The Department of Music at the University of Alberta invites applications for a tenure-track position in Musicology.  Applications will be considered at the rank of Assistant Professor, starting July 1, 2020.

We are seeking a scholar with a record of successful teaching and demonstrated potential for research and scholarly achievement, who can contribute to the department’s commitment to diversity and cultural engagement, and complement our current faculty strengths in ethnomusicology, music theory, popular music, and performance. A comprehensive knowledge of Western Art Music is crucial, especially of the musical practices of the 18th through 20th centuries; however, we welcome secondary areas of expertise, including interdisciplinary and collaborative approaches to musicology.  

Required qualifications include a PhD in Musicology (ABD may be considered); primary expertise in Western Art Music, with knowledge of analysis; evidence of active musicological research; evidence of successful teaching; strong writing ability and a commitment to fostering excellent writing skills in students; aptitude for collaborative and cross-disciplinary engagement with all the department’s sub-areas, including performance and composition.  

Primary responsibilities of this position include teaching core undergraduate courses in Western Art Music history, as well as leading graduate courses and seminars. In addition to sustaining the department’s vibrant curriculum of courses, the successful applicant will develop new seminars in their area of research expertise. Additional teaching responsibilities of the position include graduate supervision and service on supervisory and examination committees across all disciplines and areas within the department. 

The successful candidate will be expected to develop or continue a strong record of personal research, as appropriate to the discipline, in both national and international academic venues. The Department of Music values and expects a commitment to service both to the academic (department, faculty and university) and larger professional communities.

Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications in accordance with the Faculty Agreement as per the negotiated salary scales:

The University of Alberta is one of the leading universities in Canada, and is committed to the continued development of its strengths in teaching, research, and service.  The University is home to 39,000 students with close to 400 undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs in 18 faculties on five campuses ( The Faculty of Arts is the oldest and most diverse Faculty on campus, and one of the largest research and teaching centres in western Canada.  The University’s main campus is located in Edmonton, Alberta’s capital city.  

The Edmonton metropolitan area is the sixth largest in the country with a population of approximately one million. Edmonton and the University of Alberta are situated on Treaty 6 territory and are a traditional meeting ground and home for many Indigenous Peoples, including Cree, Saulteaux, Blackfoot, Dene, Métis, and Nakota Sioux.

Apply online by submitting:

  • cover letter that includes highlights of the candidate’s profile and the names of the three referees (see below for more information)
  • curriculum vitae (CV)
  • research statement that outlines main areas of current and future research (submit under “Research Plan”). This research statement must include a list of publications and conference presentations.
  • writing samples from recent research publications or presentations (submit under “List of Publications”)
  • teaching dossier that includes a brief teaching philosophy, evidence of, or potential for, teaching effectiveness, and sample course outline(s) (submit as an attachment under "Statement of Teaching/Research Interests")

Applicants are also expected to contact the three referees and arrange to have them submit their letters of reference via email attachment to the Executive Assistant in the Department of Music, Mathew Walton, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by the application deadline. Please enter “Reference - A110939843” in the subject line.

Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2019. Only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.

To assist the University in complying with mandatory reporting requirements of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (R203 (3)(e), please include the first digit of your Canadian Social Insurance Number at the bottom of your cover letter.  If you do not have a Canadian Social Insurance Number, please indicate this at the bottom of your cover letter.

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.


All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.

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