MUSI 230-063
Assistant Professor in Composition
School of Music, University of Victoria
(Deadline: Friday Feb. 28, 2020)

The School of Music at the University of Victoria invites applications for an Assistant Professor in Composition (tenure-track), to start July 1, 2020 or as soon as possible. The University of Victoria is consistently ranked in the top tier of Canada’s research-intensive universities. Vital impact drives the UVic sense of purpose. As an internationally renowned teaching and research hub, we tackle essential issues that matter to people, places and the planet. Situated in the Pacific Rim, our location breeds a profound passion for exploration. Defined by its edges, this extraordinary environment inspires us to defy boundaries, discover, and innovate in exciting ways. It’s different here, naturally and by design. We live, learn, work and explore on the edge of what’s next—for our planet and its peoples. Our commitment to research-inspired dynamic learning and vital impact make this Canada’s most extraordinary environment for discovery and innovation. Experience the edge of possibilities for yourself.

We acknowledge with respect the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ peoples on whose traditional territory the university stands and whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day. The UVic School of Music is dedicated to experiential learning and training for musicians and music scholars, turning passion into profession. The School is home to 45 performers, composers, educators, theorists, musicologists, and professional staff, as well as 190 undergraduate majors and 40 graduate students. We offer Bachelor of Music degrees in composition, music education, performance, musicology, and musical arts along with a combined degree in Music and Computer Science and graduate degrees in composition, performance, musicology, and music technology. The School is strongly committed to both excellence and equity and to increasing the diversity of approaches and perspectives in teaching, research, and creative output.

The successful candidate will build a regional, national and international profile as a composer, artist, and scholar of music.  They will have previous teaching experience in both classroom and studio at undergraduate and graduate levels, with the ability to contribute to the advising and mentorship of students, which may include jazz, theory, musicology/ethnomusicology/ sound studies, and music technology. They will contribute actively to a collegial, supportive artistic and scholarly environment. The applicant is expected to have a doctoral degree by the time of appointment. Areas of specialization that bridge and build on existing departmental strengths in community-engaged research and artistry are welcome: 

Responsibilities include: 

  • Teaching undergraduate composition classes and graduate composition seminars 
  • Supervising and providing individual tuition to graduate and undergraduate composers
  • Teaching ability in complementary subject areas 

The successful candidate will be able to show the following:

  • evidence of scholarly/creative publications;
  • demonstrated ability as a composer;
  • capacity and aptitude for student advising and for guiding student composers through completion of program-specific degree requirements
  • proven track record addressing equity, diversity and inclusion
  • demonstrated ability to work collaboratively

In accordance with the University’s Equity Plan and pursuant to Section 42 of the BC Human Rights Code, preference will be given to members of the following groups: Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, women. Candidates from these groups, who wish to qualify for preferential consideration, must self-identify.

To be considered, please send a cover letter that addresses the full scope of the job requirements, along with your curriculum vitae, PDF scores and links to online content that show ability as a composer/artist, evidence of teaching skills (teaching statements), and contact information for three references to:

Christopher Butterfield
Acting Director, School of Music 

Mailing Address:
School of Music
University of Victoria
P.O. Box 1700 STN CSC
Victoria, BC V8W 2Y2
P: (250)721-7903
F: (250) 721-6597
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Courier Address: 
School of Music
University of Victoria
3800 Finnerty Road
Victoria, BC


Electronic submission of materials is encouraged. 

In order to be considered, application packages must be received by Feb. 28, 2020.

UVic is committed to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion in our living, learning and work environments. In pursuit of our values, we seek members who will work respectfully and constructively with differences and across levels of power. We actively encourage applications from members of groups experiencing barriers to equity. Read our full equity statement here: 

The University acknowledges the potential impact that career interruptions can have on a candidate’s record of research achievement. We encourage applicants to explain in their application the impact that career interruptions have had on their record. 

Persons with disabilities, who anticipate needing accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, may contact Faculty Relations and Academic Administration in the Office of the VP Academic and Provost at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Any personal information provided will be maintained in confidence. 

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All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; in accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Please indicate in your application package if you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.

Please note that reference and background checks, including credential and degree verification, may be undertaken as part of this recruitment process.

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