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Visiting Assistant Professor of Music (Composition)

Colby College
Waterville, Maine, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Jan 17, 2024

Job Details


The Colby College Department of Music invites applications for a one-year, Visiting Assistant Professor position in technology-based music and composition for the 2024-25 academic year. The successful candidate will join an active and highly collaborative department and will have responsibilities that will include:

1. Teaching a first-semester music theory course (MU181).

2. Teaching Introduction to Music Theory through Digital Audio Workstation (MU153).

3. Teaching a Composition Seminar for students with at least one semester of music theory (MU345).

4. Offering an elective of the candidate’s choice in technology-based composition.

All courses need to be suitable for both majors and non-majors.


The search committee is especially interested in candidates who have a record of previous college teaching, will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the campus community, have the ability to offer an elective that has wide appeal to students in a liberal arts environment, and have an interdisciplinary approach. Experience with basic audio equipment and with programming geared toward music composition is expected, as the successful candidate would supervise music-related activities in the Arts Incubator (interdisciplinary technology lab).

Completed Ph.D., D.M.A, or ABD preferred.

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) three ideas for the elective course, with a brief description of each. 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 March 1, 2024 and will continue until the position is filled.

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

Professor Steve Saunders

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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