Assistant Professor - Music Therapy

Morgantown, West Virginia
Sep 20, 2019
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

DATE OF APPOINTMENT: August 14, 2020 (Classes begin August 19, 2020)

JOB DESCRIPTION: A full-time, nine-month tenure-track appointment. The primary assignment includes (a) teaching music therapy courses, (b) facilitating and supervising music therapy clinical fieldwork and internships, (c) serving as liaison with internship site supervisors, and (d) contributing to the formation of a master’s degree program in music therapy with future teaching, recruiting, and advising responsibilities at the graduate level. Participation in School of Music activities, attracting and retaining students, and faculty governance is required. The candidate will be expected to maintain a professional profile through publication, presentation, scholarship, and/or research/creative activity. Additional teaching responsibilities may be assigned according to the needs of the School of Music and the abilities and interests of the candidate. Active participation in professional organizations in the field is expected.

QUALIFICATIONS (must be met by the time of appointment): The successful candidate must have earned a master’s degree in Music Therapy or related field. The School of Music seeks candidates who have a commitment to teaching excellence. The successful candidate will (a) meet all requirements for Undergraduate and Graduate Academic Faculty as stipulated in the AMTA Standards for Education and Clinical Training, (b) have Board Certification in Music Therapy (MT-BC), and (c) have a minimum of 3 years of clinical experience as a music therapist. An interest in and ability to advocate effectively for the music therapy profession is expected. The School of Music seeks a candidate who will demonstrate exemplary communication skills, collegiality, and the ability to contribute to the intellectual and cultural life of the University.

APPLICATION: A letter of application; a current curriculum vitae; a one-page statement of music therapy approach and teaching philosophy, and three references who may be contacted (include names, mailing addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses). Additional materials may be requested later. Apply online at

DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin October 29, 2019. The search will remain open until the position is filled.

THE SCHOOL OF MUSIC ( brings together musicians and scholars from across the nation and the world in a vibrant musical community that is dedicated to fostering excellence, creativity, and innovation in the arts and humanities. It is the flagship music institution in the state, located about an hour’s drive from Pittsburgh and about three hours by car from Baltimore or Washington, D.C. Of the almost 825 majors in the College of Creative Arts, 300 are in the School of Music. Housed in the multi-million-dollar Creative Arts Center, the School of Music comprises 42 full-time and 27 part-time faculty and is the only fully-accredited music unit in the state of West Virginia that offers BA, BM, MM, MA, DMA, and PhD degree programs in music. Music faculty members can benefit from an active program of professional development and travel grants sponsored by WVU and by the College of Creative Arts. The School of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, and the music education program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation and the West Virginia Department of Education.

THE COLLEGE OF CREATIVE ARTS ( is one of 15 colleges within the university, includes the Schools of Music, Theatre & Dance, and Art & Design, and offers the state’s premiere training in the visual and performing arts. Each of these units has a national profile of excellence and all programs are nationally accredited (NASM, NAST, and NASAD).

The College of Creative Arts is housed in WVU’s Creative Arts Center and has more than 85 full-time faculty and 24 professional staff whose mission is to educate succeeding generations of artists, teachers, and scholars through an experiential student-centered approach to learning. The College advocates the Arts as a medium through which the diversity of human experience is understood and valued. Exemplifying excellence and innovation in performance, exhibition, scholarship, and creative research, the College offers artistic and cultural opportunities for the citizens of West Virginia and the regional community.

WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY ( is classified as an R1 or Highest Research Activity institution, and is the state’s only comprehensive doctoral-granting, land grant institution. WVU has a current enrollment of approximately 28,000 undergraduate and 5,500 graduate students enrolled in more than 184 graduate and undergraduate programs. The university community is committed to student- centered priorities, academic excellence, research, creative activity and service to the state.

The city of Morgantown has 55,000 residents and has been ranked as the “#1 Small City in America,” the “Best Small City in the East,” and the “3rd Best Small Town” in the nation. Boasting a strong economy and an unemployment rate well below the national average, the area also offers a wide variety of cultural and recreational activities.

West Virginia University has created a dual career program to help faculty partners or spouses find employment in and around the university (

West Virginia University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are especially encouraged to apply.