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job announcement

The following job announcement may be of interest to scholars of music
cognition and perception.

Annoucement of Two Full-time Faculty Positions for Musicologists
Graduate Institute of Musicology
National Taiwan University
Taipei, Taiwan

Qualifications:  Candidates must hold Ph.D. degree in any of the
subfields of musicology (including historical musicology, systematic
musicology, ethnomusicology, music theory, or other theoretical
approaches).  Candidates must also be interested in applying their
methodology to the study of the musics of Taiwan and China and
eventually to reach out to the musics of the Asia-Pacific region.  By
"the musics of Taiwan", we refer to any music that exists in a Taiwan
context, be it western classical music, contemporary compositions,
popular music, the music of the Han Chinese and aboriginal people, the
music of other ethnic groups on Taiwan, or the music of overseas
Taiwanese.  The same broad definition applies to the musics of China and
of the Asia-Pacific region.  Priorities will be given to candidates who
show proficiency in Chinese, hold a broad view toward musicology,
demonstrate strong record in research and teaching, and are committed to
developing the field of musicology on Taiwan.

Date of Appointment:  August 1, 1998.

Rank: Assistant professor, associate professor, or full professor

Salary, research grants, medicare:  Salary pending on years of
experiences in teaching and research; starting salary is US$25,900 per
year for assistant professorship, US$29,088 for associate professorship,
US$34,666 for full professorship.  Faculty can apply for research grants
from the National Science Council for their individual research
projects.  Medicare is available through the National Health Insurance

Responsibilities:  Teach graduate courses in musicology; advise on M.A.
theses; contribute toward the development of a program that emphasizes a
well-rounded training in musicological methodology, a broad perspective
on music research, as well as interdisciplinary research orientation
within a large research university; assist in administrative work.

Screening begins: May 31, 1998

Application materials:  An application letter with curriculum vitae,
publication list, statement of research orientation, syllabi of courses
taught, representative works published within the past three years, and
the name, address, phone, fax, and e-mail address of three references.

Please send materials to:

Ying-fen Wang
Graduate Institute of Musicology
National Taiwan University
#1, Roosevelt Road, Sec. 4
Taipei, Taiwan
R. O. C.
Tel:  (886)2-2363-0231 ext. 3686 or 3687
Fax:  (886)2-2369-6773

Graduate Institute of Musicology of National Taiwan University

After four years of planning since 1992, the Graduate Institute of
Musicology was finally founded in 1996.  It is the first music program
ever to be established at the National Taiwan University.  It is also
the only graduate program of music on Taiwan that is totally devoted to
musicology alone, without subdivisions in performance or composition.
Now in its second year, the Institute's current faculty members consist
of two full-time teachers and four part-time teachers, and the student
body is made up of seven second-year students and six first-year
students.  The students will be awarded Master of Arts degree once they
complete their coursework and theses.
The Institute aims to integrate the approaches from historical
musicology, systematic musicology, music theory, and ethnomusicology,
based on the belief that any musical culture can be studied from a wide
variety of approaches and perspectives.  This is why the Institute
invite four part-time faculty members to offer courses in historical
musicology, systematic musicology, and music theory, as well as Chinese
music history.  Through these courses as well as numerous lectures and
seminars by invited speakers, it is hoped that the students will be
exposed to various approaches to music research and will cultivate an
open attitude toward what music and music research is.
The Institute also plans to develop interdisciplinary studies of music
in order to make the best use of the rich research resources at the
National Taiwan University.  As the first step, the Institute has
started a laboratory to develop spectral analysis of music through
computers hardware and software.  Later it aims to develop research in
areas such as music acoustics, music perception and cognition, the
psychology of music, the biology of music, etc.  Meanwhile it also aims
to enhance its existing links with the other disciplines in humanities
and social sciences, such as anthropology, sociology, linguistics,
philosophy, history, cultural studies, etc.
At the beginning stage, the Institute aims to take the musics of Taiwan
as its main research subject and will attempt to study these musics in
their cultural contexts.  "The musics of Taiwan" refers to all of the
various kinds of musical activities that have taken place on Taiwan in
history and at present.
At a later stage, the Institute aims to expand its research subject to
include the musics of mainland China, the musics of overseas Chinese, as
well as the musics of the Asia-Pacific region.  All of these are areas
that offer endless topics for further research, a fact that can be
attested by the fourth Conference of the Asia-Pacific Society for
Ethnomusicology (January 11 to 16, 1998, Taipei), which the Institute
played a major role in organizing.
Eventually the Institute hopes that it will be able to develop a
musicology that combines the strengths of Western musicology and Chinese
musicology.  It also aims to function as a bridge between the East and
the West to increase mutual understanding.

National Taiwan University

Founded in 1928, National Taiwan University is the oldest and the most
prestigious university in Taiwan.  Up to the 1997 academic year, the
University has in total nine colleges, fifty departments, seventy-nine
graduate institutes (sixty-seven of which offered Ph.D. programs) and
the Evening Division.  The number of students reached 23,212, including
16,665 undergraduate students, 4,941 master's degree students and 2,313
Ph.D. students.