Performing Arts (493643)

  • Fullerton
  • Fullerton, California
  • Nov 28, 2019
Full Time Museum and Arts

Job Description

College of the Arts
School of Music
Assistant Professor
Fall 2020

The School of Music in the College of the Artsat California State University, Fullerton, invites applications for a full-time tenure track Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies 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 teaching jazz applied lessons, jazz history and overseeing the jazz small group program. 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 over fifty years, the School of Music 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, jazz, and commercial music; as well as 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 are to teach undergraduate and graduate-level courses in jazz improvisation, arranging, jazz applied lessons and possibly jazz history and theory depending on qualifications and interest. Other responsibilities include overseeing the jazz small group program and the jazz instrumental large ensembles. A principal requirement is the ability to teach recording technology both in terms of digital audio software such as Pro Tools or Logic, and experience in live recording, mixing and editing. In addition this position will be expected to participate in advising students, student recruitment, program development and administration; engaging in active peer-reviewed creative/scholarly activities; participation in department, college, university, and system-wide service; maintaining office hours; and working collaboratively and productively with colleagues. Positive tenure and promotion decisions require excellent teaching; a record of creative/scholarly activity in the discipline; strong leadership contributions to school, college and university committees and to external professional organizations that serve the broader discipline's communities.

Required Qualifications:
• Terminal degree (MFA, DMA, PhD) by the time of appointment, or a significant national/international professional career in the jazz field
• Evidence of successful college-level teaching in the jazz music field in applied lessons and leading jazz ensembles
• Evidence of the ability to teach recording technology both in terms of digital audio software such as Pro Tools or Logic, and experience in live recording, mixing and editing
• 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
• Experience in working collaboratively with colleagues and communities
• Demonstrated commitment to and excellence in teaching diverse student populations, including first-generation college students

Preferred Qualifications:
• Evidence of experience working in a professional jazz setting as either a performer, conductor, and/or arranger/composer
• Evidence of successful college-level teaching in the areas of Jazz Music History and/or music theory

Application Procedure
A complete on-line application must be received by electronic submission in order to receive consideration. To apply, visit view all job listings and select 493643 to begin the application process 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 jazz music students
• Curriculum vitae
• Candidate Diversity Statement:
o 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 asked to submit additional information:
• Links to recent recordings of recent student and personal performances and/or composition.
o For each of link, please identify specifically what your role was with the performance (e.g. performer, director, producer, conductor, etc.).
• Finalists invited for an on-campus interview will be asked to submit three letters of recommendation. 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. A request via email along with information on uploading the letter will be sent. You will be able to verify that each letter has been received by CSUF by logging back in to the recruitment system.
• Additional material such as current course outlines, course assignments and rubrics may also be requested.

Please do not send additional materials until requested to do so. The finalists for the position will be contacted when and how to submit. Finalists will be required to submit all materials for full consideration.

Please direct all questions about the position to: Dale A. Merrill, Dean, College of the Arts at dmerrill@fullerton.eduwith "Jazz Studies Search" in the subject line or call 657-278-3256.

Review of applications will begin on December 15, 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.

Application Review Begin Date: December 15, 2019
Job Number: 493643
Application Link:
Work type: Instructional Faculty - Tenure-Track
Location: Fullerton
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association

Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

Job Address

Fullerton, California 92831 United States View Map