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Open-rank Professor of Composition and Sound Design (full-time, tenure track)
Carnegie Mellon University

Date Posted Nov. 12, 2022
Title Open-rank Professor of Composition and Sound Design (full-time, tenure track)
University Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA, United States
Department School of Drama
Application Deadline Dec. 16, 2022
Position Start Date Aug. 1, 2023
  • Assistant Professor
    Associate Professor
  • Digital Media
    Music - General
    Drama/Theater/Theater Education

The School of Drama within the College of Fine Arts at Carnegie Mellon University seeks an open-rank Professor of Composition and Sound Design (full-time, tenure track) to join our BFA/MFA sound design program!

We seek a dynamic, student-centered teacher who can offer all levels of courses, from introductory to advanced level, for both graduate and undergraduate students in a rigorous conservatory setting. We take pride in having grown the sound area over the last decade and we regularly attract a diverse cohort of students at all levels of study. Base salary is $70k plus benefits with negotiation based on rank and commensurate experience.

The ideal candidate could teach skills such as:

 - Conceptual design, including design process and collaboration

 - Composition for theater - theory, composition, scoring, music notation & copy, writing songs to lyrics from text, song form, orchestration, arranging, virtual instruments, DAW(s)

 - Immersive theater systems design and implementation

 - Networking and Dante

 - Intercom - Analog & Digital

In addition, because all design and management of our productions is by the students, the ideal candidate will have experience offering hands-on, active mentorship of students in both classroom and production.

Additional desired skills include:

 - Coding & Control - coding and programming (SuperCollider, JavaScript, SonicPi, C++, Q-Lab Scripting, OSC, MIDI, basic embedded electronics, microcontrollers, triggers, sensors, etc)

 - Game Audio design - Unity, Unreal Engine, Wwise, FMOD, compositional techniques for non-linear media

 - 3-D Audio Spatialization - Binaural, Ambisonics

 - Field recording

 - Sound Studies - acoustic ecology & sound related cultural studies

The position is Pittsburgh-based. Pittsburgh is a mid-sized city with a growing creative scene, encompassing sound, visual, and performing arts of all types, as well as film and television.

We are deeply committed to the belief that an inclusive and equitable environment populated with diverse artists encourages innovative ideas that influence and improve the world at large.


Applicants should have:

 - A minimum of five years experience in professional sound design and music composition

 - An MFA in sound design or a related field

 - Previous experience teaching at the college or university level is strongly desired in candidates for this position

To apply, please submit the following:

 - Cover Letter that describes your professional background, your qualifications to teach the above skills, your teaching philosophy, and your experience applying principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in the classroom or the profession.

 - Detailed CV

 - List of Three References, including contact information. Note: references will only be contacted for finalists.

The application review process:

 - Applications Open: Immediately

 - Review of Applications begins: November 29, 2022

 - Application Submissions close: December 16, 2022

Interested in this opportunity? Apply today!

For questions about this position or the application process, please reach out to CMU School of Drama Faculty Search Coordinator; Joyce Dellovade at

Carnegie Mellon University, School of Drama is the first degree-granting drama institution in the US. Founded in 1914, we combine established practice with innovation and pedagogical and technological advancement across all disciplines. Our graduates commit to the enrichment of diverse art practices, champion interdisciplinary collaborations, explore new forms of creative expression, and promote community and diversity. The school’s conservatory program within the university is one that prepares students intellectually, artistically, and practically to be leaders in their chosen professions, whether it be on stage, in film, television, or within the rapidly growing realm of new media.

  • Carnegie Mellon University is an AA/EOE employer and is committed to increasing the diversity of its community on a range of intellectual and cultural dimensions. We welcome faculty applicants who will contribute to this diversity through their research, teaching and service. We seek to meet the needs of dual-career couples and is a member of the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC) that assists with dual-career searches. Carnegie Mellon University makes every effort to provide physical and programmatic access to individuals with disabilities. If you require an accommodation to participate in any part of the employment process, please contact Equal Opportunity Services by emailing or calling 412-268-3930.

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Contact Information

  • Joyce Dellovade
    School of Drama
    Carnegie Mellon University
    5000 Forbes Avenue
    Pittsburgh, PA 15213
  • 4122681712


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