Assistant Professor of Music/Director of Choral Activities

Ripon College

The faculty at Ripon College are a talented and dynamic group of teacher-scholars who work closely with a diverse student population on capstone and undergraduate research projects, and participate in interdisciplinary collaboration with one another on scholarship and creative activity. The faculty benefit from wide-ranging opportunities for support including curriculum development grants, travel grants, scholarly/artistic grants, and colleague teaching grants.  Successful applicants for faculty positions at Ripon College will join a group of teacher-scholars who embrace the standards of social justice; value the principles of equity and inclusion; and seek to foster and facilitate student achievement at all levels.

The Ripon College Department of Music invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin August 2021. The directing load centers on leading both the college’s touring, auditioned chamber choir, as well as the college-community chorus. The remainder of the departmental teaching load includes courses in conducting, choral rehearsal techniques, music history, and music theory, with other teaching duties assigned based on department needs and candidate strengths. The person in this position is expected to lead annual regional choir tours, serving as an ambassador for the college and effectively recruiting prospective students. Successful candidates will demonstrate the desire and ability to contribute to the institution’s distinctive Catalyst curriculum, fostering critical inquiry through a musical lens. We seek candidates who demonstrate a strong commitment to promoting diversity, equality, and inclusion and are dedicated to fostering these values within the liberal arts setting. Candidates’ experience should reflect the College’s ongoing efforts to promote equity, and successful candidates will be able to speak specifically on a commitment to improving opportunity and outcomes for historically underserved groups. A doctoral degree is required; A.B.D. candidates will be considered. 

This position is open to all qualified applicants.  Ripon College encourages applications from individuals from underrepresented groups in the professoriate, including,  for example,  African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, other Pacific Islanders, first generation college students, members of the LGBTQIA+ community,  individuals who have followed non-traditional pathways to college due to exceptional talent and motivation in the face of adversity, such as societal, economic or academic disadvantages, and individuals with a demonstrated commitment to applying and including diverse backgrounds and perspectives to learning, scholarship, and leadership in the academy. 

Required Qualifications:

  • D.M.A. in Choral Conducting or doctorate in closely related field; A.B.D. candidates will be considered with expectation of degree completion by the end of the first year of employment
  • Ability to teach a variety of classes related to music and music education
  • Clearly articulated research agenda
  • Energy and enthusiasm to serve as a highly visible face of the music department and as an active recruiter of prospective students
  • Strong commitment to student-centered active learning and student engagement

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated effectiveness in teaching one or more of the following courses: SATB chorus, music history, music theory, conducting, choral methods
  • Demonstrated experience working in multicultural environments and interest in developing curricula related to diverse populations
  • Willingness to develop courses building on the established curricula 
  • Evidence of successful collaborative work across disciplines
  • Commitment to undergraduate advising


Screening will begin February 28, 2021 and continue until the position is filled


Applicants should submit the following documents as a single PDF to Dr. Erin Bryan, Search Committee Chair, at [email protected]:

  • Letter of interest
  • Curriculum vitae
  • A one-page statement addressing methods or experiences that foster a diversity of ideas and promote an inclusive environment in the music classroom and institution as a whole
  • Link(s) to video recording of 10-15 minutes of recent conducting performance(s) demonstrating contrasting styles (including titles and composers)
  • Letters of recommendation and official transcripts may be requested at a later date.

Ripon College is committed to the principles of equal opportunity and adheres to non-discriminatory policies in employment and student enrollment. Ripon College is an equal-opportunity employer and encourages women and minorities to apply.

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