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Assistant Professor of Music (Comparative Musicology)

Lafayette College
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Nov 6, 2023

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Music
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Assistant Professor of Music (Comparative Musicology)
Lafayette College: Faculty Positions: Music

Location: Easton, PA
Open Date: Nov 01, 2023

The Department of Music at Lafayette College invites applications for a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Music, with a specialization in comparative musicology. The Department seeks a comparative musicologist broadly conversant with current trends in the relevant scholarship, who can assume responsibility for a varied suite of courses in music outside the European composed canon. We seek an appointee knowledgeable about multiple musical cultures and their distinctive features. A comparativist might also study folk and popular music traditions, as contrasted with the European-derived art music tradition. The Department would welcome applications from candidates who might also be able to pair musicological expertise with expertise in leading an ensemble.

We especially note important recent developments at the Department in the use of digital technologies - a $500,000 grant from the Sherman Fairchild Foundation, for example - which our new colleague might leverage to enhance teaching and scholarship. Interdisciplinary collaboration in teaching and/or scholarship is encouraged.

We are seeking candidates with a demonstrated enthusiasm for and ability in undergraduate teaching. The successful candidate should be qualified to teach introductory music courses to non-majors as well as upper-level undergraduate courses, in both traditional academic classroom settings and also, as appropriate, applied-music environments. The teaching load is four courses (2:2) in the first year and five courses (3:2) per year thereafter. The successful candidate will also teach in the College's First-Year Seminar Program.

The appointment begins July 1, 2024. A doctorate in musicology or ethnomusicology is expected, although A.B.D. candidates will also be considered. We especially welcome applications from candidates who fulfill the College's commitment to diversity and inclusion. More information about the Department is available at

Located in Easton, Pennsylvania, 75 miles from New York City and Philadelphia, Lafayette College is a highly selective private undergraduate liberal arts college with an engineering division and around 2,700 students. Lafayette College is committed to creating a diverse community: one that is inclusive and responsive, and is supportive of each and all of its students, staff, and faculty. All members of the College community share a responsibility for creating, maintaining, and developing a learning environment in which difference is valued, equity is sought, and inclusiveness is practiced. All Lafayette operations reflect the College's commitment to Diversity, Equity, Access, and Inclusion (DEAI) initiatives, and Lafayette welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds.


Application Instructions
Please submit a letter of application that describes your general teaching philosophy, a CV, a list of three references (letters of recommendation will be required for finalists), and a sample course syllabus to Interfolio at In your application, please address how your teaching, mentoring, and/or community service support the College’s commitment to diversity and inclusion as articulated in the College’s diversity statement ( Review of applications will begin December 1, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled. We plan to interview semifinalists via Zoom in early January. Please direct any questions to the Head of the Department, Professor Jorge Torres (

For more information and to apply, visit

Lafayette College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, disability, religion, age, military or veteran status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital or familial status, pregnancy, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law in its educational programs and activities, admissions, or employment as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 (which requires that the College not discriminate on the basis of sex); the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (which requires that the College not discriminate on the basis of disability); Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (which requires that the College not discriminate on the basis of race, color, or national origin); and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (which requires that the College not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin); and other applicable laws and College policies.


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