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Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies
California State University, Sacramento

Date Posted Oct. 19, 2022
Title Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies
University California State University, Sacramento More About This Institution...
Sacramento, CA, United States
Department School of Music More About This Department...
Application Deadline Nov. 15, 2022
Position Start Date Aug. 23, 2023
  • Assistant Professor
  • Music - Jazz


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.

  • 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.

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  • Steve Roach
    School of Music
    California State University, Sacramento
    6000 J Street
    Sacramento, CA 95819


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