Assistant or Associate Professor in Opera Studies

California State University, Fullerton
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Jun 01, 2021
Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Music
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Assistant or Associate Professor in Opera Studies
College of the Arts
School of Music
Assistant/Associate Professor in Opera Studies
Fall 2021

The School of Music in the College of the Arts at California State University, Fullerton, invites applications for a full-time tenure track Assistant or Associate Professor in Opera Studies with an 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 the development and teaching of opera studies to both undergraduate and graduate students and directing the CSUF Opera 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.

The Department

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


The primary responsibilities of this instructional faculty would be supervising, directing, musical coaching, and preparing the school's opera productions, in addition to program outreach, recruitment, and administrative duties, such as fundraising and overseeing production budgets. Other responsibilities may include teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses in song and opera literature, diction, and additional music courses in accordance with individual areas of expertise and departmental needs. The position requires working closely with applied voice and music education faculty and staff to promote positive, sustained relationships with regional high school and community college vocal music programs and work collaboratively with area coordinators of the Vocal, Orchestral, Jazz, and Keyboard programs. In addition, the person in this position will be expected to participate in advising students; engage in active peer-reviewed creative/scholarly activities; participate in department, college, university, and system-wide service; maintain office hours; and work 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 the school, college and university committees and to external professional organizations that serve the broader discipline's communities.

Required Qualifications:
  • Terminal degree (MFA, DMA, Ph.D.) by the time of appointment, or a significant national/international professional career in the opera field
  • Evidence of leading a successful university opera program
  • Evidence of a broad and thorough knowledge of operatic repertoire appropriate to both developing and pre-professional artists
  • Evidence of leadership, communication, organizational, and management skills as demonstrated through successful recruitment and outreach efforts
  • Evidence of successful college-level teaching using systematic instruction of song and opera literature classes, and foreign language diction classes (utilizing the International Phonetics Alphabet)
  • Evidence of the ability to balance excellent teaching, creative activity/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

    Preferred Qualifications:
  • Evidence of experience working in a professional opera setting as either a performer, opera coach, and/or opera director
  • Evidence of successful experience in a tenure track position at a university or college

    Application Procedure

    A complete online application must be received by electronic submission in order to receive consideration. To apply, please visit to complete the required online Fullerton application, search for position 498298, 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 opera 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 pedagogy, to create a just and equitable classroom. Explain how your experiences and/or qualifications enhance your ability to contribute to the students, faculty, and staff who are members of our diverse CSUF community.
  • A list of three references with relevant contact information

    Semi-Finalists will be asked to submit the following additional information:
  • Links to recent recordings of opera productions and/or rehearsals that you have led. For each of these performances identify specifically what your role was with the production (e.g. stage director, musical coach, diction coach, producer, conductor, accompanist, etc.). Please provide Youtube links or access links to online storage (e.g. Dropbox, Google Docs.); do not send actual video files.
  • 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 into 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 with “Opera Search” in the subject line or call 657-278-3256.

    To be assured full consideration, all application materials must be received by January 18, 2021. The anticipated appointment date is August 16, 2021.

    Additional Information

    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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