Assistant Professor – Music [DEADLINE EXTENDED]

Department: Music
Rank: Assistant
Specialization(s):  Music Therapy
Search # 20-008


Located in historic New Haven, a city rich in art and culture, Southern Connecticut State University is a diverse and student-centered university dedicated to academic excellence, access, and service for the public good.  Southern provides a supportive and welcoming environment for all members of its community through a campus wide commitment to social justice.  SCSU is a flourishing community of approximately 10,000 students, located less than three miles from downtown New Haven, with easy access to New York and Boston. 


The Music Department currently offers a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Music in addition to many courses that serve the institution’s Liberal Education Program. With a steady enrollment of 45-50 music majors, the core music curriculum includes music theory, ear training, Western and non-Western music history, improvisation, electronic music/music technology, various performance ensembles, and applied lessons. The degree also requires an area of specialization - either Music Traditions or Music Technology.

Brief Description of Duties/Responsibilities

Southern invites applications from individuals who believe in the mission of public higher education and are committed to outstanding teaching and scholarship.  Successful candidates will be disciplinary scholars devoted to a student-centric approach.


The Department of Music seeks to hire a full-time, tenure-track faculty member to begin in August 2020.  The energetic and entrepreneurial professional we seek will be part of a dynamic team of active musicians and educators to develop and deliver Connecticut’s first Music Therapy program.  This individual will work collaboratively with the Music faculty as well as faculty from the School of Health and Human Services to develop the Bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy.


The successful candidate will be expected to teach undergraduate courses in the music core curriculum (commensurate with expertise and experience) while the Music Therapy program is developed. In addition to teaching responsibilities, faculty are expected to engage in scholarship, student advisement, departmental/university service, and professional attendance/participation in activities reflective of professional expertise. Applicants who are encouraged by the prospect of helping to build a Music Therapy program in one of the state’s most culturally rich and diverse cities are strongly encouraged to apply and clearly articulate how their knowledge and experiences would aid in this effort.


The vision for the Department of Music at Southern Connecticut State University is to become a regional leader in excellence and innovation in the area of Music Therapy. Our mission is to provide a diverse student population with training and experiences in a variety of musical styles. Through music, the Department engages both the university and the greater southern Connecticut region. The successful candidate will be engaged by these goals and eager to work toward their fulfillment.

Required Qualifications

  • Doctoral degree in music therapy or related field
  • Board Certification (MT-BC)
  • Ability to demonstrate music therapy competencies
  • At least (3) years of full-time clinical experience in music therapy or its equivalent in part-time work
  • Commitment to both teaching and scholarship

Preferred Qualifications

  • College-level teaching experience
  • Experience in providing music therapy services in hospital and/or long-term care facilities
  • Extensive knowledge of research design/application/implementation
  • Experience in supervising undergraduate students
  • Certifications in special trainings (NMT, NICU-MT, NRMT, GIM, AMT, etc.) strongly preferred

Application Process

Please submit electronically a letter of interest, current curriculum vitae, official graduate transcripts, and at least (3) references with email and phone contact information to:  Music Search Committee Chairperson at  For best consideration, materials should be received by Monday, November 25, 2019.  The position will remain open until filled.


SCSU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer. The University seeks to enhance the diversity of its faculty and staff. People of color, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.