assure full consideration, applications should be received by December 15, 2000. Applications, including a curriculum vitae and three letters of recommendation, should be sent to

Professor Dolores Pesce, Chair
Theory Search Committee
Department of Music
Campus Box 1032
Washington University
One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130-4899

Applications received by December 15, 2000 will have first consideration; applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Washington University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer which encourages applications by qualified women and minority candidates. Employment eligibility verification required upon employment.

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Smith College, Assistant Professor, Music

The Smith College Department of Music invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor, Ph.D. required. The successful candidate will have a background in historical musicology, ethnomusicology, or music theory. She or he will be expected to teach a course in rock music and courses at various levels in American music, such as rock, pop, jazz, musical theater, or film music. The candidate's primary expertise will likely be in one of these areas. This position will be affiliated with the American Studies Program or possibly the Department of Afro-American Studies, and will require some teaching on a regular basis outside the music department.

Resume and three letters of recommendation should be sent by 15 December 2000 to:

Chair, Vernacular Music Search Committee
Department of Music
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063

Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Smith College is committed to maintaining a diverse community in an atmosphere of mutual respect and appreciation of differences. Smith College does not discriminate in its educational and employment policies on the bases of race, color, creed, religion, national/ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, or with regard to the bases outlned in the Veterans Readjustment Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Smith's admissions policies and practices are guided by the same principle, concerning women applying to the undergraduate program and all applicants to the graduate programs.

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Assistant Professor, Computer Music Lab/Composition


Position: Assistant Professor (tenure track)

Qualifications: Ph.D. or equivalent in musical composition.

Duties: Direct midi-based music lab. Play a leading role in developing the capabilities of the lab and integrating it into the section's artistic and educational programs with special emphasis upon the role of the lab as a composition studio and musicianship-training facility. Teach undergraduate subjects in one or more of the following areas: basic theory, harmony and counterpoint, music literature.

Starting Date: September 2001

Deadline: Applications must be postmarked on or before January 15, 2001

Applications: Send only a resume together with three letters of reference to:

Professor Peter Child
Chair, Composer Search Committee
Music and Theater Arts, 14N-207
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139-4307

MIT is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer

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Ball State University, Assistant Professor, Theory/Composition


Tenure-track position available August 17, 2001. Responsibilities: teaching a broad range of theory and composition courses at the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral level.

Minimum qualifications: ABD in music theory or composition; two years of full- or part-time collegiate teaching.

Preferred qualifications: earned doctorate in music theory and composition; proven record of successful full-time collegiate teaching; ability to teach composition privately or in small classes. Salary is commensurate with experience and education.

Send letter of application, curriculum vitae, three letters of reference (a credential file may be sent if letters are current), a short list of additional references who may be contacted, student evaluations if available, and an official transcript of the highest degree earned to:

Music Theory and Composition Screening Committee
School of Music
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306-0410

Review of applications will begin December 1, 2000, and will continue until the position is filled. Ball State University is an institution of 17,500 students located approximately 50 miles northeast of Indianapolis. The School of Music offers bachelor, master, and doctoral level degrees and has an enrollment of approximately 500 undergraduate students and 80 graduate students.

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University of Wisconsin-Madison, Lecturer, One-semester Position in Music Theory

The University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music is looking to fill a one-semester, non-renewable position of lecturer (in music theory) beginning January 12, 2001, and ending May 27, 2001. Preference will be given to candidates in the fields of music theory or composition who have either completed their Ph.D., or who are in the later stages of the dissertation, and who have a strong interest in research and a record of publication or conference presentation.

Teaching responsibilities will include (1) the final semester of a four-semester undergraduate theory sequence (involving the supervision of four teaching assistants) and (2) a master's-level analysis or criticism class focusing on a topic, composer, genre, or repertoire of the candidate's choosing.

Compensation has been fixed at the munificent minimum sum of $13,800. Interested parties should send (1) a c.v., (2) a cover letter (to include a _short_ description of a master's-level analysis course they would be interested in teaching), and (3) three letters of recommendation to:

Prof. Brian Hyer
4515 Humanities Building
Madison, Wisconsin 53706

All applications should refer explicitly to "Position Vacancy Listing No. 38548" (you have to remember: it's a state institution ... ). The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action employer.

Given a stiff dose of bureaucratic inertia, this notice is late in going out: we will _begin_ considering applications on November 27, 2000, but the position will remain open until filled. I would ask anyone interested in the position to contact me directly at; that way I'll know to be on the lookout for applications, even if some of the materials come in late.

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New Jersey City University, Assistant Professor, Music Theory

POSITION/RANK: Assistant Professor

INSTITUTION: New Jersey City University

QUALIFICATIONS: Doctorate or ABD and teaching experience at the college level required.

JOB DESCRIPTION/RESPONSIBILITIES: New Jersey City University is a culturally diverse, public, urban institution located in the greater New York Metropolitan area, and is one of nine state colleges/universities in New Jersey. The University offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the liberal arts and professional studies to over 8,000 students, an extensive cooperative education program, and an expanding continuing education program. Faculty number almost 250.

We are interested in faculty who want to become a member of a dedicated faculty which is committed to excellence in teaching and who are actively involved in innovative teaching approaches including use of technology. Faculty may be assigned classes at off-campus sites and asked to provide online instruction.

Faculty positions will be filled at the level of assistant professor, instructor level if ABD. Selected appointments may be made at the associate level for outstanding candidates.

Music, Dance and Theatre. Music Theory-Half-time Faculty with a strong music theory background to teach freshman and sophomore level harmony and ear-training. Candidate should be able to teach other areas as Music History and/or Applied Music. Adjunct positions available in all areas.

The search committees will begin reviewing application materials. on December 15, 2000. All positions will remain open until the successful candidate has accepted the position.

ITEMS TO SEND: Applicants should send a letter of application, resume and the names, addresses and telephone numbers of three (3) references

Ansley W. LaMar, Ph.D., Dean
College of Arts and Sciences
New Jersey City University
2039 Kennedy Boulevard
Jersey City, NJ 07305


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