Concordia University

Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Music Therapy, Health and Wellness

Date posted: September 12, 2019
Application deadline: November 15, 2019
Advertised until: November 22, 2019 
Position number: 19_T_CATS_M2

Concordia University’s Department of Creative Arts Therapies in the Faculty of Fine Arts invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position in Music Therapy, Health and Wellness, to begin August 1, 2020.

Position Description

The Music Therapy program at Concordia University is an internationally renowned leader in pre-professional music therapy training and advanced music therapy scholarship. In 2019, the program celebrated its 10th anniversary, after launching the Graduate Certificate in Music Therapy in 2009 (now Graduate Diploma in Music Therapy) shortly followed by the advanced master’s training program in 2010. The Graduate Diploma in Music Therapy is a pre-professional training program which is unique in Canada and internationally, as it prepares students from a wide variety of academic backgrounds to move forward into new healthcare careers in music therapy. The Music Therapy MA program (scheduled to go online in September 2020) is one of only two post-professional graduate programs in Canada and the only full professional training Music Therapy program in Québec.

Diversity, inclusivity, and social justice are hallmarks of our graduate music therapy training programs. Our teaching and research encompasses such areas as gender/gender identity, race/ethnicity, age, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, disability, Indigenous identity, country of origin, and migration status. With an understanding of the diverse nature of music therapy clients, our programs are designed explicitly to embrace diverse approaches to music therapy and collaborative arts in health practices. We are seeking candidates who demonstrate authentic commitment to social justice and to the development and integration of innovative music therapy and health promotion initiatives throughout all of their scholarly, advocacy, clinical, and research endeavours.


The successful candidate will be expected to teach graduate courses in music therapy (both online and in person); supervise graduate students in clinical work; supervise MA and PhD student theses; engage in individual and collaborative research activities; assist in program development; serve on graduate committees; and perform suitable administrative duties. Over time, the selected candidate will actively embrace program stewardship and engage in committee work at the department and Faculty levels. Following the launch of the Arts in Health Research Collective (ARHC) in 2017, the successful candidate will also be expected to contribute actively to the ARHC to enhance the understanding of the role of the arts in health and wellness. Specific areas of focus include: examining the roles of music/music therapy in healthy aging across the lifespan, and/or to the development and evaluation of music therapy interventions/programs that focus on health promotion/prevention, and/or to the development of health-related music technology initiatives.


Applicants should hold a PhD in Music Therapy (or ABD), or a related discipline(s), have substantial teaching experience at the university level, have a minimum of five years clinical experience working with diverse populations, possess strong clinical supervision and clinical musicianship skills, and demonstrate an active program of research exemplified by a record of publications across relevant fields. Professional certification as an accredited music therapist (MTA, or the equivalent international credential) is required. We require a candidate with the ability to mentor students at the graduate level, which includes thesis advisement within a range of research methodologies. Prior experience of service and commitment to diversity, inclusivity, and social justice will stand as a high priority. Although classes are taught in English, a foundation in French is deemed an asset.

About the Faculty and the Department

With nearly 4,000 students enrolled, the Faculty of Fine Arts is the largest comprehensive arts, design, and performance school in Canada. Located in downtown Montreal—a city with 170,000 university students, a vibrant cultural scene, and the most affordable tuition in Canada—Concordia was ranked first in Canada in the top 50 universities under 50, while our Faculty cracked the top 10% of art and design schools globally in 2018. Montreal is a unique Francophone city in North America with a significant Anglophone community, many of whom study with us.

Taking advantage of our place within the rich fabric of a research university and our long history as one of the premiere sites in Canada for the study and creation of the arts and arts-based scholarship, the Faculty of Fine Arts is in a transformative moment. Within our nine departments, pedagogical, conceptual, theoretical, and material practices thrive. In our university community, live performance, historical research, methodological innovation, technical experimentation, skills-based production, community fieldwork, as well as traditional and digital fabrication are equally valued. In addition to curricular advances, the formation of significant research centres and external partnerships in the Faculty of Fine Arts continue to enrich opportunities for faculty and students alike.

The Department of Creative Arts Therapies offers Canada’s only master’s-level degree in Creative Arts Therapies with options to train in art therapy, drama therapy, or music therapy. It also offers a Graduate Diploma in Music Therapy for students without previous music therapy training. Both Music Therapy programs are approved by the Canadian Association of Music Therapists (CAMT) and represent the only Music Therapy programs in Québec. Our graduates are eligible to apply for accreditation with the CAMT and take the board exam offered by the Certification Board for Music Therapists based out of the United States. The Graduate Diploma in Music Therapy, which includes a 1,200-hour internship, prepares students from a variety of academic backgrounds to move forward in new careers in music therapy. The master’s program provides opportunity for development of advanced professional competencies in the use of music for therapeutic purposes and for associated research (Thesis or Advanced Music Therapy Practice Options).

How to Apply

Applications should be submitted electronically to on or before November 15, 2019. Submissions must consist of a cover letter (see additional details below); curriculum vitae; a statement of teaching philosophy and interests; evidence of teaching effectiveness (including course syllabi and evaluations); a research statement; one example of published scholarly work (a peer-reviewed article/chapter in the area of expertise relevant to this call); and the names and contact information of three referees. Short-listed candidates will be required to provide an attestation of terminal degree. The department regrets that they cannot consider incomplete applications.

All inquiries regarding this position should be directed to:
Dr. Guylaine Vaillancourt, Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Creative Arts Therapies

All applicants will receive an email invitation to complete a brief Employment Equity Survey. Participation in the survey is voluntary. No identifying information about candidates will be shared with hiring committees. Aggregated data shall be used exclusively for the purposes of assessing the diversity in the pool of applicants. Candidates who wish to self-identify as a member of a minority or underrepresented group to the hiring committee may do so in their cover letter or by writing directly to the contact person indicated in this posting.

Concordia strives to be an inclusive institution that is welcoming of diverse backgrounds and experiences in order to improve learning, advance research, inspire creativity, and drive productivity. We define diversity broadly to include both ethnic and socio-cultural background and diversity of perspectives, ideologies and traditions. As part of this commitment to providing our students with the dynamic, innovative, and inclusive educational environment of a Next-Generation University, we require all applicants to articulate in their cover letter how their professional experiences and expertise have prepared them to conduct innovative research and to teach in ways that are relevant for a diverse, multicultural contemporary Canadian society. These ongoing or anticipated examples can include but are not limited to:

  • teaching about underrepresented populations;
  • mentoring students from underrepresented backgrounds;
  • conducting research with underrepresented and/or underserved communities;
  • committee work;
  • offering or organizing educational programming; and
  • participation in training and workshops.

Concordia University recognizes the potential impact that career interruptions can have on a candidate’s record of research excellence and will take them into careful consideration in assessing applications and throughout the selection process.

To learn more about working at Concordia, applicants are encouraged to consult the following webpages:

Concordia Human Resources

Department of Creative Arts Therapies

Faculty of Fine Arts

Subject to budgetary approval, we anticipate filling this position, normally at the rank of Assistant Professor, for August 1, 2020. Appointments at a more senior level may also be considered. Review of applications will begin immediately after the application deadline, and will continue until the position is filled.

Applicants who anticipate requiring accommodations throughout any stage of the recruitment process may contact, in confidence, Nadia Hardy, Interim Deputy Provost and Vice-Provost, Faculty Development and Inclusion at or by phone at 514-848-2424, ext. 4323.

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