Full Time Faculty Member in Music

Teaching Staff: Director of Energy



Full Time Faculty Member in Music

Anticipated start date: August 2021

College of the Atlantic (COA) is seeking a scholar, practitioner and instructor of music in relation to global, contemporary and historic composing, performing, and listening practices. The anticipated start date will be in August of 2021. The successful candidate will be the sole full-time faculty member in music and will have great freedom in shaping the COA music program. This hire will be responsible for developing a wide range of coursework, directing and advising student projects and producing a variety of public performance events. Candidates should have an active creative/studio practice as well as a demonstrated record of excellence in teaching including studio courses in instrumental performance, music theory, music history, and composition. Experience directing student ensembles that accommodate a variety of skill levels is desirable. The candidate should also have experience working with current software, sound recording and production tools and knowledge of emerging technologies. The job requires a strong interest in exploring connections and developing collaborations between music and other areas of the COA curriculum. We encourage applicants who bring highly innovative, uniquely interdisciplinary perspectives and cross cultural approaches to their work. We are especially interested in applicants whose practice, research and teaching explores the intersection of music and questions of race, class and gender.

Primary responsibilities include teaching 5 courses per academic year, devising and nurturing a unique, robust, consistent music curriculum that provides solo and ensemble public performance opportunities. Courses will cover a variety of instruments, methods, music history, theory and composition. We welcome course work in other areas as well, including (but not limited to) ethnomusicology, vocal production and performance, music technology and music education. This faculty will advise on a limited number of senior projects and independent studies, responding effectively to evolving student interest and need. They will also supervise the COA recording lab and practice spaces, oversee the care and maintenance of all studio instruments/equipment and contribute effectively to required college service assignments and governance.

The ideal candidate will have a graduate degree in a directly related field or equivalent professional experience and significant interest in unconventional, transdisciplinary education. They will have a broad and deep understanding of creative and experimental practice and methods as well as knowledge of current trends and transformations in the field. They will have a demonstrated record of excellence in teaching and be committed to developing an effective, innovative and inclusive curriculum for a student body with wildly diverse interests and experience levels. They will also be capable of fostering a collaborative classroom environment that welcomes all learners, attracts and engages students and offers multiple approaches to music study.

Interested candidates should submit the following materials as a single attached PDF document to
musicsearch@coa.edu. Please include your name in the subject line of the email and in the file title.

● A letter of application
● An updated Curriculum Vitae including full names and complete contact information for three references.
● A clear and easily accessible sampling of creative work (via link(s) to professional website,
youtube, vimeo etc.)
● A concise diversity, equity and inclusion statement, directly tied to personal pedagogical approach and teaching philosophy.
● 5-7 short course proposals (brief descriptions not syllabi). These can be courses you’ve taught before and/or courses you’d like to teach. Please include at least one foundational course, one advanced course incorporating personal research/practice interests, and one interdisciplinary team-taught course.
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Please direct any questions to the committee chair: Jodi Baker jbaker@coa.edu

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Teaching Staff: Director of Energy

College of the Atlantic (COA) seeks a full-time permanent teaching staff position to direct energy education and management at the college. In collaboration with faculty and staff, this position provides interdisciplinary educational opportunities for students in energy, sustainability, and related areas through classes, the Community Energy Center, and independent, hands-on projects.

The director provides leadership and expertise in all matters related to energy, moving the college toward greater use of renewable energy, decreasing overall energy use, and expanding educational opportunities for students in energy and related areas as we move towards our goal of being a fossil-fuel free campus by 2030. The director collects, analyzes, and tracks data and maintains records concerning COA’s energy consumption, purchase, and generation and performs cost-benefit analyses of current and proposed energy initiatives. This work occurs on campus, including our farms and our island field stations, as well as collaborative work with the broader community. The director’s time is divided roughly equally between teaching and administration.

We seek someone with strong technical skills and experience in energy who can help our students make connections to other areas, including sustainable food systems, climate change, community planning, and green business. The successful candidate will also help students think across temporal and spatial scales, connecting local energy projects with broader political and policy issues.

College of the Atlantic is committed to increasing diversity, fostering inclusion, and achieving equity in all aspects of our work. We especially encourage applications from candidates who can demonstrate how their teaching, service, and research would contribute to making the college more inclusive, equitable, and diverse. The search committee welcomes applications from members of groups that have been historically marginalized or underrepresented in higher education.

COA is an interdisciplinary college of approximately 350 students and 35 faculty. Faculty are not organized via departments, and all students design their own major in human ecology. The average class size is 12. Our educational approach integrates knowledge from all academic disciplines and seeks to understand and improve the relationships between humans and their built, natural, and social-cultural environments. COA is a leader in sustainability in higher education. We have been named the greenest college in the US years in a row by the Princeton Review and have topped the Sierra Club’s list of cool schools twice. In 2013, COA became the first college in the nation to fully divest from fossil fuels. In 2019 COA signed onto the Break Free From Plastic Campus Pledge—the first college in the US to do so—committing us to eliminate all single-use disposable plastics from campus by 2025. COA students are active in local and state environmental politics and have participated in all UNFCCC Conferences of the Parties (negotiating sessions) since 2005.


  • Teach at least two courses yearly on renewable energy, energy conservation, and energy systems. At least one course will be a practicum involving students in projects that work on energy, building systems, and sustainability. In addition, the director will organize and direct independent studies and senior projects related to energy.
  • Oversee the Community Energy Center (CEC). Direct students in projects at the CEC during the academic year and during the summer at the college, including our farms and islands, and in local communities.
  • Provide campus-wide leadership to meet the college’s commitments in our Energy Framework, including our goal to be fossil fuel-free by 2030.
  • Collect, analyze, and track data and maintain records concerning COA’s energy consumption, purchase, and generation and perform cost-benefit analyses of current and proposed energy initiatives.
  • Direct work on any CEC grants, such as the Rural Energy Development Agency (REDA) grant.
    In collaboration with faculty and administrators, pursue grants for energy and sustainability projects on and off campus.
  • Participate in collaborative work on energy and sustainability with the Island Institute through the Fund for Maine Islands.
  • Oversee completion of sustainability and energy-related components of STARS and other internal and external reports and surveys.
  • Attend weekly meetings and act as a staff liaison to the student-led Campus Committee on Sustainability (CCS).
  • Work collaboratively with Campus Planning and Building Committee and the Director of Campus Planning and Buildings to analyze proposed campus projects from a sustainability perspective.

A Master’s degree in engineering, physics, environmental science, or another field related to renewable energy or energy conservation is preferred, although we also welcome candidates with a Bachelor’s degree and significant experience. Teaching experience at the college level is strongly preferred. We are open to candidates with experience in any area of energy, including building science, community-based solar energy, and microgrids.

Applications will be considered until the position is filled, but for full consideration, please submit materials no later than January 8, 2021. To apply, please submit a current CV and a cover letter discussing your interest in and qualifications for the position to energy-search@coa.edu.

College of the Atlantic is committed to academic excellence, cultural diversity, and multicultural education. COA is an AA/EEO employer. Applications are especially encouraged from persons who could enhance the ethnic, gender, and cultural diversity of the College.

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