California, USA
University of California Santa Cruz
Assistant Professor

The Music Department (http://music.ucsc.edu) at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for an Assistant (tenure-track) rank position in the field of African, African-American and/or Global-African music composition, with possible additional expertise in performance, improvisation, interdisciplinary work, and music theory.

Anticipated start: July 1, 2022, with the academic year beginning in September 2022. Degree requirements must be met by June 30, 2022 for employment effective July 1, 2022. Position contingent on budgetary approval.

Department: http://music.ucsc.edu


The Music Department seeks a composer with a record of accomplishment, experience and expertise in a wide range of African, African-American, and/or Global-African traditions, approaches, modes of expression and relevant practices that may include, but are not limited to, any traditional or contemporary African musics, musics of the Global African diaspora, traditional Afro-Caribbean and jazz practices, African-American experimentalism, African-American legacies of collective improvisation, Hip Hop, and related African-American traditions in electronic or popular music. The successful candidate must be capable of teaching, mentoring, and advising in a range of topics in a graduate program in composition, and to both major and non-major undergraduates.

Other desired qualifications may include original and innovative work in these areas or other music in Africa, jazz, blues, Hip Hop, and experimental composition (spontaneous/premeditated) or improvisational traditions; work that effectively connects research and musical practices within and beyond the university.

We encourage national and international applicants from a diverse spectrum of 21st-century compositional approaches in African, Global African, and African-American traditions who are: prepared to provide instruction in both large and small classroom environments, capable of contributing significantly to graduate education and mentoring doctoral students with varying backgrounds and practices; and qualified to contribute to the Music Department’s newly redesigned undergraduate curriculum, which offers three concentrations of study--Global Musics, Western Art Music, and Contemporary Practices--as well as three minors--Electronic Music, Jazz, Spontaneous Composition and Improvisation, and Western Art Music.

We welcome candidates who understand the barriers facing traditionally underrepresented and historically excluded groups in the classroom and in higher education, who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community, and who have engaged in teaching, research, professional and/or public service contributions that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion. These can include pedagogical strategies that contribute to the advancement of access and equal opportunity in education and participation in activities that support the recruitment, retention, and success of scholars and students.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Ph.D. or D.M.A. (or an equivalent foreign degree) in Music or a related field, or six years’ professional experience that consists of a national or international record of performances, recordings and exhibitions in music venues or alternative venues engaging the general public (basic qualifications must be met at the time of application). Degree requirements expected to be completed by June 30, 2022.

Commensurate with qualifications and experience; academic year (nine-month basis)

Apply link: https://apptrkr.com/2630233

Document requirements

• Research and Artistic Statement*

• Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion* - Statement addressing your understanding of the barriers facing traditionally underrepresented groups and your past and/or future contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through teaching and professional or public service. Candidates are urged to review guidelines on statements (see https://apo.ucsc.edu/diversity.htmlhttps://apo.ucsc.edu/diversity.html) before preparing their application.

*Initial screening of candidates will be based on statements of contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion and research and artistic statement

• Cover Letter - Letter of application that briefly summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position

• Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

• Statement of Teaching - Teaching Statement that clearly outlines your teaching experience and teaching interests

• Sample of Work - Sample of your work (score, recording, writing) Please upload a PDF with a description and link to the sample work

• Sample of Work - Sample of your work (score, recording, writing) Please upload a PDF with a description and link to the sample work

• Sample of Work - Sample of your work (score, recording, writing) Please upload a PDF with a description and link to the sample work

• Sample of Work - Sample of your work (score, recording, writing) Please upload a PDF with a description and link to the sample work

• Sample of Work - Sample of your work (score, recording, writing) Please upload a PDF with a description and link to the sample work

Reference requirements

• 3-5 letters of reference required

Applications must include confidential letters of recommendation a minimum of 3 are required and a maximum of 5 will be accepted. Please note that your references, or dossier service, will submit their confidential letters** directly to the UC Recruit System.

**All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For any reference letter provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service, career center), direct the author to UCSC’s confidentiality statement at http://apo.ucsc.edu/confstm.htm.

Application Window

Review date: Monday, Nov 29, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Thursday, Jun 30, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


Help contact: aszeto@ucsc.edu


The Department of Music at UC Santa Cruz has declared an active commitment
(https://music.ucsc.edu/news/initiatives-and-commitments-toward-racial-j…) to efforts in the promotion of racial justice, both within our community and across our disciplines. We welcome candidates who can demonstrate a commitment to supporting and advancing the scholarship and creative work of Black, Brown, Indigenous communities, women, and that of other groups historically marginalized and under-represented in the classroom and in higher-education careers. Through our curriculum and our hiring priorities, we strive to cultivate diverse knowledge, social and cultural equity, and a more just and representative university environment.

The Arts Division supports faculty research through the Arts Research Institute http://artsresearch.ucsc.edu/ari/; the campus supports research and teaching with grants awarded by the Committee on Research, the Committee on Teaching, and other groups.

The campus operates on a schedule of three 11-week quarters per academic year. In accordance with the department's workload policy, music faculty members are required to offer the equivalent of 4 five-unit courses per year; advise and mentor students; actively engage in creative work and research; and actively undertake administrative service for the department, affiliated college, and University.

The chosen candidate will be expected to sign a statement representing that they are not the subject of any ongoing investigation or disciplinary proceeding at their current academic institution or place of employment, nor have they in the past ten years been formally disciplined at any academic institution/place of employment. In the event the candidate cannot make this representation, they will be expected to disclose in writing to the hiring Dean the circumstances surrounding any formal discipline that they have received, as well as any current or ongoing investigation or disciplinary process of which they are the subject. (Note that discipline includes a negotiated settlement agreement to resolve a matter related to substantiated misconduct.)

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees. Inquiries regarding the University’s equal employment opportunity policies may be directed to the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 or by phone at (831) 459-2686.

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UCSC positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check (see https://www.uscis.gov/e-verify). The university sponsors employment-based visas for nonresidents who are offered academic appointments at UC Santa Cruz (see https://apo.ucsc.edu/policy/capm/102.530.html).

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The University of California offers a competitive benefits package and a number of programs to support employee work/life balance. For information about employee benefits please visit https://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/compensation-and-benefits/inde…

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the https://policy.ucop.edu/doc/5000695/SARS-CoV-2_Covid-19. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. For new University of California employees, the applicable deadline is eight weeks after their first date of employment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.)

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