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    J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts
    Texas Tech University

    Position Number: T96100
    Appointment: Tenure track, beginning fall 2020
    Application Deadline: Review of applicants will begin 1 October 2019 and will continue until the position is filled
    Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience

    The Texas Tech University J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts, in collaboration with the School of Music and the TTU Health Sciences Center is accepting applications for a tenure track faculty position as Assistant or Associate Professor of Music Therapy. This position is for a nationally or internationally prominent music therapist to oversee the establishment of new courses and programs in music therapy. It is a nine-month tenure-track appointment. The duties include, (a) developing and teaching new music therapy courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels (b) facilitating and supervising new music therapy clinical fieldwork and internships, (c) serving as liaison with the TTU Health Sciences Center and with internship site supervisors, (d) contributing to the formation of a Master's degree program in music therapy with future teaching, recruiting, and advising responsibilities at the graduate level, and (e) developing graduate curriculum and advancement of the graduate program. Participation in School of Music activities, attracting and retaining students, and faculty governance is required. The candidate will be expected to maintain a professional profile through publication and presentation of scholarship and research or creative activity. Additional teaching responsibilities may be assigned according to the needs of the program and the abilities and interests of the candidate. Active participation in professional organizations in the field is expected.

    Position Requirements: The successful candidate must have earned a Ph.D. or Ed.D. in Music Therapy or related field and have experience in cognitive-behavioral research. The College seeks candidates who have a commitment to teaching excellence at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The successful candidate will: (a) have at least 2 years teaching experience at the collegiate level, (b) meet all requirements for Undergraduate and Graduate Academic Faculty as stipulated in the AMTA Standards for Education and Clinical Training, (c) have Board Certification in Music Therapy (MT-BC), and (d) have a minimum of 3-5 years of clinical experience as a music therapist. An interest in and ability to advocate effectively for the music therapy profession is expected. The College seeks a candidate who will demonstrate exemplary communication skills, collegiality, and the ability to contribute to the intellectual and cultural life of the University. In accordance with TTU Operating Procedures for Faculty Appointment, Annual Evaluation, Promotion, and Tenure, to be appointed at the rank of Associate Professor, the successful candidate must be an accomplished university-level educator and a nationally-recognized researcher with an established publication and presentation record.

    Preferred Qualifications:
    Experience working with diverse student populations and first- generation students. The ability to form partnerships within and outside of the university, regionally, nationally, and internationally. The ideal candidate will have a superior knowledge of music therapy, outstanding experience supervising practicum students and/or interns, previous experience teaching music therapy course work, facility in teaching all levels of students, additional training in one or more clinical specializations (e.g., NMT, Hospice, GIM, NICU) and an active record of achievement that includes national/international/regional/community engagement and/or collaboration. Familiarity with current and cutting-edge practice in music therapy and pedagogy.

    Position Description:
    The successful candidate will:

    • Create and lead TTU’s Music Therapy program, contributing to curriculum development and refinement in collaboration with School of Music Faculty and in accordance with AMTA/CBMT, NASM, and Texas state standards
    • Develop and teach undergraduate and graduate music therapy courses
    • Oversee recruitment of students to TTU's Music Therapy program
    • Supervise students in clinical settings
    • Direct and provide advisement for Master’s Theses
    • Oversee internships, including University Affiliate internships
    • Advise students
    • Participate on committees and provide service to the department, college, university, and profession
    • Be aware of and follow all university policies

    The School of Music is NASM accredited and offers the BM in Performance, Composition and Teacher Certification, the BA in Music, the MM in Musicology, Theory, Composition, Performance and Music Education, the DMA in Performance and Pedagogy, the PhD in Music Education, and the PhD in Fine Arts with a major emphasis in music. A faculty of 55 full-time professors serves approximately 375 undergraduate students and 160 students involved in graduate study. The School of Music has many prominent alumni. Technical and administrative support includes a total of 20 staff positions. The School of Music houses the Performing Arts Research Laboratory (PeARL), providing digital capabilities to support campus-wide interdisciplinary collaborations among faculty and students. The University Library contains a wide array of music resources, including musical scores, recordings, videos, instructional media, and the Crossroads Recording Studio—a state-of-the-art professional recording facility with the ability to record album projects of all genres. For more information, visit

    The J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts comprises the School of Art, the School of Music, and the School of Theatre & Dance, accredited by NASAD, NASM, NAST, and NASD, respectively. TTU is the only public university in the state accredited in all four arts areas, and boasts many acclaimed alumni, including Susan Graham, Terry Cook, Ann Sanders, G.W. Bailey, Barry Corbin, Jennifer Smith, Scott Dadich, Susanne Klotz and D.J. Stout. With more than 120 faculty members and approximately 1,100 students, the College offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including the terminal M.F.A., D.M.A., and Ph.D. degrees. Our unique Ph.D. program in Fine Arts provides interdisciplinary education in the visual & performing arts combined with philosophical aesthetics. For more information, visit

    Texas Tech University, established in 1923, is a Carnegie Highest Research Activity university and the largest comprehensive institution of higher education in the western two-thirds of the state (a region larger than 46 of the nation’s 50 states). The university’s 1,839-acre Spanish Renaissance style campus, which serves approximately 38,000 students, is the only one in Texas that is home to a major university, law school and medical school, and serves an increasingly diverse and multi-cultural student body. Lubbock, the hub of the South Plains, has an area population of almost 300,000 and offers a quality living experience with a semi-arid climate and housing costs below the national average. Texas Tech University recently surpassed the Hispanic student population threshold necessary for designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). The city supports a symphony orchestra; several museums; the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts; numerous galleries; and a variety of music, dance, and theatre performances. Direct flights to Lubbock are available from Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Denver, Las Vegas, and Phoenix.

    Apply online at
    Refer to TTU Faculty job postings, requisition number 18115BR (a two-step procedure).

    Please provide the following with your online application:
    1. Letter of Application
    2. Curriculum Vitae

    3. List of three references with contact information 

    4. Additional documentation of clinical and creative activity will be requested at a later date

    Complete job description:

    Equal Employment Opportunity Policy:
    As an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, Texas Tech University is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. We actively encourage applications from all those who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community at Texas Tech University. The university welcomes applications from minorities, women, protected veterans, persons with disabilities, and dual-career couples.

    Contact: Professor Andrew Martin, Senior Associate Dean:
    If you are having trouble with the online application, contact TTU at 806-742-3851 ext. 238.


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