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Visiting Assistant Professor, Music Theory

Skidmore College
Saratoga Springs, NY

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Arts & Humanities, Fine & Performing Arts
Position Type
Assistant Professor
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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The Skidmore College Music Department invites applications for a one-year full-time appointment as Visiting Assistant Professor.  The Department is interested in candidates who will bring innovative and creative pedagogies informed by the latest directions in the discipline, whose expertise encompasses a broad range of repertoires and methodologies, and who will support and contribute to the growing diversity of our academic community.  The successful applicant will add a fresh perspective to our existing courses in music theory, analysis, and musicianship, and possibly to other curricular needs in musicology, ethnomusicology, and general education (according to the applicant’s strengths).  A background in performance, and/or a demonstrated ability to integrate performance and academics is desirable.  We seek an imaginative, engaging, and energetic teacher with good communication and interpersonal skills, a commitment to the liberal arts ethos, and an inclination toward collaboration.  Individuals from underrepresented groups, or with experience teaching students from diverse backgrounds, are especially encouraged to apply.

Required Documentation:

Review of applications will begin on 3/18 and will continue until the position is filled.  Applications must be submitted online and should consist of: 1) a letter of application; 2) current c.v.; 3) statement on teaching in a liberal arts environment; 4) statement on diversity and inclusion; 5) at list of at least three references. 

Education: PhD or DMA preferred; ABD and other educational paths considered.  Questions may be referred to Jeremy Day-O’Connell, Chair ([email protected]).

Skidmore College is a highly selective liberal arts college of approximately 2700 students from some 47 states and 46 countries.  With its relatively small size and 9:1 student-to-faculty ratio, the College is a close-knit academic community; its faculty of teacher-scholars are devoted to the instruction and mentoring of undergraduates.  Housed in the renowned Arthur Zankel Music Center, the Music Department embodies the best of Skidmore's rich artistic heritage.

Pay Range:  Commensurate with experience

In order to prevent or significantly reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission at Skidmore College and protect all members of the College community from infection, successful candidates will be required to submit proof of full vaccination as a condition of employment, unless exempted as a reasonable accommodation of a medical condition or sincerely religious belief or practice.


Skidmore College is committed to being an inclusive campus community and, as an Equal Opportunity Employer, does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, military or veteran status, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, predisposition or carrier status, domestic violence victim status, familial status, dating violence, or stalking, or any other category protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.

Employment at Skidmore College is contingent upon an acceptable background check result.



Skidmore is a highly selective liberal arts college with a reputation for its creative approaches to just about everything. With its relatively small size and student-faculty ratio, the College is a close-knit academic community. Skidmore is known for its faculty of teacher-scholars devoted to the instruction and mentoring of undergraduates—approximately 2,400 talented men and women from some 47 states and 46 countries.

A great education is all about putting academic theory and creative expression into practice. That’s what our founder, Lucy Skidmore Scribner, believed. Skidmore’s not an ivory tower. Never has been. Never will be. It’s a place where faculty and students work together, then figure out how to use what they’ve learned to make a difference in the world. This practical focus often leads to cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches, where students carry multiple majors, student-faculty research is common, and internships and community service are standard. It also leads to interesting and unusual combinations of activities, frequently woven into an intellectual passion.

If this kind of experience resonates with you, why not take a closer look at Skidmore?

Skidmore College is located in the historic resort community of Saratoga Springs, New York.  Set in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains, Saratoga is located about 30 minutes north of Albany, the state capital. 

Saratoga is a small, cosmopolitan city of 30,000, noted for its Victorian heritage, famed spas, and thoroughbred horse racing.  The Saratoga Performing Arts Center is a site of top rock, jazz, and pop performances as well as the summer home of the New York City Ballet and the Philadelphia Orchestra.  Saratoga is a three-and-one-half-hour drive, train ride, or bus trip from New York City, Boston, or Montreal.


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