Assistant Professor of Theory/Composition

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Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: Long Beach
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Fine/Performing Arts, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time

Position: Assistant Professor of Theory/Composition 
Effective Date: August 17, 2022 (Fall Semester) 
Salary Range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience 
Application Deadline: Review of applications to begin December 20, 2021. Position opened until filled (or recruitment canceled).  

College of The Arts
Bob Cole Conservatory of Music

The Bob Cole Conservatory of Music (BCCM) at California State University Long Beach seeks an innovative and versatile new colleague to offer courses in composition, music theory, and musicianship for our diverse population of music majors. The successful candidate will express vision for an updated undergraduate music theory sequence employing recent thinking in the discipline; will teach composition lessons to bachelor’s and master’s students; and design innovative new courses to expand our current offerings.

Required Qualifications:     

  • D.M.A or Ph.D. degree in composition. Degree at time of application or official notification of completion of the doctoral degree by August 1, 2022.
  • Demonstrated potential to successfully teach composition and theory  
  • Demonstrated potential to amass a portfolio of compositions in a diverse array of genres and styles  
  • Demonstrated commitment to working successfully with a diverse student population  

Preferred Qualifications:  

  • Expertise in one or more of the following areas: commercial, film, game or popular musics; non-Western musics; multimedia or interactive media; sound art, sound design, or sound studies; improvisation or improvisation studies; music cognition; and ecocriticism or acoustic ecology  
  • Demonstrated activity in visioning music theory curriculum that is in line with current trends in the discipline  
  • Experience in experimental or electronic music who can guide our New Music and Laptop Ensembles
  • Entrepreneurial skills in the music industry including production, publishing, and promotion   
  • Evidence of working either academically or professionally with other disciplines such as Art, Dance, Design, Film or Theatre 
  • Demonstrated potential to recruit and retain a diverse group of students to our established composition program
  • Experience of successfully working with populations demographically and socioeconomically similar to the CSULB student body    


  • Teach courses in theory, analysis, and musicianship at both undergraduate and graduate levels; also teach applied lessons in composition at the undergraduate and graduate levels [Mode of instruction may include in-person, hybrid, online, and/or any combination thereof.]   
  • Mentor graduate students 
  • Lead the New Music or Laptop ensembles  
  • Coordinate course offerings and staffing in the composition and theory area  
  • Assist in recruiting, reviewing, and supervising part-time faculty, technical staff and student assistants  
  • Develop and maintain ongoing research, scholarly and creative activities leading to performances, recordings, and publications
  • Act as program liaison with professionals in the field  
  • Participate in service to the department, college, university, community, and professional field 

Housed within the College of the Arts(COTA), the BCCM serves 450-520 students per year and offers undergraduate and graduate degree in performance (classical and jazz),music education, and composition. BCCM ensembles have performed worldwide and won prizes at prestigious festivals and competitions; music education alumni are teaching in P-12 and higher education settings across the country; and faculty and student composers have had their music performed around the world. The composition area is home to the Gerald Strang Electronic Music Studio and the Film Scoring Studio. Our community of faculty and student composers meets regularly to host guests and share new works through the Composers’ Colloquium and the Composers’ Guild. We at the BCCM believe that all forms of musical expression are worthy of practice and study. 

CSULB seeks to recruit faculty who enthusiastically support the University’s strong commitment to the academic success of all of our students, including students of color, students with disabilities, students who are first generation to college, veterans, students with diverse socio-economic backgrounds, and students of diverse sexual orientations and gender expressions. CSULB seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the People of California, to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer our students a rich variety of expertise, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning.

 Information on excellent benefits package available to CSULB faculty is located here:

How to Apply - Required Documentation:  

  • An Equity and Diversity Statement about your teaching or other experiences, successes, and challenges in working with a diverse student population (maximum two pages, single-spaced). For further information and guidelines, please visit:  
  • Letter of application addressing the required and preferred qualifications   
  • CV
  • Three references (to be contacted by CSULB to provide professional recommendation should you reach the finalists stage)
  • Finalists should be prepared to submit an official transcript (e-transcript preferred, if available)

How to Apply: Click Apply Now icon to complete the CSULB online application

Requests for information should be addressed to:

Dr. Alicia M. Doyle, Interim Director 
California State University, Long Beach
Bob Cole Conservatory of Music
1250 Bellflower Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90840-7101       

(562) 985-8152 E-Mail:  

Employment Requirements:  

A background check (including a criminal records check and telephone reference check with most recent employer) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be 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.  

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 Revised July 21, 2017 as a condition of employment.

CSU Vaccination Policy
CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to

CSULB is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can learn, live, and work in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual, without regard to race or ethnicity (including color or ancestry), nationality, religion or religious creed, gender (or sex), gender identity (including transgender), gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), medical condition, genetic information, age, veteran or military status. CSULB is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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