Assistant Professor: Music Education

San Diego
17 Sep 2023
End of advertisement period
17 Oct 2023
Contract Type
Full Time

Assistant Professor: Music Education
Music and Dance

Location: San Diego, CA
Open Date: Sep 15, 2023

San Diego State University School of Music and Dance seeks to hire a tenure-track for Music Education with a focus in choral music education at the rank of Assistant Professor for a Fall 2024 appointment.

Primary responsibilities for the position include teaching undergraduate choral methods and materials, instructing graduate coursework in music education, and conducting a choral ensemble. Other responsibilities will be commensurate with the candidate's areas of expertise. The successful candidate will work collaboratively with Music Education, Vocal Arts, and Performance Ensemble faculty to deliver an undergraduate and graduate curriculum.

Additionally, the successful candidate will develop and maintain a national and international profile within the profession, develop and maintain contacts with regional teachers, school systems, and professional organizations, and keep up to date with pedagogical developments in the field.

Terminal degree in Music Education is required, ABD will be considered. The candidate will have demonstrated teaching experience in the K-12 setting and accomplishment as a music education scholar. Evidence of successful university instruction is desired.The candidate will need the ability to work and collaborate with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and/or socioeconomic backgrounds.

Building on Inclusive Excellence:
We are seeking applicants with demonstrated experience in and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups. Candidates must satisfy two or more of the eight Building on Inclusive Excellence (BIE) criteria. Candidates that meet BIE criteria: (a) are committed to engaging in service with underrepresented populations within the discipline, (b) have demonstrated knowledge of barriers for underrepresented students and faculty within the discipline, (c) have experience or have demonstrated commitment to teaching and mentoring underrepresented students, (d) have experience or have demonstrated commitment to integrating understanding of underrepresented populations and communities into research, (e) have experience in or have demonstrated commitment to extending knowledge of opportunities and challenges in achieving artistic/scholarly success to members of an underrepresented group, (f) have experience in or have demonstrated commitment to research that engages underrepresented communities, (g) have expertise or demonstrated commitment to developing expertise in cross-cultural communication and collaboration, and/or (h) have research interests that contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education. Please indicate in a separate diversity statement how you meet at least two (2) of these criteria. Additional guidance on our BIE program for applicants is here.

SDSU School of Music and Dance:
The SDSU Music Education program is the largest degree program within the SDSU School of Music & Dance and the only undergraduate degree in music education in a public institution in San Diego. There is 100% job placement for music education graduates who seek K-12 employment and a strong collaborative relationship between the SDSU faculty and the local community. SDSU music education majors are embedded in experiential learning and gain experience observing and working in K-12 settings as well as collaborative teaching environments in the university setting. The music education program is expanding with the development of a Master of Music Education (MM) degree to begin in the next academic year.

The School of Music and Dance (SM&D), which offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in music (B.A., B.M., M.A., M.M., Advanced Graduate Artist Diploma) and dance (B.A., B.F.A.). The School enrolls over 325 majors and serves thousands of students across our campus each academic year through its general education courses, performing ensembles, and public performances. To deliver our comprehensive curricula, the School has 21 permanent faculty (tenured or tenure-track), 38 lecturer faculty (mostly part-time), and approximately 13 studio instructors. SM&D website:

SDSU College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts:
The College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts (PSFA) 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. PSFA website:

San Diego State University:
SDSU is the oldest institution of higher education in the San Diego region, with a campus and microsites in San Diego and locations in Southern California’s Imperial Valley and Tbilisi in the Republic of Georgia. The highly diverse campus community has a student population of approximately 40,000. SDSU is included in the Carnegie Foundation’s Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity category. Established in 1897, SDSU offers bachelor degrees in 97 areas, masters in 84 and doctorates in 23. See for more information. 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.

Application Instructions
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Review of applications will begin on October 16, 2023 and continue until the position is filled. Applicants should apply via Interfolio at:

Applicants must upload the following materials:
  • cover letter;
  • curriculum vitae;
  • three letters of recommendation;
  • scholarly writing sample (e.g., peer reviewed research publication, dissertation)
  • two links to teaching/instructional video(s) to display the candidate's pedagogical strengths in two different settings. Examples may include undergraduate or graduate classroom teaching, K-12 instruction, or ensemble rehearsal.
  • A statement which addresses how the candidate meets two of the eight “Building on Inclusive Excellence” criteria

Direct any queries about this position to: Prof. Michael Gerdes, Chair, Assistant Professor of Music Education Search Committee, School of Music and Dance, San Diego State University, 5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego, CA 92182. Email:

The minimum salary for this position is based on the current CSU salary schedule for Assistant Professors and may be revised based on contract collective bargaining. The anticipated salary range is from $77,000 to $80,000. Salary placement will be based on the selected candidate’s qualifications and experience, and salaries higher than the published maximums may be offered in limited circumstances. San Diego State University offers a rich benefits package that constitutes a major portion of total compensation. For benefits information, click here.

As part of its commitment to a safe and equitable “OneSDSU” community, SDSU requires that individuals seeking faculty employment provide at the time of application authorization to conduct background checks if they become a finalist for the position; applications without this authorization will be considered incomplete and not considered.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed 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.

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.

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.

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