Music and Theatre (2223-20: Music (Music Education))

  • Cal State University (CSU) Humboldt
  • Arcata, California
  • Jun 04, 2022
Full Time Education and Training Museum and Arts

Job Description

Vacancy Announcement
Faculty Tenure-Track Position Starting August 2022
Department of Music
JOB # 2223-20

Humboldt State University is a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) that strives to foster an equitable and inclusive community that supports our students of diverse backgrounds. HSU is committed to achieving the goals of equal opportunity and endeavors to employ faculty and staff of the highest quality committed to working in a multicultural and multiracial community that reflects the diversity of the state.

DESCRIPTION: Humboldt State University's Department of Music invites applications for an academic year tenure-track faculty position in Music Education, with a secondary emphasis in Brass and/or Woodwinds, and experience in Conducting and/or Music Technology and/or Commercial Music.
As an institution, HSU is committed to eliminating the equity gap in all student populations with dynamic, student-centered practices and policies that fully engage the campus community. The ideal candidate will share HSU's commitment to helping its racially and socioeconomically diverse students succeed in their degree and career objectives.

We value the ability to serve students from a broad range of cultural heritages, socioeconomic backgrounds, genders, abilities, and orientations. Therefore, we prioritize applicants who demonstrate they understand the benefits diversity brings to a professional educational community. The successful candidate will be an equity-minded individual committed to collaborating with faculty, classified staff, administration, and students who are also committed to closing equity gaps.

RANK, SALARY, AND BENEFITS: We seek to fill this position at the Assistant Professor rank; however, rank and salary are dependent on the appointee's qualifications and experience. The current California State University Salary Schedule is available at:

Humboldt State University provides an excellent benefits package for faculty. Information about benefits plans can be found at:

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS: A Ph.D. or equivalent in Music Education or related field from an accredited college or university is required at the time of appointment. ABD will be considered. If ABD, degree requirements must be completed by August 2022.

The successful candidate must demonstrate the following:

✔ Experience teaching at the college/university level;
✔ Successful credentialed teaching at the K-12 level;
✔ Knowledge of national and state content standards, state frameworks, music education methodologies such as Orff, Dalcroze, Suzuki, Kodaly, and Gordon, etc.;
✔ Knowledge of research content and methods in the field of music education including topics such as learning theories, instructional modalities, learning handicaps/challenges, lesson planning, group versus individual instruction, etc.;
✔ Potential for success in recruitment and interaction with statewide school music teachers, private studio music teachers, and members of the community;
✔ Willingness to take on a leadership position within the department;
✔ Five or more years of successful private teaching of multiple brass and/or woodwind instruments at all levels from beginners to very advanced students;
✔ Experience and/or commitment to promoting and fostering a learning environment that is supportive of individuals from diverse backgrounds;
✔ Teaching experience or potential for effective and excellence in teaching using a variety of methodologies;
✔ Interest, experience and/or preparation to teach major core courses as well as general education level courses;
✔ Understanding of the dynamics of diversity and inclusion in education and a demonstrated ability to incorporate this understanding, as appropriate, in one's teaching, scholarship, and service;
✔ Capacity and experience in the development of online learning experiences and the use of online instructional technologies;
✔ Capacity to innovate curriculum to meet contemporary needs of professional fields;
✔ Commitment to participating in professional development opportunities that build effectiveness in areas of inclusion, intercultural communication, and advancing equity and diversity; and
✔ Ability to collaborate with and communicate effectively with diverse students and colleagues.

Preferred qualifications for this position include:

✔ Two or more years of successful teaching at the college/university level;
✔ Five or more years of successful credentialed teaching at the K-12 level;
✔ Record of success as an instrumental performer;
✔ Record of success as a conductor;
✔ Demonstrated success in teaching students from diverse backgrounds;
✔ Demonstrated success in recruitment and interaction with statewide school music teachers, private studio music teachers, and members of the community;
✔ Demonstrated involvement with statewide, local, and/or national music educator organizations;
✔ Experience playing or teaching Mariachi;
✔ Experience with pedagogy of Music Technology and/or Commercial Music;
✔ A strong interest in program and curricular development, and a commitment to undergraduate teaching and advising;
✔ Capacity to engage in grant writing activities;
✔ Ability to develop, implement, and assess programs in ways that advance equitable and inclusive learning communities; and
✔ Commitment to involving students in performance and/or scholarly activities related to music education.

At the time of appointment, the successful candidate, if not a U.S. citizen, must have authorization from the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services to work in the United States. For information on the University policy on support for non-immigrant probationary faculty visa acquisition, please visit the Faculty Immigration Resources page:

Evidence of degree(s) is required at the time of hire.

PROFESSIONAL DUTIES: Candidates should be committed to teaching excellence and to building a strong record of scholarship and creative activities. Instructional assignments will be consistent with the skills of the successful candidate and the programmatic needs of the department and students. Instructional assignments may include: Elementary Music Methods, Secondary Music Methods, Student Teacher Supervision, Conducting classes, studio lessons, and other courses as needed.

The primary professional responsibilities of instructional faculty members are: teaching; research, scholarship, and creative activity; and service to the University, profession, and to the community. These responsibilities include: advising students, participation in campus and system-wide communities, maintaining office hours, working collaboratively and productively with colleagues, and participating in traditional academic functions. Probationary faculty are typically provided ongoing mentorship to be a successful member of the faculty. During the first two years of the probationary period, teaching responsibilities will be reduced by approximately one course each semester. The reduced teaching load supports the establishment of research, scholarship and/or creative activities required for retention, tenure, and promotion.

Humboldt State also continues to build unique and innovative learning opportunities for students, bridging the sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities. HSU is a leader in "learning communities" that build relationships between students, faculty, staff, administrators, and the community. These communities incorporate environmental and social responsibility.

GENERAL INFORMATION: The Department of Music has 5 full-time and 15 part-time faculty, and approximately 40 music majors. The Music Department, a member of the National Association of Schools of Music, offers a Bachelor of Arts degree with concentrations in Music Education, Performance, Composition and Liberal Arts. Located in a naturally beautiful area, Humboldt State University is part of the California State University System. A largely residential campus, HSU currently has a population of approximately 5,800 students. For more information, please visit:

Humboldt State University sits on the traditional homelands of the Wiyot people in what is currently called Arcata, CA. The Wiyot people call the area Goudi'ni (over in the woods). The Humboldt State University campus in Northern California is in close proximity to several thriving Native American tribes and communities. Humboldt State currently has the largest percentage of Native American students in the CSU system and has over 30 Native American faculty and staff many from local area California Indian tribes. HSU is home to a number of leading Native American programs including the Indian Tribal Education and Personnel Program (ITEPP) and the Indian Natural Resource, Science and Engineering Program (INRSEP). There are also many opportunities at HSU to conduct research, teaching, and community work on Native American history and cultures in Special Collections at the HSU library. The Humboldt Room in the Library has fantastic resources for tribally focused archive materials from the region. HSU strives to build a supportive and inclusive Native community and engages with Native communities through various initiatives and opportunities like the annual California Indian Big Time and Indigenous People's Week and a chance to network with other faculty and staff as part of the HSU Council of American Indian Faculty and Staff. For more information, please visit:

APPLICATION: Qualified candidates should submit the following materials through Interfolio:

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✔ Letter of Application;
✔ Curriculum Vitae;
✔ Diversity Statement which includes the applicant's understanding of the barriers facing Black, Indigenous, and other people of Color (BIPOC) in higher education and their past and/or future contributions to inclusive student success, including equitable access and outcomes through teaching and professional or public service. Applicants are encouraged to highlight any contributions they have made towards the inclusivity of students from the LGBTIQ+ community. (2-page limit);
✔ Statement of teaching philosophy; including how it relates to supporting students who have been historically marginalized and/or minoritized;
✔ Teaching evaluations, and peer evaluations of teaching, if available;
✔ Graduate Transcripts (unofficial copies are sufficient for initial review); and
✔ Names and contact Information for at least five (5) professional references (including e-mail addresses).

After Initial screening, additional materials may be requested from finalists, to be submitted via email to the committee chair, including:
✔ Course syllabi or proposed course outline and reading list;
✔ Classroom handouts, etc.;
✔ Video demonstrating class and/or studio instruction; and
✔ Example of recent solo and/or chamber music performances (audio or video, video preferred).

Please direct any questions pertaining to this position, the Music Program, or Humboldt State University to:

Elisabeth Harrington, Search Committee Chair
Department of Music
Humboldt State University
One Harpst Street
Arcata, California 95521-8299
Phone: (707) 826-5437

APPLICATION DEADLINE: This position is open until filled. First consideration will be given to completed applications received no later than January 30, 2022. Early response is encouraged.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide complete and accurate employment information. Evidence of required degree(s), certifications(s), or license(s) will be required prior to the appointment date. A background check (including a criminal records check, employment verification, and education verification) must be completed satisfactorily as a condition of employment with the CSU. Certain positions may also require a credit check, motor vehicle report, and/or fingerprinting through Live Scan service. Adverse findings from a background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

All CSU employees are obligated to respond to and report incidents of sexual harassment and sexual violence. Compliance with the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA) and CSU Executive Order 1083 Revised July 21, 2017 (EO 1083) is a condition of employment. CSU employees in positions with duties that involve regular contact with children or positions which supervise such employees are designated as Mandated Reporters under CANRA and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in EO 1083. Upon appointment to this position, the successful candidate(s) will be notified of and required to acknowledge their CANRA reporting status.

New employees hired by the CSU for the first time who first become CalPERS members on or after July 1, 2017 are subject to a 10-year vesting period for retiree health and dental benefits.

Humboldt State University is a Title IX/Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected status. If accommodations need to be made during the recruitment and interview process, please contact Human Resources at (707) 826-3626 or

Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

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