Position Rank and Title: Assistant Professor of Voice and Opera
School/Department Name: School of Music
Compensation: Commensurate with qualifications, experience, and rank as established by the CSU Salary Schedule. Anticipated hiring academic year annual salary range: $85,000-$90,000. See Benefits Summary for details about the CSU’s excellent employment benefits.
Target Start Date: August, 2024
Application Deadline: December 1, 2023 (Applications accepted until position is filled or closed)
The SJSU School of Music is seeking an Assistant Professor of Voice and Opera to lead our nationally recognized and highly visible vocal and opera program. Teaching responsibilities include vocal instruction at the undergraduate and graduate levels, stage direction of select dramatic works, and related courses in voice and opera.
San José State University, founded in 1857, is the oldest public institution of higher education on the West Coast. The School of Music has been preparing professional performers, composers, and music educators longer than any other institution in California. One of the most comprehensive music programs in the state, the School serves approximately 250 undergraduate and master’s level music majors, led by a passionate group of talented and dedicated artist-teachers. www.sjsu.edu/music
The School of Music 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. 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.
- Terminal degree (MA or MFA) by time of appointment; ABD candidates will be considered.
- Applicants must have a background in teaching voice as well as experience with staging of musical works.
- 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.
Priority will be given to candidates who possess one or more of the following:
- Candidate will possess a strong background in vocal performance and vocal pedagogy.
- Candidate has prior experience in teaching stage-centric skills to singers in collaborative settings, including genres in opera and/or musical theatre.
- Candidate will maintain a strong performance profile through performing, adjudicating, and other related activities.
- Candidate demonstrates a proven ability to empower, advocate for, and value a diverse range of students with different identities and experiences.
- Candidate articulates a creative vision for building an innovative curriculum that caters to a diverse student body with varied identities and backgrounds, encompassing a wide range of educational opportunities and career pathways.
- Faculty experience at the university level will be taken into consideration.
- Teach individual lessons to undergraduate and graduate voice students.
- Direct regularly scheduled small- and large-scale musical productions —inclusive of genres that feature singing actors— in collaboration with faculty colleagues featuring students in the music program.
- Actively recruit and retain vocal students.
- Liaise and collaborate with ensemble colleagues in choral and chamber music.
- Assist in supervising instructors in the vocal area.
- Service responsibilities include advisement and contributing to the music program in areas reflective of the candidate's strengths, including participation in the growth, development, and administration of the program and School.
- The candidate will participate in shared governance, usually in department, 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.
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.
Faculty employees must complete CSU employee training as assigned and required based on their role (e.g., Data Security, FERPA, Preventing Discrimination and Harassment, Title IX, Health and Safety). The President may recommend or require compliance with safety measures that decrease the likelihood of COVID-19 transmission or illness and allows the core mission and activities of the campus to continue.
Select 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
- creative and research agenda
- a document with links to video excerpts of at least three separate live performances
- three references with contact information
Inquiries may be directed to the Fred Cohen, Director, School of Music. Fred.Cohen@sjsu.edu
The work for this faculty position is located in the State of California and requires commuting to the campus. Employment is contingent upon US residence and proof of eligibility to work in the United States. 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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