Assistant Professor (Ethnomusicology)


Openings: 1


Position Details: Gustavus Adolphus College invites applications for a tenure-track position of Assistant Professor in the Department of Music to begin September 1, 2022.

Institution Information: Gustavus Adolphus College seeks employees who are committed to and will be resolute in advancing inclusion and equity. We seek candidates whose experience has prepared them to help us realize our college-wide goal of engagement and inclusion of culturally and racially diverse audiences in the humanities, arts, and sciences. The Gustavus Acts strategic plan renews our commitment to equip 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.

To support these goals, Gustavus Adolphus College is currently in the second year of a multiyear, multi-departmental hiring initiative to enhance and diversify departmental curricular and co-curricular offerings. Faculty at Gustavus have opportunities to participate in our interdisciplinary Programs, including African Studies; Environmental Studies; Latin American, Latinx, and Caribbean Studies; Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies; and Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies. Minnesota is home to vibrant and increasingly racially diverse communities, and we believe that representation from these communities positively contributes to our student body. We especially seek faculty members whose impact will be to advance academic and cultural programs in areas relevant to African, Black, or Indigenous history, arts, and culture, while also helping the College engage and support students of color.

We are committed to fostering a community that embodies the value of a liberal arts education rooted in pluralism. We engage in this work at a coeducational, private, Lutheran (ELCA) College of Swedish immigrant heritage that is a leading residential, national liberal arts institution of 2200 students.

Department Information: The Department of Music prepares students to lead lives grounded in the musical arts. Offering a music education of recognized excellence, the department weaves together diverse experiences and engaged learning practices, preparing individuals for a lifetime commitment to the arts through vocation and avocation. The department serves the entire college community, from music major to non-major, faculty, staff, and the greater Saint Peter, Minn. region. We pride ourselves on faculty-student collaborative research, broadening course offerings, a performance-based model, and innovative initiatives. Our students, mentored by renowned faculty, participate in large and small ensembles, lessons, academic courses with an 11:1 student:professor ratio, and community service and outreach. The artists/teachers/scholars of the music faculty offer a balance of tradition and innovation in their teaching and seek to bring students to an awareness of the interrelatedness of the historical, theoretical, pedagogical, and performance areas of music across a broad range of genres. For more information about the department, its faculty, students, and courses, please see the department website at

The Gustavus Music Department has 10 full-time tenured faculty, more than 20 affiliate faculty, and 70 undergraduate music and K-12 music education majors. The department also offers honors programs in Performance, Composition, and History-Literature and a music minor. Featuring a wide variety of performing ensembles, the four premiere touring ensembles (choir, orchestra, band, jazz) tour nationally and internationally each year. Music facilities include the renowned Jussi Björling Recital Hall and Christ Chapel, a music technology lab, and numerous studios and classrooms housed in the Schaefer Fine Arts Center. Annually the Gustavus Music Department presents Christmas in Christ Chapel, a worship service in the tradition of Lutheran colleges, broadcast on public television across the nation. The Gustavus Björling Music Festivals bring hundreds of high school students and directors to campus annually, and the department features numerous faculty, student, and guest artist concerts and recitals throughout the academic semesters and January Term. The department also offers an annual concert at Gustavus’s Nobel Conference, and the Music Colloquium Series offers faculty members frequent opportunities to present research, scholarship, creative activities, and funding to host guest artists on campus.

Major/Essential Functions: Gustavus faculty teach, advise, conduct research, and serve the college and department. Currently, tenure-line Gustavus faculty have a 6-course equivalent teaching assignment. The successful candidate will in their first year receive a reduced assignment of 5 courses.

Primary teaching responsibilities will include new course(s) in ethnomusicology, Music of World Cultures (MUS 102), the music history sequence, and contributions to general education. Other responsibilities, including the creation and design of new courses, will depend upon the candidate’s interests, expertise, and departmental needs.

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
  • A brief (one page) statement of research interests
  • A brief (one page) statement of inclusion and equity commitment
  • Transcripts (scanned copies acceptable)
  • The names and contact information for three professional references (at least one must be able to address teaching experience and teaching effectiveness; please indicate the teaching reference in your letter of application). Please do not ask references to submit letters of recommendation; the committee will conduct reference checks by phone.

For full consideration, applications must be received by October 1, 2021. 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 may be asked to submit additional materials. 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, gender identity, national origin, marital status, disability, or veteran status in its education or employment programs or activities.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • PhD in Ethnomusicology (or a related field); we will consider candidates who have achieved ABD status and who will complete their degree by September 30, 2022
  • Prior experience teaching at the postsecondary level
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in teaching
  • Evidence of a commitment to undergraduate student advising
  • Experience working with people 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:

  • Evidence of an emerging pattern of research, scholarship, or creative expression (including research and/or ethnographic fieldwork)
  • Prior teaching experience within a liberal arts setting

Posted 07/29/2021


James Patrick Miller | | 507-933-7340

Posted: Thu Jul 29, 2021

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