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The University of Georgia, Hugh Hodgson School of Music

Position Vacancy
Louisiana State University
Full Professor of Music Therapy, Tenure Track (Cordell and Ava Haymon Endowed Chair of Music Therapy)
Required qualifications include:
  • An earned doctorate in music therapy or related area, with a minimum of 12 semester hours of graduate credits in music therapy beyond the undergraduate equivalency requirements;
  • Appropriate professional credential or designation in music therapy;
  • A minimum of five years (10 years for full professor rank) of full-time clinical experience in music therapy or the equivalent in part-time work; Evidence of continuing education relevant to teaching responsibilities;
  • Evidence of mastery of all professional level and applicable advanced competencies in music therapy; effectiveness as a music therapy clinician in at least one area of practice; the ability to teach and clinically supervise undergraduate and graduate students; ability to guide graduate research; and the ability to organize and administer an undergraduate and graduate music therapy program;
  • A sustained national and international record of scholarly publication.
Preferred qualifications include:
  • Demonstrated leadership in local, regional, national, and/or international music therapy or related professional organizations;
  • Previous experience as an academic program director.
Position Expectations:
The faculty in the College of Music and Dramatic Arts is interested in hiring a visionary, experienced, collaborative, and energetic colleague at the associate or full professor level, who will lead the music therapy program.

With the generous gift from the Haymons and a vision for a music therapy program among the faculty and administration of the College of Music and Dramatic Arts, LSU is committed to establishing, supporting, and growing a program that will grant bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music therapy. The individual hired into this position will continue the degree proposal process (which has been started by a consultant and faculty committee) and finalize the proposal with application to the Louisiana Board of Regents and the American Music Therapy Association. In addition, the individual will collaborate with local agencies to set up clinical practicum sites and university-affiliated internship sites. Although opportunities to teach exist during the 2020-21 academic year, it is anticipated that the first freshman cohort of music therapy students will be accepted and enrolled in fall of 2021.
Applications Must Include:
Application materials should include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, three letters of reference, and the names, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of at least three professional references. All application materials must be submitted electronically in Microsoft Word or PDF format through the LSU Careers website. The search committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and continue to accept applications and nominations until the position is filled. Candidates are encouraged to have complete applications submitted by March 6, 2020. The target start date for this position is August 2020. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications. An offer of employment is contingent on a satisfactory pre-employment background check.
URL to Complete Application:
Application Deadline:
Open until filled
Applications Will Be Reviewed Starting:
Inquiries About the Position Should Be Directed to:
Tim Love, Executive Assistant to the Dean,
Institutional Information:
The School and College: The College of Music and Dramatic Arts is a performing arts community that trains, cultivates, prepares, and rewards excellent artists, educators, scholars, and performers. The LSU School of Music offers a comprehensive music program with over 450 majors. It has over 50 faculty members, 20 professional staff, and 90 graduate assistants. It sponsors over 300 recitals, concerts, operas, and lectures each academic year. Degrees currently offered include the PhD (with concentrations in composition, music education, musicology, and music theory), DMA (concentrations in choral conducting, performance, orchestral conducting, and wind conducting), MM, BM, BME, and BA.

About LSU

LSU serves Louisiana, the region, the nation, and the world through extensive, multipurpose programs encompassing instruction, research, and public service. The University brings in more than $150 million annually in research grants and contracts, a significant factor for the Louisiana economy. LSU represents the largest institution of higher education in the state of Louisiana and is the only public university in the state to be designated a Carnegie Research University with Very High Research Activity. Among a handful of distinguished universities to enjoy land, sea, and space grant status, LSU offers vital research opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students as it transforms new technology and lends expertise to solving endemic problems. Among institutions of higher education, LSU is uniquely situated to provide a rich educational experience. The University boasts record-breaking numbers of high achieving freshman students from underrepresented minorities indicating our commitment to diversity. The University’s success as the Flagship campus has been attained not only by harnessing the intellectual capital of its faculty and students, but also by leveraging the geographic and cultural capital found only in Louisiana. The University is guided by LSU Strategic Plan 2025, which identifies the following strategic opportunities over the coming years:
  • Transforming education;
  • Developing leaders;
  • Cultivating diversity and inclusion;
  • Fostering research and catalyzing economic development;
  • Bridging the coast, energy, and environment; • Advancing arts and culture;
  • Improving health and wellbeing;
  • Encouraging career excellence and enrichment;
  • Establishing a culture of service and operational excellence; and
  • Supporting student success.
Some highlights from our outstanding programs include:
  • The College of Science is the top producer of African American PhDs and women PhDs in chemistry in the U.S.
  • LSU’s School of Veterinary Medicine is one of only 30 accredited colleges of veterinary medicine in the U.S.
  • LSU’s master’s degree program in ceramics is ranked seventh overall and fifth among public universities in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 Best Graduate Schools rankings.
  • LSU’s Flores MBA Program is No. 36 among public institutions and No. 69 overall in U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools-Business Schools.”
  • The Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture's graduate program is ranked third in the nation by Designlntelligence magazine.
  • LSU is a member of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) Scientific Collaboration, a dynamic group of scientists from around the globe collaborating to detect and study gravitational waves. LIGO’s Louisiana facility first detected gravitational waves in 2015, proving Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity in a groundbreaking discovery that contributed to the Nobel Prize in 2017.
  • Through the College of Engineering, LSU is the only university in North America where future petroleum engineers can get hands-on training in oil well control at the Petroleum Engineering Research & Technology Transfer Laboratory
The Community

Situated on the Mississippi River, Baton Rouge represents the best of Louisiana's vibrant culture. The state capital is a diverse and thriving city that is home to both LSU and Southern University and numerous businesses and industrial facilities. Known for its great people, its unique food, and its lively music, the “Red Stick” has something for everyone. The Baton Rouge area offers an excellent selection of both public schools, including five of the top ten public school districts in the state, and private schools, including several of the top ones in the country. Choose Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge Area Chamber of Commerce and Visit Baton Rouge, are fantastic resources for all things Baton Rouge.

The State of Louisiana has received numerous accolades in recent years, including:
  • Ranking No. 2 in the nation for private sector job growth in the South based on data from the US Bureau of Labor in 2015;
  • Ranking No.6 for low student loan debt following graduation in 2017 according to U.S. News;
  • Being named No. 7 in the nation for best living environment in the 2014 ranking of Best & Worst States for Business by Chief Executive magazine;
  • Ranking No. 1 nationwide in ACT score gains in 2015, according to Greater Baton Rouge Business Report; and
  • Being named No. 13 in the nation for affordable living and good jobs for new college graduates in the 2017 ranking of 50 Best Cities for New College Grads by MONEY magazine
A Note from Brian Wesolowski:

The mission of the Music Research Nexus is to connect those involved in music education/music therapy research at higher education institutions. 

1. Music education/music therapy position vacancies
2. Calls for international, national, and state music education conferences
3. Calls for nominations for service-related activities
4. Calls for papers
5. Research funding/award opportunities

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