Faculty Position in Musicology

Conrad Grebel University College in the University of Waterloo invites applications for a full-time regular faculty position in Musicology to begin July 1, 2018.  Review of applications will begin November 1, 2017.  Conrad Grebel University College is committed to employment equity and welcomes applications from all qualified persons.  Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Position Description
The position is based in Conrad Grebel University College’s Department of Music, which is the Music Department of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Waterloo.  This is a regular, full-time, tenure-track position that involves undergraduate teaching, scholarship, service, and community education.  The successful candidate will have teaching and scholarship expertise in Music History, as well as one or more of the following areas:  church music and worship, sacred music, and music in religious traditions. The preferred candidate will be able to lead one of the music ensembles in the Department, and mentor students in practical skills related to music and worship.

Faculty Position Profile and Qualifications

The ideal candidate will meet the following qualifications:

  • A completed doctorate in Music, with a preference for Musicology.
  • Expertise in Music History and one or more of the following areas: church music and worship, sacred music, and music in religious traditions.
  • Demonstrated potential for an active program of scholarship in Music.
  • Demonstrated excellence in post-secondary teaching.
  • Practical expertise and experience in church music is an asset.
  • Ability to teach in a multi-disciplinary setting.
  • Willingness and ability to share administrative duties within the Department and the College.
  • An understanding of and commitment to the identity, mission, and core values of Conrad Grebel University College, a Mennonite college at the University of Waterloo, home of the University’s Music Department.
  • Willingness and ability to engage in public education and community service.

Instructions and Information for Applicants

  1. Application materials must be submitted in hard copy and digital format.Review of applications will begin November 1, 2017. Address applications to Dr. Marlene Epp, Dean, Conrad Grebel University College, 140 Westmount Rd. North, Waterloo, ON, N2L 3G6, Canada. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
    • Applications should include the following:
    • Application letter indicating reasons for applying, summarizing qualifications, and describing how the candidate will contribute to the mission of the Music program and the College
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Names and contact information of three referees who have agreed to provide letters of recommendation and respond to questions from the search committee if requested.Referees should be ready to comment on the candidate’s scholarship, teaching competence, capacity for public service, and collegiality
  2. All applications will be acknowledged and candidates will be kept informed as the process proceeds.
  3. A short list of candidates will be asked to provide three letters of recommendation and substantial documentation of teaching, scholarship, and service. These candidates may be contacted for preliminary interviews with members of the search committee and they may be asked to provide supplementary information.
  4. One or more candidates will be invited to campus for interviews and presentations to classes and various other groups.
  5. The College reserves the right to withhold making a full-time appointment, to fill the position with a part-time or definite-term appointment, or to extend the application process.

Appointment Procedures and Conditions
An initial appointment at the Assistant Professor level is normally made for a three-year probationary term which, upon a satisfactory review, is followed by a second three-year probationary term, after which the faculty member is eligible for consideration for tenure and promotion.

An initial appointment at the Associate Professor level is normally made for a three-year probationary term after which, upon a satisfactory review, the faculty member is eligible for consideration for tenure.

Background Information
Conrad Grebel University College’s Music Department is the Music Department of the Faculty of Arts of the University of Waterloo.  The Department has offered courses and extra-curricular programs in Music at the University of Waterloo since the 1960s, and has offered Bachelor of Arts degrees in Music since 1974.  Since Grebel’s inception, music has contributed significantly and vitally to the life of the College, the University, and the broader community.

The Music Department espouses a strong liberal arts orientation, exploring the role of music in human life and examining life through the lens of music.  This means balancing intensive study in the traditional music disciplines of performance, theory, and history with courses addressing questions at the intersection of disciplines such as Popular Music and Culture, Jazz, Music and Film, World Music, Music and Technology, Women/Music/Gender, Church Music and Worship, and Music and Peace.

The Department’s programs and courses are interdisciplinary and innovative, seeking to be responsive to developments in contemporary culture.  They reflect the liberal arts character of the College and the commitment to innovation, social engagement, and experiential learning that is a defining feature of the University of Waterloo.

The Music Department teaches a wide range of students.  Some students major or minor in Music, while others take only a few Music courses or perhaps participate in an ensemble during one or more terms.  Music students are generally interested both in making music and in asking questions about music’s relevance to society.  There is great potential for fruitful interaction among students from diverse disciplines coming together to study music.  The University of Waterloo, with its tradition of collaboration and innovation, and Conrad Grebel University College, as a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary College, provide a richly supportive culture for this approach to the study of Music.



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