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Open Rank, Music (Director of the Center of African Diaspora Sacred Music and Musicians)

Job no: 505284

Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track

Location: Dominguez Hills

Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Letters/Humanities, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time


Tenure-track faculty in Music and Director, Center for African Diaspora Sacred Music and Musicians

College of Arts & Humanities

Position Description

The Department of Music at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) invites applications for the Director of the Center for African Diaspora Sacred Music and Musicians (CADSMM), which will also include a tenure-track role (e.g. one class per semester). This Tenure-track position is at the rank of Open (12-month) with the appointment starting in Spring 2022.

At CSUDH, we celebrate and respect diversity in all forms that include every race, religion, gender, ethnicity, veterans, people with varied abilities, and members of the LGBTQ+ community. CSUDH is seeking applications from candidates who can demonstrate experience in teaching and working with individuals from diverse backgrounds and contribute to the University’s mission, vision, and core values.

For more information: Mission, Vision, and Core Values.

Department of Music

The Department of Music at California State University Dominguez Hills is committed to building a more diverse faculty, staff, and student body as it responds to the changing population and educational needs of California and the nation. We seek applicants and nominations from those who have experience in teaching, mentoring, and developing research.

For more information:

The Position

This is an exciting position for the candidate who has experience as a successful faculty member and as an innovative developer of programs. If you enjoy working with students, while also building an outstanding musical enterprise focused on the Negro Spiritual, we enthusiastically welcome your application.

As a faculty member in the Department of Music, the successful candidate will be an active member of the department in terms of teaching, research or creative activities, and service, and contribute to a collegial work environment. Evaluation for reappointment, tenure, and promotion (RTP) is through the Department of Music.

As Director for the Center for African Diaspora Sacred Music and Musicians (CADSMM) the successful candidate will engage in activities that support the three core objectives of advancing the scholarship, performance, and preservation of Negro spiritual music as well as advancing community engagement and appreciation. He or she will report to the Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities in his or her role as the Director of CADSMM.

The successful candidate will be either an ethnomusicologist, with a research background in Negro spiritual music and/or a choral music specialist, with a specialty in Negro spiritual music. The Center will build on the existing strengths of three programs: the Music Department, the University Archives and the Africana Studies Department, supporting cross-unit collaboration. The Center director will serve as an ex-officio member of the CADSMM Advisory Committee.


As a faculty member in the Department of Music:

  • Teach one class per semester (e.g. Music 302 (African American Music).
  • Direct and conduct the CSUDH Jubilee Choir and other choral ensemble performances.
  • Develop new curriculum, as appropriate, in the areas of African American/Negro Spiritual music.
  • Develop and engage in research, and scholarly and creative activities in Music, choral production, Negro spiritual music, etc., leading to conference presentations and publications.
  • Advise and mentor students.
  • Serve on department, college, and university committees.
  • Participate in service to the department, college, university, and community.

As Director of the Center for African Diaspora Sacred Music and Musicians (CADSMM):

  • Partner with the Gerth Archives & Special Collections to acquire and preserve archival materials related to Negro Spiritual music.
  • Coordinate financial support for critical archival tasks such as preservation, cataloguing (e.g., creation of finding aids), and digitization of materials, through grant and philanthropic activities.
  • Produce choral performances of Negro spiritual music both on and off campus, including by the CSUDH Jubilee Choir and the partner organization, the Albert McNeil Jubilee Singers, as well as festivals.
  • Coordinate commissions and performances of new choral works within the tradition of Negro Spiritual music.
  • Provide coordination and support for visiting artists who will lead master classes and conduct choral concerts.
  • Direct and conduct the CSUDH Jubilee Choir, which includes weekly rehearsals and on and off campus performances.
  • Seek travel grant funding for graduate students and visiting scholars to utilize archival materials located at CSUDH.
  • Support the organization of scholarly meetings on Negro Spiritual music, including presentations, combination lecture/performances, symposia, conferences, and the publication of conference proceedings.
  • Continue development and support for a robust website with resources for scholars, community members, and choral groups, including links to materials in the University Archives.
  • Submit applications and proposals for external grants and contracts, (for example, from private donors, foundations, and government agencies such as Cal Humanities, the NEH, and the NEA).
  • Engage in additional activities that directly or indirectly support the scholarship, performance, and preservation of Negro Spiritual music, including, for example, collecting oral histories, student scholarships, supporting a scholarly journal, newsletters, lectures, podcasts, films and videos, equipment purchases, and community engagement.


Required Qualifications

  • Doctorate in Music, Musicology, or Ethnomusicology by start of appointment.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of African American Music or music of the African diaspora.
  • Demonstrated extensive experience directing and conducting a choir.
  • College or university-level teaching experience.
  • Demonstrated scholarship related to Negro Spiritual music.
  • Demonstrated potential for successful research and publication.
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching undergraduates from diverse age, socioeconomic, cultural, and academic backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated experience collaborating with individuals and/or groups for effective outcomes.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage projects according to expected outcomes and deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to seek and acquire external funding for the Center’s core goals.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience directing a music-related program or center.
  • Ability to manage a budget.
  • Ability to promote and pursue community partnerships for the Center.

Employment Requirement – Background Check

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.

Mandated Reporter Per CANRA

The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA) and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083, revised July 21, 2017, as a condition of employment.

How to Apply- To apply for this position, please click the "Apply Now" button on this page.

The position is open until filled. Review of applications will begin in March, 2022. For full consideration, please submit your completed application with the required materials no later than February 28, 2022.

  • Current Curriculum Vitae with contact information
  • Cover letter
  • Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • List of 3 references with contact information*
  • Unofficial transcripts (an official transcript will be required for the finalist)**
  • A Statement on Teaching
  • A Statement on Research
  • Sample Publications or Evidence of Creative/Scholarly Activity
  • Evidence of successful teaching (e.g. syllabi, course handouts, tests, student evaluations, etc.)

*This position requires three letters of recommendation (LORs). Please do not upload your LORs with your application. Your list of references will be notified at the appropriate time during the search process. They will receive a request via email along with information on uploading the LOR. You will be able to verify that each letter has been received by CSUDH by logging back into your applicant portal.

**For finalists with International transcripts, a United States Equivalency certification will be required.

A United States (US) Equivalency certification is required for earned/awarded/conferred foreign terminal degrees, which is from a foreign Academic Institution for foreign studies. The US Equivalency certification is used to validate foreign studies from an academic credential evaluation agency and is evaluated on foreign studies and deemed to be equivalent to degrees from the United States. The certification must translate the information in English, and confirm that your highest terminal degree is US Equivalent to a US terminal degree (i.e., Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctorate’s, Doctor’s of Philosophy). The certification can be emailed to [email protected] or mailed directly to the office of Faculty Affairs and Development, 1000 East Victoria Street, WH-368, Carson, CA 90747.

If you have questions regarding the position, please contact:

Dr. Stephanie Brasley

Search Committee Chair

CSU, Dominguez Hills

University Library - South

1000 East Victoria Street, (Room 5034)

Carson, CA 90747

[email protected]

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