Department of Music - one-year appointment in jazz and popular music studies beginning Fall 2021

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Department of Music - one-year appointment in jazz and popular music studies beginning Fall 2021



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The Department of Music invites applications for a one-year appointment in jazz and popular music studies beginning Fall 2021. Assistant Professor (Ph.D.) preferred; Instructor (ABD or foreign equivalent) or Associate Professor possible. The candidate will be expected to direct a jazz/improvisation ensemble and teach classes in their area of interest. Such classes might include, but are not limited to, jazz history, American popular music, afro-diasporic music, improvisation, and ethnomusicology. The teaching load is five courses over two semesters. A one-semester ensemble counts as a full course, and the candidate will have the option to direct the ensemble during one or both semesters. Additional information about our curriculum and faculty can be found at

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Instructor (ABD or foreign equivalent) or Associate Processor possible

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Assistant Professor (Ph.D.) preferred

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In letters of application, candidates should discuss their interest in developing as a teacher and scholar in a highly selective undergraduate liberal arts college that emphasizes close student-faculty interaction. They should also discuss their potential to contribute to a college community that maintains a diversity of people and perspectives as one of its core values. To be assured of full consideration, all application materials should be received by March 30, 2021. Candidates will need to upload a letter of application, curriculum vitae, transcripts (copies are acceptable), and provide email addresses for three references. Questions about this search should be directed to the search chair, Professor Mark Laver, at [email protected] or 641-269-4849.

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Grinnell College is committed to establishing and maintaining a safe and nondiscriminatory educational environment for all College community members. It is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in matters of admission, employment, and housing, and in access to and participation in its education programs, services, and activities. The College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth, religion, disability, creed or any other protected class. Discrimination and harassment on any of the bases covered by state or federal antidiscrimination statutes is unlawful and a violation of Grinnell College policy.
Grinnell College recognizes that harassment can relate to an individual’s membership in more than one protected class. Targeting individuals on the basis of their membership in any protected class is also a violation of Grinnell’s Community Standards and Responsibilities and may violate the College’s Hate Crime and Bias-Motivated Incident Policy. Under these circumstances, the College will coordinate the investigation and resolution, provided that doing so does not unduly delay prompt and equitable resolution under this policy.
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The College has grievance procedures for any individual who has experienced harassment or discrimination and wishes to pursue resolution.
An offer for this position will be contingent on successful completion of a background check.


We need to receive email addresses for three references. If you have any questions, please contact Mark Laver ([email protected]; 641-269-4849) for assistance.




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Posted: 4/3/2021
Application Due: 7/2/2021
Work Type: Full Time