Assistant Professor of Music History or Ethnomusicology

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Assistant Professor of Music History or Ethnomusicology


Glenn Korff School of Music-1032

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The Glenn Korff School of Music in the Hixson-Lied College of Fine & Performing Arts at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is a professional, comprehensive arts institution devoted to the advancement of music and dance, the preparation of the next generation of arts professionals, and service to the arts professions/institutions in the region, state, nation, and world. The Music/Dance Faculty consists of an outstanding array of internationally acclaimed artists and scholars who care deeply about their students (more than 400 students are enrolled currently) and who work in close collaboration to serve the mission of the Glenn Korff School of Music.

We are seeking a gifted scholar and educator who can enhance the general education and music major course offerings in Popular and/or Global musical traditions at the Glenn Korff School of Music and who displays proficiency with diverse musical traditions, (e.g., African American, Latinx, or Indigenous musics). Applicants must have a strong commitment to excellence in teaching, peer-reviewed research and publications, and professional and university service. Applicants must also be conversant with emerging musicological research and teaching methods and effectively use current pedagogical technologies.

Degree programs include the BA, BM, BME, MM, and DMA with emphases in performance, composition, conducting, or jazz studies, along with the Ph.D. in Music Education, Piano Pedagogy, or Vocal Pedagogy. The endowments of the Glenn Korff School of Music and the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts support outstanding opportunities and travel for students, faculty members, and ensembles on an annual basis.

Located in the very heart of the United States, in one of America’s safest and most livable cities, Lincoln, Nebraska was recently named a “top college-town in America," the state flagship University’s proximity to local and regional offerings and airports makes the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s accessibility a true asset and advantage. The University is growing in size, scope, and diversity and is supported by a strong public-school system.

The downtown Lincoln arts campus is alive with performances and musical collaborations with college and professional orchestras, university instrumental ensembles, and local arts organizations. Performances are held in the attached 800-seat recital hall, the attached 2300-seat concert hall (recently named one of the finest college concert spaces in the country) plus a large host of nearby outstanding concert spaces, venues, and acoustically-alive sanctuaries.

The Glenn Korff School of Music in the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is seeking applications for the position of Assistant Professor of Music History or Ethnomusicology.

Duties and responsibilities:
TEACHING: The successful candidate will teach undergraduate western art music history survey courses, graduate music history seminars, general education music classes, and other academic music classes according to the candidate’s expertise and the needs of the School. Serve on graduate supervisory committees and advise graduate theses in musicology/ethnomusicology. RESEARCH/CREATIVE SCHOLARSHIP: Contribute regularly to the national and international conversations in musicology and/or ethnomusicology. Foster an active research agenda through peer reviewed presentations and publications. SERVICE: Serve on faculty committees for the department, college, and university; provide service/leadership in appropriate professional organizations in musicology and/or ethnomusicology. OTHER: Perform additional duties as assigned by the Director of the Glenn Korff School of Music. Conduct all duties in a collegial, ethical, and supportive fashion.

As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See:

Minimum Required Qualifications:

Ph.D. in Musicology or Ethnomusicology completed by the first day of employment, i.e., Monday, August 16, 2021. An established and active research agenda. Collegiate teaching experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

Teaching and Research expertise in one or more of the following: Music of the African Diaspora, Popular music (especially Rap/Hip Hop), Latinx music, Latin-American music, or Music of Indigenous Peoples. Interdisciplinary experience in Cultural Studies, Anthropology, Performance Studies, Gender Studies, or Sound and Visual Studies also desirable. Secondary research and teaching experience in the European concert tradition also desirable. Experience teaching bibliography and/or research methods courses desirable as is interest in or experience with online instruction. Experience in the mentoring and advising of first-generation students and a diverse student body.

Criminal History Background Check Required:


How to Apply:

Click “Apply for this job,” complete the information form, and attach the following documents:

•letter of interest addressing qualifications specific to this job description
•curriculum vitae
•names and contact information of three references

Semifinalists will be invited to upload digital video recordings of teaching demonstrations and rehearsals to a secure website for review by the search committee. (Finalists will be invited to campus for interviews and teaching demonstrations in Spring 2021 pending COVID restrictions.)

The Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts and the Glenn Korff School of Music believe that diversity is important. We envision a faculty that will serve an increasingly diverse student body. To that end, we seek a diverse pool of candidates.

For questions or accommodations related to this position contact:

Shelby Foged
[email protected]

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Faculty Tenure/Tenure Leading

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9 Month

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Posted: 10/22/2020
Application Due: 4/21/2021
Work Type: Full Time