General Summary of the Position:
The Department of Music at the University of Massachusetts Lowell invites applications for two open-rank, tenured or tenure-track faculty positions in our Sound Recording Technology program to begin September 2023.
Applicants must hold a Ph.D., DMA, or equivalent terminal degree in Music or related fields; under some circumstances, ABD candidates or those with significant professional experience commensurate with a terminal degree will be considered. A strong record of published research or applied experience, and evidence of successful teaching experience is required for a tenured appointment. We welcome applicants that, besides a musicianship background, have expertise in relevant analog, digital, and computing technologies, production experience in multitrack recording, sound synthesis, computer-based systems, multimedia, event production, and related areas. In addition, a thorough understanding of the audio recording industry, current and historic recording theory and practice, and current trends is essential. We are particularly interested in candidates whose work engages with underrepresented groups in the audio community. We strongly encourage applications from candidates from underrepresented backgrounds in higher education.
Responsibilities include research/scholarship/creative work, teaching, service, student recruitment, and advising. The successful candidate may have the opportunity for a leadership role in the SRT program in the future. The teaching load primarily includes undergraduate courses in Sound Recording Technology, with the potential to work with students at the beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. It is preferred that the candidate can contribute significantly to the Department of Music in a secondary area (such as applied performance, ensemble direction, composition for new media, musicianship, music business, music education, etc.)
About the Sound Recording Technology Program:
The Sound Recording Technology program at UMass Lowell was established with the Bachelor of Music in Sound Recording Technology in 1983. The program received NASM accreditation in 1984, making it one of the first accredited programs in the US. By 1986 it was the largest music program at UML, with well over 100 majors. Enrollment stabilized at approximately 175 students over the next two decades, and it remains the largest program in the Department of Music. The program emerged as a top program nationally and maintained a significant international presence. Many students during this period were international or from other regions of the US. In the early 1990s, the SRT program became distinguished as one of the signature programs of the campus, and the College of Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.
The program is unique in other significant ways. It offers minor studies in SRT for engineering and computer science majors, graduating individuals interested in audio-related development. Graduates of the SRT program are regularly awarded GRAMMYs, EMMYs, and other industry honors—and they also are integrated into the fabric of our regional communities and audio-related companies.
The SRT program is housed In the Department of Music, which is part of the College of Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. The College of Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (FAHSS) is the largest academic unit of the University, with 12 academic departments, close to 5,000 students, and over 200 full-time faculty. FAHSS has experienced significant growth in recent years, including hiring over 100 new faculty members, achieving a 70% growth in funded research expenditures, and adding several new interdisciplinary graduate programs.
Minimum Qualifications (Required):
- Ph.D., DMA, or EDD in Music or related field. ABD or commensurate recording/audio industry experience equivalent to a doctorate
- An active research/scholarship agenda
- A successful record of teaching experience at the university level is preferred
- A demonstrated history of publication or equivalent work is required for a senior-level appointment (Associate or Full Professor)
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Review of applications will begin on February 1, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled. However, the position may close once an adequate number of qualified applications is received.
Please submit the following required documents with your application:
- Curriculum vita
- Cover letter
- A statement of Teaching Philosophy
- A statement on research or attach scholarly work and samples of such work
- Diversity Statement that describes your commitment to equity, inclusion, and diversity across scholarship, teaching, and service activities
- Names and contact information for three references will be required at the time of application. References will be contacted for a letter of reference immediately after application submission. References will be required to upload recommendation letters to our online portal; neither emailed nor hard-copy letters will be accepted. *Three letters of reference are required.