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1. Assistant Professor, Musicology, University of San Diego

2. Inaugural John P. Murphy Fellow in Popular Music Studies, Center for Popular Music Studies, Case Western Reserve University

The Center for Popular Music Studies at CWRU is pleased to announce a search for the

inaugural John P. Murphy Fellow in Popular Music Studies.

The purpose of this Postdoctoral Fellowship is to support research in popular music studies by

providing scholars in the early stages of their careers with the time and resources necessary to

advance their work. During the course of the fellowship, John P. Murphy Fellows will pursue a

research and writing project for two full academic years. An essential feature of the program is

that Fellows make intellectual contributions to the CWRU community through their

participation in workshops, lectures, and courses. The John P. Murphy Fellow will offer two

courses at CWRU (one course each academic year) over the period of the fellowship, in

consultation with the Music Department.

Fellows will also be given the opportunity to take advantage of the longstanding partnership

between the Center for Popular Music Studies and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Rock

Hall’s Library & Archives. Working with the Education Department at the Rock Hall, the Fellow


- be given the opportunity to present their research at a Rock Hall event

- help develop ideas for a future Rock Hall project

- work with the Rock Hall staff on shaping a public event

- creating educational content for the Rock Hall’s education site, Rock Hall EDU

Additional resources in the area include the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Library & Archives and

the Browne Popular Culture Library at Bowling Green State University. Case Western Reserve

University also sits in the center of University Circle, a nexus of internationally known cultural

institutions including the Cleveland Museum of Art, Severance Hall, Western Reserve Historical

Society, and numerous others.

This postdoctoral fellowship is made possible through the generosity of the John P. Murphy

Foundation and the Richman Fund for Popular Music Studies at the College of Arts and Sciences

at Case Western Reserve University. For further information, please see the foundation’s

website at

In order to be considered for the program, applicants must submit:

• A cover sheet with contact and biographical information.

• An academic c.v. including detailed information on your scholarly projects, publications,

degrees and awards, teaching experience, etc.

• A proposal for the scholarly project that you will undertake during the postdoctoral

fellowship. The project can include, but does not necessarily need to, expansion and

revision of your doctoral research into one or more new publications. There are two

components to the project proposal:

o Project title and an abstract, including a clear statement of the project’s scholarly

significance. (250 word maximum)

o Project description, explaining the objectives, methodology, contribution and

originality of the project in a manner that is clear to a range of scholars in the

humanities who may not be specialists in your field. (1000 word maximum)

• Contact information for three references

• A one page description of up to three ideas for courses that you would be interested in



• Candidates must have the Ph.D. in hand from an institution other than Case Western

Reserve University before July 1, 2023; the Ph.D must date from no earlier than 2013.

Candidates should demonstrate in the dissertation a focus on popular music. The

candidate’s Ph.D. may come from musicology, ethnomusicology, music theory, area

studies, or related fields.

• For questions, please contact Daniel Goldmark (

For the complete description of the position, including application instructions, please refer


In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal

Opportunity and Diversity. Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups,

and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Case Western Reserve University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with

disabilities. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application

and hiring process should contact the Office of Equity at 216-368-3066 to request a reasonable

accommodation. Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant

will be made on a case-by-case basis.

3. Research Fellowships, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Archives

The Center for Popular Music Studies at Case Western Reserve University,

working with the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, announces the availability of a

research fellowship to support use of the resources of the Rock Hall’s Library &


The fellowship will be in the amount of $2,000 to support a one-week research

trip. Applicants should send the following as a single PDF file to by 2pm EST, 31 December 2022:

• One-page statement of your research plan as it relates to the holdings of

the Library & Archives (see including

proposed dates of residence

• CV or résumé

If you need assistance searching the online catalogs, please contact Successful proposals will be those that make clear why the

Library & Archives’ holdings are essential to the work/research described.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s Library & Archives is the world’s most

comprehensive repository of historical materials relating to rock and roll, its

musical roots (e.g. blues, country, R&B, gospel) and related genres (e.g. soul,

hip-hop). The library gives users access to thousands of non-circulating books,

periodicals, and recordings. In the archives, researchers may work directly with

hundreds of thousands of original photographs, posters, promotional materials,

rare audio and video recordings, and personal and corporate papers. Over 480

collections focus on such luminaries as Alan Freed, Del Shannon, Curtis Mayfield,

Otis Redding, Art Garfunkel, Clive Davis, and Scotty Moore, plus Atlantic Records,

Sire Records, FAME Studios, Bloodshot Records, Kill Rock Stars, and other music-

related companies. The Library & Archives is also home to NEO Sound, a local

music collecting initiative which includes over 50 years of Cleveland rock critic Jane

Scott’s working notes, as well as personal collections from local producers,

photographers, promoters, and musicians.

The Library & Archives is a 22,500-square-foot facility located in the Gill &

Tommy LiPuma Center for Creative Arts on the Metro Campus of Cuyahoga

Community College, at 2809 Woodland Avenue in downtown Cleveland. More

information about the Library & Archives and its holdings can be found at:

Please email Daniel Goldmark at if you have any questions.

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