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Visiting Assistant Professor or Visiting Lecturer of Music (Jazz and allied) (full-time 1-year position)

January 13, 2021


The Earlham College Music Department invites applicants for a full-time, one-year position in jazz and allied fields, to begin August, 2021. We are seeking a dynamic jazz director with a dedication to general education, and with strengths in one or more of the following: popular music studies, ethnomusicology, hip-hop production, recording arts, interdisciplinary musicology, or music business. Background in music education a plus. Duties include directing the jazz program and teaching courses in one or more of the above areas each semester. A completed doctorate or equivalent professional experience is preferred; previous teaching and directing experience is essential.


Primary Duties & Responsibilities

The music curriculum fosters respect for all musics: music majors study Western musicology, ethnomusicology, and popular music, in addition to music technologies. The curriculum is also designed to spark connections across disciplines, both within and outside the arts. The music department is housed in a new, superbly designed visual and performing arts facility. Earlham’s foundational “Principles and Practices,” which stem from Quaker practice, inform our department’s philosophy and its close working relationship with each student.

The jazz program has had various emphases over the years, including big band, small combo, and Latin jazz (including merengue), and we are open to any approach that provides students with training in improvisation. We are particularly interested in a director who is a culture bearer and tradition bearer in a genre with a strong non-Western core.

Application Instructions

Requested materials:

  • letter of interest

  • curriculum vitae

  • video recordings of both rehearsal and performance under the candidate’s direction

  • a 300- to 500-word statement of how your teaching might contribute to Earlham’s goal of

    exemplifying a diverse and inclusive institution (cf. /policies-and-


  • three letters of recommendation from people who can speak to the candidate’s teaching

    and directing abilities.

    Please send written documents electronically to Jeff Templeton, Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator, along with a link to your securely uploaded video files (e.g., using Vimeo or Youtube), at the following address: (If you prefer, Mr. Templeton can invite you to join a secure Earlham site that can accept large digital files.) Review of applications will begin on February 15, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

    Questions about the position may be addressed to the convener of the Music Department, Forrest Tobey:

Earlham College is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks applications from candidates who contribute to diversity in terms of race, ethnicity, age, religious affiliation, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, and veteran status, among other distinctions and contributions. As a College with a Quaker identity, Earlham also is eager to solicit applications from members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

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