Visiting Assistant Professor of Music (Voice)


Openings: 1


Position Details: Gustavus Adolphus College invites applications for a full-time (6/7), three-year position of Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Music to begin September 1, 2019.

Institution Information: Gustavus Adolphus College is a coeducational, private, Lutheran (ELCA), residential, national liberal arts college of 2200 students. We are committed to fostering a community that embodies the value of a liberal arts education rooted in heritage and boldly open to insight. The Gustavus Acts strategic plan renews our commitment to equipping students to lead purposeful lives and to act on the great challenges of our time by diversifying and expanding the Gustavus community and delivering a distinctive and integrated liberal arts education. We seek employees who are committed to and will actively contribute to our efforts to celebrate cultural and intellectual richness and be resolute in advancing inclusion and equity.

Music is part of the heritage of Gustavus Adolphus College. The Music Department has a long history of excellence evidenced by the outstanding achievements of its graduates and notable performances by its ensembles. The Department takes great pride in its music majors and the large number of non-music majors who value a continuing engagement with music in their education and their lives. The Department offers a strong music core curriculum including a music education major and the Honors Program for advanced studies.

Major/Essential Functions: The annual teaching assignment will be 6 course equivalents, one of which may be a one-month January Term experiential course determined by the candidate and appropriate to the candidate’s expertise. Primary responsibilities will include teaching applied voice lessons, voice class and vocal pedagogy/vocal techniques courses to music major and non-music major students. Guided by departmental needs and the expertise of the applicant, other responsibilities may include teaching courses in vocal diction, vocal literature, opera/musical theater/contemporary or commercial music, music theory, music education, coaching chamber vocal ensembles or other courses as assigned.

Application Procedures: To apply, visit and complete the online application. The documents that must be uploaded include the following:

  • Letter of application that addresses the position qualifications;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • A brief (one page) statement of teaching philosophy; 
  • Transcripts (scanned copies acceptable).

For full consideration, applications must be received by March 25, 2019. While applications may be accepted after this date, it is not guaranteed that they will be considered. At this time, please only upload the required documents listed above; finalists will be asked to submit a video of teaching a student voice lesson, video performance recordings, sample programs, course syllabi, and the names and contact information for three professional references (at least one of the references must be able to address current teaching experience and effectiveness). Incomplete applications will not be considered by the search committee.

Gustavus Adolphus College is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. The College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, disability, or veteran status in its education or employment programs or activities.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Doctorate preferred, but we will consider candidates who have achieved ABD status and who will complete their degree by September 1, 2019;
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in teaching;
  • A commitment to undergraduate teaching and student advising; 
  • Experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and a demonstrated commitment to pedagogical methods that enable students across racial, ethnic, and socio-economic groups to reach their maximum potential.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A versatile teacher/artist/performer with experience teaching students at the undergraduate level;
  • Demonstrated effectiveness, excellence, and innovation in teaching and sympathy with the mission of an undergraduate Liberal Arts college;
  • Strong communication and organizational skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to recruit and retain undergraduate students; 
  • Ability to collaborate constructively in an active department.

Posted 2/25/2019


Patricia Snapp | | 507-933-7359

Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2019

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