Assistant Professor of Music Therapy

University Of Memphis

United States

October 28, 2021


Posting Details Posting Number FAE1319

Advertised Title Assistant Professor of Music Therapy Campus Location Main Campus (Memphis, TN) Position Number 022642 Category Full-Time Faculty Department School of Music Position Summary

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. www.

    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.
  • Special Conditions Posting Date 10/07/2021 Closing Date 10/29/2021 Open Until Screening Begins No Hiring Range Competitive and commensurate with experience Full-Time/Part-Time Special Instructions to Applicants

    Candidates should submit an application. Additional items required at time of application are as follows:

  • cover letter describing your qualifications for the position
  • curriculum vitae
  • unofficial transcripts for all collegiate degrees earned
  • a statement articulating your a) teaching philosophy and approach to fostering an inclusive learning environment, and b) vision for educating the next generation of music therapists
  • complete contact information (address, phone, and email) for four professional references
  • Additional materials and/or documentation of clinical, creative, and scholarly activity may be requested at a later date. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

    Preference will be given to candidates that apply by October 28, 2021. Review of applications may continue until an appropriate pool of finalists is identified.

    For further information contact:

    Dr. Josef Hanson Chair, Music Therapy Search Committee Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music

    Instructions to Applicant regarding references Is this posting for UofM employees only? No

    Supplemental Questions

    Required fields are indicated with an asterisk ().

    Applicant Documents

    Required Documents

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Cover Letter
  • Teaching Philosophy
  • References List
  • Unofficial Transcript
  • Optional Documents

  • Other Document 1
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