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Assistant Professor - Ethnomusicology

Apply now Job no: 519892
Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: San José
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Fine/Performing Arts, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time


Position Rank and Title: Assistant Professor of Music

School/Department Name: School of Music and Dance

Compensation: Commensurate with qualifications, experience, and rank as established by the CSU Salary Schedule. See Benefits Summary for details about the CSU’s excellent employment benefits.

Target Start Date: August 17, 2023

Application Deadline: February 6, 2023 - extended date - (Applications accepted until filled or closed) 

Position Description

The School of Music and Dance at SJSU seeks an interdisciplinary scholar who can advance our focus on music and Chicanx, Latinx, and/or Afro-Latinx cultures. Scholar/performers who are ready to direct an ensemble, such as SJSU’s Mariachi Oroazul, are especially welcome to apply. The successful candidate will be a scholar in the early stages of their career and will be responsible for advanced courses in ethnomusicology and Chicanx, Latinx, and Afro-musics, directed toward upper-level and graduate students. They will also cover an introductory survey, aimed at the general student population, in Chicanx, Latinx, and Afro-musics.

Our School of Music family includes 15 tenured / tenure-track faculty, 65 lecturers, 7 staff, and over 350 students.  Rated #1 in the nation by GreatValue Colleges, the Music Program is accredited by the National Association of School of Music, and offers a range of professional undergraduate degrees including Music Education and Performance, a liberal arts BA, and a number of professional MM degrees, including Music History. The School has long been engaged in social justice through the arts, offering a String Project focused underserved communities and many outreach activities that enhance music education for urban communities in the Bay Area.  Home of the Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies, the School actively promotes original scholarship and creative activities that engage with and enhance our region’s quality of life.  The Music Program is one of several professional arts disciplines within the College of Humanities and the Arts, including the Departments of Art and Art History, Design, and Theater and Film.  Multi-disciplinary collaboration is highly valued and encouraged.

We are looking for colleagues who are dedicated to critically engaging in their teaching and research, who see strength in the diversity of our student community, and who are committed to challenging themselves and the School as we seek to grow and strengthen our work. This position is an excellent opportunity for scholar/performers/teachers whose work aligns with Somos SJSU, our campus’s Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) framework, or who may be interested in joining a cohort of HSI faculty fellows who engage in professional development in support of Latinx student success.

The School of Music and Dance and San José State University value diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. Our excellence in research, teaching, and service can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and staff who share our commitment to these values. The successful applicant will join a vibrant community of scholars across campus who are engaged in student success and enhancing the University’s HSI status.

SJSU enrolls more than 36,000 students, many of whom are historically underserved, and around 45% are first-generation and 38% are Pell-recipients. SJSU is a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander (AANAPISI) Serving Institution. The university’s commitment to social justice extends from its vibrant, inclusive campus to an international network of over 275,000 alumni. As such, San José State is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty so our disciplines, students, and the community can benefit from multiple ethnic and gender perspectives.

Successful candidates will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to equity and inclusion through their research, teaching, and/or service. We ask that all applicants include a Diversity Statement with their application package. A guide to writing this statement can be found at SJSU Diversity Statement Guidelines, along with information about how these statements will be evaluated.

Required Qualifications

  • A Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology, Musicology, or equivalent, completed by the first day of employment.
  • Applicants must also be conversant with emerging musicological research and teaching methods and effectively use current pedagogical technologies.
  • Applicants should demonstrate an awareness of and sensitivity to the educational goals of a socially and economically diverse student population as might have been gained in cross-cultural study, training, teaching, and other comparable experience.


Preferred Qualifications

We are interested in candidates whose specialties could lead to collaborations with faculty and organizations within the School of Music and Dance, across the University, and in the larger metropolitan area, especially within the overwhelmingly Latinx/Afro-Latinx communities of San José.

Also of interest are scholar/performers ready to direct an ensemble.

Key Responsibilities

  • The candidate will participate in shared governance 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, abilities, cultural background, ethnicity, religion, economic background, primary language, sexual orientation, gender identity, and academic preparation – through inclusive course materials, teaching strategies and advisement.

Other Duties

Note that all San José 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.

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act) and CSU systemwide policy, some faculty duties may lead to designation as a Campus Security Authority (CSA). CSAs are required to complete Clery Act training and to immediately report Clery incidents to the institution.

Application Procedure

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

  • letter of interest
  • curriculum vitae
  • diversity statement
  • statement of teaching interests/philosophy
  • research plans
  • three references with contact information or three reference letters
  • Inquiries may be directed to Dr. Fred Cohen, Director, School of Music and Dance.

Conditional Offer

Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States. Proof of immunization against COVID-19 or proof of a medical or religious exemption and compliance with testing protocols is required for employment. Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. SJSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current employee who was conditionally offered the position.

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Located in the heart of Silicon Valley — one of the most innovative regions in the world — San José State University is the founding campus of the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system and the first public university in the West. Recognized as a leading transformative educational institution, San José State is an essential partner in the technological, economic, cultural, and social development of Silicon Valley, the Bay Area, and California. SJSU is a top-200 school nationally in research funding and second highest in research productivity in the CSU system. Cutting-edge research, world-class scholarship, student-centered learning, diverse communities, and commitment to social justice, allow SJSU to provide life-changing opportunities and advance the public good locally and globally.

Equal Employment Statement

San José State University prohibits discrimination on the basis of Age, Ancestry, Caste, Color, Disability, Ethnicity, Gender, Gender Expression, Gender Identity, Genetic Information, Marital Status, Medical Condition, Military Status, Nationality, Race, Religion, Religious Creed, Sex, Sexual Orientation, Sex Stereotype, and Veteran Status. This policy applies to all San José 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 José 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.

Campus Security and Fire Safety Notification

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the Annual Security Report (ASR) is also now available for viewing at The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and Sexual Assault prevention information, and information about drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery crimes for San José State University locations for the three most recent calendar years. A paper copy of the ASR is available upon request by contacting the Office of the Clery Director by phone at 408-924-1501 or by email at

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