Part-Time Lecturer, Musicology – (Los Angeles, California, United States)

The University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music invites applicants for a Part-Time Lecturer in Musicology to begin on August 16, 2024.  We seek someone with expertise in hip-hop music and culture to teach a General Education class about Hip-Hop for two semesters, Fall 2024 and Spring 2025. 

The appointment is for the 2024-25 academic year, beginning August 16, 2024. 

Continuation beyond the initial appointment is not guaranteed and will be determined based on programmatic needs.


Duties include teaching the General Education course MUSC 320mgw, “Hip Hop Music and Culture”.  This is a 4-unit course that meets twice-weekly (T and Th) 6:00-7:50 PM, with enrollment of approximately 150 students per semester.  Duties include managing the work of Teaching Assistant and Graders, and curating guests from the professional field, as needed.


The ideal candidate will have:

  • Minimum Education:  Master in Musicology or Ethnomusicology

  • Preferred Education:  Doctorate in Musicology or Ethnomusicology

  • Minimum Experience: At least one year of demonstrated ability lecturing at the college level. Performance or professional experience in a related field are also welcome qualifications.

  • Preferred experience: Demonstrated competency with hip-hop scholarship, journalism, and/or critical studies.  Artists and practitioners are welcome to apply provided they also have aptitude in teaching hip-hop history and culture; please note that this class is a survey of hip-hop music and culture, not a performance class.

To Apply

Please submit the following by June 7, 2024:

  • Cover Letter

  • CV

  • Teaching Philosophy Statement

  • Names and email addresses for three references who may be contacted for a reference letter

We will contact candidates separately for additional materials if necessary. 

The salary hiring range for this position for the teaching assignment described above is $9,400 to $12,500 per 4-unit course per semester. When extending an offer of employment, the University of Southern California considers factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the candidate’s work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, federal, state and local laws, contractual stipulations, grant funding, as well as external market and organizational considerations.

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