Position Overview: The Department of Visual and Performing Arts seeks to hire a full-time, tenure-track faculty member who will serve as Assistant Director of Bands and a scholar-practitioner of music technology and engineering in relation to contemporary composing, performing, and listening practices. The ideal candidate will have experience directing student bands of a variety of sizes and skill levels, facility with current music software and recording/production tools, and experience teaching practice-based studio courses in music theory, composition, and/or engineering/production. Applicants who bring interdisciplinary and/or cross-cultural approaches to their research, teaching, and creative practice will be at a distinct advantage.
Responsibilities: Teach introductory- and intermediate-level courses in music technology, composition, theory, and related fields; develop and teach advanced undergraduate courses in areas of interest and specialization; contribute to the department’s interdisciplinary curriculum shared by Music, Graphic Design, Theatre, and Visual Arts; maintain a productive agenda of scholarly and creative work and professional involvement in music technology and related fields, and collaborate on a shared departmental vision for future development of graduate-level programs such as arts management and recording production/engineering. As Assistant Director of Bands, responsibilities will average 10 hours per week, including approximately 2 hours per week of rehearsal and 8 hours per week for prep/planning and performances, with the primary focus being supporting our robust athletic band program. Night and weekend commitments are expected.
- Terminal degree in music technology, music composition, performance, musicology, ethnomusicology, theory, conducting, or related field, completed by the time of appointment;
- Experience working with and leadership of student bands;
- Recognized scholarly publications, presentations, and/or creative projects;
- Successful undergraduate teaching experience in music technology and/or theory; and
- Interest in contributing to curriculum development for music studies in a liberal arts program.
Merrimack College seeks to nourish and sustain our five core values of leadership, community, awareness, scholarship, and service. The College is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty and strongly encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups. All candidates are encouraged to describe in their application previous activities or interest in building a culture committed to diversity and inclusive excellence, as well as how they will engage in fostering a culture that values diversity and inclusive excellence at Merrimack College.
To Apply: Interested applicants should apply through Academic Jobs Online with the following materials:
- Letter of Application
- Curriculum vitae
- Statement of Teaching Philosophy
- Contact Information for three professional references (letters will be required for employment)
- Optional: One representative sample of your scholarly and/or creative work (publications, audio/visual recordings, etc.; can be link in CV)
- Optional: Brief video recording of band performance or rehearsal (can be link in CV)
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
About Merrimack: The only Catholic, Augustinian college in New England, Merrimack College is an independent, coeducational institution with more than 4,200 undergraduates and graduate students from 34 states and 36 countries, and comprises schools of liberal arts, science and engineering, health sciences, education and social policy, and business. The college’s 220-acre campus is approximately 25 miles north of Boston in North Andover and Andover, Mass. Merrimack is a Master’s Colleges & Universities/Medium Programs institution in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Merrimack recently placed 21st in the nation for “Colleges That Add the Most Value” in Money’s special Best Colleges report and was ranked as one of the top 10 colleges in the northern United States for the fourth year in a row — and the only regional college judged “up and coming” by higher education leadership in the northern United States, according to U.S. News.
This position is subject to the successful completion of a criminal background check.
Merrimack College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.