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Assistant Professor of Music Therapy
The University of Memphis

Date Posted Oct. 12, 2021
Title Assistant Professor of Music Therapy
University The University of Memphis
Memphis, TN, United States
Department Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music
Application Deadline Nov. 12, 2021
Position Start Date August 2022
  • Assistant Professor
  • Music - General

The Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music at the University of Memphis seeks an experienced and nationally-prominent music therapist to oversee the establishment of new courses and programs in music therapy for a tenure-track faculty appointment, to begin August 2022.

-establish and lead the University of Memphis’s undergraduate music therapy program, creating and refining curricula in collaboration with School of Music faculty and in accordance with AMTA and NASM standards
-develop and teach new music therapy courses at the undergraduate level (e.g., music therapy foundations, clinical applications, and other topic areas as needed)
-work collaboratively with community-based organizations to establish clinical practicum placements
-supervise clinical practicum students
-actively participate in the recruitment of prospective music therapy students
-mentor all music therapy students including those of diverse backgrounds, especially first-generation college students
-engage in School of Music, College, University, and professional service
-conduct program assessment as required by the university and/or accrediting bodies
-The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the discipline through the pursuit of scholarly research/creative activity including regional, national and international visibility in publications, performance, presentations, conference participation, and service to the school/college/university/community.

The Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music enjoys a proud 75-year history of producing successful and accomplished music professionals. The School’s immersive and forward-thinking curriculum along with broad community partnerships create unrivaled local and global opportunities for students and faculty. Launching in 2022, the music therapy program will provide a diverse, high-quality academic and clinical training experience. With a wealth of world-class medical institutions like St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, Baptist Memorial Health Care, and the Memphis VA Hospital, students will gain access to comprehensive practicum opportunities throughout the Mid-South. Anchored in the culturally-diverse and musically-rich cosmopolitan city of Memphis, the School’s inclusive program is purposely designed to inspire, train, and launch sustainable careers for musicians, scholars, and industry professionals of tomorrow. Instructing over 450 students in 26 degree areas, the School’s 70 full- and part-time faculty are focused on student success inside and outside the classroom. The Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music also distinguishes itself as the only doctoral-granting music institution in the state of Tennessee. With the opening of the new Scheidt Family Music Center in 2022, the School will solidify its place as the most comprehensive school of music in the region. The 82,000 square foot Music Center boasts state-of-the-art facilities, providing access to instruments, musicians, and technology beneficial to therapeutic studies. The Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music is fully-accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, and is housed in the College of Communication and Fine Arts.

Founded in 1912, the University of Memphis welcomes more than 22,000 students to campus every year. Diversity is one of the University’s strengths. Students and faculty come from all over the world to be a part of the UofM experience. As an internationally-recognized, urban public research university, UofM provides the highest quality education in one of the world’s top medical and musically-active communities.

Minimum Position Qualifications:
-Master’s degree in music therapy required
-board certification in music therapy (MT-BC)
-minimum 3-5 years of documented clinical work experience as a practicing music therapist
-experience teaching, mentoring, and/or supervising undergraduate music therapy students
-The accomplishments of candidates for this position must reflect their commitment to working with an inclusive student population, and their ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and collective mission, vision and operating standards of the School of Music.

Preferred Qualifications:
-earned doctorate in music therapy or related field
-minimum two years of documented collegiate teaching experience in music therapy or a related field
-demonstrated record of scholarly/creative achievement, including publications, presentations, and/or creative outputs
-experience in music therapy program development, including student recruitment, with evidence of sustained program growth
-undergraduate curriculum development experience
-experience establishing relationships with clinical partners, placing interns for fieldwork, and supervising clinical practicum residencies.

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Contact Information

  • Josef Hanson
    Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music
    The University of Memphis
    Memphis, TN 38152


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