Assistant Professor - Music Composition,Theory and History

Posting Details

Posting Details

Job # 073565
Job Title Assistant Professor - Music Composition,Theory and History
Location Main Campus
Pay Range Commensurate w/ Experience
FLSA Status Exempt

As determined by the department/chair.

Job Type Full-time
Rank Assistant
Campus Syracuse, NY
Unionized Position Code Not Applicable
Job Description

The Setnor School of Music within the College of Visual and Performing Arts invites applications for a full-time tenure track position at the rank of assistant professor. Appointment begins August 2018.


Terminal degree (DMA or PHD) required. Previous college/university experience preferred, evidence of outstanding artistry as a composer required.

Job Specific Qualifications

The successful candidate is expected to have an emerging portfolio leading to the development of an international reputation, along with substantial public performances and recordings.

Candidates should also have a strong background in teaching music theory and analysis.

Candidate must maintain an appropriate level of research/creative activity.


Responsibilities will include applied composition on both the undergraduate and graduate levels, undergraduate theory and/ear training courses, and the advising master’s theses. Candidates will also be expected to teach upper level composition-based coursework in at least two or more of the following areas: electroacoustic media/interactive software, counterpoint, orchestration, contemporary analysis, and performance/conducting/improvisation (contemporary music ensemble). Overarching duties will include curricular development with a commitment to recruiting, national visibility of the program, and addressing the education needs of a diverse student population.

Physical Requirements




Application Instructions

For full consideration, submit the following materials online: a letter of application, teaching philosophy, Curriculum Vitae, and contact information for three references. Candidates who progress in the search will be asked to provide an electronic link to recording and scores of recent work. Review of applicant materials will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Files may be no larger than 5MB, however, you may submit an external link to a larger file if needed.

About The College of Visual and Performing Arts

The College of Visual and Performing Arts (SU:VPA) at Syracuse University is committed to the education of cultural leaders who will engage and inspire audiences through performance, visual art, design, scholarship, and commentary. We provide the tools for self-discovery and risk-taking in an environment that thrives on critical thought and action.

The college is comprised of six areas: the School of Art; the Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies; the School of Design; the Department of Drama; the Rose, Jules R. and Stanford S. Setnor School of Music; and the Department of Transmedia. With approximately 2,114 students (1,904 undergraduate; 210 graduate), 308 faculty (142 full time; 166 part time), and 66 staff, SU:VPA is the second largest academic unit at SU and the largest professional college on campus. Together, students, faculty, and staff play a vital role in the academic and cultural life of the University and Central New York communities.

The college finds its oldest roots in what was known as the College of Fine Arts. Formally opening September 18, 1873, the college was the first degree-conferring organization of its kind in the United States. Its first alumnus graduated in 1875 with a bachelor of painting degree. Today the college boasts approximately 22,000 active alumni who live around the world and serve as proud representatives of SU and SU:VPA. To learn more about the college, our distinguished faculty, and our program, please visit our websites at,

About Syracuse University

Syracuse University is a private research university of extraordinary academics, distinctive offerings and an undeniable spirit. With a gorgeous campus in the heart of New York State, a global footprint and a history that dates to 1870, we embrace diverse backgrounds and viewpoints.

Our student population includes nearly 15,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students, representing all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. Our proud commitment to veterans and their families is unrivaled in higher education. Home to 11 schools and colleges, Syracuse University blends the foundational power of the liberal arts with the intense focus of professional programs. We offer undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees in Architecture, Arts and Sciences, Education, Engineering and Computer Science, Sport and Human Dynamics, Information Studies, Law, Management, Citizenship and Public Affairs, Public Communications, and Visual and Performing Arts.

A medium-sized city situated in the geographic center of the state, Syracuse, N.Y., is approximately a four-hour drive from New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Toronto and Montreal. With a metropolitan population of 700,000, Syracuse is a center for cultural, recreational and artistic events, including the Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse Stage, Symphoria, Destiny Mall, multiple sporting events, and festivals including Jazz Fest and Winterfest. The outdoor enthusiast will enjoy having the Adirondack Mountains, the Finger Lakes, Lake Ontario, and the Thousands Islands Region within easy driving distance of the Syracuse campus.


Syracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution. The University prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law to the extent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs, services, and activities.

Commitment to Supporting and Hiring Veterans

Syracuse University has a long history of engaging veterans and the military-connected community through its educational programs, community outreach, and employment programs. After World War II, Syracuse University welcomed more than 10,000 returning veterans to our campus, and those veterans literally transformed Syracuse University into the national research institution it is today. The University’s contemporary commitment to veterans builds on this historical legacy, and extends to both class-leading initiatives focused on making an SU degree accessible and affordable to the post-9/11 generation of veterans, and also programs designed to position Syracuse University as the employer of choice for military veterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, and military family members.

Commitment to a Diverse and Inclusive Campus Community

Syracuse University maintains an inclusive learning environment in which students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, social activities, governance, and all other aspects of campus life reflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and international worldview. The University community recognizes and values the many similarities and differences among individuals and groups. At Syracuse, we are committed to preparing students to understand, live among, appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and world made up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds, military backgrounds, religious beliefs, socio-economic status, cultural traditions, abilities, sexual orientations and gender identities. To do so, we commit ourselves to promoting a community that celebrates and models the principles of diversity and inclusivity.

Job Posting Date 11/07/2017
Application Deadline
Open Until Filled Yes
Priority Consideration 12/01/2017
Job Category Faculty
Message to Applicants

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Teaching Philosophy
  4. Reference List
Optional Documents
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