Here are some helpful hints about how to diversify your theory job search pool:
Standard job announcement locations:
Most people looking for jobs in music theory would be checking:
- The College Music Society’s job listings
- Music Theory Online: http://www.mtosmt.org/mto-job-post.php
- The Committee on Diversity listserv (contact the CoD chair to become a member)
There are some Facebook pages that might help you reach a more diverse pool of candidates:
- The SMT Committee on the Status of Women hosts a Facebook page
- The SMT Committee on Diversity hosts a Facebook page
- The International Alliance for Women in Music hosts a Facebook page
- Music and Disability: The SMT Interest Group and AMS Study Group also hosts a Facebook page. It is a closed group, but if you sent a message to one of the administrators with a link to your ad they might post it for you.
Twitter might be a good resource as well, perhaps during the Annual Meeting when there is a lot of twitter activity.
These would be more labor-intensive approaches:
- You could post an open invitation for preliminary/informal interviews for your position to be held at the SMT annual meeting.
- You could attend the open brownbag lunch for the Committee on the Status of Women at the SMT annual meeting, and hand out leaflets about your job to all of those in attendance.
- You could attend the sessions sponsored by the Committee on Diversity and the Committee on the Status of Women to meet people who are on the job market, and, again, hand out leaflets.
- You could send out personal emails directly to professional music theorists at PhD-granting institutions who might help to circulate your job ad to members of targeted groups in their programs.
- You might also take a look at the bios of authors from issues from the last couple of years of Music Theory Spectrum, Music Theory Online, and other peer-reviewed music theory journals, to find some junior scholars whom you would like to target.