Clinical Assistant Professor of Music Education

New York University

United States


The New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development invites applications for a non-tenure track Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of the Music Education Program to begin September 2020. The appointed faculty member will join the Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions. We are committed to substantially increasing the proportion of our faculty from historically underrepresented groups as we strive to create the most intellectually diverse, inclusive, and equitable institution that we can, and we highly encourage candidates from historically underrepresented groups to apply.

Position Description: The Music Education Program has approximately 80 full-time students earning undergraduate, masters, advanced certificate, and doctoral degrees in music education. Students pursue New York State licensure and certification as PK-12 music educators, or study to work in community music settings. The ideal candidate will be able to prepare undergraduate and graduate music education students to teach at the elementary, middle, and secondary school levels, supervise student teachers in field placements and develop students’ awareness of the nature, values, and best practices in community music. We are seeking candidates from a diversity of backgrounds with innovative and broad skill sets who can augment and extend the current strengths of the program, and who have a strong track record of teaching and administration in an academic setting.

Responsibilities: Steinhardt seeks a dynamic Clinical Assistant Professor to engage in various aspects of teaching and administration.  The successful candidate will be able to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in their area of expertise (e.g. elementary music methods, secondary general music, popular music, intercultural music education, culturally relevant music pedagogy). The administrative role as Director of the Music Education Program includes student advisement and mentoring, hiring and supervision of adjunct faculty, and student recruitment and admissions, among other responsibilities.  In addition, the candidate will participate in faculty meetings and serve on department, school and/or university committees. Ongoing creative activity in the field of music education is expected.


Doctoral degree in Music Education, a minimum of five years successful school music teaching experience at the elementary, middle school and/or secondary levels, and a minimum of five years successful music teacher preparation experience at the university level is required. The ideal candidate will have knowledge of and experience with New York State Music Teacher Certification and the New York State Learning Standards for the Arts, in addition to an established record of scholarship and participation at state, national and international music education conferences.

Application Instructions

Please submit your application online including a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching statement, diversity statement (describing how you address diversity and inclusion in the scope of your teaching and broader work), and the names and contact information for three references that will be contacted automatically to submit letters of recommendation. Optionally, if available, you are encouraged to include a teaching video with your application materials.

Application review will begin immediately and will continue until the positions are filled. For best consideration, materials should be submitted no later than February 1, 2020. For additional information about these positions please contact Dr. Nan Smithner (, Search Committee Chair.

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Steinhardt: Our mission is to advance knowledge, creativity, and innovation at the crossroads of culture, education, and human development. We have award-winning faculty and alumni engaged in ground-breaking research and artistic creation, at the cutting edge of their professions. The Department of Music and Performing Arts and Professions’ Music Education Program offers unrivaled opportunities to perform and study with New York City’s finest musicians and artist teachers.

NYU's dynamic Global Network University includes NYU Abu Dhabi, NYU Shanghai, and international programs and academic centers around the world. NYU Steinhardt faculty may have the opportunity to engage in research and teaching at these global study and research sites.




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