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Assistant Professor - Music of the African Diaspora

Position overview

Salary range: Salary is commensurate with qualifications and based on University of
California pay scales

Application Window

Open date: November 12th, 2021

Next review date: Friday, Dec 10, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Saturday, Apr 30, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Department of Music at the University of California San Diego invites applications for an Assistant Professorship (full-time/ tenure-track) to begin July 1, 2022 with an innovative creative practice informed by music of the African Diaspora. The successful candidate's work could encompass composition, performance, and emerging forms of interdisciplinary practice. They will contribute to graduate programs in composition, performance and Integrative Studies. Undergraduate teaching would include courses contributing to our emphasis in Jazz and Music of the African Diaspora and general education offerings. Depending on interests, the successful applicant might also teach in our ICAM program or lead ensembles. Within the department they might also participate with colleagues in our Improvisation Collective to develop new initiatives around their common interests. We are enthusiastic for someone in this position to also engage in Black Studies initiatives in other parts of campus, including the African American Studies Major, the African and African American Studies Research Center, and the Black Studies Project.

We seek candidates whose research, teaching, and service records demonstrate their capacity to contribute to diversity, equity, and inclusion.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

A terminal degree (PhD, DMA, MFA) in a relevant field, or equivalent professional experience. ABD applicants are welcome.

Preferred qualifications

Preferred candidates should demonstrate the highest standards of professional research, teaching, and service and contribute to our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Teaching

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Applicants should summarize their past or potential contributions to diversity. See our Faculty Equity site for more information.

  • Misc / Additional - Portfolio of representative creative activity in digital form (documentation of 3 pieces of representative creative practice)

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)

Names and contact info only at this time. Letters to be solicited later in the process

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Campus Information

The University of California, San Diego is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, covered veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. For new University of California employees, the applicable deadline is eight weeks after their first date of employment.

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Job location

La Jolla, CA