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Postdoctoral Fellowship in Jazz History

Oberlin College
Oberlin, Ohio
Within the range established for this position, salary will be commensurate with qualifications
Date posted
Feb 21, 2024

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

Job Details

The Conservatory of Music at Oberlin College invites applications for the James R. ’58 and Susan Neumann Postdoctoral Fellowship in Jazz History beginning with the 2024–25 academic year. This is a full-time, non-continuing, 2-year, non-renewable, faculty position in Jazz Studies and Musicology.

The Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, founded in 1865, is the nation’s oldest continuously operating conservatory, and the only major music school in the country linked with a preeminent liberal arts college. Students are enrolled in undergraduate programs leading to the Bachelor of Music in performance, composition, music history, historical performance, electronic and computer music, and jazz studies. Graduate programs leading to the Master of Music in conducting, Master of Music in historical performance, and Master of Contemporary Chamber Music. Performance and artist diplomas are also offered. 

The Conservatory incorporated jazz into its curriculum in 1973 and began offering a major in jazz studies in 1988. Students can major in both jazz performance and jazz composition. The program prepares students for careers as professional jazz musicians and for advanced study in jazz.

The James R. ’58 and Susan Neumann Postdoctoral Fellowship in Jazz History is a two-year fellowship for scholars who have recently completed their doctorate to pursue research, publication, and teaching on topics in jazz history utilizing the resources of the James R. and Susan Neumann Jazz Collection and other special collections at Oberlin College & Conservatory.

Utilizing the extensive resources of the James R. and Susan Neumann Collection (recordings, print matter, artifacts, and more), the Fellow will advance and support teaching and scholarship on jazz history across Oberlin College and Conservatory and beyond. 

Primary duties include:

  • Teach at least two courses per year on topics in jazz history, including a one-semester jazz history survey course, drawing extensively on materials from the Neumann Collection;
  • Pursue an active research program (e.g., publications, conference presentations, and more), utilizing materials from the Neumann Collection and other holdings at Oberlin;
  • In keeping with Oberlin’s dedication to undergraduate teaching and learning, involve students in the research process by modeling appropriate methods in special-collection use, and support students and faculty interested in utilizing materials from the Neumann Collection in research projects, teaching, capstone projects, and more;
  • Participate actively in the intellectual and creative life of Oberlin College and Conservatory.


While candidates are normally expected to hold a terminal degree (likely the Ph.D.), or be ABD, in fields such as musicology, ethnomusicology, history, sociology, area studies, or the like and with primary scholarly interest in jazz history, candidates with other backgrounds (e.g., performance-scholarship and holding, or be working toward, a DMA or similar terminal degree) may be considered. 

Candidates who have completed the Ph.D., DMA or similar terminal degree five years before the start date of the fellowship, or who will have completed the Ph.D. by the end of the first year of the fellowship, are welcome to apply.

Review of applications will begin on Friday, March 29, 2024. Those received after March 29 may be considered until the position is filled.


Founded in 1833, Oberlin is a private four-year, highly selective national liberal arts college near Cleveland, Ohio and is also home to an outstanding Conservatory of Music. Together, the two divisions enroll approximately 2900 students. Oberlin College was the first college in the US to make interracial education and co-education central to its mission. The College continues to view a diverse, equitable and inclusive educational environment as essential to the excellence of its academic program. Among liberal arts colleges, Oberlin is a national leader in successfully placing graduates into PhD programs.

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