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A cover letter, teaching philosophy statement, and current CV are required for consideration for this position. The cover letter should include an explanation of your teaching experience as well as skills and experience that directly relate to this position. Applications and supporting materials must be submitted through the UM jobs website.

In addition to applying through the UM careers website, please email your application packet cover letter, teaching philosophy statement and CV) to:

Dorine Lawrence-Hughes
Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Education
College of Literature, Science and Arts
University of Michigan
2222 LSA, 500 S. State Street
Ann Arbor, MI  48109-1382

Job Summary

In this position, the selected candidate will teach ALA 270:  Music and Meaning in Our Lives: Identity, Place and Contemporary Issues during the winter term. The course is housed within the Applied Liberal Arts (ALA) division of Undergraduate Education in LSA.

This course explores music and meaning in the context of musical practice, social identity, musical communities, music technology, and other contemporary issues. The course’s materials take the form of reading, listening, and videos that cover a wide range of musical styles and cultural topics, mostly pertinent to the last 25 years but also reaching as far back as the late nineteenth century. 

The candidate must be able to guide students through a range of discussions, guest conversations and experiential activities.

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.


The candidate will be expected to provide classroom and/or remote instruction to undergraduate students in an interdisciplinary liberal arts program. Lecturers are expected to attend course meetings, hold office hours, and handle routine matters related to instruction. Additional duties include participation in college- and program-wide activities.

Required Qualifications*

A master’s degree in a related field is required.

Desired Qualifications*

A Master’s or Doctor of Musical Arts. The candidate must have experience in advanced studies in an applied area of specialization (usually music performance, music composition, or conducting) with graduate –level academic study in subjects such as music history, music theory, or music pedagogy.

Additional Information

This position may be filled at the LEO Lecturer I or LEO Adjunct Lecturer job title.

Union Affiliation

This position is covered under the collective bargaining agreement between the U-M and the Lecturers Employee Organization, AFL-CIO, which contains and settles all matters with respect to wages, benefits, hours and other terms and conditions of employment.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks.  Background checks are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Application Deadline

The deadline for applications is November 25, 2020. Review of applications will begin immediately after the deadline and continue until the position is filled. LEO job openings are posted for a minimum of ten calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended.

Applications will be selected based upon demonstrated subject matter expertise, successful performance in the classroom, ability to complete administrative tasks competently, and the needs of the department. Expected Start Date: January 19, 2021.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.