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Assistant Professor of Music Technology

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Work type: Faculty - Tenure Track
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Arts/Theater/Museum, Music/Dance, Instruction

Department: School of Music and Dance
Rank: Assistant Professor
Annual Basis: 9 Month

Application Deadline

November 1, 2024; position open until filled.

Required Application Materials

To ensure consideration, please apply online and upload the following with your online application by the review date:
• a current curriculum vitae
• a letter of interest highlighting how your knowledge, skills, experience, professional, and teaching interests qualify you for the position.
• a statement about teaching philosophy.
• a statement that describes contributions and/or plans you have made to foster a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community through current campus programs or new activities, or through national or off-campus organizations. This information can be uploaded as additional document 1. Comprehensive information is articulated in the university’s "IDEAL Framework: A Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion." Link: IDEAL Framework
• names and current contact information for at least three professional or academic references who can be contacted by the committee.
• a link to a representative portfolio of 3-5 creative works that best illustrate your qualifications for the position. The works may be either audio or audio/video media of your creative work and/or performances. These links can be uploaded as additional document 2.

Position Announcement

The University of Oregon School of Music and Dance seeks a dynamic and innovative musical creator whose artistic practice creatively employs and engages recent technology. The tenure-track Assistant Professor level appointment will begin September 16, 2025.

The position comprises creative and scholarly research as well as teaching duties. Our new colleague will teach courses in music technology core curricula that may include computer music composition, digital audio workstations, computer-centric instrument design, musical performance networks, history of electroacoustic music, and technologically-mediated performance. Because we offer a Ph.D. in Data-driven Performance and Composition, an application will be enhanced that possesses demonstrated capabilities in data-centric approaches to electroacoustic music making such as data sonification, game music and sound, musical artificial intelligence, musical neural networks, algorithmic composition, virtual reality, machine learning in the arts, immersive audio, and telematic performance. Preferred candidates will have a developing national and/or international profile that is recognized for its innovation and excellence. As a composer and performer of computer music, the successful candidate will cultivate a national and international presence.

The University of Oregon operates on the quarter system with an anticipated course load of 2-2-1. Serving on school, university, and discipline-based committees is expected.

Department or Program Summary

The Music Technology program offers exciting curricula that lead to three degrees: a Bachelor of Science in Music, Music Technology option; a Master of Music in Intermedia Music Technology; and a Ph.D. in Data-driven Music Performance and Composition. Each curriculum strives to balance the development of artistic and creative skills with the mastery of technical aspects of the discipline. Music Technology also serves the interdisciplinary Multimedia Minor (administered by the School of Art + Design) as well as the undergraduate Data Science degree where music technology provides a music and sound-centric domain specialization. Program facilities include a suite of outstanding studios designed for electroacoustic and new media performance and composition. Studios are equipped with current software, digital mixers, alternative controllers, and sensor-based interfaces for musical and artistic exploration.

Original works produced by faculty and students are regularly presented around the country and world at festivals and symposia including the International Computer Music Conference, the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States National Conference, the Kyma International Sound Symposium, the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression, and Musicacoustica in Beijing. Our graduates hold positions on university faculties, pursue various careers in the music industry, work in multimedia production and sound for video, and compose music grounded in technology.

The Music Technology program is housed in the Academic Department of the School of Music and Dance (SOMD), which has an overall enrollment of more than 800 music and dance majors and minors, a faculty and staff of 85, and approximately 70 graduate employees. The School of Music and Dance is a premier higher education institution of music and dance in the Pacific Northwest, a comprehensive public institution that offers courses in choreography, performance, dance education, dance science, dance history and culture, music education, music performance, pedagogy, composition, conducting, jazz studies, music theory, musicology, ethnomusicology, music technology, and liberal arts studies in music.

The School of Music and Dance serves as an educational and cultural resource for the University of Oregon, the local community, and the state of Oregon. We prepare students to lead enriching lives by offering comprehensive educational curricula for professional arts-based careers and by providing a fully realized liberal arts education. Music Technology faculty focus on critical art-making that inquires, takes risks, and incorporates learning into creative problem-solving. Music Technology faculty and students are committed to creating music of our time, for our time.

The School of Music and Dance is dedicated to the UO’s goal of building a culturally diverse faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from all underrepresented populations.

Read more about the SOMD online at https://musicanddance.uoregon.edu/

Minimum Requirements

• Master’s degree in music or a closely related field.
• Demonstrated accomplishments as a music technology practitioner.
• Demonstrated ability to contribute effectively to an inclusive working and learning environment.

Preferred Qualifications

• Doctoral degree in music or music technology (any kind), or equivalent outstanding professional experience related to music technology, or data sonification, or digital game sound and music.
• Established or emerging national and/or international reputation as a practitioner in the field of music technology.
• College-level teaching experience.

About the University

The University of Oregon is a comprehensive public research university committed to exceptional teaching, discovery, and service. We work at a human scale to generate big ideas. As a community of scholars, we help individuals question critically, think logically, reason effectively, communicate clearly, act creatively, and live ethically.

We strive for excellence in teaching, research, artistic expression, and the generation, dissemination, preservation, and application of knowledge. We are devoted to educating the whole person, and to fostering the next generation of transformational leaders and informed participants in the global community. Through these pursuits, we enhance the social, cultural, physical, and economic wellbeing of our students, Oregon, the nation, and the world.

We aspire to be a preeminent and innovative public research university encompassing the humanities and arts, the natural and social sciences, and the professions. We seek to enrich the human condition through collaboration, teaching, mentoring, scholarship, experiential learning, creative inquiry, scientific discovery, outreach, and public service.

• We value the passions, aspirations, individuality, and success of the students, faculty, and staff who work and learn here.
• We value academic freedom, creative expression, and intellectual discourse.
• We value our diversity and seek to foster equity and inclusion in a welcoming, safe, and respectful community.
• We value the unique geography, history and culture of Oregon that shapes our identity and spirit.
• We value our shared charge to steward resources sustainably and responsibly.

The university is the top ranked public university in Oregon and in the top 20% of the “Best Global Universities” according to U.S. News and World Report. University alumni include two Nobel Prize winners, 10 winners of Pulitzer Prizes, 19 Rhodes Scholars, four Marshall Scholars, seven Oregon governors, eight U.S. Senators, and 20 U.S. representatives.

The university enrolls more than 20,000 undergraduate and 3,600 graduate students representing all 50 states and nearly 100 countries. The campus features state-of-the-art facilities in an arboretum-like setting. The University of Oregon is located in beautiful Eugene, Oregon, a metropolitan area with a population of more than 350,000, that supports an amazing diversity of cultural, recreational, and educational opportunities. The City of Eugene features resident symphony and chamber orchestras, as well as ballet, modern dance, and opera companies, community theatre groups, art galleries, and museums. Eugene is located two hours south of Portland, in the southern end of the Willamette Valley, and just over an hour from the Pacific coast.

The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit http://hr.uoregon.edu/careers/about-benefits.

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at uocareers@uoregon.edu or 541-346-5112.

UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Civil Rights Compliance, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.

In compliance with federal law, the University of Oregon prepares an annual report on campus security and fire safety programs and services. The Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report is available online at https://clery.uoregon.edu/annual-campus-security-and-fire-safety-report.

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