Assistant Professor - Music - High Strings
School of Music & Dance Summary
- The School of Music & Dance at San José State University
seeks qualified candidates for a full-time Assistant Professor of
Strings with expertise in Violin and/or Viola. Candidates with
experience in music education in historically underrepresented
communities are strongly encouraged to apply.
- San José State University, founded in 1857, is the oldest
public institution of higher education on the West Coast. The
School of Music and Dance has been preparing professional
performers, composers, and music educators longer than any other
school in California. Here you will find one of the most
comprehensive music programs in the state, served by a passionate
group of talented and dedicated artist-teachers. The SJSU School of
Music and Dance is committed to providing an academic community
whose members represent and embrace diverse cultures. We actively
pursue cultural consciousness through substantive learning and
formal, transparent policies. https://www.sjsu.edu/music
- This position is an excellent opportunity for performers
interested in launching a career at a teaching-centered institution
that is a national leader in graduating historically underserved
students. SJSU has achieved both HSI (Hispanic Serving Institution)
and AANAPISI (Asian American and Native American Pacific
Islander-Serving Institution) status. Moreover, 40% of our student
population are first-generation and 38% are Pell-qualified. As a
result, we rank #3 nationally in increasing student upward
- Exceptional performance skills and evidence of successful
as an artist/teacher of violin and/or viola.
- Demonstrable record of student recruitment.
- Master’s or doctorate by time of appointment.
- Applicants should demonstrate an awareness of and sensitivity
to the educational goals of a multicultural population as might
have been gained in cross-cultural study, training, teaching and
other comparable experience.
- Experience working with Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and other
racially minoritized students in the classroom, and an
understanding of how historical patterns of exclusion of these
groups within higher education and the field of music shape
patterns of participation and outcomes.
- Willingness to examine and re-mediate one’s instructional,
relational, and classroom practices to more effectively engage and
support historically underserved students.
- Teach applied lessons (violin, viola). Provide leadership in
string music education, including leadership of the School’s String
Project, and outreach to public school orchestra programs and Bay
Area string education. Teach in a secondary area of expertise
appropriate to the candidate’s qualifications and School needs.
Secondary areas may include but are not limited to string methods,
string pedagogy, chamber music, and music education.
- We welcome applications from those who promote equity practices
and culturally responsive pedagogy in their applied and ensemble
- The candidate will participate in shared governance, usually in
School, college, and university committees and other service
- The candidate must demonstrate awareness and experience understanding the needs of a student population of great diversity – in age, cultural background, ethnicity, primary language and academic preparation – through inclusive course materials, teaching strategies and advisement.
Compensation - Commensurate with qualifications and experience. See Benefits Summary for details.
Starting Date - August 2, 2021
Eligibility - Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States.
Click Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Application and attach the following documents:
- Letter of interest
- Curriculum vitae
- Statement of teaching interests/philosophy (2 pages) that describes what role faculty play in student success
- Statement of creative/scholarly plans (2 pages) that addresses the relationship of creative and/or scholarly work to the classroom and teaching
- Diversity statement (2 pages) that discusses best strategies for supporting students historically marginalized in Music
- Three references with contact information (no letters at this time)
Additional materials may be requested at a later date. Review of applications begins on November 2, 2020.
Inquires may be directed to Dr. Fred Cohen, Director, SJSU School of Music and Dance: Fred.Cohen@sjsu.edu
San José State University enrolls over 35,700 students, a significant percentage of whom are members of minority groups. As such, this position is for scholars interested in a career at a national leader in graduating URM students. The University is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty so our disciplines, students, and the community can benefit from multiple ethnic and gender perspectives.
Located in downtown San José (Pop. 1,000,000) in the heart of Silicon Valley, SJSU is part of one of the most innovative regions in the world. As Silicon Valley’s public university, SJSU combines dynamic teaching, research, and university-industry experiences to prepare students to address the biggest problems facing society. SJSU is a member of the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system.
Equal Employment Statement
San José State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. This policy applies to all San José State University students, faculty, and staff as well as University programs and activities. Reasonable accommodations are made for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose. Note that all San José State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are 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.
Advertised: October 09, 2020 (9:00 AM) Pacific Daylight Time