The Music Department in the College of Liberal Arts at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, is seeking applications for a full-time (academic year or 12-month) Department Chair who will provide innovative leadership with appointment at the rank of Associate or Full Professor, to begin September 12, 2022. The position is tenure track with the possibility for tenure to be granted at the time of appointment.
This position carries both teaching and administrative duties. The administrative assignment is for an initial period of three years, renewable at the Dean’s discretion. Academic rank and salary will be commensurate with the selected candidate’s qualifications and experience.
The Department Chair reports to the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and is responsible for the operation of the department, including budgeting, staffing, scheduling, and supervision and mentoring of faculty. The chair will guide the department toward a strategic, unifying vision, will work with the department to develop and implement strategies for recruitment and retention of music majors, and will partner with the college's development officer on direct fundraising. The ideal candidate will be an inspiring leader who is committed to fostering an equitable, inclusive, and innovative learning environment, who has experience working with varied groups of people representing multiple areas of music study, and who is dedicated to engaging with students, faculty, staff, and alumni in developing collaborations with other departments and interdisciplinary initiatives across the College of Liberal Arts and beyond.
Cal Poly is committed to the artist-teacher and teacher-scholar models, in which faculty are expected to be excellent teachers, engage professionally and artistically in their field, and provide service to the Department, College and University. Faculty also engage in student mentoring and advising.
At California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. Bringing people together from different backgrounds, experiences and value systems fosters the innovative and creative thinking that exemplifies Cal Poly’s values of free inquiry, cultural and intellectual diversity, mutual respect, civic engagement, and social and environmental responsibility. Cal Poly's commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. California Polytechnic State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.
DMA or PhD in a music performance or music academic area; five or more years of exceptional university teaching; demonstrated experience in effective administrative and strategic leadership within academia; distinguished record of accomplishment commensurate with the rank of a tenured Associate or Full Professor in performance, creative activity, and/or scholarly achievement; and evidence of supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).
Demonstrated experience and commitment to student-centered learning and teaching, as well as the ability to collaboratively work in multidisciplinary settings is required. Demonstrated proficiency in written and oral use of the English language is required.
Experience with fundraising, budget planning, and personnel management; experience with recruitment and retention of music majors; experience with the National Association of Schools of Music accreditation process; and successful collaborations with entities outside the university (e.g., community partners, professional arts organizations).
Preference will be given to those with experience in working with diverse populations and fostering a collaborative, supportive and inclusive environment. Preference will also be given to those with relevant work experience and those who bring professional capabilities.
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 requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.
Following a conditional offer of employment, a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate may start work with Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may result in the withdrawal of the offer of employment. Note: Cal Poly cannot deny an applicant a position solely or in part due to a criminal conviction history until it has performed an individualized assessment and linked the relevant conviction history with specific job duties in the position being sought.
Please note: Current employees who are offered positions on campus will be required to undergo a background check for any position where a background check is required by law or that Cal Poly has designated as sensitive. Sensitive positions are those requiring heightened scrutiny of individuals holding the position based on potential for harm to children, concerns for the safety and security of people, animals, or property, or heightened risk of financial loss to Cal Poly or individuals in the university community.
For health and well-being, Cal Poly is a smoke & tobacco-free campus. The university is committed to promoting a healthy environment for all members of our community.
CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at CSU Vaccination Policy and questions may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit http://jobs.calpoly.edu/ to complete the required online faculty application and submit to Job #507398. Please attach to your online application the following required materials: cover letter, curriculum vitae, names and contact information for at least three professional references, evidence of teaching effectiveness and teaching evaluations, unofficial copies of transcripts, and a statement of diversity and inclusion.
In the diversity statement, applicants must include a statement of demonstrated commitment to DEI in teaching, scholarship/creative activity, and/or service, describing past experience, contributions to DEI efforts, the impact on students, faculty, staff and/or your field, and a description of how you will demonstrate a commitment in these areas in teaching, scholarship/creative activity, and/or service at Cal Poly (upload under ‘other’). Cal Poly will directly solicit letters from the three professional references listed by applicants.
Sealed official transcripts showing highest degree earned will be required prior to appointment.
This position is open until filled. REVIEW BEGIN DATE: January 10, 2022. Applicants with complete files by the review begin date will be given full consideration.
Applicants may also send specific position queries to the search chair, Meredith Brammeier, at email@example.com.
ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT
Currently, the Music Department has eight tenured or tenure-track professors, one full-time lecturer, nine part-time lecturers, five staff members, and twenty part-time applied music faculty. The department is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and serves approximately 60 majors and 90 minors. The department’s website is: https://music.calpoly.edu/.
At California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees, and our community. Bringing people together from different backgrounds and experiences fosters the innovative and creative thinking that exemplifies Cal Poly’s values of free inquiry and reflection on impacts of cultural context, mutual respect, civic engagement, and social and environmental responsibility. Cal Poly's commitment to DEI informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. California Polytechnic State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.
This Music Department Chair search will occur at the same time as a university‐wide cluster of searches designed to increase curricular coverage of areas related to DEI, as well as to promote inclusive and equity-minded teaching strategies across the university. If the successful Music Department Chair candidate's research overlaps with DEI-related topics, there will be an opportunity to join and support these university efforts.