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Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Musicology

Colby College
Maine, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Oct 18, 2023

Job Details


The Colby College Department of Music invites applications for a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor position in Musicology to begin on September 1, 2024. We are seeking a dynamic teacher and scholar who specializes in African-American/African diaspora musics and whose course offerings will complement those of the existing department. The successful candidate will join a small, active, and highly collaborative department and will have a teaching load of 4.5 courses (alternating between 4 and 5 courses every other year) that will include Introduction to Music, courses counting toward our Music History requirement, and electives open to both majors and non-majors. Additional courses may include: a first-year writing seminar, and/or an applied/hybrid course that engages the candidate’s specialization.


As a whole, the successful candidate will have a vision for Musicology courses that will generate excitement among music majors and minors and appeal to students across a diverse liberal arts campus. The candidate will also maintain a strong research trajectory in their field(s) of specialization. The search committee is especially interested in candidates who, through their research and teaching, will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the campus community, particularly those with a record of previous college teaching. Preference will be given to candidates holding the Ph.D. at the time of appointment. Additional expertise in music and film or music and the stage is especially welcome.

Application Instructions

To apply, please submit applications through Interfolio at . Include: 1) a cover letter outlining interests and specific qualifications for the position as well your engagement with equitable and inclusive teaching; 2) CV; 3) three confidential letters of recommendation; 4) ideas for 3 possible course offerings, with a brief description of each class. A statement of teaching philosophy and a representative example of recent scholarship may be requested further into the review process. Review of applications will begin December 15, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled.

Questions about the application or submission process may be directed to:

Professor Natalie Zelensky

Department of Music, Colby College


Application Process
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Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Colby is a private, coeducational liberal arts college that admits students and makes personnel decisions on the basis of the individual’s qualifications to contribute to Colby’s educational objectives and institutional needs. The principle of not discriminating on the basis of race, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, caste, national or ethnic origin, marital status, genetic information, political beliefs, veteran or military status, parental status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, physical or mental disability unrelated to the job or course of study requirements is consistent with the mission of a liberal arts college and the law.


Colby College

Founded in 1813, Colby College is the 12th oldest liberal arts college in the United States.

Distinctive in its offerings, Colby provides an intimate, undergraduate-focused learning environment with a breadth of programs presenting students and faculty with unparalleled opportunities. A vibrant and fully integrated academic, residential, and cocurricular experience is sustained by a diverse and supportive community. Located in Waterville, Maine, Colby is a global institution with students representing nearly every U.S. state and approximately 70 countries.

Colby’s model provides the scale and impact of larger universities coupled with intensive learning in a community committed to scholarship and discovery, multidisciplinary approaches to integrated learning, study in the liberal arts, and leading-edge programs addressing the world’s most complex challenges. Its network of partnerships with prestigious cultural, research, medical, and business institutions extends educational and scholarly collaborations, providing students with unmatched experiences leading to postgraduate success.

The College’s wide variety of programs and labs provides students and the community access to unique experiences: the Colby College Museum of Art, the finest college art museum in the country, and the Lunder Institute for American Art have made the College a nationally and internationally recognized center for art scholarship; DavisConnects prepares students for lifelong success by combining a forward-thinking liberal arts education with extensive internship, research, and global opportunities for all students regardless of their personal networks and financial circumstances; and the 350,000-square-foot Harold Alfond Athletics and Recreation Center, is the most advanced and comprehensive NCAA D-III facility in the country. In fall 2021, Colby opened the Davis Institute for Artificial Intelligence, the first such institute at a liberal arts college. Colby’s new Island Campus, consisting of Allen and Benner islands, gives Colby a significant presence on the coast of Maine for a wide range of academic programs and activities and undisturbed environments ideal for conducting interdisciplinary experiences.

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