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Assistant Professor of Musicology

Thornton School of Music Faculty Los Angeles, California

The University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music invites applications for two positions of Assistant Professor of Musicology, Tenure Track. The appointment begins August 15, 2022. Areas of expertise may include music of African American, African Diasporic, Latin American, Asian and Pacific Islander, and Indigenous communities.  Other areas of expertise could include film and theater music, popular music, or other modern traditions.

Combining the benefits of a world-class conservatory and a leading research university, the USC Thornton School of Music offers students the opportunity to pursue a thorough music education in a real-world context. The new educational model, launched in Fall 2019 for undergraduates in the Classical Performance & Composition Division, renews Thornton’s commitment to a virtuosic education and asks students to reimagine what it means to be a classical musician in the 21st century.

Thornton offers students a full range of musical disciplines across a demanding, innovative curriculum, and the opportunity to work with a faculty of national and international renown.

The student body at USC is extraordinarily diverse; it is racially and ethnically a majority/minority population with a full range of expressions of gender, ability, and sexual identities that we embrace as a source of institutional strength and community pride. The University’s commitment to building an academic environment hospitable to this wide range of diversity is full and complete. To that end, we are seeking to create as diverse a pool of candidates as possible, one that reflects the broad diversity of identities and experiences that comprise the country as well as the field of musicology.

As part of the Thornton School of Music’s Research and Scholarly Studies Division, the Department of Musicology offers a Ph.D. in musicology, M.A. and D.M.A. in Early Music, and academic minors in musicology for D.M.A. candidates. Our faculty have areas of expertise in Early Music History and Performance Practice, Classical Traditions, Music of Post-War Europe, Popular Music, and World Music.

Minimum Requirements and Preferred Qualifications:

Candidates must have completed a PhD or equivalent doctorate in Musicology, Ethnomusicology, or related field. Applicants nearing completion of the doctorate (ABD) may be considered. For appointment, the degree must be conferred by July 30, 2022.

The ideal candidates for these positions are outstanding researchers and teachers who are willing to contribute fully to the artistic and intellectual life of Thornton and to engage dynamically in the education of all our music students. A record of accomplishment or potential in executing and publishing original research is required. We encourage candidates from traditionally under-represented communities, those with significant experience in supporting cultural diversity and amplifying marginalized voices, and scholar-performers with a performance or creative background.


In addition to maintaining a strong/active research profile, principal duties will include some combination of the following: 1) participation in teaching graduate and undergraduate surveys and seminars based on the candidates’ expertise; 2) offering General Education courses for majors and non-majors with possible topics including Hip-Hop, African American Music, Latin American Music, Film or Theatrical Music, World Music, a survey of Western Music and other musical traditions; 3) advisement of graduate student research in and outside of the department; 4) service to the department and university through participation in faculty meetings, School of Music committees, and University committees.

Review of Candidates will begin on December 1, 2021.

Interested candidates must apply through the USC online system. Candidates are asked to provide a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and a one-page diversity statement that is tied to the candidate’s personal teaching philosophy. The vitae should have the names and contact information for three individuals who would be willing to supply letters of reference if asked. Do not send other materials initially; additional materials may be requested at a later date. Materials will not be returned.

USC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law or USC policy. USC will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring ordinance.

REQ20109380 Posted Date: 11/04/2021

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