San Diego State University: Professional Studies and Fine Arts: Music and Dance Assistant Professor: Director of Orchestral Studies

Location: San Diego, CA


The School of Music and Dance is seeking a full-time, tenure-track faculty member at the assistant professor level for a Fall 2017 appointment. The position requires the candidate to design, teach, supervise, recruit, and manage all aspects of the orchestral program. Teaching responsibilities will include conducting all orchestral and string ensembles, undergraduate and graduate conducting, orchestral literature, and other teaching duties that match the candidate’s qualifications, background, and interest. In addition to teaching, the candidate will provide leadership throughout the conducting program, aid in development of curriculum and assessment procedures, and coordinate the training and supervision of graduate orchestral students. The Director of Orchestral Studies is expected to provide leadership in recruiting outstanding students to the music program and to maintain active and collaborative relationships with the public school, community college, and university orchestra programs throughout the state of California and beyond. The candidate will also contribute to collaborative relationships across the School of Music and Dance. Active and sustained involvement in professional growth beyond the university is required to obtain tenure and promotion, as is excellence in teaching and participation in faculty governance.


Appointment will be at the rank of assistant professor with salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

SDSU is a large, diverse, urban university and Hispanic-Serving Institution with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. Our campus community is diverse in many ways, including race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, pregnancy, medical condition, and covered veteran status. We strive to build and sustain a welcoming environment for all. SDSU is seeking applicants with demonstrated experience in and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups.

San Diego State University

SDSU is an established and acknowledged leader in the twenty-three-campus California State University system. With more than 7,700 faculty and staff and 35,000 students, it is one of the largest universities in the western United States. It is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a doctoral-granting institution with high research activity and receives over $115 million in external research grants and awards annually. The student body is among the most diverse in the United States and SDSU is known for cultivating a welcoming environment with a strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusive excellence whether such diversity is presented through cultural, racial, sexual identity or veteran status.  As such, SDSU has received national recognition ranging from the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award (HEED), being one of the nation’s best universities for women Professional Women’s Magazine, among the Best Colleges for Veterans by the Military Times, and as a top LGBT Friendly campus according to

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The College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts comprises seven professional schools and three departments committed to the pursuit of excellence in academic and artistic endeavors. With over 5,000 majors and approximately 300 faculty, PSFA is recognized for its excellent academic programs that prepare students for professional careers in a wide spectrum of artistic, cultural, educational, social and technical fields. The College views its connection to the local and global community as a “laboratory for learning” and educational opportunities that prepare the student to engage in the worldwide community through creativity, involvement, leadership and innovation are a hallmark of the PSFA experience. The College is home to the campus initiative Arts Alive SDSU that integrates arts events and arts practices into the curriculum and values art as a campus-wide priority on par with other major university strategic goals. The College actively seeks applications from candidates whose professional interests align with SDSU and PSFA’s strategic goals, who will sustain excellence in their research or creative endeavors, promote student success, and continue to advance our commitment to diversity.

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The School of Music and Dance offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in music (BA, BM, MA, MM, Advanced Graduate Artist Diploma) and dance (BA, BFA.) The School enrolls over 325 majors and serves thousands of general students each academic year through its general education courses, performing ensemble opportunities and public performances. 16 full-time, 15 part-time, and approximately 30 studio instructors deliver comprehensive professional curricula. Website:


Master of Music degree in Orchestral Conducting is required. Doctorate preferred or professional equivalency in the conducting and university orchestral field considered. The successful candidate will possess teaching, conducting, and artistic abilities at the highest level as well as comprehensive and current knowledge of diverse orchestral repertoire. A successful track record of conducting at the university level along with the ability to determine program effectiveness through student assessment is preferred. The candidate must have a record of successful university-level program building, experience with all levels (elementary through high school) of public school music programs, and demonstrated abilities in recruiting and retaining undergraduate and graduate students. The candidate should possess superior administrative and organization skills. The candidate must show evidence of an ongoing commitment to advancing the profession as reflected in an active conducting agenda, including a promising record of performances. Evidence of commitment to university and community collaborations is desirable including experience conducting ensembles for opera and musical theater productions.


Review of applications will begin on September 14, 2016 and continue until the position is filled. Applicants should apply via Interfolio.

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 requirement 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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