Posted: Apr 15, 2021

Assistant Professor of Music Therapy

Howard University Department of Music - Washington, DC
Application Deadline: N/A

The Department of Music in the College of Arts and Sciences invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor with research interests in the area of Music Therapy. We seek outstanding applications with a demonstrated track record of excellence in research and teaching. Successful candidates are expected to develop rigourous, extramurally funded research programs in their areas of expertise, actively participate in the Department's teaching and curriculum development at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and mentor undergraduate and graduate students. Evidence of interest and success in mentoring underrepresented minority students is highly desired.

Howard University, a culturally diverse, comprehensive, research intensive and historically Black private university, provides an educational experience of exceptional quality at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels to students of high academic standing and potential, with particular emphasis upon educational opportunities for Black students. Howard University is currently classified as an R2 research university with aspirations and actions underway to achieve R1 status within the next few years. It is a residential campus of approximately 10,000 students located in the heart of the nation's capital, Washington, DC.

The Department of Music currently consists of fifteen fulltime faculty members and twenty-three adjuncts, involved in various areas of performances, composition, and research. It offers BM degree Composition, Music Education, Elective Studies in Business, Jazz studies, Performance and Music Therapy. It also offers the MM degree in Performance, Music Education and Jazz Studies.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Serve as the advisor for all Music Therapy students. Teach undergraduate music therapy courses, coordinate, and supervise music therapy clinical fieldwork and internships, serve as the liaison with internship site supervisors. Recruit and interview potential music therapy students. Teach additional general courses within the Department of Music as needed. Attend all faculty meetings and serve on departmental committees as needed. Maintain active involvement in research and clinical activities.

QUALIFICATIONS: Masters Degree in Music Therapy required, PH.D preferred; Music Therapy Board Certification (MT-BC) required. Candidate should have evidence of strong professional clinical experience; working knowledge of Nordoff-Robins and DIR/Floortime Music Therapy; successful teaching experience at the university level; publication record in scholarship/research; strong professional connections and participation in regional and national professional organizations; and administrative experience and organizational skills. Candidate must demonstrate excellent interpersonal, music, and communication skills, both written and verbal.


Complete applications consist of a single PDF file containing:

  1. Cover letter addressing qualifications listed above.
  2. Current curriculum vitae (CV).
  3. Two-page statement of research accomplishments, interests, and future plans.
  4. Two-page statement of teaching experience and philosophy; and
  5. Names and contact information for at least three references who will provide letters upon request from the search committee.

Completed applications should be addressed to the Chair of the search committee: Professor Valerie Eichelberger and submitted electronically to [email protected] Screening will begin on April 20, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. The desired starting date is August 15, 2021. Additional details and information can be found at

The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender or gender identity, marital status, religion, disability, or protected veterans' status. Veterans and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Inquiries regarding provisions for persons with disabilities or veteran's status, Equal Employment Opportunity and Title IX should be directed to the Office of Employee Relations and Equal Employment Opportunity at 202-806-1280.

How To Apply:

Completed applications should be addressed to the Chair of the search committee: Professor Valerie Eichelberger and submitted electronically to [email protected]