Position Description & Responsibilities

The School of Liberal Arts at Merrimack College is seeking applicants for the positions of Adjunct Lecturer in the Music Program in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts for the Fall 2021 semester to teach on campus. The courses and meeting times are listed below. The Fall 2021 semester runs from August 30th until December 17th, 2021.

Adjuncts needed for Fall 2021 music courses. Please review the course descriptions below and apply. We will take applications until the positions are filled.

MUS1330 Survey of American Music. MWF 8-9:15am

A survey of American music from the colonial era to the present, examining folk, popular, art, sacred, and secular music traditions in the United States within their cultural and historical contexts. A comprehensive survey of major trends in American musical history and a collective critical assessment of how Americans tell the story of their own musical heritage. Emphasis is placed on discussion, critical assessment of sources, and developing active listening skills. Fulfills AL and X in LS Core. Three hours a week. The section cap is 30 students. The pay rate for this course is $4,400.

MUS2301 Music History I; Antiquity to Baroque MWF 9:30-10:45am

The first half of a two-semester sequence surveying the music of the western classical tradition. This course examines the creation and development of musical genres throughout the historical periods from classical antiquity in Greece and Rome to the culmination of the Baroque. Emphases on active listening, writing about music, and the study of genres within their social and historical contexts. Fulfills AL or H in LS Core. Three hours a week. The section cap is 30 students. The pay rate for this course is $4,400.


Terminal degree in music technology, music composition, performance, musicology, ethnomusicology, theory, conducting, or related field, completed by the time of appointment; experience working and teaching student lessons (if applying for MUS1361 or MUS1372); successful undergraduate teaching experience in music courses listed above; and teaching evaluations. Additionally, if appropriate include publications, presentations, and/or creative projects in the applicant’s primary field.

Statement on Our Mission

Merrimack College is a Catholic Augustinian institution of higher education committed to building a culturally and racially diverse community. Our mission is to enlighten minds, engage hearts and empower lives and is inspired by our Catholic faith and the Augustinian tradition of seeking truth through inquiry and dialogue.

Merrimack College seeks candidates who understand, respect and can contribute to Merrimack’s Augustinian mission and values and advance our work in the area of diversity, equity and inclusion. We strongly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups. All candidates should describe in their application previous experience related to equity, diversity, and inclusion, as well as how they will engage in fostering a culture that supports our Augustinian mission, our Catholic faith and our values of diversity, equity and inclusion.

Application materials should include:

  • Cover letter stating motivation and interest in the position, citing experience relevant to the qualifications and including experience with, and commitment to, our Catholic Augustinian mission, our values, and our desire to be a more diverse, equitable and inclusive institution of higher learning.
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Student work and any other relevant materials.
  • This position is subject to the successful completion of a criminal background check.

Required Vaccinations & Remote Work:

Unless otherwise stated above, this is an on-campus position. This is not a remote or hybrid position as employees are essential in order to provide a fully on-campus, residential college experience for our students and the community.

Merrimack College currently has a COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. Students, faculty and staff are required to be vaccinated for COVID-19.

About Merrimack College:

The only Catholic, Augustinian institution of higher education in New England, Merrimack College is a private, independent, coeducational institution with more than 5,000 undergraduates and graduate students from 32 states and 37 countries, and comprises schools of liberal arts, science and engineering, health sciences, education and social policy, and business. The college’s 260- acre campus is approximately 25 miles north of Boston in North Andover and Andover, Massachusetts. Merrimack is a Master’s Colleges & Universities/Medium Programs institution in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Merrimack is one of the fastest growing educational institutions in the country and has steadily climbed up U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of Best Colleges, coming in 46th out of 170 schools ranked in the Regional Universities North category in 2020. Merrimack is also listed as one of the top 10 most innovative schools and placed 35th for best undergraduate teaching programs among schools in the U.S. News category.

Merrimack College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Posted: 7/12/21