Cornell College
  • 17-Feb-2021 to Until Filled (CST)
  • Mt Vernon, IA, USA
  • Full Time

The Position and Qualifications

Cornell College, a selective undergraduate liberal arts college located in Mount Vernon, Iowa, invites applications for a two-year appointment as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Music, or as a Visiting Clinical Professor of Music, beginning August 2021. This position will serve as conductor of two of the college's large instrumental ensembles: Concert Band, and either Chamber Orchestra or Jazz Ensemble, according to the candidate's area(s) of specialization. In addition to these two ensembles, responsibilities will also include: recruiting prospective student musicians, mentoring students in the instrumental Music Education track, and teaching courses within the department. Preference will be given to applicants who are able to teach courses in one or more of the following areas: World Music, Jazz History, and/or Music Technology. A Visiting Assistant Professor must have earned a DMA or PhD in a music field by September 2021. A Visiting Clinical Professor must have a Master's degree in a music field, and must be pursuing a terminal degree. A candidate with a doctoral degree could be considered for a future tenure-track position; A.B.D. candidates could also be considered.

Because Cornell College values diversity and strives to create a welcoming community in which all individuals are respected and included, the entire campus community is called upon to engage in dialogue around issues of difference, identity, and ideology. The College is committed to fostering a faculty and staff community that reflects our diverse student body. We encourage applications from candidates who share our vision for a campus that embraces differing backgrounds, viewpoints, and identities, and who will excel at teaching and mentoring students who are broadly diverse. (See our diversity statement here.)

This position will support Cornell's BA and BMus degree offerings in Music, Music Performance, Music Education, and Music History & Culture as well as the college's performing ensembles, which draw student musicians from all majors and departments on campus. Cornell's music program is unique in that it allows students to experience "the best of both worlds" with performance courses taught on a traditional semester plan, and courses in Music Theory, History, and Education taught on Cornell's distinctive One Course At A Time schedule, in which faculty members teach and students take one course at a time in month-long terms. Cornell's music program is further distinguished by its excellence in teaching, and by its personalized attention to each student.

About Cornell College

Academic immersion, real world experience requirements through Ingenuity in Action, 19 division III NCAA athletic teams, and unparalleled flexibility attract an ambitious student body from 45 states and 13 foreign countries to Cornell. External endorsements include selection as one of the original Colleges That Change Lives, a U.S. News Top 100 liberal arts college, a Kiplinger's best value in liberal arts colleges, and one of only 290 U.S. colleges with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. Founded in 1853, Cornell's picturesque hilltop campus contains a mix of historic and modern facilities, ranging from the majestic King Chapel to the newly constructed Russell Science Center. Mount Vernon, Iowa, is an urban fringe community recognized by Frommer's as one of "America's Coolest Small Towns" and located in the heart of the ICR Iowa region.

Application Process

Interested applicants should submit the following materials here:

  • A letter of application/cover letter, which includes a description of any experience working with individuals from historically marginalized or underserved groups.
  • Current Curriculum Vitae
  • Teaching statement, describing teaching interests, experience, and philosophy, including examples of inclusive pedagogy
  • Link to a video recording of the applicant conducting an instrumental ensemble
  • Names and contact information for a minimum of three references

Applications will be reviewed beginning March 19, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.

For more information about the Department of Music, please visit the website here

Questions can be directed to Professors James Martin, ( Christopher Nakielski, ( or Jama Stilwell. (

Cornell is an AA/EO employer and encourages applications from underrepresented groups. Cornell complies with Iowa's Smoke-free Air Act, participates in e-verify for verification of employment eligibility, and conducts background checks.

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