Performing Arts (494173)

  • Fullerton
  • Fullerton, California
  • Mar 17, 2020
Full Time Museum and Arts

Job Description

College of the Arts

School of Music

Assistant Professor


The School of Music in the College of the Arts at California State University, Fullerton invites applications for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor of Instrumental Music Education, with appointment to begin Fall 2020.

California State University, Fullerton is a minority-serving institution and an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer with a strong commitment to increasing the diversity of the campus community and the curriculum. CSUF fosters an inclusive environment within which students, faculty, staff, and administrators thrive. Individuals advancing the University's strategic diversity goals and those from underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply.

CSUF faculty are committed teachers and scholars who bring research and creative discovery to students in classrooms, labs, studios, and individually mentored projects. They teach broadly in the curricula of their departments, advise students, and serve on departmental and university committees. The primary responsibilities of the person in this position will include the teaching of instrumental music education courses, instrumental conducting, and student teacher supervision. This person will also be responsible for producing creative/scholarly work commensurate with the requirements for tenure. The successful candidate will also be expected to contribute to and participate in the life and development of the department, advise students, serve on committees, and participate in their discipline and larger university communities.

The Department

For close to sixty years, the School of Music at California State University has been training students for professions in the music field. CSUF, located 30 miles from downtown Los Angeles in metropolitan Orange County, has a legacy of alumni actively engaged within music professions throughout Southern California, the United States, and internationally. Fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music since 1966, the School of Music is a comprehensive unit in the College of the Arts and offers undergraduate and master's degrees in music performance in classical, and jazz and commercial music; as well as in music education, conducting, composition, music theory, piano pedagogy, and music history. The School of Music serves approximately 400 undergraduate and graduate students, with 21 full-time and 50+ lecturer faculty. For more information about the school, please visit


The primary professional responsibilities of this instructional faculty member include the following: oversee the instrumental music education program; work collaboratively with music education faculty in teaching undergraduate/graduate music education courses, and in supervising student teachers; conduct an instrumental ensemble according to expertise and School of Music needs; work with the Director of Bands in developing a comprehensive wind and percussion ensemble performance program; and a commitment to ongoing recruitment activity. Other duties may include teaching instrumental conducting, and directing undergraduate and graduate research projects and theses.

In addition, the successful candidate for this position will be expected to advise students; engage in active peer-reviewed creative/scholarly activities; participate in department, college, and university service; maintain office hours; and work collaboratively and productively with colleagues. Positive tenure and promotion decisions require excellent teaching; a record of peer-reviewed creative/scholarly activity in the discipline; and strong leadership contributions to school, college and university committees and to external professional organizations that serve the broader discipline's communities.

Required Qualifications

Doctorate in Music (DMA/PhD) preferred; ABD considered
Doctorate in Music (DMA/PhD) must earned by time of appointment
Evidence of successful instrumental conducting experience at the university and/or secondary (grades 7-12) levels
A significant record of teaching experience at the secondary (grades 7-12) level
Evidence of, or strong potential for, a record of achievement and reputation as an instrumental music educator and teacher trainer
Evidence of leadership, communication, organizational, and management skills as demonstrated through successful recruitment and outreach efforts
Evidence of the ability to balance excellent teaching, scholarship, and service activities
Experience working collaboratively with colleagues and communities
Ability to supervise student teachers in instrumental music education
Ability to oversee a large instrumental music education program
Demonstrated commitment to, and excellence in, teaching diverse student populations, including first-generation college students

Preferred Qualifications

Successful experience in a tenure-track teaching position at an accredited university or college
Instrumental conducting experience at the university level

Application Procedure

A complete online application must be received by electronic submission in order to receive consideration. To apply, please visit to complete the required online Fullerton application, apply to requisition #494173, and provide the following required materials:

Letter of application responding to your experience related to the required qualifications and discussing your teaching philosophy and pedagogical practices with music education students
Curriculum Vitae
Candidate Diversity Statement:
This statement provides the candidate's unique perspective on their past and present contributions to and future aspirations for promoting diversity, inclusion, and social justice in their professional careers. The purpose of the diversity statement is to help departments identify candidates who have professional experience, intellectual commitments, and/or the willingness to engage in activities that will help CSUF contribute to its mission in these areas.
A list of three references with relevant contact information
Finalists will be required to three letters of recommendation submitted. Please have these ready for the referents to submit. On the References page of the online application, enter information and email addresses for three referents who will provide a confidential letter of reference for your application. At the appropriate time in the search process, they will receive a request via email along with information on uploading the letter. You will be able to verify that each letter has been received by CSUF by logging back into your applicant portal

Finalists will be asked to submit additional information:

DVD recordings or direct hyperlinks to streaming videos of a recent instrumental ensemble rehearsal and of a recent instrumental ensemble performance
Three recent concert programs
Three letters of recommendation. Please have these ready for the referents to submit.
Additional material such as current course outlines, course assignments and rubrics may also be requested

Please direct all questions about the position to: Dale A. Merrill, Dean, College of the Arts at Faculty Position Announcement 2019-2020 with "Music Education Search" in the subject line or call 657-278-3256.

Application Deadline

Review of applications will begin on December 2, 2019 and will continue until the position has been filled. The anticipated appointment date is August, 17, 2020.

Additional Information

Multiple positions may be hired from this recruitment based on the strength of the applicant pool.

Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications, and is subject to budgetary authorization and any California State University System faculty contract increases. Summer research grants, moving expenses, start-up funds, and a reduced teaching load may be available. An excellent comprehensive benefits package is available that includes: health/vision/dental plans; spouse, domestic partner and dependent fee-waiver; access to campus child-care; and a defined-benefit retirement through the state system along with optional tax sheltering opportunities. For a detailed description of benefits, please visit

The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be formally offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose.
Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

Job Address

Fullerton, California 92831 United States View Map