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School of Music and Dance Lecturer Pool 2024-2025

San Diego State University
San Diego

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School of Music and Dance Lecturer Pool 2024-2025

Job No: 538787
Work Type:
Locations: San Diego
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Fine/Performing Arts, Temporary, Part Time


The School of Music and Dance in the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts at San Diego State University is accepting applications for their part-time lecturer pool.

We welcome applications from prospective temporary faculty with expertise or experience in the following areas:
  • Dance Techniques, Applied Dance Techniques, Contact Improvisation, Dancemaking, Dance Education, Yoga, Dance History
  • Music History, Musicology, Music Theory, Music Composition, Music Education, Music Topics, Class Piano, Class Guitar, Aural Skills, Audio, Music Technology, Ensemble Direction (various), Private Instruction (various), Mariachi, Conducting
  • Audio Lecturer
  • Conducting Lecturer
  • Somatic Lecturer

Temporary appointments may be either full- or part-time. Appointments from the part-time pool are often made just prior to the start of the academic term, so applicants must be available on very short notice. The Fall term begins mid-August and end late-December; the Spring term begins mid-January and ends mid-May. Opportunities for teaching during the Summer Sessions may also be available. Initial appointments are typically one semester or one academic year, to be renewed contingent on satisfactory evaluations and continuing availability of work. Applications will remain in our applicant pool during the academic year you apply.

  • Graduate degree in music or dance and/or commensurate professional experience (terminal degree preferred)
  • University teaching experience
  • Demonstrated currency in subject matter
  • Professional activity in the field

Audio Lecturer - Audio lecturer applicants should: have extensive professional experience in
audio engineering, live sound reinforcement, and music production; be proficient in industry-
standard software and hardware used in audio production, such as ProTools, Ableton Live, etc.;
possess a strong understanding of acoustics, signal flow, digital signal processing, and audio
equipment operation; be familiar with emerging trends and technologies in the audio industry,
such as immersive audio, virtual reality, and interactive audio; have the ability to design and
deliver curricula that cover a wide range of audio topics, including sound recording, mixing,
mastering, and live sound techniques; possess excellent communication and interpersonal
skills, with the ability to effectively convey complex technical concepts to students with varying
levels of expertise; have a demonstrated ability to mentor and support students in their academic and professional development and a commitment to fostering an inclusive and
supportive learning environment that values diversity and encourages creative expression.

Conducting Lecturer - Conducting lecturer applicants should: possess a graduate degree in
music (conducting degree preferred); have professional experience as a conductor with
amateur/professional ensembles or in educational settings; have experience teaching
conducting (university teaching experience preferred); possess excellent communication and
interpersonal skills with the ability to effectively teach students with varying levels of expertise;
be committed to creating an inclusive and supportive classroom rehearsal environment. The
successful candidate will be expected to teach one section of conducting in alignment with a
second section also taught by another conducting faculty member that semester.

Mariachi Lecturer - Mariachi Lecturer should have extensive professional performative
experience in mariachi arts; have university experience teaching mariachi music; possess
historical knowledge regarding mariachi performance and culture; be familiar with emerging
trends in mariachi arts; have earned a graduate degree; possess excellent communication and
interpersonal skills with the ability to effectively teach students with varying levels of expertise;
be committed to creating an inclusive and supportive classroom rehearsal environment.

Somatic Lecturer - Somatic Practitioner with experience teaching groups; ISMETA registered
and/or completion of ISMETA-approved certification program; experience teaching in higher
education and/or in the arts.

Yoga Lecturer - Background in dance or extensive experience working with dancers; minimum
200-hour Yoga Certification (or equivalent) required; ISMETA registered and/or completion of
ISMETA-approved certification program OR evidence of formal training in somatic practices.

Dance Techniques - Professional experience related to the specific dance form (e.g., hip hop,
ballet, capoeira, Horton, contact improvisation, musical theater, etc.); B.A. or equivalent
professional experience; demonstrated ability in creating assignments that embody the
dynamic interplay of theory and practice in technical training in dance both in the studio and in
outside assignments. Experience and/or interest in working in an integrated dance curriculum
where there is both differentiation and linkage between the various technique classes (e.g., hip
hop, ballet, capoeira, Horton, contact improvisation, musical theater, etc.) and “technical
support” classes (e.g., yoga, Pilates, somatics, etc.).

Intro to Dance - Ability to communicate the functions of dance in culture and society at an
introductory level to a large group comprised of both dancers and non-dancers; MFA/Ph.D. in
Dance or equivalent professional experience; experience and/or interest in working in an
integrated dance curriculum where there is both differentiation and linkage between the
Introduction to Dance and performance classes in the Dance Program; currency in the field.

Dance Making Lab - Demonstrated track record of a minimum of 10 years of dancemaking
that includes work presented by nationally recognized venues and/or smaller venues where
work was selected from nationally recognized panelists from a national pool of applicants.
Demonstrated track record of dancemaking that includes sophisticated integration of both set
and scored material; MFA in Dance or equivalent professional experience.

Dance Aesthetics & Criticism - Ability to guide dance majors in the application of personal,
social, cultural, and political lenses while viewing, discussing, and writing about dance. Support students in navigating changes in the writing process in the age of AI; MFA/PhD in Dance or
equivalent professional experience; experience and/or interest in working in an integrated
dance curriculum where there is both differentiation and linkage between the Introduction to
Dance and performance classes in the Dance Program; experience and/or interest in teaching
skills in dance writing; currency in the field.
Application Instructions

Prospective temporary faculty who would like their applications on file are invited to send the following items:
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Contact information for three (3) professional references (New Employees Only)
  • Cover letter summarizing qualifications and teaching interests (new employees only)
  • Unofficial transcripts and/or links to examples of professional work and/or evidence of teaching work/student evaluations (new employees only)

Initial rank and salary for lecturer faculty are based on professional experience and educational background and are determined by the hiring department. Most new appointees are hired at the Lecturer A or B rank and placed at the beginning of the range.

As of July 2023, the classification salary ranges for the respective ranks are:

Lecturer A: $5,007 - $6,359
Lecturer B: $5,925 - $12,594
Lecturer C: $6,500 - $13,831
Lecturer D: $8,184 - $14,487

Pursuant to Education Code 89521, the California State University requires that employment applicants disclose any final administrative decision or final judicial decision issued within the last seven years determining that the applicant committed sexual harassment. This requirement applies specifically to applicants who meet the minimum qualifications for the Academic or Administrative position they are applying to. Disclosures shall be provided to the San Diego State University Center for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination for further adjudication. Please contact

As part of its commitment to a safe and equitable “OneSDSU” community, SDSU requires that individuals seeking faculty employment provide at the time of application authorization to conduct background checks if they become a finalist for the position; applications without this authorization will be considered incomplete and not considered.

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. 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.

SDSU is a Title IX, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.

Advertised: Apr 26, 2024 (2:00 PM)
Applications Close: Apr 01, 2025 (11:55 PM)

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