Assistant professor (tenure, electronic music, music theory, composition)

The Music Department of Colby College seeks applicants for a unique tenure-track position in
electronic music, music theory, and composition at the rank of assistant professor, starting
September 1, 2021. The successful candidate will join a small, active, and highly collaborative
department and will have a central role in further expanding our electronic music program. We
seek a dynamic teacher and scholar who will offer classes in music theory, composition, and the candidate’s field of interest, as well as teach students in Colby’s Music and Interdisciplinary
Computation Major (offered jointly with Computer Science). The candidate will also maintain a
strong research trajectory in their field(s) of specialization.

The department is especially interested in candidates who have documented success in
undergraduate teaching, as well as in writing, performing, and producing a range of electronic
music (and/or creating acoustic and electronic music for video, film, and dance). At this moment of inflection within the field of music studies, we particularly welcome applications from candidates whose research or compositional interests engage the ongoing dialogues around inclusion and equity and who can offer innovative courses that address aspects of diversity in its many forms. The successful candidate will have a vision for electronic music courses that will both generate excitement among music majors and minors and appeal to students across a diverse liberal arts campus. Preference will be given to candidates holding the Ph.D. or D.M.A by September 1, 2021.

The Colby Music Department will move into a new performance center in 2023
(, built to
foster collaboration among the departments of Music, Theater and Dance, and Cinema Studies as well as to facilitate work with the Waterville Downtown Arts Collaborative and the Colby Art
Museum. We are looking for a colleague who will have the ability to contribute to these crossdisciplinary initiatives in dynamic ways.

Our teaching load is four courses in the first year, alternating between four and five courses per
year thereafter, including the option to teach one course during Colby’s January term. Faculty
members also serve as mentors for a limited number of independent studies and honors projects.

Application should include: i) a cover letter outlining interests and specific qualifications for the
position; ii) a curriculum vitae; iii) three confidential letters of recommendation; iv) a statement
of teaching philosophy and research interests that demonstrates commitment to the value of
diversity and to inclusive teaching; v) a representative sample of recent scholarship/work in progress, which may include examples of recent audio and/or visual projects; and vi) ideas for possible elective offerings and a description of how they might contribute to the music curriculum at Colby College. Application materials may include hyperlinks to audio or video files, but please do not submit physical copies of recordings or publications at this time. Review of applications will begin January 3, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

All materials must be submitted electronically to:

Questions about this search may be directed to Natalie Zelensky, chair of the search committee (

Colby is a private, coeducational liberal arts college that admits students and makes employment decisions on the basis of the individual’s qualifications to contribute to Colby’s educational objectives and institutional needs. Colby College does not discriminate in its educational programs or employment on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, religion, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, or military or veteran’s status. Colby is an equal opportunity employer and operates in accordance with federal and state laws regarding non-discrimination. Colby complies with Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in an institution’s education programs and activities. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to Colby’s Title IX coordinator or to the federal Office of Civil Rights. We encourage inquiries from candidates who will contribute to the cultural and ethnic diversity of our college. For more information about the College, please visit our web site: