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Sessional Instructor – Music History

Category: Academic Colleague

Concordia University of Edmonton (CUE) is a community of learning grounded in scholarship and academic freedom, preparing students to be independent thinkers, ethical leaders and citizens for the common good. CUE is committed to fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment for work, study, and living. We actively promote dignity for all, rejecting action and language that are harmful to mutual respect.

CUE is situated on the banks of the North Saskatchewan River in Edmonton’s historic Highlands neighborhood. Supporting a student body of over 3,000, we are known for our small class sizes and excellence in teaching. These features, and our diverse student population, provide an excellent opportunity for engaging with students in a sustained and nurturing way unique within the Canadian university system. CUE is an institution that values research in the sciences, social sciences, humanities and management.

CUE is committed to fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment for work, study, and living. We actively promote dignity for all, rejecting action and language that are harmful to mutual respect.


Information regarding the Department or Program or Course

The Faculty of Arts, Department of Fine Arts invites applications for Sessional Instructor for the following course, for the Winter 2022 semester:

MUS 281 History of Western Music: Antiquity through Baroque – A survey of the history of music from antiquity to 1750. Composers, compositions, styles, forms, and trends in musical development are included. (Monday, Wednesday & Friday 15:00 – 15:50)


Where the course schedule has been set, Sessional Instructors must be able to accommodate the day and time noted for the respective course.

Please note, this opportunity is available to begin January 2022.



Reporting to the Chair, Department of Fine Arts, the Sessional Instructor’s responsibilities include:

  • Develop the course syllabus
  • Prepare and deliver weekly instructional lectures, assignments and examinations relevant to the course taught
  • Grade assignments and exams
  • Provide constructive feedback to students, including effective individualized strategies to support student success
  • Maintain regular office hours
  • Work collegially as a team member with Department and Faculty leadership, Lab Instructors, Colleagues and other stakeholders



  • A PhD or Master’s Degree in Music History, Musicology, or equivalent
  • University-level teaching experience of two years
  • University-level teaching effectiveness as demonstrated through student evaluations
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
  • Demonstrated empathetic approach to the instructional needs and concerns of students
  • Proficiency with Google Email and Apps, Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Experience using a learning management system, such as Moodle, and familiarity with educational technologies, with an aptitude to learn other software as required


Interest and Applications:

Interested individuals may contact Caroline Howarth, Chair, Department of Fine Arts for further information at caroline.howarth@concordia.ab.ca


Please forward your complete application package to Caroline Howarth, Chair, Department of Fine Arts, at caroline.howarth@concordia.ab.ca

Application Packages should include:

  • Curriculum Vitae and cover letter
  • Official transcripts of graduate-level courses and designation confirmation
  • Letter describing teaching philosophy
  • Recent teaching evaluations, if available
  • Names and contact information of three academic and/or professional employment references
  • A satisfactory Criminal Records Check

Closing Date: Application review will commence immediately and continue until the position is filled.


Concordia University of Edmonton encourages applications from members of racialized groups, visible minorities, First Nations, Métis, Inuit, and Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, women, persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression, and others who may support a diversity of perspectives at CUE. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.  We thank all applicants for their interest; only those selected for an interview will be contacted.