Cornell University, Music Department

Position ID:Cornell-Music-MSSASSTPROF [#25547, WDR-00039890]
Position Title: Assistant Professor, Music and Sound Studies
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Music
Appl Deadline:2023/10/01 11:59PMhelp popup filled (posted 2023/09/02)
Position Description:    

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The Cornell University Department of Music invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor (full-time, tenure-track) in music and sound studies. The appointment will commence July 1, 2024.

The successful candidate will hold a PhD or will have successfully defended their dissertation by the position start date. They will cultivate expansive scholarly interests in ethnomusicology or related disciplines while specializing in Black music, broadly conceived. They will demonstrate evidence of scholarly potential with the promise of establishing an international reputation, as well as a commitment to developing excellence in teaching and advising.

The Department of Music at Cornell values historical, ethnographic, and philosophical approaches informed by music-making and performance, cultural and critical theories, and interdisciplinary perspectives. The successful candidate will have experience in ethnographic methods and will be expected to develop and offer undergraduate and graduate courses in Black music and to advise graduate theses in music and sound studies. They will foster connections to other departments, programs, and centers across the University.

Initial materials requested are a letter of application, curriculum vitae, writing sample, and the names and contact information for three referees who will be contacted for letters later in the process. We ask applicants for all faculty positions to share their experiences and/or approaches (past, current, or future) to fostering learning, research, service, and/or outreach in a diverse community. Applicants may choose to submit a stand-alone statement (on which see or to embed this information in other parts of their application materials. Electronic applications are required. Applicants may apply at Academic Jobs Online.

[Pay Range: $76,200 - $211,000] Actual salary offers in the College of Arts and Sciences will be based on education, experience, discipline, and relevant skills.

The review of applications will begin on October 1 and continue until the position is filled. Inquiries may be directed to the chair of the search committee, Catherine Appert, at

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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:
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Further Info:
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Ithaca, NY 14853