Assistant Professor of Music

The Connecticut College Department of Music invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor to begin in the fall of 2023. We seek a dynamic colleague to develop and lead a forward-looking, inclusive orchestral ensemble and to provide leadership in the revitalization of our performance curriculum. The successful candidate will be enthusiastic about working with undergraduate students in a liberal arts setting, will have a record of successful teaching at the college level, will demonstrate exceptional musicianship skills and an ability to inspire students, will be an innovative program builder with a passion for music making that promotes full participation, and will be able to articulate a vision for a performance program that embraces the diversity of musical experience and interests present at the college. Candidates should have completed a doctoral degree or other appropriate graduate degree in music by the time of the appointment.

The candidate will join a lively department of musicians and scholars. Presently we offer a robust set of academic courses, an active private lesson program, and ensemble offerings including two choirs, wind and jazz bands, orchestra, new music/improvisation, and chamber music. Preference will be given to candidates who display strengths in collaboration and organization, who have the potential to lead a performance program that serves students of varying levels of instrumental capability and aesthetic interests, who have a vision for conducting an orchestra that both embraces the classical tradition and diversifies the repertoire and approach beyond the traditional canon, who are conversant with the use of electronic media in performance, and whose expertise complements the current strengths of the department. 

Teaching responsibilities will include directing the orchestra and teaching courses related to the candidate’s areas of specialization. Coordinating and managing the department’s concert offerings will count as one course equivalency. Other expectations include advising and mentoring students, participation in shared governance within the department with a particular focus on providing leadership for reimagining our performance and ensemble program, participation in shared governance at the college level, and maintaining an active creative and/or scholarly agenda. 

Applicants should provide the following: 1) cover letter; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) statement describing teaching experience and philosophy; 4) statement describing vision for building a creative, inclusive orchestral program; 5) three recent letters of recommendation. Additional materials, including documentation of teaching, conducting, and leading rehearsals or performances may be requested at a later date. All materials should be submitted through Interfolio: http://apply.interfolio.com/114418. Applications received by November 1, 2022 will receive full consideration, but the position will remain open until filled. Questions may be addressed to Midge Thomas, chair of the search committee, at metho@conncoll.edu.

Connecticut College is a private, highly selective institution with a demonstrated commitment to outstanding faculty teaching and research. We recognize that intellectual vitality and diversity are inseparable. The College seeks creative scholars excited about working in a liberal arts setting, with its strong focus on engaged teaching, participation in shared governance, and active involvement in an institution-wide advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion. AA/EOE 

Tenure-track faculty members teach a 3-2 load (2-2 in the first year). In addition to providing ongoing strong support for teaching and research, the College offers the following resources for pre-tenured faculty: a supplementary research fund and a semester’s sabbatical at full salary after a successful third-year review. (For additional information on faculty resources, see Faculty Resources). 

Connecticut College requires employees to be fully vaccinated and have received a booster for COVID-19 and new employees must present their COVID-19 vaccination record to Human Resources prior to the first day of employment. Individuals who have a medical condition or sincerely held religious beliefs that prevent them from getting the vaccine may confidentially request an exemption through the office of Human Resources. Additional COVID-19 safety protocols such as participation in weekly testing will be required of faculty, staff and students who have approved vaccine exemptions.