Assistant Professor - Brass

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San José State University - San José, California
Subject to Budgetary Approval

School of Music and Dance
Job Opening ID (JOID): 25100
Specialization: Brass
Rank: Assistant Professor (Tenure-track)

Completed doctoral degree preferred, ABD candidates will be considered. Terminal degree— DMA or PhD—by time of appointment. Candidates must clearly demonstrate successful experience in teaching of a brass instrument at the college level. Evidence of successful artistic achievement as a brass performer at state and national levels is expected for initial hire and for sustained and future success in the candidate’s creative/research agenda. Evidence of successful recruitment for applied brass studio.


The preferred candidate will be an individual who is highly motived, engaged and creative, with a well-articulated agenda for creative engagement, teaching expertise, and potential for leadership in the field. Applicants should demonstrate awareness of and sensitivity to educational goals of a multicultural population as might have been gained in cross-cultural study, training, teaching and other comparable experience. We are committed to substantially increasing the proportion of our faculty from historically underrepresented groups, and we highly encourage candidates from historically underrepresented groups to apply.


The SJSU School of Music & Dance is seeking an Assistant Professor, Brass, to help expand a nationally recognized and highly visible instrumental program. Duties include recruiting for and coordinating the brass area. Additional assignments may include conducting the Brass Ensemble, instruction in brass fundamentals for music education majors, and other assignments within the School as needed. The successful candidate will be expected to establish and maintain successful relationships with public school and private brass instructors throughout the region.


Candidates must address the needs of a student population of great diversity – in age, cultural background, ethnicity, primary language and academic preparation – through inclusive course materials, teaching strategies and advisement. In the application, candidates should demonstrate the potential for successful university teaching, brass performance ability, and collegial participation in service activities appropriate to the assigned teaching load and the expectations of the School of Music.


Salary Range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Starting Date: August 13, 2020
Eligibility: Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States.


Application Procedure:
For full consideration, submit an electronic packet that includes: (1) letter of application; (2) curriculum vitae; (3) statement of teaching interests/philosophy; (4) research plans; and (5) at least three references with contact information by noon on October 15, 2019 to Dr. Fred Cohen, Director of the School of Music and Dance via Interfolio at . Official transcripts and confidential letters of recommendation will be required of finalists.


Inquiries may be directed to Dr. Fred Cohen: [email protected]. Please include JOID in all correspondence.


San José State University enrolls over 33,000 students, a significant percentage of whom are members of minority groups. As such, this position is for scholars interested in a career at a national leader in graduating URM students. SJSU is a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander (AANAPISI) Serving Institution; 40% of our students are first-generation, and 38% are Pell-qualified. The university is currently ranked fifth nationally in increasing student upward mobility. The University is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty so our disciplines, students, and the community can benefit from multiple ethnic and gender perspectives.


San José State University is California’s oldest institution of public higher learning. Located in downtown San José (Pop. 1,000,000) in the heart of Silicon Valley, SJSU is part of one of the most innovative regions in the world. As Silicon Valley’s public university, SJSU combines dynamic teaching, research, and university-industry experiences to prepare students to address the biggest problems facing society. SJSU is a member of the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system.


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.


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


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Job No: 25100
Posted: 8/14/2019
Application Due: 10/13/2019
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