Assistant Professor in Music - Black sound art and/or Black sound studies, Tenure Track

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Job location: Charlottesville, VA

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2021-01-20
Req: R0021307
The College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia is launching an expansive new faculty hiring initiative devoted to Race, Justice and Equity, building on a broad range of recent commitments, including a project (with the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation) to hire 10 Tenure/Tenure Track faculty working on the Global South; a significant expansion and endowment commitment to the Carter Woodson Institute and Department of African and African-American Studies; the establishment of a 5-year program to create 100 highly-supported Ph.D Fellowships for Under-represented graduate students; a set of new Race, Justice, and Equity hires in our STEM departments to complement our work in the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences; and a parallel new project in collaboration with the Mellon Foundation to appoint 30 Race, Justice, and Equity Postdoctoral and Arts fellows across the university (20 in Arts & Sciences).

This most recent commitment furthers our mission as a public university, dedicated to the call of democratic life, consistently engaged with the unfinished struggles for democracy, freedom, and justice with which our national and institutional histories are so deeply entangled. The present historical moment---and the deep histories that have produced it—call us to engage with renewed urgency the particular histories of inequality of Black communities in the United States and across the globe. Black lives matter. Our hiring, research, teaching and institutional practices and commitments must advance that fundamental truth and historical call.

As part of this newest initiative, UVA Arts & Sciences is launching a cluster of 10 new tenured/tenure track searches for faculty members working in Black studies in national and global contexts, with intersecting fields of interest across disciplinary domains. Appointments will span multiple fields: Music and Sound Studies, Black Political Thought and Philosophy; Sociology of Race; Black Feminist Theory; Studio and Digital Art; Race, Media and Technology; Black Diaspora and Latinx studies; Environmental Justice; Race and Health, Black Youth studies. We will launch five of these searches immediately and the next five in the Fall of 2021.

These new faculty members will join a vibrant community of colleagues already at UVA working in and across disciplines on the social, cultural, political, historical, and environmental questions that are central to African, African-American, and Diaspora communities across the US and around the world. The present historical moment, and the University of Virginia’s particular history, provide a renewed urgency to our enduring imperative to sustain and expand research and teaching in these areas.

The Department of Music at the University of Virginia seeks a tenure-track assistant professor with a focus on Black sound art and/or Black sound studies. We seek a colleague who uses and teaches experimental, participatory, collaborative, and/or community-based methods. We are especially interested in candidates whose work blends creative and scholarly production. Possible fields include, but are not limited to, sound art, sound studies, interface and instrument building, improvisation, composition, musicology, creative ethnography, and sound design. Candidates should have a PhD or DMA.

Responsibilities include teaching undergraduate students in and outside the major, teaching and advising PhD students in the Composition and Computer Technologies program and / or Critical and Comparative Studies program. Responsibilities also include mentoring and contributing to an inclusive and equitable community in the department and university. We are particularly interested in applicants committed to ethical community partnerships.

The Department of Music is comprised of three interlocking programs: Composition and Computer Technologies, Critical and Comparative Studies, and Performance. The department is commited to reimagining undergraduate and graduate education and the role of creative arts in public universities.

Applicants must hold a PhD or DMA at the time of appointment.


***Please note ALL REQUESTED documents MUST be uploaded in the cv/resume box and you can combine documents into one PDF.***

***Applications that do not contain all the required documents will not receive full consideration.***

Visit and search on posting number R0021307, complete a candidate profile, and attach the materials noted below.

  • A cover letter of interest that describes your research and / or creative practice, teaching, as well as a statement describing how your courses, research and / or service have helped, or will help, advance issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion within academic institutions, in the field of music and sound studies, or in broader community engagements.
  • A CV
  • An example of creative work / writing sample (25-50 pages) with a one-page context to the work included. For electronic submissions of creative work, please include a link to your work. If you prefer to submit a physical copy, please mail it to the Department of Music, attention: Kim Turner, 112 Old Cabell Hall, Charlottesville VA 22904
  • Names and titles of 3 referees

The review of applications will begin on February 15, 2021 and the position will remain open until filled. The appointment begins with the fall term of 2021, with an anticipated start date of August 25, 2021.

The University will perform background checks on all new faculty hires prior to making a final offer of employment.

For questions about the position, please contact Kim Turner, at For questions about the application process, please contact Nicole Robinson, Faculty Search Advisor, at

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The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.




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Posted: 1/22/2021
Application Due: 7/23/2021
Work Type: Full Time