California, USA
Columbia College
Instructor of Music

Columbia College is seeking a full-time, tenure track faculty member in Music who will share the college’s commitment to educating its diverse student population. The college currently serves over 4,000 students annually through on-campus, off-campus, and online learning opportunities and is committed to promoting equitable outcomes amongst its diverse population by identifying and addressing gaps in student performance.

This commitment has led to initiatives supporting veterans, foster youth, incarcerated and formerly incarcerated students, Native Americans, students with disabilities, and students from other traditionally underrepresented backgrounds. Through these efforts, the college is serving an increasing number of students from diverse backgrounds. The college is also fully engaged in providing comprehensive student support services and developing innovative pedagogical techniques to improve equity and overall student success. The college seeks excellent instructors who are committed to helping the college promote and attain these goals.


The Instructor of Music will lead the department as the sole full-time faculty member who collaborates with part-time faculty and actively participates on college committees. The teaching assignment for the position is very broad and could include a combination of courses such as music theory, ensembles, general education courses, and/or specific music major course work. Unique to the position is the opportunity to recruit and build a music program at the college and within the greater community. The charisma and virtuosity of the successful candidate will help draw and retain music students and lifelong learners alike to the college. In addition, community outreach, performance events, and leadership within the music community are integral for student and program success.

All full-time faculty are expected to participate actively in their disciplines, department activities, and the general intellectual life and governance of the college. Part of the teaching assignment may be online, in the evening, and/or on Saturdays. Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:
• Teaching lower division college courses in Music such as the following: general education, music theory, instrumental/vocal music performance groups (ensembles, and specific music major coursework.
• Promoting the program on campus and within the greater community.
• Coordinating and hosting music events and/or performances.
• Advancing equitable student learning through dedicated, exemplary instruction in accordance with established course outlines and evidence-based teaching practices.
• Informing students of course requirements, evaluation procedures, and attendance requirements.
• Preparing and grading class assignments and examinations and informing students of their academic progress.
• Maintaining attendance, scholastic, and other records and submitting them according to published policies and deadlines.
• Provide letters of recommendation to students as appropriate
• Support students in their development, including academic program, transfer, and career options
• Participating in department, division, and college-wide meetings and committees on a regular basis.
• Posting and holding sufficient and regular office hours in accordance with prevailing policy.
• Developing, implementing, and assessing student-learning outcomes for courses and programs and using the results for improvement.
• Collaborating in the development and revision of curriculum.
• Actively participating in the accreditation cycle.
• Collaborating in the development and revision of program review and engaging in program improvement initiatives.
• Participating in professional development activities, both departmental and college-wide, especially in connection to statewide initiatives.
• Engaging in data inquiry and self-assessment to develop strategies for student success, persistence, and equity.
• Maintaining current knowledge in the subject matter area and effective teaching/learning strategies.
• Maintaining appropriate standards of professional conduct and ethics.
• Engaging in the college’s participatory governance processes.
• Perform other duties as assigned.


Master’s in music OR Bachelor’s in music AND Master’s in humanities OR the equivalent

Determined by California State Chancellor’s Office. Click link below for discipline-applicable Minimum Qualifications: https://www.cccco.edu/-/media/CCCCO-Website/About-Us/Divisions/Educational-Services-and-Support/Academic-Affairs/What-we-do/Curriculum-and-Instruction-Unit/Minimum-Qualifications/updated_cccco_2020_report_min_qualifications-a11y.pdf?la=en&hash=976FF09D36A5141E9710046EFF9CEC13F5AC80E7

The District has adopted equivalency procedures which enables applications by individuals not possessing qualifications listed above. For more information on equivalency go to: www.yosemite.edu Choose: Human Resources, Choose: HR Forms & Documents, Choose: Equivalency Policy and Procedures. When requesting equivalency, attach an equivalency form to your letter of interest.

Knowledge of and ability to appraise the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds of community college students. Sensitivity to the needs, problems and challenges associated with the diversity of the community college student population.

• Mobility: ability to sit or stand for long periods, move about an office, and reach above and below desk level.
• Dexterity: fine manipulation sufficient to operate a keyboard, handle individual papers, write and take notes.
• Lifting: occasional lifting of papers, files, equipment and material weighing up to 25 pounds.
• Visual Requirements: close vision sufficient to read files, documents, and computer screens and do close-up work; ability to adjust focus frequently.
• Hearing/Talking: ability to hear normal speech, speak and hear on the telephone, and speak in person.
• Emotional/Psychological Factors: ability to make decisions and concentrate; frequent contact with others including some public contact; frequent deadlines and time-limited assignments.

• Education and/or experience in teaching Music at the community college level.
• Current knowledge of implementing effective strategies to teach music theory.
• Emphasis in Jazz and popular music (also including, but not limited to, Country, R&B, and Latin Salsa).
• Ability to accompany instrumentalists and vocalists on the piano, while teaching.
• Ability to teach guitar and other stringed instruments.
• Instrumentalist who can also teach vocal.
• Current knowledge of home and/or small studio recording and production.
• Knowledge of trends in emerging media and technology.
• Current understanding of assessment processes for improving student success at the course, program, and degree level.
• Competency in current pedagogies, such as accelerated learning, supplemental instruction, online or hybrid teaching, and other strategies directed at improving student success and student equity.

• Robust commitment to developing collaborations, relationships, and partnerships on campus and within the greater music communities.
• Ability to successfully recruit, build, and maintain a program.
• Ability to develop curriculum or services that stress innovation and improve student equity.
• Enthusiasm for teaching and learning.
• Commitment to supportive relationships with students and colleagues.
• Capable of instructing using teaching methods that accommodate diverse students.
• Ability to operate effectively in an environment of change and ambiguity.
• Vision and energy to plan and organize improvements for student success.
• Willingness to participate effectively in shared governance and to work collaboratively.
• Personal qualifications, such as effective interpersonal communication skills, participation in community affairs, and ability to conduct effective public presentations.
• Willingness to examine and remediate one’s instructional, relational, classroom, and workplace practices to more effectively engage issues of equity.

Placement on the Yosemite Community College District salary schedule dependent upon education and experience. 2021-2022 Salary Schedule – $62,910 to $117,437 per year, plus an annual $2,643 stipend for an earned doctorate.

Applications are accepted online only at: https://www.yosemite.edu/recruitment/employmentopportunities/

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Please note: The District does not integrate with the third party service of Interfolio; therefore, reference letters must be submitted along with the application documents required.

Only online application packets will be accepted including:
• YCCD Administrative online application
• Resume
• Personal letter of interest
• Unofficial Transcripts

See original job posting at: https://yosemite.peopleadmin.com/postings/5062


Placement on the Yosemite Community College District salary schedule dependent upon education and experience. New personnel limited to a maximum third step initial placement based on previous experience.

The District currently pays for a number of health options for the employee and dependents. Employees may elect to pay a premium for a higher health option. Vision care and dental insurance premiums for the employee and dependents is District paid. Income protection and life insurance premiums for the employee are also District paid.

Columbia College is located in the foothills of the picturesque Sierra Nevada and serves all of Tuolumne County, approximately one half of Calaveras County, and part of Stanislaus County. The college is located on 280 acres of forestland in California’s historic Motherlode Gold Country and is described as one of the state’s most beautiful community colleges. With a variety of natural wonders nearby, including Yosemite National Park, the area attracts outdoor enthusiasts throughout all four seasons. There is a lively art and entertainment scene that includes music, theater, concerts, festivals, wine tasting, and cultural events. The region, rich in culture, offers a small-town feel, unique way of living, strong sense of community, and the opportunity to work where you play.