Tenure Track Position in Music Industries

FCAD, Creative Industries

Posted: March 18, 2021
Deadline to Apply: Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Tenure Track Position in Music Industries

Located in downtown Toronto, the largest and most culturally diverse city in Canada and on the  territory of the Anishinaabeg, Haudenosaunee and the Wendat Peoples, the School of Creative Industries in the Faculty of Communication and Design at Ryerson University welcomes applications for a tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor effective July 1, 2021 subject to final budgetary approval. 

The successful candidate will teach in the School of Creative Industries and will be one of the first faculty hired to support the new Professional Music program. As the first program of its kind in Canada,  Professional Music is designed to inspire talent, enhance creativity and equip emerging artists and entrepreneurs with the skills and experience needed to excel in the modern music industry. 

The Assistant Professor, Music Industries will be expected to bring expertise related to music industries and markets, music culture and consumption, audience analytics, music entrepreneurship and innovation, and diversity. Their professional and/or Scholarly Research and Creative (SRC) practice will contribute to answering questions about areas such as: the future of music business and creativity models, work, dynamic labour changes affecting careers in music (ie. artists, producers, record labels, publishers, artist managers, bookers, venue managers, etc); the role of digital music platforms and formats, management and urban planning of music venues and cultural scenes, marketing and branding of music, festival organization and live music experiences, and others. The position is housed within the School of Creative Industries and the faculty member will be expected to teach courses in both Professional Music and Creative Industries. 

The successful candidate will engage in a combination of teaching, scholarly research or creative activity and service duties while maintaining an inclusive, equitable, and collegial work environment across all activities with the Professional Music program. The position will include teaching undergraduate courses, supervision of students’ independent studies and curriculum development. The successful candidate will further pursue a strong, innovative research program or creative activity that is externally funded and that produces cutting-edge, high quality results. 

Successful candidates shall normally have a PhD; however  equivalent credentials may also be considered. In addition, the successful candidate must present evidence of: 

  • Innovation and thought leadership for Canada’s music industry.
  • Record of (or clear potential for) contributing to the field in a leadership capacity through Scholarly Research & Creativity (SRC), with potential for impactful research and external funding. 
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience working within the music sector at a local, national and/or international level.
  • Teaching experience and effectiveness, as demonstrated by past post-secondary teaching experiences, student evaluations or other relevant achievements. 
  • Commitment to our values of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion as it pertains to service, teaching, and scholarly research or creative activities, including a demonstrated ability to make learning accessible and inclusive for a diverse student population. 
  • An ability and willingness to contribute to the life of the School of Creative Industries and the University through collegial service.  

Our committee recognizes that scholars have varying career paths and that career interruptions can be part of an excellent academic record. Candidates are encouraged to provide any relevant information about their experience and/or career interruptions. 

This position falls under the jurisdiction of the Ryerson Faculty Association (RFA) (www.rfanet.ca). The RFA collective agreement can be viewed here and a summary of RFA benefits can be found here.

Ryerson University

Serving a highly diverse student population of over 45,000, with 100+ undergraduate and graduate programs built on the integration of theoretical and practical learning and distinguished by a professionally focussed curriculum with a strong emphasis on excellence in teaching, research and creative activities, Ryerson is a vibrant, urban university known for its culture of innovation, entrepreneurship, community engagement and city-building through its award-winning architecture. 

Creative Industries 

Our school, Creative Industries offers an undergraduate program to 700 students of diverse backgrounds. The first program of its kind in North America, we cultivate students to become leaders in the discovery of creativity, business, and culture. Our interdisciplinary program develops entrepreneurial skills to innovate creative industries such as media, design, entertainment, arts and culture. Our students enter the workforce with empathy, creative confidence and diverse perspectives.Our faculty prides itself on the excellence of its research, the quality of its teaching and community engagement. We are interested in candidates who will contribute to our existing strengths in research/creativity activity and teaching through academic, professional and diverse lived experiences and perspectives. 

Working at Ryerson

At the intersection of mind and action, Ryerson is on a transformative path to become Canada’s leading comprehensive innovation university. At Ryerson and within our department/school, we firmly believe that equity, diversity and inclusion are integral to this path; our current academic plan outlines each as core values and we work to embed them in all that we do. 

Dedicated to a people first culture, Ryerson is proud to have been selected as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers and a Greater Toronto’s Top Employer. We invite you to explore the range of benefits and supports available to faculty and their family, including access to our diverse faculty and staff networks

Visit us on Twitter:  @RyersonU, @RyersonHR and @RyersonECI and our LinkedIn company page.

Ryerson is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. To find out more about legal and policy obligations please visit the accessibility and Human Rights websites.

Ryerson University welcomes those who have demonstrated a commitment to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion and will assist us to expand our capacity for diversity in the broadest sense. In addition, to correct the conditions of disadvantage in employment in Canada, we encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, Indigenous peoples of North America, Black-identified persons, other racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+. 

How to Apply

Applicants must submit their application online via the Faculty Recruitment Portal (click on “Start Application Process” to begin) by April 21, 2021. The application must contain the following: 

  • a letter of application*; 
  • a curriculum vitae; 
  • a statement of research interests; 
  • a sample of your scholarly research or creative activities;
  • evidence of teaching experience and effectiveness; and
  • names and contact information of three referees.
  • A diversity statement, i.e. evidence of commitment to EDI that demonstrates an understanding of EDI principles and evidence of application of those EDI principles, or clearly defined plans of how EDI principles will be applied in research and teaching.

* The letter of application should include identification of at least four particular courses that the applicant has the expertise and knowledge to teach within Creative Industries (CRI100, CRI200, CRI700, CRI810) and the Music Program (CRI670, CRI620, RPM401, RPM402). 

Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority, in accordance with Canadian immigration regulations. Candidates must therefore indicate in their application if they are a permanent resident or citizen of Canada.  


Any confidential inquiries about the opportunity can be directed to the DHC Chair Chris Gibbs at cgibbs@ryerson.ca  

Indigenous candidates who would like to learn more about working at Ryerson University are welcome to contact Tracey King, Indigenous Human Resources Lead at t26king@ryerson.ca. 

Black identified candidates who wish to learn more about working at Ryerson University are welcome to contact Shurla Charles-Forbes, Black Faculty & Staff Community Network at bfscn@ryerson.ca.  

For any confidential accommodation needs in order to participate in the recruitment and selection process and/or inquiries regarding accessing the Faculty Recruitment Portal, please contact Alanna Neshevich, HR Advisor at alanna.neshevich@ryerson.ca

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