Job Posting – TT Assistant Professor in Music at Swarthmore CollegeJob Posting – TT Assistant Professor in Music at Swarthmore College

Assistant Professor of Music

Swarthmore College: Music & Dance Department


Swarthmore, PA

Open Date

Oct 25, 2021


The Department of Music and Dance at Swarthmore College invites applications for a tenure-track position in Music at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning August 2022. We seek candidates who specialize in African-American, African and/or African-diasporic musical cultures in subfields such as (but not limited to) ethnomusicology, historical musicology, music theory, music education, composition, or music technology/production. We are particularly interested in candidates whose work is grounded in music scholarship and its intersections with Critical Race Studies, Black Studies and/or Africana Studies.

Swarthmore’s music program in the Department of Music and Dance is a vibrant community of performers, creators, and critical thinkers who share a passion for music. The core music faculty currently represent the disciplines of composition, ethnomusicology, historical musicology, music theory, and performance. We have seven faculty-led department ensembles (Chorus, Chinese Music Ensemble, Gamelan, Jazz, Orchestra, Taiko, and Wind Ensemble), in addition to robust programs for private lessons and chamber music. We are housed in the newly renovated Lang Music Building, which includes an acoustically stunning concert hall and the Underhill Music and Dance Library. Our students are often active in many other fields across campus and the wealth of interests and curiosity they bring to music fosters a fresh and exciting atmosphere. Tenure-track faculty members have a 2/2 teaching load, enjoy a generous leave policy, and are eligible to apply for a range of funding to support professional development, teaching, and scholarship.


Applicants must hold a Ph.D. at the time of appointment.

The successful candidate will demonstrate effective and dynamic classroom teaching; a broad range of research and teaching interests; a commitment to engaging in cross-departmental collaboration; and a record of scholarly excellence. Commitment to community engagement is welcome, as is evidence of administrative abilities. Performance expertise is not required, but would be of interest. 

Application Instructions

Qualified applicants should apply via Interfolio  Please provide a letter of application, curriculum vitae, a sample of scholarly work, a sample syllabus, and the names and contact information of three references (please do not submit letters of recommendations at this time, the committee will contact references directly) by December 1, 2021. The cover letter should address the candidate‚Äôs interests in teaching in a liberal arts college environment, how they would approach mentoring students from diverse backgrounds, and how the candidate sees their teaching interests complementing and expanding current course offerings in the Music program and across the College. Please address any questions you may have to Molly Floyd (, Administrative Coordinator of the Music program. 

Located in the suburbs of Philadelphia and near Wilmington DE, Swarthmore College is a vibrant liberal arts college whose mission combines academic rigor with social responsibility. Swarthmore has a strong institutional commitment to diversity, and actively seeks and welcomes applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society and world. Applicants from traditionally underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. For more information on Faculty Diversity and Excellence at Swarthmore, see

Effective July 21, 2021, Swarthmore is requiring all new employees to show proof of being fully vaccinated by their start date, unless they have an approved medical or religious exemption. For more information about Swarthmore’s vaccine requirements, please visit the Swarthmore COVID-19 Response website.