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Assistant Professor - Music

California Lutheran University
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Nov 3, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Music
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Assistant Professor - Music

Position Category: Faculty
FLSA: Exempt
Location: Thousand Oaks

University Background:
The mission of California Lutheran University is to educate leaders for a global society who are strong in character and judgment, confident in their identity and vocation, and committed to service and justice. Founded in 1959 in beautiful Ventura County, the university has an enrollment of about 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students who come from across the nation and around the world from a diversity of backgrounds, cultures and faiths. As a federally recognized Hispanic-Serving Institution, Cal Lutheran is looking for candidates with a dedication to and success in working in diverse communities. The university is committed to an inclusive learning and work environment that values individual differences and respects each person’s dignity.

Basic Function:
The Music Department at California Lutheran University invites applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Music whose primary responsibility is to conduct the University String Symphony and guide the string program beginning in Fall 2023. The candidate should be an inspirational, enthusiastic, and collaborative orchestral pedagogue and musician who is committed to building and maintaining a vibrant orchestra and string program. Especially important are strong leadership and communication skills, and proven success with recruitment. Additional teaching responsibilities will include coursework in the candidate's secondary areas of expertise. This may include music theory (Including aural skills/sight-singing), music history, conducting, private lessons, or other subjects. An ideal candidate will be a string player (violin, viola, cello, or bass) dedicated to mentoring and closely working with students.

We especially seek candidates with experience working with students from underrepresented ethnic and racial backgrounds and educational attainment, including first-generation and/or immigrant students, and who can demonstrate culturally-responsive and relevant pedagogy and a record of commitment to diversity, inclusivity, equity, and justice.

The Music Department is a student-centered learning community that prides itself on providing a strong music education within a nurturing atmosphere. Faculty members are experienced professionals who are committed to teaching excellence. The music program is widely respected for its performance ensembles, its classroom teaching, and its studio instruction. Cal Lutheran's majors have gone on to be successful performers, educators, music-industry specialists, and entrepreneurs. We embody the spirit of a strong conservatory education within a liberal arts setting.

Under the direction of the Dean and the Department Chair, the Assistant Professor is responsible for providing academic instruction to students for the assigned undergraduate courses. The Assistant Professor is to serve as an academic mentor to students; serve on faculty or university committees; and engage in scholarly activities, and/or creative endeavors which contribute to the academic mission of the University, as outlined in the faculty handbook

Representative Duties:
  • Primary responsibilities for this position include conducting the University String Symphony and overseeing the entire String Program. Additional teaching responsibilities will include coursework in the candidate’s secondary areas of expertise. This may include music theory (Including aural skills/sight singing), music history, conducting, private lessons, or other subjects. The ideal candidate will be a string player (violin, viola, cello, or bass). E
  • Provide academic and professional mentoring to students E
  • Observe and evaluate student performance in meeting course objectives and student learning outcomes through assignments, projects, discussions, and examinations; provide feedback in a timely manner to student inquiries in class, online, or during established consultation office hours. E
  • Maintain current, accurate records of course enrollment, attendance, student academic progress, and course curriculum; prepare and submit grades, data, and reports related to the course and student progress in a timely manner. E
  • Maintain a program of scholarly and/or creative activity. E
  • Provide a course syllabus to students in each class within the first week of the class, as outlined in the faculty handbook. E
  • Adhere to the responsibilities related to teaching, advising, service, and scholarly, professional, and creative activities, as outlined in the faculty handbook. E
  • Maintain professional and ethical standards in all duties E
  • Attend and participate on committees and in the department, division, campus, and University meetings. E
  • Additional Duties as assigned

E=Essential duty

Knowledge Of:
  • Current theory and practice within the subject discipline
  • Experience and success working with a diverse student population, including students from historically underserved groups and first-generation students, as well as students with documented learning disabilities;
  • Principles and best practices of effective teaching
  • Student learning outcomes and methods of assessment
  • University curricula
  • Community and campus resources, services, programs, and professionals available to students
  • Methods of gathering, analyzing, and preparing data
  • Modern computing technology
  • Record-keeping techniques concerning student enrollment, attendance, and progress

Ability To:
  • Demonstrate a thorough and accurate knowledge of the subject, field, or discipline
  • Deliver course curricula in various learning styles
  • Exhibit sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, social, economic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds of University students
  • Exhibit sensitivity to and understanding of the needs of students with disabilities
  • Integrate current and emerging instructional delivery technologies into the learning process to enhance teaching and the educational experience
  • Maintain professional standards that protect student confidentiality
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing using tact, patience, and courtesy
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships
  • Analyze situations accurately and adopt effective courses of action
  • Demonstrate commitment to professional excellence and continuous growth within the subject, field, or discipline

Minimum Qualifications:
Possession of a terminal degree (D.M.A. or Ph.D.) in Orchestra Conducting or Instrumental Performance from an accredited institution. ABD will be considered with a set date for when the doctorate will be successfully earned and will come in at the rank of Instructor

Preferred Qualifications:

Licenses and Other Requirements:

Physical Abilities:

Working Environment:
Indoor classroom environment; seated for extended periods of time; subject to visiting a variety of classroom sites on campus.

Posting Number: Faculty000782020
Number of Vacancies:
Desired Start Date:
Position End Date:
Open Date: 11/02/2022
Close Date: 12/18/2022
Open Until Filled: No

Application Procedure/Special Instructions:
Please include the following in your application:1. Cover Letter that specifically addresses how you meet the qualifications of the position and are prepared to support the mission of the University and its HSI designation;2. Curriculum vitae/resume;3. Statement of teaching philosophy that addresses your experience and/or motivation to teach and mentor a combination of traditional, underrepresented, and first-generation students; and4. Statement of scholarly/creative work pertinent to your professional identity.No recordings, videos, syllabus, or course evaluations at this time.Direct questions and requests for more information to Dr. Michael Hart, Chair of the Music Department, and Dr. Eric Kinsley, Chair of the Search Committee.

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California Lutheran University is committed to providing equal opportunity in employment for all persons, regardless of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender, gender identity or expression, or any other basis protected by applicable law. No person shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination in any program, activity or facility of the University on the basis of these factors in a manner consistent with applicable federal and state laws, regulations, ordinances, orders and rules, and University’s policies, procedures, and processes.

Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process can be provided to individuals with qualifying disabilities. Please contact the Human Resources Department for further information or to request an accommodation.

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