Job Opportunities

Visiting Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology


The Department of Music and Dance at Swarthmore College invites applications for a two-year Visiting Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology beginning in Fall 2021. We seek applicants who specialize in the music of Black communities (specific area of specialization and region of the world are open). We are particularly interested in candidates whose work is grounded in music scholarship and its intersections with critical race theory.

Course load for the position is four courses each year including an introductory ethnomusicology course and additional courses in the candidate’s areas of expertise. Course topics of particular interest include but are not limited to jazz, music of Africa, Black music and power/protest, music of the Caribbean and/or South America, and Black musics of Philadelphia. The successful candidate will be eligible to apply for generous research and faculty development funding available through the College. The position will begin in August 2021.

Swarthmore’s music program is a vibrant community of performers, creators and critical thinkers who share a passion for music both past and present, pop and classical, near and far. Our academic courses invite students to think deeply about music; our ensembles – including Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Chorus, Garnet Singers, Balinese Gamelan, Jazz Ensemble, Taiko, and Chinese Music Ensemble – bring talented students together to perform challenging and varied repertoire; our master class and residency programs bring some of our country’s most distinguished musicians to campus for ongoing collaborations with our students; and our program of private instruction enables students to study with some of the finest teachers from Philadelphia to New York City. Our core faculty includes two music historians, a music theorist, a composer, two ethnomusicologists, and a conductor/pianist. Students in our program are often active in many other fields, such as art history, biology, engineering, English, linguistics, and mathematics. We welcome all students, whether or not they pursue a major or minor in our discipline, to become part of our music family.


The successful candidate will hold a Ph.D. completed by the appointment starting date of August 2021 and will have a demonstrated commitment to creative teaching that speaks to and motivates undergraduates from diverse backgrounds. They will have a broad range of teaching and research interests and be responsible for teaching both introductory and advanced level courses in a small classroom setting.

Application Instructions

Review of applications will begin on March 22, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.

Please submit the following application materials to Interfolio:

  • a cover letter of no more than two pages that describes your research, teaching philosophy, and the titles of four courses you are prepared to teach at the undergraduate level
  • a current CV
  • one or two sample syllabi for courses in your area(s) of specialization
  • names and contact information (email and phone) for three academic/professional references. At least one of the references should be prepared to speak to your teaching experience.

Apply via Interfolio

Please address any questions you may have to Molly Lawrence Floyd ( Administrative Coordinator, Music Program

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Swarthmore College actively seeks and welcomes applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society and world. Swarthmore College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.