(Tenure-Track) Assistant Professor – Coordinator of Music Education

Sonoma State University
Sonoma State University’s beautiful 274-acre campus is located in Sonoma County wine country, an hour north of San Francisco.
The approximate salary range for this position is: $67,000 - $74,000
Posted On:
November 3, 2017


We seek a dynamic and collaborative educator to join our faculty as Coordinator of Music Education and Assistant Professor of Music, a full time, tenure-track position in the Department of Music at Sonoma State University.

The primary duties of the positon involve managing all aspects of the undergraduate music education program, advising undergraduate majors, teaching courses in the music education curriculum including methods and pedagogy courses, and working with the School of Education to coordinate student teacher placements and supervision. In addition, we seek a candidate with a strong background in jazz who has the ability to teach courses in jazz improvisation and pedagogy. The Music Department may assign additional teaching responsibilities according to the department’s needs and the abilities and interests of the candidate.

The Coordinator of Music Education is expected to be active in the field by establishing and maintaining relationships with Bay Area school music programs, and through involvement and leadership in state and national music education organizations. The Coordinator will serve as the advisor for the SSU Music Education Club, our NAfME Collegiate chapter.

In addition to teaching and scholarship, faculty are expected to engage in academic advising and departmental recruiting efforts; assist the department with program assessment; complete administrative and/or committee work; and serve on campus-wide committees.

To be recommended for appointment, the candidate must have a PhD or DMA in Music Education. We are most interested in driven and passionate candidates who possess the philosophy that music is a vital necessity and the ability to communicate such passion in a creative and energizing approach. We seek a candidate with outstanding musicianship skills, substantial relevant experience at the university level, and a proven track record of public school teaching at the elementary/secondary levels. The successful candidate will be able to deliver curriculum that prepares music education students to teach music in a variety of traditional and emerging settings.


To be recommended for tenure, the candidate must demonstrate satisfactory performance in four areas:

- teaching effectiveness

- scholarship, research, creative achievement and professional development

- service to the University

- public service and service to the community. Revised 9/2017 Faculty Affairs in the Office of the Provost

Although tenure may be granted at any time, contract provisions specify that "the normal period of probation shall be a total of six (6) years of full-time probationary service and credited service, if any. Any deviation from the normal six (6) year probationary period shall be the decision of the President following his/her consideration of recommendations from the department or equivalent unit and appropriate administrator(s).” Tenure is required for promotion above the level of Associate Professor.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, go to www.sonoma.edu/jobs and select Job Opportunities. If you are not currently employed at Sonoma State University, select the External Applicants box. You will be redirected to a list of all available jobs at Sonoma State University. Find and select the faculty position you are applying for to view the description and select Apply Now. If you have not applied for a job at Sonoma State University previously you will be asked to Register Now in order to proceed. After submitting the application letter and curriculum vitae, please proceed to My Career Tools to attach the additional required documents. Your statement of research interests may be a statement of scholarship and/or creative activity if appropriate to your discipline. PDFs are the preferred format for all submissions. Once you have submitted all materials, a confirmation email will be automatically sent to you. If you encounter difficulties during the application process, please email facultysearch@sonoma.edu. Applications submitted to the faculty search email address will not be considered, so please use the www.sonoma.edu/jobs link above.

Please submit:


  • Application letter
  • Curriculum vitae

Additional Required Documents

  • Statement of Research Interests
  • Teaching Philosophy
  • Student Evaluations, if available
  • Contact Information for three (3) References to be contacted by the committee members

Letters of Recommendation will be requested from finalists only.

Official transcripts may be required at the time of hire.

Sonoma State University hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States. All offers of employment are contingent upon presentation of documents demonstrating the appointee’s identity and eligibility to work, in accordance with the provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act. A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU.


Applications received by December 22, 2017 will be given full consideration. The position will remain open until filled. Revised 9/2017 Faculty Affairs in the Office of the Provost


Questions concerning this position may be directed to:

Andy Collinsworth, Search Committee Chair


(707) 664-4154

Questions concerning the application process may be directed to: facultysearch@sonoma.edu.