Tenure Track Faculty - Jazz Studies

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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 Jazz Studies


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. For more information about this department, visit:

The Sacramento State School of Music supports and strives to fulfill Sacramento State’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, 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  


The School of Music at seeks an Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies. Sacramento State is searching for an innovative pedagogue for a full-time, tenure-track position in Jazz Studies beginning in August 2023. The successful candidate will demonstrate the potential to successfully serve a highly diverse population of undergraduate and graduate students as a progressive, inclusive, and creative educator and to teach a wide range of academic jazz classes. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


  • Courses taught will be assigned from the following based on the candidate’s qualifications: directing large and small jazz ensembles; teaching courses in jazz arranging I & II, jazz improvisation I & II, jazz theory, jazz pedagogy, and jazz piano.
  • Teach applied lessons on the candidate’s primary instrument.
  • Develop innovative, inclusive, and responsive curricula addressing the needs of diverse learners based on the strengths and interests of the candidate and the needs of the School of Music.
  • Demonstrate the potential to maintain an established and active track record as a performer, recording artist, and composer/arranger at the national level.
  • Recruit students and potential faculty and staff colleagues from diverse backgrounds.
  • Organize on-campus concerts, jazz festival operations; travel to regional festivals and conferences; collaborate with other areas and departments.
  • Serve in various faculty roles including committee assignments for the School of Music, College of Arts & Letters, and the University.
  • Create inclusive learning environments, actively engage the campus and Sacramento communities, and participate in cross-disciplinary work.


  • Earned Master’s Degree in Music by the time of appointment.
  • Strong jazz ensemble directing background with a minimum of three years teaching at the college level.
  • Evidence of potential to become a successful jazz performer and jazz composer at the national level.
  • Ability to work with a diverse student population and to embrace cultural diversity in his/her/their work.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with colleagues.
  • Ability and willingness to serve on School of Music, College of Arts and Letters, 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.
  • Demonstrated success as an established jazz performer, recording artist, and composer/arranger at the national level.
  • Demonstrated success in developing, maintaining, and administering a comprehensive and innovative undergraduate jazz studies program.
  • Demonstrated success teaching jazz arranging, jazz improvisation, jazz theory, jazz pedagogy, jazz piano class, and private lessons on the candidate’s primary instrument.
  • Evidence of strong demonstrated potential and interest in student recruitment, community outreach, leadership with public school music educators, and cooperative work with colleagues.
  • Demonstrated potential to serve students from historically underrepresented backgrounds such as women, first-generation college students, BIPOC students, students with disability, and students with intersectional identities through teaching and mentoring.


Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2022; position remains open until filled.

Applicant materials must include: 1) a letter of interest indicating Assistant Professor of Music/Jazz Studies; 2) a detailed curriculum vitae listing qualifications and teaching experience; 3) a diversity statement; 4) sample syllabi; 5) a portfolio with links to audio and/or video performances, and 6) the names, titles, and telephone numbers of at least three professional references who may be contacted. Examples of scholarly work may be requested after the initial review of applications. 


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 1,800 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 .

Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act and Campus Fire Safety Right-To-know Act Notification:

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.

Background Check Disclaimer
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

Out of State Employment

Per CSU-wide policy (HR2021-04), all faculty who will begin initial employment (or return from a 12-month break in service) on or after January 1, 2022 are required to perform their work from within the State of California. Faculty hired prior to January 1, 2022 must be available to perform work in the State of California if their assignment is in-person.

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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