Human Resources

Assistant/Associate Professor in Music

POSITION TITLE: Assistant/Associate Professor in Music beginning Fall 2023

FLSA EMPLOYMENT CATEGORY: Salaried; Exempt; Faculty; 9 months


Summary: The Department of Music at Alma College invites applications for a tenure-track assistant or associate professor position in music history and music theory. Review of applications will begin on January 1, 2023.

Qualifications: Applicants should have a Ph.D in historical musicology or music theory OR a D.M.A. with previous collegiate-level experience teaching music history and theory. Candidates for a faculty position should enjoy teaching a wide variety of courses and be committed to undergraduate liberal arts education.

Teaching Responsibilities: The successful applicant will have primary responsibility for teaching music theory and music history courses required of Alma College music majors. Additional teaching responsibility could include courses of general interest to non-majors in support of the college’s First Year Seminar and General Education programs. The normal teaching load is three courses in both the Fall and Winter terms.

Research and Service Responsibilities: The successful candidate is expected to establish a productive scholarship and creative agenda. Service to the college through participation in student recruitment activities, committee work and other activities is expected of all tenure-track faculty. External service to the public and to the greater musical world is supported.

The Department of Music: Alma College is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music and offers two music degrees – the B.A. degree in music and B.M. degree in music education. Music majors are required to complete a four-term sequence of music theory, and a two-term sequence of music history.

The faculty is committed to supporting students preparing for careers as performing musicians, music educators, composers, and in allied fields such as music technology and music business. Non-majors make a strong contribution to the success of our ensembles and studios, and we aim to foster in them a life-long passion for music making. We share a deep commitment to quality liberal arts education in a residential setting; ethical and safe practices; and interdisciplinary, intercultural, and international education. Salary, benefits, and support for professional development are competitive.

Facilities: The Music Department is housed in the Eddy Music Building which contains spacious faculty offices, numerous practice rooms, large and small ensemble rehearsal space, a state-of-the-art recording studio, and a computer-assisted keyboard lab. Performances occur in the beautiful Heritage Center for the Performing Arts, and the Dunning Memorial Chapel.

Application procedure: Submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, description of your research/creative activity, a statement of teaching philosophy and commitment to teaching and learning in a diverse environment, and arrange to have three letters of reference sent electronically to Mrs. Necalli Torres, Music Department Secretary,

Review of applications will begin on January 1, 2023

A private Phi Beta Kappa institution located in the center of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, Alma College is a selective, baccalaureate liberal arts college committed to academic excellence and development of responsible leaders. Alma’s undergraduates thrive on challenging academic programs in a supportive, small-college environment emphasizing active, collaborative learning and close student-faculty interaction.

Alma College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty, staff, and student body.

Alma College recognizes that we are all transformed when we celebrate and value the varied identities, backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives in our campus community. We are committed to recognizing and removing barriers to success and providing equitable access to opportunities through education and advocacy. In our increasingly diverse campus and world, we pledge to create a climate where everyone is safe and free to grow intellectually and emotionally.

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Story published on October 25, 2022