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Assistant Professor of Music and Pan-African Studies (Contemporary Black Musics)

Clemson University
Clemson, SC

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Assistant Professor of Music and Pan-African Studies (Contemporary Black Musics)

Clemson, SC
Open Date:
Jan 20, 2022

Clemson University invites applications for a tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor to start August 15, 2022.

This is a 9-month faculty position serving both the Department of Performing Arts and Pan-African Studies, an undergraduate major/minor that arose from student demand for a course of study that attends to the lifeways of people of African descent.

Responsibilities include:

  • Regularly teaching a Hip-Hop and African American Contemporary Culture course.
  • Developing and teaching an urban music production course in our audio technology lab, and other music courses/ensembles in the area of expertise.
  • The successful candidate will participate fully in departmental activities including recruiting, advising, and working collaboratively with faculty members in both Performing Arts and Pan-African Studies.

The Clemson University Department of Performing Arts offers a nationally distinctive Performing Arts BA program. The curriculum offers separate concentrations in music, theatre, and audio technology combining studies in performance, technology, production, theory, and history into a unified program of study. In addition to discipline-specific concentrations, all performing arts students at Clemson take core classes within the major that give each student the tools to be successful collaborators in a wide variety of performing arts professions.


Required Qualifications: PhD in ethnomusicology, musicology, or a related field. Contemporary music production experience.

Desired Qualifications: Teaching experience at the college level; evidence of potential to excel in high-quality scholarly/creative activity; and demonstrated commitment to student recruitment.

Application Instructions:

Applications should be submitted via Interfolio at the following link:

Your application package should include: 

  • A Curriculum Vitae
  • A Cover Letter
  • A Diversity Statement that addresses your values related to diversity and your experiences working with diverse populations.
  • Contact Information for three (3) Confidential Letters of Recommendation.

Full consideration will be given to applications received by March 1, 2022.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:
Clemson University is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information. Clemson University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and encourages applications from minorities and women.


Working at Clemson University

Clemson is a dynamic research university located in Upstate South Carolina at the center of the booming I-85 corridor between Charlotte, N.C., and Atlanta, Ga. One of the nation’s most selective public research universities according to U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, Clemson University is the school of choice among top students in South Carolina and is increasingly competitive for the best students in the region and the nation. More than 17,100 students select from 70 undergraduate and 100 graduate degree programs through five academic colleges: Agriculture, Forestry and Life SciencesArchitecture, Arts and HumanitiesBusiness and Behavioral ScienceEngineering and Science; and Health, Education and Human Development.

Clemson’s transformation into a leading research institution — currently attracting in excess of $140 million in externally funded research and sponsored program awards per year — is based upon an academic plan that identifies eight emphasis areas in which the University has opportunities to increase education and research, to align with South Carolina’s economic development needs and to draw upon faculty strengths. Emphasis areas include automotive and transportation technology, advanced materials, biotechnology and biomedical sciences, leadership and entrepreneurship, sustainable environment, information and communication technology, family and community living, and general education.

Major economic development initiatives that have emerged from the academic plan include the Clemson International Center for Automotive Research — a 250-acre campus in Greenville, which has generated more than $225 million in public and private commitments in just four years; an advanced materials initiative at the Clemson Research Park, which includes a new LEED Silver-certified facility; and the South Carolina Health Sciences Collaborative — an initiative of the state’s three research universities and major health-care systems.

As the state’s land-grant university, Clemson reaches out to citizens, communities and businesses all over South Carolina. The Public Service Activities division includes the county-based Cooperative Extension Service, five off-campus research and education centers through the Clemson University Experiment Station and critical regulatory responsibilities for plant and animal health.

The University boasts a 1,400-acre campus on the shores of Lake Hartwell within view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Surrounding the campus are 18,000 acres of University farms and woodlands devoted to research. A warm campus environment, great weather and recreational activities offered by proximity to both the natural surroundings and large cities are part of the Clemson Experience.


Points of interest at Clemson include the following:

The Clemson Conference Center and Inn is a state-of-the-art facility for symposia, meetings, seminars and special events. The complex includes the Madren Continuing Education and Conference Center, the Walker Golf Course and the Martin Inn.

The South Carolina Botanical Garden, a 295-acre public garden, features several thousand varieties of ornamental plants and a unique collection of nature-based sculptures.

The Robert Howell Brooks Center for the Performing Arts brings an exciting array of concert, theater, dance, comedy and other live performances to the community.

The Robert Campbell Geology Museum at the Botanical Garden displays meteorites, minerals, dinosaur fossils and the largest faceted-stone collection in the Southeast.

The T. Ed Garrison Livestock Arena is a showplace for livestock activities in the state and has hosted horse and livestock shows, rodeos, sales, 4-H activities, educational programs, and industrial and agricultural exhibitions.

Fort Hill, the home of John C. Calhoun and later of his son-in-law, University founder Thomas Green Clemson, is a registered National Historic Landmark located in the center of campus.

The Class of 1944 Visitors Center is the front door to Clemson — a friendly place to get tours, information, assistance and an introduction to this beautiful, historic university and community.

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