THE SCHOOL OF FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS (SFPA) OF RIDER UNIVERSITY announces an opening for a full-time, tenure track appointment in Popular Music Studies at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning September 1, 2019 on the University’s Lawrenceville campus.


Rider University seeks candidates for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the Popular Music Studies major of the School of Fine and Performing Arts.

The successful candidate will hold a doctoral degree (PhD or DMA) in music or a related field  with a primary focus on popular music studies.

ABD candidates who will complete their degree within one year of appointment will be considered. We are looking for promising scholars or practitioners with demonstrated teaching experience whose primary field is popular music theory and whose secondary area of interest complements the department. The successful candidate will be responsible for the following:

  • designing and delivering courses with the Popular Music Studies major, primarily in the areas of music theory, songwriting, etc.
  • teaching and/or supervising delivery of other courses in the major, such as history, composition, instrument/voice lessons, or performance ensembles
  • recruiting a diverse cohort of students through official University events as well as through communication with prospective students throughout the recruiting season
  • participating in departmental activities including representing the department on committees and working groups on campus
  • engaging in ongoing scholarly or creative work, which can include traditional academic publications or a portfolio of creative work
  • advising and mentoring students from diverse backgrounds


Desired qualifications include:

  • Experience in the popular music industry as a scholar and/or practitioner
  • Significant experience with the broad spectrum of popular music
  • Performance experience in some genre of popular music
  • Familiarity with current research on race, class, and gender studies as these relate to popular music study and practice
  • Experience coaching students in popular music performance ensembles


All applicants must apply directly to our website at

and attach a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy and goals, a statement outlining their commitment to diversity, including evidence of their experience working with and teaching diverse students, contact information for three references, undergraduate and graduate transcripts. The completion of a satisfactory background check is required. Please reference Position No. 312534. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, review of applicant materials will begin on January 2, 2019.

Rider University is a private university with primary campus located in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. Over 4,100 undergraduate and 950 graduate students are enrolled in 67 undergraduate programs and 35 graduate programs in business administration, education, liberal arts, sciences, fine and performing arts, counseling, and leadership. There are 248 full-time faculty supporting a student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1. U.S. News & World Report ranks Rider in the top tier of northern regional universities offering master’s degrees. Rider is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. To learn more about the School of Fine and Performing Arts, please visit our website at

Rider University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer dedicated to excellence through diversity and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, handicap/disability, Vietnam-era/disabled veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other non-job related criteria. The Department values diversity among its faculty and is committed to building a culturally diverse intellectual community.