Employment Opportunities

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Georgia State University’s School of Music plays a vital role in the musical life of Atlanta, Georgia, and the nation.  Not only are we a major urban educational institution, we are among downtown Atlanta’s top employers employing about 3,500 full-time faculty and staff and 4,500 temporary and student employees. We are always looking for the best and brightest people.  Open faculty and staff positions will be posted as they become available.

Be part of the growing School of Music faculty at Georgia State University, an enterprising R-1 university in Atlanta. Our next Assistant Professor in Music Theory will play a central role in the School of Music’s contributions to Georgia State’s strategic goals of highlighting the arts and media. The university views these as vital to the quality of all major cities and to demonstrating that students from all backgrounds can achieve academic and career success at high rates. Our faculty take advantage of the Rialto Center for the Arts, the Florence Kopleff Recital Hall, large rehearsal spaces in the Helen M. Aderhold Learning Center, Pullen Library and classrooms in the Standard and Hass-Howell Buildings for their research and for mentoring students. Faculty and students also benefit from Atlanta’s rich cultural arts groups including the world-renowned Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Atlanta Opera, the Atlanta Ballet, the High Museum of Art, and a wealth of theatre companies including the Alliance Theatre and the Theatrical Outfit among many others. Opportunities for support include intramural research grants, summer funding, teaching release time, graduate research assistants, travel funds, and assistance in pursuing external funding.

The School of Music is part of the College of the Arts, which was established in 2016 and also includes the Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design, the School of Film, Media & Theatre, the Center for Collaborative & International Arts (CENCIA), and the Center for Educational Partnerships in Music. In addition to offering some of the university’s most popular majors, the college connects faculty and students with Atlanta’s thriving arts scene and booming film and music industries.

Georgia State University is a national leader in using innovation to drive student success. Enrolling and graduating one of the nation’s most diverse student bodies, Georgia State provides its world-class faculty and more than 50,000 students significant creative activity, research, teaching, and learning opportunities in one of the 21st century’s great global cities. In 2018, U.S. News & World Report ranked Georgia State as #2 in Most Innovative Schools in the United States.


The selected candidate can anticipate teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in Music Theory, engaging in research within the discipline, and participating in service at the school, college, and/or university levels.


Essential Qualifications

  • Ph.D (or equivalent) degree (or ABD)
  • Demonstrable success in classroom teaching effectiveness at the collegiate level
  • Demonstrable research agenda in the field of Music Theory.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrable keyboard proficiency
  • Experience with recent music theory pedagogy and pedagogical materials (textbooks, etc.)
  • Aural Skills experience with movable Do solfeggio


Submit: 1) a letter of application addressing the essential and preferred qualifications as well as your teaching philosophy and your past and/or potential contributions to diversity and inclusion through research and teaching; 2) curriculum vitae; and 3) a minimum of three letters of recommendation. Send documents electronically to somfacultysearches@gsu.edu (preferred) or hard copies can be mailed to Ms. Julinda Norton, Faculty Searches, Georgia State University, School of Music, 75 Poplar Street, 5th Floor, Atlanta, GA 30303-4097.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. To ensure consideration, please submit all materials by February 10, 2019. Should you be recommended for a position, an offer of employment will be conditional on background verification.  

Georgia State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against applicants due to race, ethnicity, gender, veteran status, or on the basis of disability or any other federal, state, or local protected class. As a campus with a diverse student body, we encourage applications from women, minorities, and individuals with a history of mentoring under-represented minorities in Music Theory and Composition.