College of the Arts
School of Music
Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies
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 Jazz Studies with appointment to begin Fall 2021.
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.
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 http://www.fullerton.edu/arts/music/.
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.
- Terminal degree (MFA, DMA, PhD) by the time of appointment
- 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
- 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
A complete on‐line application must be received by electronic submission in order to receive consideration. To apply, visit https://hr.fullerton.edu/careers/faculty.php to view all job listings and select 498318 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 Statement on Commitment to Inclusive Excellence:
Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity are fundamental to the mission of CSUF. Diversity, as reflected in our student body, refers to the variety of personal experiences, values, and viewpoints that arise from differences of culture and circumstance. Such differences include race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, religion, language, differing abilities, socioeconomic status, geographic region, and more. Please discuss how you would include anti-racist and inclusive policies in your teaching and pedagogical approach, to create a more just and equitable classroom. Explain how your experiences and/or qualifications enhance your ability to contribute to the diverse students, faculty, and staff who are members of the CSUF community.
- A list of three references with relevant contact information
Semi-Finalists will be asked to submit additional information:
- Links to recent recordings of recent student and personal performances and/or composition. For each of link, please identify specifically what your role was with the performance (e.g. performer, director, producer, conductor, etc.)
- Additional material such as current course outlines, course assignments and rubrics may also be requested
- Finalists will be asked to submit three letters of recommendation. Please have these ready for the referents to submit should you move forward to this phase of the search. 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. Please do not submit letters of recommendation until asked to do so.
Please do not send additional materials until requested to do so. The finalists for the position will be contacted when to submit and are 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with “Jazz Studies Search” in the subject line or call 657-278-3256.
Review of applications will begin on January 18, 2021 and will continue until the position has been filled. The anticipated appointment date is August, 16, 2021.
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 the 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.
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