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Assistant or Associate Teaching Professor in Musicianship and Music Theory

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Champaign, Illinois

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Assistant or Associate Teaching Professor in Musicianship and Music Theory

University of Illinois

College of Fine and Applied Arts

School of Music


The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign School of Music invites applications for a full time Assistant or Associate Teaching Professor in Musicianship and Music Theory. This is a non-tenure track, promotion-eligible position to begin August 16, 2023. Salary and title commensurate with experience.



Located on the campus of one of the world's leading research universities, the University of Illinois School of Music is a center for creativity and collaboration through performance, research, and education. Historically rich in tradition, the School of Music is a resource for music research of all kinds, and offers bachelors, master's, and doctoral degrees to its nearly 700 students in many different fields of study. Hosting a diverse population of faculty, students, and staff, the School of Music embraces cutting-edge innovation and discovery while providing an array of musical and engagement opportunities within the artistic and educational communities of Urbana and Champaign. Please see for information regarding the University of Illinois School of Music.






Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in musicianship and music theory; supervise the core musicianship curriculum; help determine a future-conscious vision for the School's theory and musicianship programs, including the creation of courses as well as diversifying the materials and methods of instruction; service to the School, College, and University. Additional creative activity, research and/or service to the field will be considered as part of the hiring process and may be credited toward the successful candidate's workload.



All employees of the School of Music are also expected to embrace the following core ideals:



  • Demonstrate a commitment to student success and well-being through both teaching excellence and broader mentorship.

  • Support the University of Illinois' dedication to being a community of care.

  • Demonstrate a commitment to building and sustaining a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment, one that reflects the entire State of Illinois.

  • Seek out opportunities for collaboration with colleagues both on and off campus, and both within and across disciplines.

  • View recruiting and retention, particularly of members of underserved communities, as fundamental to the position and to the School's success.

  • Work as a cooperative member of the School's community and serve as a model of integrity and collegiality.

  • Exhibit passion for your work, the School, and the role of music in our society.










  • An emerging or established reputation as a pedagogue in musicianship (aural-skills, ear-training) and/or music theory.

  • Successful teaching experience at the university level.

  • Experience teaching musicianship/music theory courses encompassing a diverse range of musical styles and genres.

  • Terminal degree in music or commensurate experience.







  • Experience teaching music theory pedagogy courses at the university level.

  • Additional qualifications that intersect with other disciplines within the School and/or the University (e.g., performance, composition, technology).

  • An interest in exploring public engagement opportunities.




Application Procedures & Deadline Information



Interested candidates should submit an online application Application materials should include:



  • Letter of Interest

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Diversity and inclusion statement, including relevant experience

  • Names and contact information of three references.




To ensure full consideration, application materials must be received by 6:00 pm (CST) on March 6, 2023. Apply for this position using the Apply Now button at the top or bottom of this posting.Applications not submitted through will not be considered. Interviews may begin prior to the close of the search, but a hiring decision will not be made until after the close of the search.Please direct any questions to Prof. Reynold Tharp, Search Committee Chair ([email protected]) or Jennifer Steiling, Sr. Human Resource Associate ([email protected]). For questions regarding the application process, please contact 217-333-2137.






The University of Illinois System is an equal opportunity employer, including but not limited to disability and/or veteran status, and complies with all applicable state and federal employment mandates. Please visit Required Employment Notices and Posters to view our non-discrimination statement and find additional information about required background checks, sexual harassment/misconduct disclosures, COVID-19 vaccination requirement, and employment eligibility review through E-Verify.



Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to apply and may request a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (2008) to complete the application and/or interview process. Requests may be submitted through the reasonable accommodations portal, or by contacting the Accessibility & Accommodations Division of the Office for Access and Equity at 217-333-0885, or by emailing [email protected].



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