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Music Education, Assistant Professor

Apply now Job no: 516343
Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: Pomona
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Fine/Performing Arts, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time

Tenure Track Faculty Position

Music (Music Education)

College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences

Salary Range: $79,000-$80,976 Annual

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona invites applications for a tenure track faculty ASSISTANT PROFESSOR position in the Music Department in an area related to the study and/or promotion of Music Education.

Cal Poly Pomona is one of three polytechnic universities in the 23-campus California State University system and among 12 such institutions nationwide. Since its founding in 1938, Cal Poly Pomona students participate in an integrative experiential learning education that is inclusive, relevant, and values diverse perspectives and experiences. With a variety of degree programs in the arts, humanities, sciences, engineering, and professional disciplines, the university is well known for its learn-by-doing approach and Teacher Scholar Model

The university is noted for its scenic and historic 1,400-acre campus, which was once the winter ranch of cereal magnate W.K. Kellogg. We acknowledge that Cal Poly Pomona resides on the territorial and homelands of the Tongva and Tataavium people who are the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar. The university’s nearly 30,000 students are taught and mentored by the campus’s more than 1,400 faculty as part of 54 baccalaureate and 29 master’s degree programs, 11 credential and certificate programs, and a doctorate in educational leadership. 

Highly regarded among its peer institutions, Cal Poly Pomona is No. 3 in the U.S. News and World Reportrankings of top public regional universities in the west and was named the No. 28 best value college in the nation by Money Magazine. Cal Poly Pomona, a Hispanic-Serving Institution and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution, stands as a national leader in promoting social mobility, and was placed among the 25 top institutions in the country in awarding bachelor’s degrees to minoritized students by Diverse Issues in Higher Education.  

The Cal Poly Pomona campus is located less than 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles at the intersection of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. It is within an hour’s drive of beaches, mountains and deserts. For additional information about the university, please visit, and for more about faculty life, please see YourLife@CPP.

Student Population.  California residents comprise the majority (96%) of applicants to undergraduate programs at Cal Poly Pomona – nearly half (49%) of new students were transfers in Fall 2020.  58% of Cal Poly Pomona students are first generation, 70% receive financial aid, and 44% qualify as Pell-eligible.  The university enrolls a diverse student body that identifies as 49% Latinx, 21% Asian, 15% White, 3% Black, 5% International 3% two or more races, 3% unknown and less than 1% Native Hawaiian or Native Pacific Islander and less than 1% Native American Indigenous. Thirty-nine percent of the student body were STEM majors with the top enrolled programs including psychology, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, biology and computer science.

Inclusive Excellence Criteria.  We aspire to be the model inclusive polytechnic university in the nation. We have a strong commitment to inclusive excellence and to educational experiences that leverage the diverse perspectives and experiences needed to succeed and thrive in a diverse society.

Tenure track faculty hires will demonstrate a commitment and record of contributions through their teaching, scholarship, or service to these inclusive excellence criteria (a minimum of two must be addressed in the Student Success Statement):

  1. Integrates the values of equity and inclusivity into their teaching, scholarship and/or service contributions with diverse student populations;
  2. Incorporates the contributions and struggles of historic ethnic minority groups and communities into their teaching, scholarly work, and/or service contributions;
  3. Adopts teaching strategies that supports the learning and success of students from diverse student populations; 
  4. Mentors and engages diverse student populations in discovery, scholarship, and creative activities; 
  5. Engages students in problem-based projects and learning that address the needs of diverse communities; 
  6. Possesses knowledge of challenges and barriers for underrepresented students and faculty within the discipline;
  7. Mentors and assists diverse student populations interested in pursuing graduate education; 
  8. Engages in community-responsive action research or service with diverse student populations and communities;
  9. Has experience in or demonstrates a commitment to adopting experiential learning activities and pedagogy with diverse student populations and communities; and 
  10. Has expertise in or demonstrated commitment to teaching, scholarship and/or service that contributes to access, diversity, and equal opportunity in higher education.

College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences: Cal Poly Pomona's College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences (CLASS) brings to life a vibrant hands-on experience through disciplines in the humanities, performing arts, and social sciences. As the heart and soul of the campus, the College’s mission is to cultivate one’s intellectual development, ethical reasoning, and aesthetic sensibility to support creative and critical thinking in a dynamic world of competing challenges. We are a community diverse in backgrounds, expertise, and thought, committed to improving the human condition and to bettering the world. Our faculty, students, and staff are devoted to creating an inclusive environment where all can thrive through the College's programs, research activities, creative performances, community outreach, and signature experiences. Learn more about the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences and our 12 distinct departments at

Department of Music: We are a vibrant and engaged music community. We celebrate music in all its forms and expressions, promoting music as a diverse practice that rewards and fulfills individual lives and the human experience. We foster ethical innovative careers in performance, teaching, and the music industry, and encourage all to realize their highest artistic, scholarly, and professional potential. With an emphasis on collaboration and the inclusion of all musical perspectives, this department presents unique opportunities to students and faculty to find their expressive voices and build connections to the communities around them. Our newly implemented Music Theory coursework integrates repertoire from under-represented composer categories and supports deeper understanding of jazz/pop music. Recitals and projects often involve close collaboration among seniors, and reflect broad musical perspectives.

Our 10 FT faculty and numerous adjunct faculty work with approx. 270 majors, and we normally present over 60 events annually, from recitals and concerts to masterclasses. Our 21 ensembles range from traditional band/orchestra/choirs to Songwriter Showcase, Electronic Music Ensemble, Jazz Band, Soul Ensemble, Mariachi los Broncos, Music Theatre, Piano Ensemble, and more. Please look at our courses of study and more:

The Pedagogy (Pre-Credential) Option as part of the Bachelor of Music degree is a state-accredited subject matter program in music; students are able to begin their credential preparation courses in their senior year, helping to streamline the path to licensure. Replacing a well-established BA program in Music Education, we established the new BM in 2019; this new program already has 25 majors and is expected to grow, as we develop new approaches for the post-pandemic 21st century school environment.

Position description:  

The Department of Music at Cal Poly Pomona seeks an Assistant Professor in Music Education to help grow the new Bachelor of Music Degree’s Pedagogy (Pre-Credential) Option. 

The successful candidate will:

  • Teach music education courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, particularly those focused on music education and music methods, such as Intro to Music Education, Music Foundations, Secondary Instrumental Methods or Teaching Music Literacy, Curriculum and Methods in the Subject Areas. 
  • Other assigned courses will depend upon the candidate’s expertise and area needs.
  • Collaborate in the ongoing improvement of music education courses to reflect diverse contemporary theory and practice.
  • Demonstrate inclusive education practices in teaching, mentoring, and related activities.
  • Maintain a record of scholarly/creative activity.
  • Supervise music credential candidates in their Clinical Practice (student teaching) and collaborate with the Single Subject Credential program.
  • Organize recruitment activities and build relationships in the surrounding schools and communities to assist in outreach, clinical practice placement, advising, retention, and alumni relations.
  • Serve on faculty committees as an area, school, and/or college representative as needed.

Minimum requirements include:  

  • Doctorate in Music Education (DMA or PhD) or closely related degree (Degree must be conferred by start of appointment)
  • A commitment and a record of contributions to student success through applicant’s teaching, scholarship, or service.  This will be described in the Student Success Statement, which must address at least two of the inclusive excellence criteria listed above. 
  • 3 or more years successful experience teaching music in K-12 Schools
  • Ability to teach Music Methods courses and collaborate with Single Subject Credential Program 
  • Ongoing or clear plan of scholarly/creative activities 
  • Engagement in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in research, teaching, and service.

Preferred/Desired Qualifications: 

  • Holds a single subject credential/license in music
  • 3+ years documented successful experience teaching music in K-12 Public Schools  
  • Area of specialty that complements departmental needs
  • Successful teaching at university/college level in addition to the K-12 experience
  • Experience coaching/supervising Clinical Practice (student teaching) in schools 

Conditions of Employment:

The person offered this position is required to pass a background check.

The 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 . Questions regarding the policy may be sent to

Application Process:

A completed application will consist of

  • Cover letter in which you describe your interest in the position, relevant experience, and how you meet the minimum and preferred qualifications;
  • A Student Success Statement (up to 2 pages, single-spaced) about your teaching or other experiences, successes, and challenges in working with a diverse student population.  Please address at least two of the inclusive excellence criteria listed above;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Teaching Philosophy statement (2 page max);
  • Scholarly/Creative Activities Plan (2 page max);
  • At least three letters of recommendation, dated within the last two years, at least one of which must specifically address teaching;
  • The names and contact information for at least three individuals that can serve as references;

Candidates who advance beyond the preliminary round may be asked for additional materials, including videos of them teaching and/or conducting.

Finalists for the position will: 

  • be required to provide official transcripts for highest degree before the on-campus interview; 
  • be invited to an on-campus interview where they are expected to make a presentation of scholarly/creative work; and a teaching demonstration with students.

The position is open until filled. First consideration will be given to completed applications received no later than Oct 17, 2022.  

Please direct inquiries to Prof. Janine Riveire, co-chair of the search: 

Applications accepted only via PageUp – online application portal - for University hires.

Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. The university 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 richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing. Cal Poly Pomona subscribes to all state and federal regulations and prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity/gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, age, disability, genetic information, medical condition, and covered veteran status. The university hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States. As required by the Clery Disclosure Act, the university prepares a public annual security report.

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