Tenure Track Faculty- Music Theory and Composition

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Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: Sacramento
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Fine/Performing Arts, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time

COLLEGE: Arts & Letters

DEPARTMENT: School of Music

POSITION TITLE: Assistant Professor of Theory and Composition


The Sacramento State School of Music is a tightly knit community of experienced, accomplished, and passionate teachers, performers, conductors, composers, scholars, and support staff. Its students receive a comprehensive and rigorous music education while enjoying the many benefits of studying in a major liberal arts institution. 


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. 


• 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. 


• 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. 


Review of applications begins on December 15, 2021; position remains open until filled. 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 


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, as well as our Anchor University Initiative at  


About Sacramento State

Sacramento State is located in the heart of California’s capital city, five miles from State Capitol. The lush, 300-acre campus is situated along the American River, close to numerous bike trails and other recreational areas. Sacramento, also known as the “Farm-to-Fork Capital,” is one of the most ethnically diverse and livable cities in the country, with a population of half of a million. Sacramento State’s 31,000 students come not only from the Greater Sacramento Region, but also from across the state, country, and world. Our 1800 faculty and 1,500 staff are committed to meeting our mission: “As California’s capital university, we transform lives by preparing students for leadership, service, and success. Sacramento State will be a recognized leader in education, innovation, and engagement.” As the regional hub of higher education, Sacramento State is dedicated to student success, diversity, equity and inclusion, community engagement, philanthropy, and campus safety

As evidenced by the values embedded in our Hornet Honor Code, Sacramento State is committed to creating an inclusive environment where all faculty, staff, students, and guests are welcome and valued.  Our commitment is more than simply ensuring that our campus is free from bias and discrimination, but is one devoted to celebrating many diverse identities, life experiences, and perspectives that enrich our community, teaching and learning. 

To learn more about why you should join the Hornet Family, please visit the Why Sac State? page.

Equal Employment Opportunity
California State University, Sacramento is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. Sacramento State hires only those individuals who are lawfully authorized to accept employment in the United States.

It is the policy of California State University, Sacramento to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified persons with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment. If you need a disability related reasonable accommodation as part of the application and/or interviewing process, visit .

The University is committed to creating an education and working environment free from discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. For more information on mandatory training for new employees, visit .

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Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the current Annual Security Report (ASR) is available for viewing at .
The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and sexual assault prevention information, and drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery Act crimes for Sacramento State for the last three (3) calendar years. Paper copies are available upon request at the Police Service Center located in the University Union.

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A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with California State University, Sacramento. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current California State University, Sacramento employees who apply for the position.

COVID-19 Vaccine Certification Information:

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 currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at

Eligibility Verification
Candidate will be required to provide official transcripts of their highest degree earned and must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.. California State University, Sacramento is a sponsoring agency ( ie. H-1-B Visa).

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