Assistant Professor in Music Education

Dublin, Leinster (IE)
13 Mar 2018
End of advertisement period
30 Mar 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

DCU Institute of Education
School of Arts Education and Movement
Assistant Professor in Music Education
(Fixed Term contract up to September 2019)


Dublin City University (www.dcu.ie) is a research-intensive, globally-engaged, dynamic institution that is distinguished by both the quality and impact of its graduates and its focus on the translation of knowledge into societal and economic benefit. DCU prepares its students well for success in life, and in the workplace, by providing a high-quality, rounded education appropriate to the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.

Through its mission to transform lives and societies through education, research and innovation, DCU acts as an agent of social, cultural and economic progress. As Ireland’s University of Enterprise, it is characterized by a focus on innovation and entrepreneurship and a track-record of effective engagement with the enterprise sector. Excellence in its education and research activities has led to its consistent ranking in the top 50 of the world’s young universities (QS Top 50 under 50). 

DCU has a strong track record in attracting both Irish and European Union research funding under Horizon 2020 (and all previous Framework Programmes), Marie Curie Actions and Erasmus.  We offer a dynamic and internationally-focused environment in which to advance your academic career.  

The DCU Institute of Education is the newest faculty of Dublin City University. It is based in a €70 million purpose built facility on the DCU St Patrick’s Campus in Drumcondra in Dublin.  Established in 2016 as Ireland’s first University faculty of Education, it has a staff of more than 130 full-time academics and a student body in excess of 4,000.

The Institute brings together students of education across all sectors from early childhood, to primary, post-primary, and further and higher education. As well as providing a range of undergraduate programmes in education, the Institute offers a rich menu of taught and research-based post-graduate programmes, at doctoral, masters, diploma and certificate levels.
As a centre of expertise and excellence in teacher education and education more generally, the Institute hosts a range of research centres in key areas of priority and has an ambitious and growing programme of research. With internationally-recognised experts in education policy, inclusive and special education, curriculum and pedagogy, assessment, literacy, evaluation and teacher education, the Institute provides a dynamic learning and working environment. Staff can expect to encounter opportunities for multi-disciplinary work, not just in the Institute, but across the University. As one of the world’s leading young Universities, DCU has established its fifth and newest faculty out of a conviction that studies and research in education and the preparation and support of teachers are central to the transformation of lives and communities. 

Committed to academic excellence and innovation, the DCU Institute of Education is confident its students and staff, and its graduates can flourish and lead in the challenging and complex contexts of 21st century education. 

School of Arts Education and Movement
The School of Arts Education and Movement is one of six schools within the DCU Institute of Education. The School contributes to a range of high-quality undergraduate and postgraduate programmes across the education landscape.  Through its teaching and research the School is centrally engaged in transforming the Irish education system and is a significant contributor to knowledge creation and policy development in the field of education.

Assistant Professor in Music Education 
The School of Arts Education and Movement is seeking to recruit an Assistant Profesor to work collaboratively as a member of the Music Education team.

The responsibilities attached to this position are outlined below. In addition, the person appointed to this position will be expected to contribute to the teaching of other areas of Education (as requested by the Head of School) in addition to the specialist areas, and to contribute to the wider work of the DCU Institute of Education.

The School requires a candidate who has a strong background in Music Education at primary / post-primary levels or other educational contexts and should have a minimum of three years relevant experience. 

Applicants for the post must hold an honours degree and a post-graduate qualification in Education in areas related to Music Education, preferably at Doctoral level. Experience in teacher education is highly desirable. Experience of working in a range of diverse and inclusive music education contexts – including online and blended – would be considered advantageous. Fluency in Irish is desirable. Please note this appointment will be subject to the candidate successfully completing the Garda Vetting and Foreign Police Certification Processes.

The post will have a range of responsibilities including but not limited to the following:

The successful candidate will be expected to contribute significantly to the development, teaching, assessment and administration of existing undergraduate and postgraduate modules and programmes, including continuing professional development. S/he will make a substantial contribution to the design, development, and management of future programmes and other developments in the field of Music Education. As part of the Music Education team, the person will also work closely with colleagues in the School of Arts Education and Movement and the Faculty of Education to promote participation in music activities as part of students’ wider artistic and cultural experiences in education.  School Placement supervision with its attendant duties of supporting and evaluating students on school visits, writing reports, and attending relevant meetings is an integral part of the position. In addition, the successful candidate is expected to contribute to tutorials, supervision of undergraduate research projects and to the wider teaching of the Institute as required by the Head of School or Faculty management.


The successful candidate will be committed to high-quality research, and publication in leading, international, peer-reviewed journals and with high-quality book publishers. S/he will contribute to the scholarship and intellectual life of the University by conducting research which will enhance its reputation as a research-led teaching institution and which will make a significant contribution to the development of the research agenda at DCU Institute of Education.


The candidate will undertake administrative functions related to the activities of the School of Arts Education and Movement. These activities defined by the Head of School may include participating in School meetings, engaging in meetings related to programmes, representing the School in marketing and recruitment of students, developing relationships with stakeholders, participating in open days, organisation of conferences and seminars etc.

Informal Enquiries to:

Dr Regina Murphy 01 884 2048   Email regina.murphy@dcu.ie

Further information:
More information about the DCU Institute of Education can be found at http://www.dcu.ie/institute_of_education/index.shtml. Further information about the School of Arts Education and Movement can be found at http://www.dcu.ie/arts_education_movement/index.shtml

Salary Scales:

Assistant Professor (Lecturer Above Bar):     *€51,671 – €82,217 per annum

Assistant Professor (Lecturer Below Bar):     *€38,736 – €53,251 per annum

*Appointment will be commensurate with qualifications and experience, and will be made on the appropriate point of the Assistant Professor (Lecturer Below Bar or Lecturer Above Bar) salary scale in line with current Government pay policy

Closing date: 30th March, 2018

Application Procedure:
Application  forms  are  available  from  the  DCU  Current  Vacancies (Open  Competitions) website at http://www4.dcu.ie/hr/vacancies/current.shtml and also from the Human Resources Department, Dublin City University, Dublin 9.
Tel: +353 (0)1 700 5149; Fax: +353 (0)1 700 5500 
Email:  hr.applications@dcu.ie

Please clearly state the role that you are applying for in your application and email subject line: #796 Assistant Professor in Music Education

Applications should be submitted by email to hr.applications@dcu.ie or by Fax: +353 (0)1700 5500 or by post to the Human Resources Department, Dublin City University, Dublin 9.

Dublin City University is an equal opportunities employer

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