Director of Jazz Studies Assistant Professor

Sep 20, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
California State University, Fresno
College of Arts and Humanities
Department of Music

Vacancy # 13324

Director of Jazz Studies
Jazz Studies

California State University, Fresno is an engaged University. We focus on broadening students' intellectual horizons, fostering lifelong learning skills, developing the leaders of tomorrow, promoting community involvement, and instilling an appreciation of world cultures. We nurture cultural competence by celebrating the rich diversity of the campus community and welcoming the participation of all. Members of the University community are expected to work effectively with faculty, staff and students from diverse ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. For information on the University's commitment and dedication to creating a university known for its integrity, civility, equity, respect and ethical behavior, please visit:

• Available for Academic Year: 2018/2019.
• Fresno State has been recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI); an Asian American/Native American/Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI); and has been designated to the Community Engagement Classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
• Faculty members gain a clear path to tenure through the University's Probationary Plan Process.
• Salary placement depends upon academic preparation and professional experience.
• California State University, Fresno is a vibrant and growing campus. When necessary, the University may decide to make more than one faculty appointment from a single search.

The Department of Music in the College of Arts & Humanities at California State University, Fresno seeks applicants for a tenure-track, academic-year position as Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Jazz Studies. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate and graduate students, conduct scholarly and creative research, and engage in service-related activities; as well as coordinate all aspects of the jazz studies program; direct the premier jazz ensemble and jazz combos; teach courses in improvisation and teach additional courses as needed by the department within the candidate's area of expertise. Active recruitment is expected, which can include activities such as taking tours, hosting festivals, serving as adjudicator/clinician/guest conductor/guest soloist and performing at conferences. The successful candidate is expected to maintain a positive relationship with music educators in the region, including active participation in local, regional, state, and national music organizations. Typical workload is 15 weighted teaching units (WTUs) per semester, generally comprising 12 WTUs of instruction and 3 WTUs of non-instructional responsibilities. Outcomes and assessments and service-learning are important components of the university curriculum. The successful candidate will be expected to work collaboratively with faculty and staff.

The Department of Music at Fresno State was one of the original departments when the university was founded in 1911, and continues to be a leader in music education and artistic performance in the Central Valley and the state at large. The Department of Music has a performance schedule of over 150 performances a year that includes landmark symphonic and choral works, operas, festivals and master classes. The Department of Music provides undergraduate and graduate instruction in music for those planning for professional careers as music educators, performers, composers, conductors, and studio teachers, as well as those preparing for advanced degrees.

Required Education: An earned Master's degree in Music from an accredited institution (or equivalent) is required. Significant professional experience may be considered in lieu of an earned doctorate degree.

Required Experience:
1. An active, accomplished professional jazz artist with demonstrable expertise and experience as a soloist and ensemble member.
2. Demonstrable fluency in a variety of jazz styles.
3. Ability to demonstrate a commitment to working effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
4. Demonstrated organizational and communication skills necessary to coordinate a jazz program and excel in an academic setting.
5. Demonstrable success leading a jazz group for a minimum of 3 years.

Preferred Qualifications:
1. An earned doctorate in Music.
2. A well-articulated agenda for research, scholarship, and creative activity in a jazz related field.
3. Demonstrable success teaching jazz at the college level and/or in the secondary schools for a minimum of 3 years.

Active participation in local, regional, state, national, and/or international music organizations such as, but not limited to, NAfME and Jazz Education Network (JEN).

Desired Qualifications:
1.Demonstrable experience in Latin (Afro-Cuban) Jazz.
2.Demonstrable experience in Contemporary improvised musics.
3.Demonstrable experience in jazz composition.
4.Demonstrable experience in recording and technology.

Application Procedures: Review of applications will begin October 30, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants must complete an on-line application at and attach the following: 1) a cover letter specifically addressing how the candidate fulfills each element of the required experience, preferred qualifications, and desired qualifications listed above; 2) curriculum vitae; and 3) a list of professional references. Short listed candidates will be asked to submit additional materials including but not limited to four current letters of recommendation and four unedited video links of 1) 5 minutes of solo performance and improvisation skills; 2) 5 minutes of teaching a class in improvisation, jazz history, jazz theory, jazz pedagogy, or a class in musically-related area; 3) 5 minutes of coaching a jazz combo; and 4) 5 minutes of directing a large jazz ensemble. Finalists invited for an on-campus interview will be required to submit: official transcripts. For more information, please contact Dr. Cari Earnhart, Search Committee Chair, Department of Music, M/S - MB77, California State University, Fresno, 2380 Keats Ave., Fresno, CA 93740.; phone: (559) 278-2402.

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A background check (including criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily for this position. An offer of employment may be withdrawn or employment may be terminated based upon the results of the background investigation.

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 Revised July 21, 2017 as a condition of employment. You can obtain a copy of this Executive order by accessing the following web site:

California State University, Fresno is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.