Visiting Teaching Assistant Professor in Ethnomusicology

Job description

With approximately 300 music majors, the Lamont School of Music in the Divisions of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences is highly selective, and nationally renowned, focusing on performance at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The Lamont School of Music is an accredited member of NASM, and is distinguished by its exceptional faculty, who record, tour, perform, publish, and present scholarly work and compositions locally, nationally, and internationally. Lamont offers Bachelor of Music degrees in Performance, Jazz Studies and Commercial Music, Composition, and Recording and Production, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Music. Graduate programs include Master of Music degrees in Performance, Composition, Conducting, and Pedagogy; Master of Arts degrees in Music Theory and Musicology; and other certificates and Artist Diplomas. Lamont resides in the highly-acclaimed Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts, located on the University's main campus.

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Position Summary

The University of Denver's Lamont School of Music in the Divisions of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences invites applications for a one-year Visiting Teaching Assistant Professor (VTAP) position in the 2017-18 academic year. The position may be extended for an additional year, contingent on continued need and funding. The desired area of scholarly expertise is open. We are seeking an ethnomusicologist with a strong background in both research and performance of one or more music and/or dance traditions. Visiting Teaching Assistant Professors teach a full load of courses and participate in the intellectual and cultural life of the university.

This full-time teaching position involves leading a one-credit performance ensemble every quarter and seven additional courses over three quarters. Teaching involves special responsibility for courses in the undergraduate Common Curriculum. The course mix includes introductory ethnomusicology courses and advanced undergraduate seminars to be developed by the Visiting Teaching Assistant Professor. The VTAP will also facilitate student ensemble performances and participate in departmental meetings. VTAPs have opportunities to participate in career development workshops and our division-wide faculty mentoring program.

The VTAP position includes a competitive salary and benefits package. Please see our extensive benefits package at

Essential Functions

  • Teach courses in the undergraduate Common Curriculum.
  • Develop introductory ethnomusicology courses on a variety of topics and advanced undergraduate seminars.
  • Direct student ensemble performances and participate in departmental meetings.

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology.
  • Applicants who are ABD may be considered, provided that they have a scheduled completion date prior to the beginning of the 2017-18 academic year, verified by the graduate advisor.
  • At least one year of experience teaching at the college/university level or demonstrate via syllabus design the potential for strong teaching.

Preferred Qualifications

  • A strong background in both research and performance.
  • The desired area of scholarly expertise within ethnomusicology is open.

Work Schedule

To be coordinated with department chair.

Application Deadline

Review of applications will begin on May 3, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted. Once within the job description online, please click New Resume/CV at the bottom of the page to begin application. For questions about this position, please contact Professor Sarah Morelli at

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. C.V.
  3. Writing sample (less than 30 pages preferred)
  4. One-page statement in which the candidate speaks about their experience with and commitment to inclusive excellence.

NOTE: The online system is limited to uploading 5 files. Please combine content if necessary to get all content uploaded.

In addition, three letters of recommendation should be mailed to:

Nancy Cochran, DirectorLamont School of Music2344 E. Iliff AvenueDenver, CO 80208

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff and encourages applications from women, minorities, members of the LGBTQ community, people with disabilities and veterans. The University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.




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Job No: 002696
Posted: 4/28/2017
Application Due: 6/27/2017
Work Type:
Salary: Negotiable