Adjunct, in Leading Music in Ritual

Cambridge, Massachusetts (US)
04 Nov 2017
End of advertisement period
02 Dec 2017
Contract Type
Part Time

Adjunct, Part-Time Position in Leading Music in Ritual (Spring 2018)
School: Harvard Divinity School

Harvard Divinity School seeks to retain one part-time, adjunct lecturer or instructor to teach one course in Spring 2018 on Leading Music in Ritual. This course will explore the leadership of music in the public rituals of religious, liturgical, and social movements, drawing on historical research, current practice in local communities, and students’ own experience to answer questions about the role of music across religious and spiritual traditions as well as in movement-based activism. How does music inspire, connect, celebrate, and console? Where is the boundary between performance and prayer/meditation/worship? How does a song interact with its text to enhance and define the ritual space? Students will learn practical tools in leading song with their voices or musical instruments through the study of hymns, psalm chanting, and other folk and popular music traditions.

The course is designed for students interested in ministerial or other ritual leadership who would like to expand their knowledge of musical literature, its current practice, and the history of music in the development and practice of religious traditions. A C.V., cover letter, sample course description, and previous course evaluation(s) will be required of all candidates.

The course must be open and accessible to the Divinity School’s diverse and multi-religious student body. The appointment title will depend on the finalist’s qualifications.

Basic Qualifications

Applicants should demonstrate the following qualifications: (1) completed advanced degree (S.T.M., M.Div, or equivalent), (2) prior experience teaching at the graduate level, and (3) sensibility to a multi-religious, diverse student body. Publications in the field are desirable, though not required.

Additional Qualifications Special Instructions Contact Information

Applicants may contact Matthew Turner, Department Administrator for the Office for Academic Affairs at Harvard Divinity School, with any questions regarding the position.

Contact Email mturner@hds.harvard.edu

Equal Opportunity Employer

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Minimum Number of References Required 3 Maximum Number of References Allowed 3 Supplemental Questions

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Applicant Documents Required Documents

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Course Evaluation
  4. Sample Syllabus

Optional Documents