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Assistant Professor of Musicology

Position overview

Salary range: “Off-scale salaries” and other components of pay, i.e., a salary that is higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated rank and step, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions, qualifications, and experience. A reasonable estimated salary range for this position is $91,000-$111,000, inclusive of the salary scale and off-scale salary components.

Application Window

Open date: September 18, 2023

Most recent review date: Friday, Nov 17, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Monday, Jan 1, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The University of California at Davis seeks to appoint an Assistant Professor of musicology for a tenure-track position. An appropriate terminal degree such as Ph.D. or its equivalent is required. The Department of Music is seeking an individual of exceptional achievement or promise to join our musicology program. We welcome applications from all geographic and theoretical or methodological specialties; those with particular interests in race and gender studies, early music, popular music, ecomusicology, and media/sound studies are especially encouraged to apply.

Candidates should possess outstanding intellectual attainment or promise in both research and teaching, and strong leadership capabilities. The appointee will be expected to teach musicological courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels (including general education courses and portions of the music history curriculum), to direct dissertations, and to accept and fulfill substantial committee and advising responsibilities. Other possibilities include participating in the Performance Studies or Cultural Studies graduate groups and potentially directing an ensemble. Candidates should demonstrate a strong commitment to teaching, research, and service that will promote the success of historically underrepresented, first-generation, and/or marginalized student communities, in ways that address the needs of our increasingly diverse state and campus population.

Applications should consist of a letter of application indicating evidence or promise of distinguished scholarship, teaching, and service; a curriculum vitae with full bibliographic citations; a statement of teaching philosophy; a statement of contributions to diversity; and names and contact information for three references. Additionally, candidates should submit a sample of their best written work (article or chapter length).

Applications should be received by November 17, 2023 to assure full consideration. The position is open until filled. Inquiries may be directed to the chair of the search committee, Beth E. Levy, at

Applications can be submitted electronically through the online application form found at:

Expected salary range is $91,000-$111,000, commensurate with qualifications and previous experience.

The University of California is committed to creating and maintaining a community dedicated to the advancement, application, and transmission of knowledge and creative endeavors through academic excellence, where all individuals who participate in University programs and activities can work and learn together in a safe and secure environment, free of violence, harassment, discrimination, exploitation, or intimidation. With this commitment, UC Davis conducts a reference check on all first choice candidates for Academic Senate Assistant Professor or Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment, Steps 4, 5, or 6, or Acting Professor of Law positions. The reference check involves contacting the administration of the applicant’s previous institution(s) to ask whether there have been substantiated findings of misconduct that would violate the University’s Faculty Code of Conduct. To implement this process, UC Davis requires all applicants for any open search for assistant professor to complete, sign, and upload the form entitled “Authorization to Release Information” into RECRUIT as part of their application. If an applicant does not include the signed authorization with the application materials, the application will be considered incomplete, and as with any incomplete application, will not receive further consideration. Although all applicants for faculty recruitments must complete the entire application, only finalists considered for Academic Senate Assistant Professor or Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment, Steps 4, 5, or 6, or Acting Professor of Law positions will be subject to reference checks.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

An appropriate terminal degree such as Ph.D. or its equivalent is required

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

Candidates should possess outstanding intellectual attainment or promise in both research and teaching, and strong leadership capabilities.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Cover Letter - Indicate evidence or promise of distinguished scholarship, teaching, and service

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V. with full bibliographic citations

  • Statement of teaching philosophy

  • Sample of written work - Article or chapter length

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.

  • Authorization to Release Information Form - A reference check will be completed only if you are
    selected as the first choice candidate. Download, complete, sign, and upload the form:

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)
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Job location

Davis, CA