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Visiting Assistant Professor of Music (Composition)

Colby College
Waterville, Maine

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Visiting Assistant Professor of Music (Composition)

Waterville, Maine
Open Date:
Jan 17, 2024

The Colby College Department of Music invites applications for a one-year, Visiting Assistant Professor position in technology-based music and composition for the 2024-25 academic year. The successful candidate will join an active and highly collaborative department and will have responsibilities that will include:

1. Teaching a first-semester music theory course (MU181).

2. Teaching Introduction to Music Theory through Digital Audio Workstation (MU153).

3. Teaching a Composition Seminar for students with at least one semester of music theory (MU345).

4. Offering an elective of the candidate’s choice in technology-based composition.

 All courses need to be suitable for both majors and non-majors.


The search committee is especially interested in candidates who have a record of previous college teaching, will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the campus community, have the ability to offer an elective that has wide appeal to students in a liberal arts environment, and have an interdisciplinary approach. Experience with basic audio equipment and with programming geared toward music composition is expected, as the successful candidate would supervise music-related activities in the Arts Incubator (interdisciplinary technology lab).

Completed Ph.D., D.M.A, or ABD preferred.

Application Instructions:

To apply, please submit applications through Interfolio at Include: 1) a cover letter outlining interests and specific qualifications for the position as well your engagement with equitable and inclusive teaching; 2) CV; 3) three confidential letters of recommendation; 4) three ideas for the elective course, with a brief description of each. A statement of teaching philosophy and a representative example of recent scholarship may be requested further into the review process.  Review of applications will begin March 1, 2024 and will continue until the position is filled.

Questions about the application or submission process may be directed to:

Professor Steve Saunders

Department of Music, Colby College


Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

Colby is a private, coeducational liberal arts college that admits students and makes personnel decisions on the basis of the individual’s qualifications to contribute to Colby’s educational objectives and institutional needs. The principle of not discriminating on the basis of race, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, caste, national or ethnic origin, marital status, genetic information, political beliefs, veteran or military status, parental status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, physical or mental disability unrelated to the job or course of study requirements is consistent with the mission of a liberal arts college and the law.


Working at Colby College 

Founded in 1813, Colby is one of America’s most selective colleges. Serving only undergraduates, Colby’s rigorous academic program is rooted in deep exploration of ideas and close interaction with world-class faculty scholars. Students pursue intellectual passions, choosing among 57 majors or developing their own. Independent and collaborative research, study abroad, and internships offer robust opportunities to prepare students for postgraduate success. Colby is home to a community of 1,850 dedicated and diverse students from around the globe. Its Maine location provides easy access to world-class research institutions and civic engagement experiences.

Under the leadership of its new president, David A. Greene, Colby is building on this strong foundation while remaining committed to excellence, to supporting students and faculty at the highest levels, and to the College’s deep liberal arts traditions. This new chapter includes plans for creating innovative academic initiatives and partnerships, strengthening the connections between the liberal arts and the professional world, revitalizing downtown Waterville, and pursuing significant capital projects for performing arts and athletics.

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