Assistant Professor of Music Theory

Pomona, California
Oct 30, 2019
Faculty Jobs
Arts & Humanities
Position Type
Assistant Professor
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Music Department in the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona) invites applications for a tenure-track position in Music Theory at the rank of Assistant Professor, for appointment beginning in the 2020-2021 academic year.

At Cal Poly Pomona we cultivate success through a diverse culture of experiential learning, discovery, and innovation. We demonstrate academic quality, relevance, and excellence through our teaching, learning, scholarship, and creative activities with student centered faculty in an evidence-based culture. Cal Poly Pomona is committed to being the model for an inclusive polytechnic university that inspires creativity and innovation, embraces local and global challenges, and transforms lives. The university has some of the highest national rankings for diversity and helping students achieve social mobility.

The Position: The successful candidate will lead in the areas of Music Theory and Musicianship. The faculty member will teach music classes across the music theory curriculum including Diatonic and Chromatic Harmony, Advanced Theory, Form and Analysis, Counterpoint, and other courses appropriate for the successful candidate. The successful candidate will provide visionary leadership for the music theory and musicianship curriculum. Secondary expertise is also desired in areas including composition, music technology, or instrumental performance.

The position requires excellence in teaching and advising, professional and scholarly achievements, and service to the Music Department, the College, and the University. The successful candidate will be expected to build connections with regional community colleges and to work closely with adjuncts teaching theory and musicianship to develop instructional practice that includes non-classical references and contexts. Applicants whose work demonstrates a commitment to inclusive excellence and diversity in higher education are particularly encouraged to apply. The normal teaching load is 12 units per semester. New faculty will teach 9 units per semester for their first two academic years. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Doctoral degree in music theory, composition or equivalent, from an accredited university, by start of appointment Potential for achievement as a teacher of music theory
  • Demonstrated ability to contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through teaching, research and/or service, as well as experience working in an inclusive environment
  • Evidence of leadership skills to develop a high-impact music program
  • Evidence of scholarly potential (conference presentations, performances, publications, commissions, grant development)

Preferred/Desired Qualifications:

  • Successful experience in integrating non-classical music into theory and musicianship curricula, including Jazz and Pop idioms
  • Experience in music technology, composition, music for media, and/or songwriting
  • Demonstrated achievement in professional activities, record of scholarly/creative activity appropriate for earning tenure, and potential for continued creative growth

Application Procedure: A complete application will include:

  • Cover letter that describes the candidate’s teaching, publication, composition and/or research experience and interests, and that addresses the duties and qualifications articulated in the position description
  • Curriculum vitae comprising at least those elements specified on the application form and including the names, titles, addresses, email addresses, and telephone numbers of at least five individuals who can speak to the candidate’s potential for success in this position
  • Three recent (signed and dated within the past two years) letters of reference
  • Complete application form Website links or uploaded files of the candidate’s creative/scholarly work
  • Sample theory syllabi/assignments
  • Unofficial transcript showing highest degree earned; finalists will be required to submit an official transcript
  • Also, please submit a Student Success Statement about your teaching, teaching philosophy or other experiences, successes, and challenges in working or engaging with a diverse student population (approximately one page, single-spaced). More information about expectation of the statement can be found here:
  • Finalists will be required to appear for interviews and to deliver a classroom presentation to students and a research presentation to the faculty.

Consideration of completed applications will begin on December 1, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. Early submission is encouraged. An online application process will be used. To apply online, please go to Interfolio at or to our Faculty Affairs site at: Applicants will provide contact information for recommenders during the application process and the system will contact recommenders and provide a method for uploading letters.

You may also contact:

Music Theory Search Committee

c/o Peter Yates, Chair

Department of Music

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Pomona, CA 91768

Email: [email protected]

The University:

Cal Poly Pomona is one of two polytechnic universities in the 23-campus California State University system. Our ethnically diverse student population of approximately 22,000 enrolls in 52 baccalaureate, 26 master’s degree programs, 11 credential and certificate programs, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership, presented by 1,200 faculty. We recruit students increasingly from throughout California and beyond. The students are success and career focused and extremely diverse. We are proud of our status as a Hispanic Serving Institution. We have a strong commitment to supporting scholarship, research, and student achievement. Our scenic and historic 1,400-acre campus, once the winter ranch of cereal magnate W. K. Kellogg, is located about 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles in one of the most dynamic economic and cultural regions in the country, and within an hour’s drive of beaches, mountains, and desert. The university is committed to diversifying its faculty and staff and has made educational equity one of its highest priorities. The mission of the university is to advance learning and knowledge by linking theory and practice in all disciplines, and to prepare students for lifelong learning, leadership, and careers in a changing, multicultural world.

The College:

The College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences cultivates one's intellectual development, ethical reasoning, and aesthetic sensibility to support creative and critical thinking in a diverse world of competing challenges. The College offers introductory and advanced course work in numerous degree and certificate programs across the humanities, social sciences, and performing arts. The General Education program offered to all students enrolled in the University is also central to the mission of the College. The College embraces its role in providing courses and curricula in support of multiple and single-subject teaching credential students. The University’s mission to “cultivate success through a diverse culture of experiential learning, discovery, and innovation” lies at the heart of the College’s commitment to offer programs that educate the whole person.

The Department:

The Music Department is NASM accredited and offers a Bachelor of Music with options in Performance, Composition and Pedagogy; and a Bachelor of Arts with options in Music Industry Studies and General Studies in Music. In addition, it provides opportunities for personal enrichment to students from all other departments of the University. It serves as a cultural center for both the University and community through a program of public performances by student and faculty groups, distinguished guest artists, and through department-sponsored workshops, and lectures. The music department is a hands-on creative community combining performance, musicianship, industry and technology to empower musicians of the future. We promote music as a diverse practice that rewards and fulfills individual lives and the human experience. We foster ethical innovative careers in performance, teaching, and the music industry. We encourage all to realize their highest artistic, scholarly and professional potential.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. The University seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the people of California, to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives and ways of knowing and learning. Cal Poly Pomona subscribes to all state and federal regulations and prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity/gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, age, disability, genetic information, medical condition, and covered veteran status. The University hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States. As required by the Clery Disclosure Act, the university’s annual security report is available at 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. A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU.

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