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Assistant Professor in Composition/Improvisation and Theory

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School / Campus / College: College of Arts and Sciences

Organization: Music

Title: Assistant Professor in Composition/Improvisation and Theory

Position Details

Position Description

The School of Music in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington (Seattle) invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor position. This position has an anticipated start date of September 16, 2024 and will have a 9-month service period (September 16-June 15). 


The School of Music is currently engaged in a fundamental reassessment of our shared values and goals; the successful candidate will be expected to join us in our ongoing work toward a vision of the School of Music that is inclusive and diverse, while continuing to build on its traditions. In light of this, the School of Music is undergoing a thorough examination of the undergraduate curriculum in theory and musicianship with emphasis on addressing issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, justice, and access, integrating the scholarly and creative programs in the school more closely, and broadening the repertoire beyond the European common practice period. We envision the successful applicant taking an important role in reshaping the curriculum along these lines.


The successful applicant will be expected to synthesize scholarly inquiry and artistic practice at the highest level in their research, in accordance with their specific qualifications and background.


The base salary range for this position will be $9,223 - $10,111 per month at 100% FTE, commensurate with experience and qualifications, or as mandated by a U.S. Department of Labor prevailing wage determination.


University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research, and service. Faculty in the School of Music provide comprehensive, interdisciplinary education in music to a highly diverse student population, on a campus with more than 60,000 students, including 31% first-generation college students, over 30% Pell Grant students, and over 31,000 faculty and staff from more than 70 countries. The candidate is also expected to actively contribute to the diversity, equity and inclusivity goals of the School and in the University of Washington’s Diversity Blueprint. People who do not see themselves historically represented in academia are encouraged to apply.


We strive to create an environment of collaboration among our faculty and welcome initiatives that enrich and foster work between our different units.

For more information about the School of Music, visit:


The responsibilities of the successful candidate will include:

·         Teaching duties include two courses in the undergraduate theory curriculum, as well as upper-level undergraduate and graduate-level courses

·         Beyond the theory curriculum, courses may be drawn from the candidate’s specific interests and specialization, but may include graduate seminars, ensemble direction and/or lessons in composition, improvisation, and performance

·         Mentor undergraduate and graduate students, including serving on graduate-level supervisory committees and supervising graduate teaching assistants

●        Promote the School of Music’s mission to foster musically knowledgeable and engaged citizens

●        Work collaboratively with faculty and staff on advancing issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, justice and accessibility work in the School and University

●        Other duties as assigned


Candidates must hold at minimum a master’s degree or foreign equivalent in their field at the start of the appointment.


Applications should include (1) a letter describing the applicant’s experience, interests, and suitability for the position, (2) a statement (not more than 500 words) on perspectives and contributions to equity, diversity, inclusion, and access (3) a curriculum vitae, and (4) three reference letters. Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled. All application materials should be submitted via Interfolio. For questions, please contact Professor Huck Hodge at Please reference Music Composition/Improvisation /Theory Search. 

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