The Faculty of Music at Wilfrid Laurier University invites applications for a tenuretrack
position in music therapy, commencing July 1, 2020, subject to budgetary
Salary and rank are commensurate with experience.
The successfulapplicant will become part of a long and distinguished history of music therapy
education and training in Canada. Laurier offers the only Bachelor of Music Therapy
degree in Ontario and is the only university in Canada to offer both the BMT and
MMT degrees. It also houses The Manfred and Penny Conrad Institute for Music
Therapy Research—one of the few institution-based research institutes for music
therapy in the world—as well as Canada’s only Clinical Improvisation Lab.

The successful candidate will be an experienced music therapist whose principal
duties will be to administer and teach in the undergraduate music therapy program,
while developing and possibly reimagining the BMT program’s curriculum and
The successful candidate, if also a Registered Psychotherapist, may have
opportunities for teaching and supervising in the graduate program. Additionally,
the Faculty of Music intends to further diversify its faculty complement, student
body, and curricular offerings to better reflect changing societal needs.
To that end,
it is essential that the successful applicant will also have experience engaging with
marginalized populations (e.g., racialized or refugee communities, or persons with
disabilities) as well as a demonstrated capacity to support Indigenous postsecondary
students in particular. Finally, involvement in the activities of the
research centre will also be expected, as well as contributions to the administrative
organization of the Faculty and University at large.

Specific requirements for the position are as follows:
 Doctorate required or completion of a Doctorate within one year;
 Post-secondary teaching experience; minimum of 4 courses over not more than
the last 6 years;
 Minimum of 3 years clinical supervisory experience;
 Minimum of 5 years experience as a practicing clinician;
 Record of scholarship, with evidence that scholarly research is current and
 Experience in music improvisation and capacity to teach clinical improvisation;
 Experience engaging with marginalized populations (e.g., racialized or refugee
communities, or persons with disabilities);
 Demonstrated capacity to support Indigenous post-secondary students;
 Membership, or eligibility for membership, in the College of Registered
Psychotherapists of Ontario would be considered an asset.
Interested applicants must supply the following materials with their application:
 Current Curriculum Vitae;
 Teaching Dossier, including but not limited to a Statement of Teaching
Philosophy, evidence of teaching effectiveness, sample course outlines of postsecondary
courses taught;
 Names and contact information for 3 referees who are not currently employed
by Wilfrid Laurier University’s Faculty of Music; letters, in total, should speak to
the applicant’s teaching abilities, clinical experience, and scholarly work.
If an applicant has not completed a PhD, the application must also include a letter
from the applicant’s supervisor, indicating an estimated time to completion.

Applications are to be addressed to:

Applications will be accepted until the deadline date of Monday, February 24, 2020
at 11:59pm.

Wilfrid Laurier University is committed to employment equity and values diversity.
Laurier welcomes applications from qualified candidates who identify as
Indigenous, racialized or having disabilities, and qualified candidates of any sexual
and gender identity. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, as
per Canadian immigration laws, Canadians and permanent residents will be given
priority. To comply with the Government of Canada’s reporting requirements, the
University is obligated to gather information about applicants’ status as either
Permanent Residents of Canada or Canadian citizens. Applicants need not identify
their country of origin or current citizenships, however, all applicants must include
one of the following statements in their cover letter: Yes, I am a current citizen or
permanent resident of Canada; No, I am not a current citizen or permanent resident
of Canada.

Members of designated groups must self-identify to be considered for employment
equity. Candidates may self-identify, in confidence, to the Faculty of Music dean:
Glen Carruthers at Further information on the equity policy
can be found at

Applicants are encouraged to address any career interruptions or special
circumstances that may have affected their record of research and teaching, in
accordance with SSHRC and NSERC definitions and guidelines. To obtain a copy
of this job description in an accessible format, please contact Renée Ellis at

The Faculty of Music wishes to thank all applicants for their interest. All
nominations and applications shall be reviewed and considered under a set of
criteria established by the Search Committee and a short list of candidates shall be
interviewed. Only those applicants selected for the short list will be contacted.

Music Therapy Position at WLU (Final).pdf