Job Announcement: Assistant Professor

Position Title: Assistant Professor of Music (tenure track)
Position Status: Full Time
Tenure: Tenure Track
Rank: Assistant Professor
Start Date: August 2021

Application Deadline: January 15, 2021


Lewis University’s Department of Music seeks an active and charismatic tenure track faculty member to begin the 2021-2022 academic year. The starting rank is Assistant Professor.

Candidates should have a terminal degree (ABD considered) in ethnomusicology, musicology, or performance with research interests and/or professional experience in genres of contemporary pop music, jazz, post-colonial Mexican folkloric music, music industry, choral conducting, game music, song writing, and/or applied instrument/voice.

The candidate for this position will take a leading role in reimagining and restructuring our current music program into an innovative contemporary music program that will serve as an umbrella for other programs including Music Business and Computer Science+Music (CS+) degrees. Candidates with curriculum development experience are especially encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will combine traditional academic training and experiences with a breadth of knowledge of contemporary musical practice. The candidate will be instrumental in helping to reshape and contemporize the music program at Lewis University.

Depending on expertise, the candidate may teach and develop a broad range of contemporary music courses on topics including songwriting, audio production, pop music, broad areas of music history and world music, music entrepreneurship, music theory, music for film/tv, music media, game audio, and/or folk music among others.

The candidate is expected to take an active role in recruiting, and we seek candidates with a demonstrated commitment to working with marginalized communities and with students holding a range of worldviews.

Lewis University is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, members of racialized groups / visible minorities, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression. Lewis University is committed to building a diverse faculty, staff, and student body and is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

Located in the Chicago area, Lewis University is a comprehensive, Catholic university, where the traditions of liberal learning, values and preparation for professional work come together with a synergy that gives the university its educational identity and focus. Founded in 1932, Lewis is a dynamic, coeducational university offering more than 80 undergraduate majors and programs of study, 35 graduate programs, and two doctoral programs. Lewis is one of many schools sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, an international Roman Catholic teaching order.

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  • Teach courses related to contemporary music. The teaching load is 24 credit hours per academic year (4-4 load)
  • Take a leading role in developing a contemporary music program.
  • Actively work to recruit students.
  • Pursue scholarly activity related to musical expertise.
  • Availability to hold office hours and meet with other faculty members and department chairs or directors when necessary.
  • Serve as a model of professionalism and act as a resource for students within the teaching-learning environment.
  • Model the University Mission through dedicated job performance, service excellence to constituencies, respectful collaboration and active support of the University’s Mission and Catholic and Lasallian higher education.

  • Minimum Qualifications:

    Terminal degree (ABD considered). Strong technology skills and college teaching experience preferred. Strong commitment to teaching and recruitment.