Assistant Professor of Music - Saxophone / Music Business

San Jose State University
California, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Sep 20, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Music
Employment Type
Full Time

Position Rank and Title : Assistant Professor of Music, Saxophone /Music Business

Department Name : School of Music and Dance

Compensation : Commensurate with qualifications, experience, and rank as established by the CSU Salary Schedule . See Benefits Summary for details about the CSU’s excellent employment benefits.

Application Deadline : November 15, 2021

Target Start Date : August 2022

First Review Date : November 15, 2021

Position Description

The School of Music and Dance (SMD) at San José State University seeks qualified candidates for a full-time, tenure-track, assistant professor position in Saxophone performance with a secondary area in Music Business. We encourage candidates with expertise in any of the following areas including, but not limited to, the following to apply: teaching, leadership, and/or other aspects of the education of African American, Black, Latinx, Indigenous, Asian American and Pacific Islander, and students from groups historically and currently marginalized in society and schooling systems.

The School of Music and Dance at SJSU value diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. Our excellence in research, teaching, and service can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and staff who share our commitment to these values. SJSU enrolls more than 36,000 students, many of whom are historically underserved, and around 45% are first-generation and 38% are Pell-recipients. SJSU is a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander (AANAPISI) Serving Institution. The university’s commitment to social justice extends from its vibrant, inclusive campus to an international network of over 275,000 alumni. As such, San José State is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty so our disciplines, students, and the community can benefit from multiple ethnic and gender perspectives. Our School of Music family includes 15 tenured / tenure-track faculty, 65 lecturers, 7 staff, and 450 students. We are looking for colleagues who are dedicated to critically engaging in their teaching and research, who see strength in the diversity of our student community, and who are committed to challenging themselves and the School as we seek to grow and strengthen our work

Successful candidates will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to equity and inclusion through their research, teaching, and/or service. We ask that all applicants include a Diversity Statement with their application package. A guide to writing this statement can be found at SJSU Diversity Statement Guidelines , along with information about how these statements will be evaluated.

Required Qualifications

  • DMA or PhD in Saxophone Performance—ABD also will be considered;
  • Demonstrated ability or potential to teach effectively in a college, university, or conservatory setting;
  • Record of creative and/or scholarly activity and achievement;
  • Applicants should demonstrate an awareness of and sensitivity to the educational goals of a multicultural and socially diverse student population as might have been gained in cross-cultural study, training, teaching, and other comparable experience.

Preferred Qualifications

Priority will be given to candidates who possess one or more of the following:
  • Record of transformative teaching, leadership and/or other practice in higher education;
  • Expertise and experience in developing a thriving saxophone studio and curriculum in higher education;
  • Demonstrated commitment to and experience in underserved schools and communities, particularly with African American, Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and students from groups historically and currently marginalized in society and schooling systems;
  • Experience teaching and/or cultivating 21st century business skills through engagement with traditional business, entrepreneurial, and/or do-it-yourself strategies for music performance, marketing, contracts, revenue streams, and/or touring;
  • Research and/or teaching expertise and experience using an intersectional approach to identity;
  • Proficiency in one or more language other than English represented in the SJSU service area (e.g., Spanish, Mandarin, or Vietnamese);
  • Evidence of both undergraduate and graduate mentoring
Key Responsibilities

  • Design and teach introductory and advanced level courses in saxophone performance;
  • Direct and cultivate a strong saxophone area, including saxophone ensemble and chamber music;
  • Coordinate the woodwind area faculty and students, including recruitment activities;
  • Teach core courses in an expanding music business curriculum;
  • Participate in curriculum development and teaching of other courses to meet the needs of the program and its diverse student population;
  • Develop and sustain an ongoing record of research, scholarship, and/or creative activities, as well as other professional engagement;
  • Participate in shared governance, usually in school, college, and university committee and other service assignments;
  • Demonstrate awareness and experience understanding the needs of a student population of great diversity – in age, abilities, cultural background, ethnicity, religion, economic background, primary language, sexual orientation, gender identity, and academic preparation – through inclusive course materials, teaching strategies and advisement.

: Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States

Application Procedure

Click Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Application and attach the following documents:
  • Letter of interest
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Diversity statement (2 pages) considering how to recruit, support and retain students from underrepresented groups
  • Statement of teaching interests/philosophy (2 pages) that describes what role faculty play in student success;
  • Statement of creative/research plans (2 pages)
  • Three references with contact information
Inquires may be directed to the Department Chair, Fred Cohen (

Conditional Offer

Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States. Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. CSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

San José State University: Silicon Valley's Public University

Located in the heart of Silicon Valley — one of the most innovative regions in the world — San José State University is the founding campus of the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system and the first public university in the West. The 2020 #1 Most Transformative University in the nation according to Money Magazine, San José State is an essential partner in the economic, cultural and social development of Silicon Valley, the Bay Area and California. SJSU is a top-200 school nationally in research funding and second highest in research productivity in the CSU system. This cutting-edge research, combined with its world-class scholarship, student-centered learning opportunities, and experiential and interdisciplinary programs, allows SJSU to provide transformative opportunities that advance the public good locally and globally.

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.

Advertised: September 20, 2021 (9:00 AM) Pacific Daylight Time
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