California, USA
California State University, Sacramento
Assistant Professor of Theory and Composition

Sacramento State seeks a new colleague for a full-time tenure-track position in music theory and composition beginning in August 2022. The successful candidate will contribute fresh pedagogical perspectives to an evolving, innovative curriculum that engages a diverse spectrum of music from around the world; will serve undergraduate and graduate students as a progressive, creative, collaborative, and well-rounded educator; and will be able to teach a wide range of academic courses and applied composition lessons.


• Develop and teach any of the following courses, based on the candidate’s qualifications: Music Technology; Elements of Music; Music Theory I, II, and III; Musicianship I, II, and III; Beginning Composition; Instrumentation and Arranging; Contemporary Music Theory and Musicianship; Pedagogy of Music Theory and Musicianship; Counterpoint; Graduate Music Theory; Graduate Music Theory Seminar.
• Teach applied composition lessons.
• Establish or maintain an active career as a composer in any style or medium, with recognition at the national level.
• Recruit in cooperation with colleagues.
• Serve on School of Music committees.


Required Qualifications:
• Earned master’s degree in music by the time of appointment.
• Strong background as a creative pedagogue with demonstrable potential to teach successfully at the collegiate level.
• Evidence of potential to become a successful composer at the national level.
• Ability to work with a diverse student population and to embrace cultural diversity in their work.
• Demonstrated ability to collaborate with colleagues.
• Willingness to serve on School of Music and University committees.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Earned doctorate in music by the time of appointment.
• Experience as an innovative and skilled instructor of record at the collegiate level.
• Established record as a successful composer at the national level.
• Evidence of ability to teach analysis and performance of a broad spectrum of genres, including contemporary, vernacular, and/or non-Western music.
• Experience with and ability to teach the artistic use of music technology.
• Evidence of ability to teach composition and improvisation in the classroom.
• Evidence of ability and interest in student recruitment and community outreach.


Please apply using the link on this page: https://careers.csus.edu/en-us/job/506244/tenure-track-faculty-music-theory-and-composition.

Applicants must submit:
• A letter of interest referencing the position of Assistant Professor of Music Theory and Composition;
• A detailed curriculum vitae listing your qualifications and teaching experience;
• Unofficial transcripts of highest degree or degree required for position
• A statement with examples of your commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in your teaching, mentorship, scholarship, and service;
• A statement of teaching philosophy;
• Sample syllabi;
• A portfolio containing links for audio and/or video recordings of your original music, as well as scores corresponding to those recordings; and
• The names, titles, and email addresses of at least three professional references who may be contacted. Additional materials may be requested after the initial review of applications.


Please direct specific questions about the position to Scott Perkins at scott.perkins@csus.edu.


The Sacramento State School of Music supports and strives to fulfill Sacramento State’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and to ensuring that our campus is a welcoming and inclusive place for all of our students, faculty, staff, and community members. Applicants should demonstrate through their service, teaching, and scholarship a commitment to serving women, first-generation college students, socially marginalized groups, and students with intersectional ethnic and gender identities. We seek a colleague who shows increasing competence in creating inclusive learning environments, actively engaging the campus and Sacramento communities, and participating in cross-disciplinary work. We are committed to diversifying our faculty and encourage applications from historically underrepresented groups in higher education. For more information on our values and commitments, please read our Inclusive Excellence Statement and Antiracism and Inclusive Campus Plan at https://www.csus.edu/diversity-inclusion, as well as our Anchor University Initiative at https://www.csus.edu/experience/anchor-university.