Assistant Dean of Esther G. Maynor Honors College and Assistant Professor of Music
Joshua Kalin Busman is an Assistant Professor who teaches music history, theory, and culture in the Department of Music and serves as Assistant Dean of the Esther G. Maynor Honors College. A native of Knoxville, TN, Dr. Busman comes to North Carolina from just over the Great Smoky Mountains. In 2009, he graduated summa cum laude from Middle Tennessee State University with a B.M. in Music Theory and Composition. In 2011, he completed an M.A. in Musicology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a thesis focusing on sixteenth-century French Calvinist psalm-singing In May 2015, he received his Ph.D. in Musicology from UNC-Chapel Hill with a dissertation titled “(Re)Sounding Passion: Listening to American Evangelical Worship Music (1997-Present).” His research focuses broadly on contemporary evangelical Christianity with a particular emphases on worship, affect, and mass media. Over the past several years, Joshua has presented his research at a host of regional, national, and international conferences and published work in the Journal of the Society for American Music, "Sounding Board" from Ethnomusicology Review, The Avid Listener, The Other Journal, and The Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology, as well as in multiple edited collections from Routledge Press, Lexington Books, and Bloomsbury Academic. He is a past president of the Society for Ethnomusicology’s Southeast and Caribbean Chapter as well as the Religion, Music, and Sound study group. In addition to his academic work, Joshua also serves as “Music Nerd-in-Residence” for the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, connecting classical music to the broader public through his writing and speaking. He is also an active composer throughout the Cape Fear region with recent performances by the UNCP Percussion Ensemble, Sweet Tea Shakespeare, and as a regular participant in the Cape Fear New Music Festival at Methodist University. When he isn't reading, writing, or researching, Joshua likes to play guitar and hang out with his wife, two sons, and hound dog at their home in Fayetteville, NC.