Cornell University, Music Department

Position ID:Cornell-Music-THEORY [#22608, WDR-00033269]
Position Title: Assistant Professor, Musicology/Music Theory
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Music / Music Theory
Appl Deadline:2023/02/21 11:59PMhelp popup* finished (2022/09/02, finished 2023/08/26)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer accepted. ***

The Cornell University Department of Music invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor (full-time, tenure-track) in musicology/music theory. The appointment will commence July 1, 2023.

The successful candidate will have a doctorate (or equivalent professional accomplishment) and cultivate broad scholarly interests in music theory and other disciplines, including (but not limited to) vernacular musics, global histories, histories of theory, music and media, and music cognition. Evidence of scholarly potential, with the promise of establishing an international reputation, and demonstrated excellence in teaching are required.

At Cornell, musicology and music theory are part of the broader study of music and sound at both graduate and undergraduate levels. Our department values historical, ethnographic, and philosophical approaches informed by music-making and performance, cultural and critical theories, and interdisciplinary perspectives. The successful candidate will be expected to take a leadership role in the materials and techniques curriculum, and will be able to foster connections to other departments, programs, and centers across the University.

Initial materials requested are a letter of application, curriculum vitae, Statement of Contribution to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (on which see, and three current letters of recommendation. Please do not send scholarly writings or other materials at this time. Electronic applications are required. Applicants must apply at Any letters of recommendation that must be sent in hard copy may be sent to: Prof. Andrew Hicks, Chair, Musicology/Music Theory Search Committee, Department of Music, Lincoln Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853-4101

The review of applications will begin on October 1.

Inquiries may be directed to the chair of the search committee at the address given above, or by email at:

Information about the Department may be found at:

Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty, and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.

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Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty, and staff to all identities and backgrounds. We encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.

Pay Ranges:

The hiring rate of pay for the successful candidate will be determined considering the following criteria:

  • Prior relevant work or industry experience.
  • Education level to the extent education is relevant to the position.
  • Academic Discipline (faculty pay ranges reflects 9-month annual salary)
  • Unique applicable skills.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
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Further Info:
email address
Department of Music
Lincoln Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-4101