Professional Studies and Fine Arts

Professional Studies and Fine Arts



Full-time, tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor.


The successful candidate will be responsible for the artistic development and administration of all aspects of the San Diego State University choral program. Responsibilities will include conducting chamber and large choral ensembles; instructing undergraduate and graduate conducting and choral literature; advising; and other teaching duties that match the candidate’s qualifications and background, as well as the School of Music and Dance’s programmatic needs. The Director of Choral Studies will be expected to provide leadership in creating strong relationships with public school, community college, university, and choral professionals throughout the San Diego region, the state, and the nation. The successful candidate will be expected to recruit outstanding students to SDSU’s voice, opera, conducting, and other vocal arts programs. Active and sustained involvement in professional growth beyond the university is expected, as is participation in appropriate faculty committees and governance. The Director of Choral Studies will maintain effective and collaborative relationships with studio, opera, music education, and ensemble conducting colleagues.


A terminal degree (doctorate) in music is preferred. Candidates with a Master degree in in an appropriate field of music will be considered if combined with evidence of extensive, professional choral experience and accomplishment. The successful candidate will possess the highest artistic abilities, exemplary choral conducting skills, and evidence of or potential for successful choral teaching in a university setting. Applicants are expected to exhibit a comprehensive and current knowledge of diverse choral repertoire, effective rehearsal techniques, and strong pedagogical skills. A record of or potential for successful program building, outstanding skills in recruiting and retaining undergraduate and graduate students, demonstrated abilities as an adjudicator and/or clinician, and superior administrative skills is expected. Experience working with K-12 music programs and directing middle school or high school vocal ensembles is preferred.


SDSU is committed to inclusion and diversity, as represented in the institutional strategic plan, Building on Excellence. As part of this commitment, this position may be eligible for the SDSU Building on Inclusive Excellence (BIE) hiring program, which creates additional faculty lines for schools or departments that hire candidates who meet two or more of the following criteria;

  • is engaged in service with underrepresented populations in higher education;
  • demonstrates knowledge of barriers for underrepresented students and faculty in higher education;
  • has experience or demonstrated commitment to teaching and mentoring underrepresented students;
  • integrates understanding of underrepresented populations and communities into research;
  • extends knowledge of how to achieve artistic or scholarly success as a member of an underrepresented group;
  • is committed to research (including creative activities) that engages underrepresented communities;
  • shows expertise in cross-cultural communication and collaboration; and
  • has research interests (including creative activities) that contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education.

To be considered for one of these additional BIE hires, candidates should identify in their cover letter how they meet two or more of the criteria. For more information about the BIE program, visit SDSU’s website:


Screening of applications will begin February 8, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled. The following, required application materials must be submitted directly to the search committee Chair (contact information provided below):

  • cover letter, explicitly addressing how the candidate meets the required (and possibly preferred) criteria, and including, if appropriate, specific references to Building on Inclusive Excellence criteria (see above);
  • current curriculum vita;
  • list of five to seven persons most familiar with the candidate’s skills, including complete contact information (at minimum, email and phone; mobile phone number preferred, if available);
  • a video or multiple videos totaling 20-30 minutes of recently recorded material, demonstrating the candidate’s rehearsal techniques. Applicants are expected to include, either as titles in the videos themselves or in a document submitted with application materials, the dates of these rehearsals and/or performances. The majority of this footage should capture the conductor facing the camera. Applicants may also submit up to two additional digital recordings of unedited, non-commercial, live performances demonstrating their conducting skills and musicianship. Videos including multiple rehearsals or performances must include selection titles and chapter markers placed at the beginning of each selection, so that reviewers can easily navigate from piece to piece. Applicant is responsible for ensuring that videos are readily accessible and play back appropriately, regardless of computer platform (Mac, PC, etc.) or browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer, etc.); and
  • sample performance or concert programs.

Please submit application materials via SDSU’s Interfolio portal: Please submit a Word document (.doc or .docx) or Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) file containing links to video materials that are immediately and reliably available via YouTube, Vimeo, or other similar online resource.

February 8, 2019


    • Dr. Shannon Kitelinger
      Chair, Director of Choral Studies Search Committee
      School of Music and Dance
      San Diego State University
      5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego, CA 92182.
      (619) 594-1779


The School of Music and Dance offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in music (BA, BM, MM, and the Advanced Graduate Artist Diploma) and dance (BA, BFA). The School enrolls over 325 majors and serves thousands of SDSU students in other majors each academic year through its general education courses, performing ensemble opportunities, and public performances. The comprehensive professional curricula are delivered by 18 full-time, 37 part-time, and 14 studio instructors.

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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, which 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 (more information is provided below). The College actively seeks applications from candidates whose professional interests align with SDSU’s and PSFA’s strategic goals, who will sustain excellence in their research and creative endeavors, promote student success, and continue to advance our commitment to diversity.



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 over 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 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.

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

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