Lecturer in Music History & Culture, COFAC-3330L

Lecturer in Music History and Culture

Department of Music

College of Fine Arts and Communication




The College of Fine Arts and Communication invites applications for a non-tenure-track, 10-month Lecturer in Music History and Culture in the Department of Music beginning August, 2020. This position is a one-year contract that will carry a load of four courses per semester (Fall and Spring).



PhD in musicology or related field (ABD applicants will be considered if all degree requirements are completed by August 2019); candidates holding only a DMA will not be considered. Record of excellence in teaching at the university/college level as the instructor of record. Ability to incorporate creative, diverse, critical, and interdisciplinary approaches in teaching. Effective in integrating technology into instruction. Commitment to equity and diversity in all aspects of the position. Documented success in scholarship through publication or conference presentations. Areas of expertise in teaching and scholarship should complement those of current faculty.



Teach courses in music history and culture for music majors (undergraduate and graduate) and non-majors. Subjects will include Western music canon surveys and other areas that align with the applicant’s experience and expertise, which may include world musics, popular musics, jazz, current musical trends, freshman seminars, and graduate bibliography and research. Potential to advise graduate recital research papers and undergraduate senior theses. Contribute to curriculum development by bringing creative, collaborative, and interdisciplinary approaches to a diverse and dynamic music student population studying music education, performance, composition, and jazz. Maintain an active trajectory of scholarship commensurate with a lectureship appointment. Participate in academic governance and service at the department, college, and university levels.

Department of Music:

The Department of Music (http://www.towson.edu/music) is committed to fostering a learning community that mirrors the face of the population surrounding the campus, regionally and statewide. The department enrolls a diverse population of approximately 260 students served by 27 full-time and over 50 part-time faculty. This comprehensive music program offers a variety of concentrations in Bachelors and Masters degrees. The NASM-accredited program is housed in the Center for the Arts.


Towson University

About TU

Towson University was founded in 1866, is recognized by U. S. News and World Reports as one of the top public universities in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, is Baltimore's largest university, and is the largest public, comprehensive institution in the University of Maryland System. TU enrolls over 19,000 undergraduates and over 3,000 graduate students across six academic colleges (business, education, fine arts, health professions, liberal arts, science & mathematics), has over 865 full-time faculty, and offers more than 65 bachelor's, 45 master's, and 5 doctoral programs. Our centrally located campus sits on 330 rolling green acres and is 10 miles north of Baltimore, 45 miles north of Washington D.C., and 95 miles south of Philadelphia.

Application Process

Review of applications begins immediately and continues until the position is filled. For fullest consideration, please submit materials by November 18, 2019. A completed digital dossier will include: [1] a letter of application outlining teaching experience and qualifications in the areas enumerated above and ideas about how to integrate your scholarship into our diverse music curriculum; [2] curriculum vitae; [3] a statement of teaching philosophy that demonstrates a commitment to diversity, equity, and community engagement; [4] one sample syllabus from a course you have taught; [5] a copy of the transcript from your doctoral degree-granting institution (an official transcript will be required at the time of the appointment); and [6] names, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers for three or more references who may be contacted by the search committee. 

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Submit complete digital dossiers as a single PDF file to:  

Additional contact information:

Dr. Aaron Ziegel                                                               Dr. David Cosper

Music History and Culture Division leader                      Search Committee Co-Chair

Search Committee Co-Chair                                             Email: dcosper@towson.edu

Email: aziegel@towson.edu                                             Phone: 410-704-2830

Phone: 410-704-2679 


A Criminal Background Investigation is required for the hired candidate and the results may impact employment. Please note that the search number for which you have applied is COFAC-3330L.

Applicant Data Form

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Towson University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and has a strong institutional commitment to diversity. Women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.