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Adjunct Faculty Credit - Music Audio

Harper College
Palatine, IL

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Starting Pay Rate: Per Adjunct Faculty Pay Scale

Schedule Information:The faculty member selected will be expected to conduct and teach students in the following courses:

MUS201 Fundamentals of Audio (meets Thursdays 6-8:30pm, 8/22-12/16): Introduces students to concepts in sound physics, psychoacoustics, room acoustics, signal flow and gain staging in both analog and digital domains, microphone specifications, microphone placement techniques, analog to digital conversion as well as ear training skills to be utilized in audio production applications.

MUS202 Recording Techniques: Teaches recording skills in studio and live sound environments. By conducting multi-track recording sessions, Also covers spectral, dynamic and time-based processing techniques, complex signal flow, parallel processing, live and overdub recording, comping, subgroups and bussing. Working within a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW), Includes more complex routing in the digital realm along with proper archiving techniques. Live sound techniques will be demonstrated in our theaters and performances spaces giving students first-hand experience with design, setup and tear down of PA systems, location recording, microphone placement techniques, feedback treatment, room acoustics, live manipulation of a console, fold back, lighting and organization/management of a live event.

MUS203 Mixing and Mastering Techniques: Teaches proper mixing and mastering techniques in both the digital and analog domains. Prioritizes a thorough knowledge of digital processing via plugins while also conducting sessions in an analog studio. Explores proper spectral, spatial and dynamic mastering techniques with both digital and analog mastering chains with a focus on metering and loudness for various mediums, inter-sample peaks, SRC, dithering and creating a DDP image.

***This posting will be used to obtain a pool of qualified candidates for the above subjects. As teaching needs arise, these applications will be reviewed for possible interviews***

The number of adjunct instructors hired varies from semester to semester, depending upon the needs of the department. Your application can remain "Under Review by Committee" for 18 months. You may check your status at any time by logging into with your username and password. 

Job Description: The Department of Music at Harper College, a two-year institution located 20 miles northwest of Chicago, seeks faculty members for an adjunct faculty position in the Audio/Video Arts Technology certificate program. Candidates should possess expertise in the following areas of audio arts technology: engineering, editing, recording, mixing, mastering, principals of sound, acoustics, and expert knowledge of analog and digital audio systems. Other responsibilities include development of instructional plans to meet course competencies, and course activities that support lesson objectives using traditional and alternative delivery methods. 

The Recording Arts Certificate is an eclectic and collaborative program between the Music and Communication Arts departments. Through hands-on experience with digital and analog equipment, software as well as comprehensive course work, students will learn theoretical and technical skills to pursue careers in audio engineering, live sound reinforcement, audio tech, A/V and video production.

Throughout its more than fifty-year history, the Department of Music at Harper College has maintained a distinguished tradition of excellence in the cultural life of Chicago's Northwest suburbs. With a faculty of more than fifty artists and scholars brought together from institutions from around the world, every facet of our program is guided by recognized expertise.  Members of the performance faculty in the Department of Music maintain active careers ranging from appearances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Grant Park Orchestra, Chicago Philharmonic, Elgin Symphony Orchestra, and many others, to a wide variety of professional chamber ensembles and solo appearances. 

Complementing a high level of excellence in performance, the Department of Music maintains a similar tradition of academic excellence in the classroom. It is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music with recognized transfer programs in music.  The combination of a strong curriculum and a thoroughly dedicated faculty provides students with the constant guidance of experienced professionals and the tools for future success.

Education Requirements: A bachelor's degree and/or an appropriate credential in music, audio or other related field.

Experience Requirements: The equivalent of one year's full-time non-teaching work experience in the field.

Required Documents: ***A resume and cover letter are required to complete the application process***

* Official transcripts required upon hire 
* Employment is contingent upon Criminal Background Check.

* Employment sponsorship is not available.

Applicable Benefits: We offer a competitive, semester by semester adjunct pay, with Harper tuition waivers, sick/personal business leave, and a comprehensive Adjunct Faculty Professional Development Program.

Harper College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strive to create an inclusive learning and working environment where individual differences and identities are respected, valued and embraced. We encourage women, people from historically underrepresented groups, individuals with disabilities and veterans to apply.


Founded in 1965, William Rainey Harper College is a dynamic comprehensive community college situated on a 200-acre campus in Chicago’s northwest suburbs. The College is committed to diversity, and encourages the development of multicultural perspectives.

harper_college1.gifAnnually, the College serves approximately 25,000 students from 23 communities. Providing both transfer and career programs, Harper offers degrees and a wide range of credit, continuing education and corporate training for students of all ages and interests. In order to provide accessible higher education to all, we offer a flexible schedule of daytime, nighttime and weekend classes at our main campus and at several other sites conveniently located throughout our service area.

Harper College is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and has received the coveted Bond Rating of Aaa from Moody’s Investor Service. We are committed to our Institutional Core Values of Integrity, Respect, Excellence and Collaboration.

Our Vision:

William Rainey Harper College is committed to academic integrity and excellence. The College is a leader in teaching and learning, transforming lives by responding to the needs of the individual and the community.

harper_college2.jpgBenefits offered to employees include tuition reimbursement/professional expense, health/life/dental/disability insurance, participation in the State University Retirement System (SURS) and tax deferred annuity plans as well as fourteen paid holidays. Harper also offers some on-site childcare, a summer camp for children, and much more.

Harper College is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer that encourages applications from women, minority group members and persons with disabilities.

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