Academic Unit:

 Studies in Art and Culture

Category of Appointment:

 Preliminary (Tenure-Track)

Field of Specialization:

 Helmut Kallmann Chair for Music in Canada

Rank/Position Title:

 Associate or Full Professor

Start Date:

 July 1, 2018

Closing Date:

 Applications will be considered starting February 26, 2018 and continue until the position is filled 

About the Position:

Carleton University invites applications for a new full-time position, the Helmut Kallmann Chair for Music in Canada, beginning July 1, 2018. 

This Chair is named after Dr. Helmut Kallmann (1922-2012), former Head of Music at Library and Archives Canada, and is funded through the generous support of the Elaine Keillor Endowment and Carleton University.

This call for applications is aimed at well-established scholars. The appointment will be made at either the Associate or the Full Professor level. Tenure on appointment will be considered in the cases of an applicant who already has tenure at their current institution. The term of the Chair is seven years and is renewable.

For the purposes of this position, the rubric of 'music in Canada' is taken as broadly as possible and may include, but is not limited to: the music of First Nations or Indigenous Peoples of Canada; the history of European music in Canada (high art and folk music traditions); popular music and jazz (historical and contemporary); the music of immigrant, refugee, and displaced communities; the study of music in Canada and its relationship to issues of class, age, race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality; or the relationship of music in Canada to media (print, film, broadcast, and digital), public policy, cultural institutions, or community action. 

About the Academic Unit:

The academic unit offers a B.Mus. program and a B.A. in Music, as well as an M.A. program in Music and Culture. The programs explore a wide range of subjects and themes, including—in addition to music in Canada—European classical music, ethnomusicology and world musics, popular music, jazz, the sociology of music, gender and music, computer music, and composition. See Students may pursue PhD work through the Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art & Culture. 

The Chair will also have the opportunity to teach and supervise students in the interdisciplinary PhD program in Cultural Mediations at Carleton. 


Candidates must hold a PhD or equivalent, and have an active commitment to scholarship as reflected in publications, and a demonstrated level of excellence in teaching. Applicants may have ' traditional' profiles as scholars and researchers, but may also be individuals involved in various forms of research-creation as composers, producers, curators, and/or performers. A proven ability to secure external funding is important. 

The successful candidate will be expected to teach up to the equivalent of two half-credit courses each year, supervise theses at the graduate level, and prepare major research papers at the graduate and undergraduate levels. The successful candidate will also be expected to carry out the following responsibilities specific to the Chair:

  • Taking a leadership role in the teaching of music in Canada within both the undergraduate and graduate Music programs of the School for Studies in Art and Culture;
  • Establishing and directing a Carleton University research centre where they can carry out their own research projects and coordinate and aid in the work of other researchers;
  • Promoting the study and appreciation of music in Canada within the Ottawa community, fully engaging with the resources available within the National Capital Region (including Library and Archives Canada, the National Arts Centre, and/or various Canadian museums, agencies, institutions and festivals); and
  • Forging campus, national and international links with other researchers and organizations so as to foster a network of scholars and institutions devoted to the study of music in Canada.

Application Instructions: 

Complete applications, including a curriculum vitae, sample publications and a teaching dossier, should be sent electronically in one single PDF file to Dr Brian Foss, Director, School for Studies in Art and Culture, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Applicants should also arrange for three letters of reference to be sent separately. Initial screening will begin February 26, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.

Please indicate in your application if you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

About Carleton University:

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Carleton University is committed to fostering diversity within its community as a source of excellence, cultural enrichment, and social strength. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our university including, but not limited to: women; visible minorities; First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples; persons with disabilities; and persons of any sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression. Carleton understands that career paths vary. Legitimate career interruptions will in no way prejudice the assessment process and their impact will be taken into careful consideration.

Applicants selected for an interview are asked to contact the Chair as soon as possible to discuss any accommodation requirements. Arrangements will be made in a timely manner.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. All positions are subject to budgetary approval.

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