Academic Year Adjunct Lecturer (Orchestra and New Music Ensemble) Santa Clara University

Academic Year Adjunct Lecturer (Orchestra and New Music Ensemble)

Institution: Santa Clara University
Location: Santa Clara, CA
  • Faculty – Fine and Applied Arts – Music
Posted: 05/16/2014
Application Due: 05/28/2014
Type: Part-Time/Adjunct


Academic Year Adjunct Lecturer (Orchestra and New Music Ensemble)

Santa Clara University
The Department of Music at Santa Clara University, a Jesuit, Catholic university, seeks a full-time, fixed-term academic year adjunct lecturer (non-tenure track), for a three-year term beginning in Fall 2014. The selected candidate will be required to teach the equivalent of sIx quarter-long courses during the three quarters of the academic year.


Department, Program, Center

College or School
College of Arts and Sciences

$42,000 – $44,400, per year depending on relevant experience; benefits eligible. This range corresponds to a six-course teaching load.

Basic Qualifications
Master’s degree in music required. Successful conducting at the college and professional level, including standard orchestra literature, as well as the ability to work with operatic, musical theater, and choral ensembles. Also required, college and professional experience with contemporary music and music composition; programming and teaching established works, as well as the ability to compose, arrange, and transcribe material for a new music ensemble of varying enrollments and abilities. In addition to the five courses, this person will have the opportunity to teach private lessons in the field of his/her expertise for additional compensation.

Faculty responsibilities include teaching and service, as specified by the Santa Clara University Faculty handbook (sec. 3.6). Duties include, but are not limited to:
1) Serve as conductor, artistic and music director of the Santa Clara University Orchestra (which meets a minimum of 4 hours per week each quarter), and the New Music Ensemble (which meets a minimum of 3 hours per week each quarter), as per the schedule and needs of the department. Duties including the selection and programming of music; quarterly auditions of new members; weekly rehearsals; demonstrated ability to recruit and attract new orchestra and ensemble members, and the presentation of a public performance at the end of each quarter for each ensemble, or as deemed appropriate to the department’s overall curriculum and needs.
2) Teach MUSC 196 Music Since 1945 (a survey of Western music from 1945 to the present) or other course as designated by the chair.
3) Fulfilling all responsibilities associated with assigned courses, including

  • Conducting all assigned class meetings and individual conferences with students;
  • Assigning and evaluating written work that aligns with the course description and with course learning outcomes;
  • Holding weekly office hours on campus;
  • Submitting student grades to the Office of the Registrar by the designated deadline;
  • Administering numerical and narrative evaluations for all courses;
  • Fulfilling other instructional or academic duties as may be assigned by the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences or the Chair of the Music Department.

Start Date


Work Authorization
Santa Clara University does not sponsor any visa applications for this position. The successful candidate must be able to provide evidence of identity and legal authorization to work in the United States.

Open Date

Close Date

Open Until Filled

Special Instructions to Applicants
Interested applicants should submit the items listed below:

  • A letter of interest that includes qualifications, relevant experience, and applicant’s experience or interest in working with people of diverse cultures and identities;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Evidence of past teaching performance and sample syllabi, if available;
  • Contact information for three references who can address applicant’s teaching abilities and other aspects of his/her qualifications.


    Additional Information
    Faculty members are expected to be available during the week of September 15-19, 2014 for orientation programs and faculty meetings. Classes begin September 22, 2014.

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About Santa Clara University
Santa Clara University is a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located in California’s Silicon Valley, offering its 8,800 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, plus master’s, Ph.D., and law degrees.

Distinguished by the highest retention rate and ranked second among all master’s universities in the West by U.S. News and World Report, Santa Clara University is California’s oldest operating institution of higher-education. The University is focused on creating an academic community that educates citizens and leaders who will build a more just, humane, and sustainable world.

Santa Clara University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, committed to excellence through diversity and inclusion, and, in this spirit, particularly welcomes applications from women, persons of color, and members of historically underrepresented groups. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to individuals with a disability.

Santa Clara University annually collects information about campus crimes and other reportable incidents in accordance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. To view the Santa Clara University report, please go to the Campus Safety Services website at To request a paper copy please call Campus Safety at (408) 554-4441. The report includes the type of crime, venue, and number of occurrences.


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