job announcement (Ying-fen Wang )

Subject: job announcement
From:    Ying-fen Wang  <nanguanl(at)>
Date:    Sat, 2 May 1998 15:12:05 +0000

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 System. 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 Director 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 E-mail: NANGUANL(at)CCMS.NTU.EDU.TW 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.

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