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Assistant Professor, School of Music

San Francisco State University
San Francisco

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job no: 532698
Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: San Francisco
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Fine/Performing Arts, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time, On-site (work in-person at business location)

San Francisco State University, School of Music offers an exciting opportunity for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in music beginning August 7, 2024. We seek a colleague whose teaching and research interests include Afro/Latinx Musical Diaspora (which may include Indigenous and/or Afro/Caribbean practices). We are especially interested in qualified candidates with a demonstrated commitment -- through their research and/or creative activities, teaching, and service -- to the diversity and excellence of our academic community.

We are seeking applicants with experience in and/or demonstrated commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups. This is part of a cohort hire focused on Black and Latinx/e student success. We are looking for teacher/scholars who have an established commitment to teaching, research and/or creative activities and service in and with the Black and Latinx/e community. Candidates for this position are expected to satisfy two or more of the eight Black and Latinx/e Student Success Cohort Hire criteria:

  1. Training in and knowledge of historical and present-day structural racism, and practice that engages that knowledge (practice may include teaching, research and/or creative activities, and service).
  2. Demonstrated knowledge of challenges and barriers for Black and Latinx/e students, and evidence of strategies employed to help students overcome such barriers.
  3. Evidence of employing anti-racist teaching strategies that support the learning and success of Black and Latinx students.
  4. Mentors and engages Black and Latinx/e students in research and/or creative activities.
  5. Evidence of research and/or creative activities that contributes to equity, opportunities, and inclusion in higher education.
  6. Evidence of research and/or creative activities that integrates understanding of and/or engages Black and Latinx/e communities’ challenges and structural realities.
  7. Evidence of engaging in service to Black and Latinx/e populations within the discipline. 8. Evidence of service and contributions to Black and Latinx/e communities.

The SFSU School of Music is first and foremost a diverse and innovative community of artist/scholars dedicated to learning and collaborating across all disciplines and orientations. As performer-teachers, we are committed to creative excellence and social justice through our deep love of music in all its forms and expressions. Our students are encouraged to be inclusive, independent thinkers, within a learning community that nurtures discipline and cooperation, founded on the belief that music is a fundamental force expressed in diverse ways, with transformative potential for the individual and society.

Both the BA and BM degrees prepare students for advanced collegiate study in music by fostering intellectual and creative expression through research and scholarship, educating students in general ways that enrich, enlighten, and encourage the development of musical expression and appreciation. Students are trained to perform in concerts and other high quality musical events for SF State and Bay Area communities, thereby assisting in the cultivation of audiences for the future.

The Bachelor of Arts in Music offers a humanistic approach to the study of music as a significant aspect of human traditions and cultures. This degree program provides a broad liberal arts preparation with significant study in music. The structure of the degree program offers students several avenues to pursue individual musical interests as preparation for careers in music or music-related fields. In consultation with an adviser, students complete an elective emphasis appropriately focused on their area of interest, which may include western classical, jazz, and other global cultures, along with musicology, ethnomusicology, technology, and composition for film and games.

The Bachelor of Music trains students to perform, compose, and successfully compete in the professional fields of western classical music or jazz, as well as prepare them for graduate studies in ethnomusicology, while also providing for the development of music educators representing traditions from diverse communities such as those found across the San Francisco Bay Area.

The Master of Arts in Music program provides advanced study for students with highly developed interest and attainment in specific areas of music; prepares teachers for certain types of college music positions; provides prospective doctoral aspirants with a sound foundation for advanced graduate study; provides advanced academic qualifications for public school teachers; and prepares students for professional careers in composition. All emphases require either a culminating creative project or a master's thesis.

The Master of Music program provides graduate study for the superior performer and allows for maximum development of specialized skills in the candidate's particular area of documented achievement. Students may emphasize classical solo performance, chamber music, or conducting. This degree is particularly appropriate for students intending to perform or conduct music professionally, to teach applied performance in college/university settings or private studio, or to pursue doctoral studies in performance. The program culminates in a formal graduate recital.

SF State is a major public urban university, situated in one of the world’s great cities. Building on a century-long history of commitment to quality teaching and broad access to undergraduate and graduate education, the University offers comprehensive, rigorous, and
integrated academic programs that require students to engage in open-minded inquiry and reflection. SF State prepares its students to become productive, ethical, active citizens with a global perspective.

San Francisco State University educates and equips students to thrive in a global society. We deliver academic excellence by pursuing knowledge, inspiring creativity, supporting our diverse community and advancing social justice and positive change in the world. Visit the Strategic Planning website to learn mor


The position requires graduate and/or undergraduate teaching in selected musical cultures of the Latin American diaspora, including teaching the theory and practice, history, and ensemble direction of one or more Latin American musical traditions (including Indigenous, Afro/Latinx, or Afro/Caribbean practices) commensurate with their experience, mentoring and advising graduate and/or undergraduate students, developing an active ongoing scholarship and/or body of creative work in one’s area of specialty, and ongoing committee and
service assignments.



  • M.A. or M.M. (Ph.D. or D.M.A, preferred) Terminal degree must be completed by the first day of employment.
  • Record of working and communicating effectively with colleagues and students

Rank and salary

The anticipated Assistant Professor (Academic Year) classification salary range is:

$98,000 to $100,000 annually (12 monthly payments per academic year).

The anticipated hiring range is $8,167 to $8,333 per month.

Salary offered is commensurate with experience and qualifications. In addition, the California Equal Pay Act prohibits employers from paying its employees less than those of the opposite sex and/or another race or ethnicity for substantially similar work

Professional development funds, moving expenses, start‐up funds, and a reduced teaching load may be available.
The California State University (CSU) provides generous health, retirement, and other benefits.


  1. A complete online application must be submitted to receive consideration. To apply, please upload the following materials:
  2. Cover letter (relating your experience to the required qualifications).
  3. Curriculum vitae
  4. A diversity statement that is no more than 500 words that provides an understanding of your capabilities to address diversity in support of SFSU’s diverse student and community populations. Please provide specific examples of how you have addressed diversity in your teaching, research, and service
  5. Live or studio audio and/or video recordings of performances and/or samples of scholarly work

Names and contact information of three references who will provide letters of recommendation upon request.

Please direct all questions about the position to: Dr. Cyrus Ginwala, Director of the School of Music at email

CSU strongly encourages faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process are encouraged to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to

Thank you for your interest in employment with California State University (CSU). CSU is a state entity whose business operations reside within the State of California. Because of this, CSU prohibits hiring employees to perform CSU-related work outside of California with very limited exception. While this position may be eligible for occasional telework, all work is expected to be performed in the state of California, and this position is assigned to on-campus operations.

San Francisco State is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status. We strongly encourage the application of individuals from historically underrepresented groups. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting the Senior Human Resources Manager. Additional information on the requirements for new hires may be found at the Human Resources web page ( ).

Advertised: October 11, 2023 (9:00 AM) Pacific Daylight Time
Applications close: Open until filled

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