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Website Cal State University (CSU) San Jose

School of Music & Dance Summary

The School of Music & Dance at San Jos State University seeks qualified candidates for a full-time Assistant Professor of Strings with expertise in Violin and/or Viola. Candidates with experience in music education in historically underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged to apply.

San Jos State University, founded in 1857, is the oldest public institution of higher education on the West Coast. The School of Music and Dance has been preparing professional performers, composers, and music educators longer than any other school in California. Here you will find one of the most comprehensive music programs in the state, served by a passionate group of talented and dedicated artist-teachers. The SJSU School of Music and Dance is committed to providing an academic community whose members represent and embrace diverse cultures. We actively pursue cultural consciousness through substantive learning and formal, transparent policies.

This position is an excellent opportunity for performers interested in launching a career at a teaching-centered institution that is a national leader in graduating historically underserved students. SJSU has achieved both HSI (Hispanic Serving Institution) and AANAPISI (Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution) status. Moreover, 40% of our student population are first-generation and 38% are Pell-qualified. As a result, we rank #3 nationally in increasing student upward mobility.

Required Qualifications

Exceptional performance skills and evidence of successful teaching experience as an artist/teacher of violin and/or viola.

Demonstrable record of student recruitment.

Master’s or doctorate by time of appointment.

Applicants should demonstrate an awareness of and sensitivity to the educational goals of a multicultural population as might have been gained in cross-cultural study, training, teaching and other comparable experience.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience working with Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and other racially minoritized students in the classroom, and an understanding of how historical patterns of exclusion of these groups within higher education and the field of music shape patterns of participation and outcomes.

Willingness to examine and re-mediate one’s instructional, relational, and classroom practices to more effectively engage and support historically underserved students.


Teach applied lessons (violin, viola). Provide leadership in string music education, including leadership of the School’s String Project, and outreach to public school orchestra programs and Bay Area string education. Teach in a secondary area of expertise appropriate to the candidate’s qualifications and School needs. Secondary areas may include but are not limited to string methods, string pedagogy, chamber music, and music education.

We welcome applications from those who promote equity practices and culturally responsive pedagogy in their applied and ensemble instruction.

The candidate will participate in shared governance, usually in School, college, and university committees and other service assignments.

The candidate must demonstrate awareness and experience understanding the needs of a student population of great diversity – in age, cultural background, ethnicity, primary language and academic preparation – through inclusive course materials, teaching strategies and advisement.

Compensation – Commensurate with qualifications and experience. See Benefits Summary for details.

Starting Date – August 2, 2021

Eligibility – Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States.

Application Procedure

Click Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Application and attach the following documents:

Letter of interest
Curriculum vitae
Statement of teaching interests/philosophy (2 pages) that describes what role faculty play in student success
Statement of creative/scholarly plans (2 pages) that addresses the relationship of creative and/or scholarly work to the classroom and teaching
Diversity statement (2 pages) that discusses best strategies for supporting students historically marginalized in Music
Three references with contact information (no letters at this time)

Additional materials may be requested at a later date.

Inquires may be directed to Dr. Fred Cohen, Director, SJSU School of Music and Dance: …

The University

San Jos State University enrolls over 35,700 students, a significant percentage of whom are members of minority groups. As such, this position is for scholars interested in a career at a national leader in graduating URM students. The University is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty so our disciplines, students, and the community can benefit from multiple ethnic and gender perspectives.
Located in downtown San Jos (Pop. 1,000,000) in the heart of Silicon Valley, SJSU is part of one of the most innovative regions in the world. As Silicon Valley’s public university, SJSU combines dynamic teaching, research, and university-industry experiences to prepare students to address the biggest problems facing society. SJSU is a member of the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system.

Equal Employment Statement

San Jos State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. This policy applies to all San Jos State University students, faculty, and staff as well as University programs and activities. Reasonable accommodations are made for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose. Note that all San Jos State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Additional Information

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.

Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

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