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Institution: San Diego State University

Position: Assistant Professor: Music Theory

General Information:

Tenure-track, Fall 2016 starting date


Earned Ph.D. in Music Theory is required. The successful candidate will possess teaching and research abilities at the highest level, and demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of current music theory pedagogy (including the possible integration of classical, jazz, popular, and non-Western musical styles) and a facility with instructional technologies. The candidate should possess superior administrative and organizational skills. A successful track record of music theory curriculum development at the university level along with the ability to determine program effectiveness through student assessment is preferred. The candidate must show evidence of an ongoing commitment to advancing the profession as reflected in an active research agenda in music theory, including a promising record of publication. Evidence of commitment to university and community collaborations is desirable.
SDSU is a large, diverse, urban university and Hispanic-Serving Institution with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. Our campus community is diverse in many ways, including race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, pregnancy, medical condition, and covered veteran status. We strive to build and sustain a welcoming environment for all. SDSU is seeking applicants with demonstrated experience in and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups.

Job Description/Responsibilities:

The School of Music and Dance is seeking a tenure-track faculty member at the assistant professor level for a Fall 2016 appointment. The position requires the candidate to design, teach, and supervise all aspects of the music theory (Comprehensive Musicianship) program. Responsibilities will include teaching undergraduate music theory courses, graduate music theory seminars, and other areas that match the candidate’s qualifications, background, and interests. In addition to teaching, the candidate will provide leadership for the theory program, including assessment, curricular development, and the coordination and training of graduate assistants to assist in the delivery of music theory classes. The candidate will be encouraged to contribute to collaborative relationships across the School of Music and Dance, cultivate and maintain active connections with music theory instructors and community college instructors in the region, and participate in the recruitment and retention of outstanding students. Active and sustained involvement in professional growth beyond the university is required to obtain tenure and promotion, as is excellence in teaching and participation in faculty governance.

Salary Range: RANK AND SALARY: Appointment will be at the rank of assistant professor with salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Items to Send:

Review of applications will begin on September 14, 2015 and continue until the position is filled. Evidence of the earned doctorate should be in-hand at the start of the appointment. Applicants should apply via Interfolio at:

Please submit the following required application materials:
• Cover letter addressed to: Dr. Eric Smigel, Chair, Theory Search Committee
• Curriculum vita
• Three current letters of recommendation that address the candidate's qualifications for this position
• Reference list of five individuals familiar with the candidate's professional experience (please include updated contact information)
• URLs to two or three online video clips (YouTube or Vimeo) of 15–30 minutes each that demonstrate the candidate’s teaching skills
• PDF of a professional article or chapter that demonstrates current scholarly activity
• Sample teaching materials (syllabi, handouts, assessment tools, etc.)

Deadline: September 14, 2015


Other Information:

SDSU is an established and acknowledged leader in the twenty-three-campus California State University system. With more than 6,400 faculty and staff and over 34,000 students, it is one of the largest universities in the western United States. Web site:
The College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts comprises 10 diverse departments/schools committed to the pursuit of excellence in academic and artistic endeavors geared to enhancing the human enterprise. The College is recognized for its excellent academic programs that prepare students for professional careers in a wide spectrum of artistic, cultural, educational, social and technical fields. Web site:
SCHOOL OF MUSIC AND DANCE: The School of Music and Dance offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in music (BA, BM, MA, MM, Advanced Graduate Artist Diploma) and dance (BA, BFA.) The School enrolls over 325 majors and serves thousands of general students each academic year through its general education courses, performing ensemble opportunities and public performances. 16 full-time, 15 part-time, and approximately 30 studio instructors deliver comprehensive professional curricula. Web site:
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 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.

SDSU is a Title IX, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.

Date Listed: 07/22/2015

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