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Director of Jazz Ensembles and Lecturer in Music

Bowdoin College
Maine, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Jan 4, 2024

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Faculty Positions, Arts, Music
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Part Time

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Director of Jazz Ensembles and Lecturer in Music

Bowdoin College

Posting Number: F00219JP
Department: Music

Position Summary: The Music Department at Bowdoin College invites applications for a part-time (0.6 FTE), benefits-eligible, renewable lecturer-track faculty appointment as Director of Jazz Ensembles and Lecturer in Music beginning July 1, 2024. The initial appointment is for three years, with the possibility of recurring multi-year appointments and eventual promotion to senior lecturer contingent on successful review and reappointment. The successful candidate will organize and direct normally four small jazz combos per semester, depending on enrollment, and teach one course per year, typically in jazz-related topics such as improvisation or jazz theory or in basic music theory and musicianship. A master’s degree in music is expected by the date of appointment. Expertise in jazz performance is required. The successful candidate will have teaching experience and be prepared to teach undergraduate students with a range of musical skill levels and backgrounds. At Bowdoin, jazz is taught within the context of its African American cultural connections and with a focus on diversity and gender equity. The successful candidate will show their commitment to this perspective in their pedagogy.

Bowdoin requires its faculty to have a strong commitment to inclusive excellence in their teaching. (For a description of inclusive excellence, please consult the following resource: Williams, et. al., Toward a Model of Inclusive Excellence.) We are particularly interested in candidates with a deep commitment to undergraduate liberal arts education, to continued professional engagement outside the College, and to the integration of new material and pedagogical approaches in one’s teaching. Lecturers typically teach at varying levels of the curriculum, engage in the development of curriculum and pedagogical initiatives within the department, and participate in the life of the department and College.

The Bowdoin community warmly welcomes people of all backgrounds. We encourage applications from candidates committed to the inclusive instruction and support of a diverse student population and who will enrich and contribute to the College’s multifaceted diversity. We especially encourage people from historically excluded groups to apply. Accessibility during the application and interview stages, as well as once employed, is a priority of the College: Finally, visa sponsorships for faculty hires are available.

Bowdoin College offers opportunities for professional development, including a path to promotion to senior lecturer and eligibility for fully-funded, one-semester senior lecturer sabbatical leaves. Support for teaching, curricular development, grant-writing, digital initiatives, computing software, professional conference travel, and community partnerships in courses is readily available to all faculty, and the Department provides substantial support for performances and guest artists. The College also offers robust programming and resources for establishing and enhancing mentoring networks.

Bowdoin College accepts only electronic submissions. Pleasesubmit: 1) a cover letter describing your qualifications for the position; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) a statement that describes your teaching philosophy and how your teaching and mentorship would support our commitment to equity and inclusion; and 4) the names and contact information for three references who have agreed to provide letters of recommendation. Additional materials such as a recording or video may be requested later in the search process.

Review of applications will begin November 1, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled.Founded in 1794 on the Maine coast, Bowdoin is one of the oldest and most selective coeducational, residential liberal arts colleges in the country. Located in Brunswick, a 30-minute drive north of Portland, the College is in an area rich with natural beauty and year-round outdoor activities. Bowdoin’s reputation rests on the excellence of its faculty and students, intimate size, strong sense of community, and commitment to diversity (38% students of color, 7% international students and approximately 17% first generation college students). Bowdoin College complies with applicable provisions of federal and state laws that prohibit unlawful discrimination in employment, admission, or access to its educational or extracurricular programs, activities, or facilities based on race, color, ethnicity, ancestry and national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, age, marital status, place of birth, genetic predisposition, veteran status, or against qualified individuals with physical or mental disabilities on the basis of disability, or any other legally protected statuses. For further information about the College and our department, please visit our website:

Applications Accepted Until:
Open Until Filled: Yes

Special Instructions to Applicants:
At the time of application, you will be required to include information for a minimum of three references, including name, title, email address, phone number and how you know the reference.

Once you have provided the required reference information and submitted your application, the reference providers will receive an email which is generated automatically from the application system. The email will provide them a link within which to upload a confidential reference letter on your behalf.

You will not be able to view the reference letters but will be able to see how many have been submitted on your behalf.

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Bowdoin College

Bowdoin (rhymes with explodin') is a private, selective, liberal arts college, founded and endowed to benefit the common good. Our historic residential campus, located in Brunswick, Maine, is home to just over 1,800 students from all over the world.

Academic life at Bowdoin spans thirty-three departments, and is cooperative, not competitive: so we tend to attract students who like brainstorming with faculty, working in teams, and welcoming big, new, difficult questions.

We value kindness, diversity, creativity, and hard work.

There’s a lot to love about Maine. And this state is very much at the heart of the College. We simply wouldn’t be Bowdoin anywhere else.

According to one of our colleagues, “To teach at Bowdoin is to help train and educate future leaders—an unalloyed privilege in my experience and a rare one.”

We feel fortunate to live here and to be able to experience everything there is to see and do. Maine is renowned for its beauty—its iconic seaside fishing villages and beachesmountain vistas, and pristine forests. But the appeal is also very much about the people—their culture, sense of community, way of life, and welcoming, inquisitive, and energized spirit.

We’re not going to try to list all that Maine has to offer. But we will try to lead you in a few directions from which you can navigate your own journey of discovery—a very Maine thing to do too!

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