Professional Studies and Fine Arts

Professional Studies and Fine Arts


The School of Music and Dance is seeking a full-time, assistant professor in a tenure track position with expertise in General/Choral Music Education.


The position requires the candidate to work collaboratively, teach, supervise, recruit, and manage all aspects of the undergraduate general/choral music education program. Teaching responsibilities will include Music Education practicum courses, Music Literature for Children, courses in music for elementary education majors, and other teaching duties that match the candidate’s qualifications, background, and interest. The candidate is expected to recruit outstanding students to the music program with preference to experience working with underrepresented populations. It is expected that the candidate maintain active and collaborative relationships with the public schools, community colleges, and university music education programs throughout the county 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 school governance.


A terminal degree in Music or Music Education is required. The successful candidate will possess teaching and research abilities at the highest level as well as comprehensive and current knowledge of music education pedagogy. Emphasis in general music methods and approaches (K-8), choral music leadership (K-12), and background in music and integrated arts curriculum for classroom teachers is required. A successful track record of music education teaching at the university level along with the ability to determine program effectiveness through student assessment is required. The candidate must have extensive experience with all levels (elementary through high school) of public school music programs, and demonstrated abilities in recruiting and retaining undergraduate students. Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate experience working with students from underrepresented populations. 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 music education research agenda, including a promising record of publications. Evidence of commitment to university and community collaborations is desirable including experience leading partnerships with all levels of public school music.


Assistant Professor, Tenure-Track

Salary commensurate with credentials and experience


Applicants for the Music Education General/Choral position should apply via Interfolio at

Please submit the following required applications materials to Michael Gerdes, Chair, Music Education Search Committee:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Three current letters of recommendation that address the candidate’s qualifications for this position
  • Reference list of five individuals familiar with the candidate’s professional experience (please include updated contact information)
  • Three to five video clips available via an online source (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.). Each of these video clips should contain 15-30 minutes that demonstrate the candidate’s teaching skills and interactions with students in a variety of public school or university settings including rehearsals if appropriate


Review of applications for this position will begin on October 1st, 2018, and continue until the position is filled. Evidence of the terminal degree should be in-hand at the start of the appointment.


The San Diego State University Music Education Program trains undergraduate music majors to prepare them to enter the Credential Program in Music. This “fifth year” is a student teaching year and part of the State of California requirement towards earning a K-12 Single Subject Credential in Music. The Music Education Program serves underrepresented populations throughout San Diego county and partners with many school districts including San Diego Unified School District and Sweetwater Union High School District. The program is designed to place SDSU students into music classrooms early in their undergraduate program. The Music Education Fellowship program is a scholarship program funded by donors that supports selected undergraduates as they work with mentor teachers at public school sites for two semesters prior to entering student teaching. 100% of SDSU music education majors who complete their credential obtain employment.


The School of Music and Dance offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in music (BA, BM, 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, 28 part-time, and approximately 13 studio instructors deliver comprehensive professional curricula.

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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.



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 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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