Assistant Professor of Music Studies – Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, New York


Faculty Type (Tenure Status): Tenure-Track
Faculty Discipline:
Faculty Rank: Assistant Professor
Employment Category: Fulltime
Anticipated Start Date: 15-Aug-2018

Department/College Description
The College of Liberal Arts is one of nine colleges within Rochester Institute of Technology. The College has more than 150 faculty members in 12 departments in the social sciences, humanities, and the arts. The College currently offers 12 undergraduate degree programs and 5 Master�s degree programs serving over 800 students. The Department of Performing Arts & Visual Culture comprises 11 full-time faculty members who strongly value both research and teaching. The Department currently offers a minor and immersion in the theater arts, music and technology, music performance and a BA in Museum Studies. In keeping with the mission of a liberal arts education future plans for music include an expansion into other parts of the department, such as theater and museum studies as well as other colleges within the greater RIT community.

RIT is a national leader in professional and career-oriented education. Talented, ambitious, and creative students of all cultures and backgrounds from all 50 states and more than 100 countries have chosen to attend RIT. Founded in 1829, Rochester Institute of Technology is a privately endowed, coeducational university with nine colleges emphasizing career education and experiential learning. With approximately 15,000 undergraduates and 2,900 graduate students, RIT is one of the largest private universities in the nation. RIT offers a rich array of degree programs in engineering, science, business, and the arts, and is home to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf. RIT has been honored by The Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the Great Colleges to Work For for four years. RIT is a National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation site. RIT is responsive to the needs of dual-career couples by our membership in the Upstate NY HERC.

Rochester, situated between Lake Ontario and the Finger Lakes region, is the 51st largest metro area in the United States and the third largest city New York State. The Greater Rochester region, which is home to nearly 1.1 million people, is rich in cultural and ethnic diversity, with a population comprised of approximately 18% African and Latin Americans and another 3% of international origin. It is also home to one of the largest deaf communities per capita in the U.S. Rochester ranks 4th for Most Affordable City by Forbes Magazine ,and MSN selected Rochester as the �#1 Most Livable Bargain Market (for real-estate). Kiplinger named Rochester one of the top five �Best City for Families.�

Detailed Job Description
The Department of Performing Arts & Visual Culture at the Rochester Institute of Technology invites applications for a tenure track position at the Assistant Professor level in Music Studies to begin late August 2018. We are looking for a teacher/scholar/practitioner who can support our Music Studies minor and immersion, including student advising, curriculum development, teaching courses in music history, music theory, direction of the RIT Orchestra, courses in the candidate’s area of specialization, and other courses as needed by the department. The teaching load is 5 classes per year.

The candidate will have an interest and ability to contribute to a community committed to Respect, Diversity, and Pluralism. Select to view links to RIT’s“>core values,…/studentconduct/RITHonorCode1.htm“>honor code, and…/diversity/commitment.html“>diversity commitment.

Required Minimum Qualifications
DMA or PhD. in Music Studies, completed prior to date of hire
Significant prior teaching experience at the college level
Research interests in music theory, music history and practice, pedagogy and new trends
College level orchestral directing experience
Ability to contribute to RIT�s offerings in Music and the Department of Performing Arts & Visual Culture
A willingness to collaborate with music related initiatives across the institute including IGM (Interactive Games and Media) and composing for media classes at CIAS (College of Imaging Arts & Sciences)
Experience in disciplinary or interdisciplinary research and teaching collaborations
Ability to contribute to RIT�s commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence

Required Minimum Education Level

Required Application Documents
Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae or Resume, List of References, Statement of Diversity Contribution, Statement of Teaching Philosophy

How To Apply
Apply online at Search: 321BR. Please apply online and submit your application, cover letter addressing the listed qualifications; a CV; and upload the following attachments:
A statement of teaching philosophy
A contribution to diversity statement
The names and contact information for three references.

All materials must be received by Monday, August 21, 2017.

Additional Details
The hiring process for this position may require a criminal background check and/or motor vehicle records check. Any verbal or written offer made is contingent on satisfactory results, as determined by Human Resources. RIT does not discriminate. RIT promotes and values diversity, pluralism and inclusion in the work place. RIT provides equal opportunity to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, age, marital status, sex, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, veteran status or disability in its hiring, admissions, educational programs and activities. RIT provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities under the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the New York Human Rights Law, or similar applicable law. If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, and you wish to discuss potential accommodations related to your application for employment at RIT, please contact the Human Resources office at 585-475-2424 or email your request to


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