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Director, School of Music
California State, Fullerton

Director, School of Music

California State University, Fullerton seeks a Director of the School of Music, at the rank of tenured Associate Professor or Professor, who is an outstanding artist/scholar/teacher and an experienced administrator with a forward-looking vision.  We seek an individual who is deeply committed to supporting excellence across all music disciplines in a collaborative manner and who shares CSUF values and dedication to building a diverse, collegial community.  Candidates who are able to contribute to the diversity and excellence of the campus community demonstrated through strength in teaching, research and service will be strongly considered.

The School of Music
For over fifty years, the School of Music has been training students for professions in the music field.  CSUF has a legacy of alumni actively engaged within music professions throughout Southern California, the United States, and internationally.  Fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music since 1966, the School of Music is a comprehensive unit in the College of the Arts and offers undergraduate and master’s degrees in performance of western classical music, jazz, and commercial music; as well as music education, conducting, composition, music theory, piano pedagogy, and music history.  For more information about the school, please visit http://www.fullerton.edu/arts/music/.

The ideal candidate is an artist/scholar who can demonstrate a successful teaching and leadership record in a university setting and who displays high energy, research excellence, and a commitment to diversity, technology, collaboration, and program development.  The successful candidate will lead the way in defining and implementing a vision for the School of Music, with the goal of enhancing its strengths and keeping it competitive with respect to today’s changing academic climate and the challenges newly confronting higher education, particularly in the arts and humanities.  The Director is expected to seek the advice and recommendation of his/her colleagues while conducting School of Music affairs in a collaborative and democratic manner.  The Director is typically appointed for a three-year term, with opportunities for re-appointment based on departmental election.

Duties include

  • Administer all aspects of a complex School of Music including: budgetary, record keeping, scheduling, operations, faculty members’ assigned time, University policies and regulatory processes.
  • Oversee School and College policies, ensuring quality and currency of the music curriculum.
  • Work with the Dean and other Arts Chairs to support all aspects of the College of the Arts.
  • Serve as an advocate for the School of Music to the administration; as well as to the University, arts community, and public at large.
  • Oversee all aspects of student recruitment and maintenance of a strong music student body.
  • Interact with Admissions and Records (and other academic support units as necessary) regarding student applications, entrance into the University, and timely graduation.
  • Administer all aspects of School of Music scholarship funds and awards as well as Non-Resident Tuition Fee Waivers (NRTFW), with the consultation and advice of music faculty.
  • Serve as a strong advocate in fundraising for the School of Music scholarship endowments and for other financial needs.
  • Organize and monitor all work of the Department Personnel Committee (DPC).
  • Recruit and support a diverse full-time and adjunct faculty and staff.
  • Organize and oversee the student advising process.


  • Terminal degree in a music discipline and a record of excellence in scholarly and/or creative activity in an area represented in one of the disciplines in the CSUF School of Music.
  • Currently tenured as Associate Professor of Music or Professor of Music.
  • Evidence of strong leadership, communication, organizational, and management skills.
  • Evidence demonstrating the ability to work effectively with a diverse constituency, including students, faculty, staff, and administration, as well as the public.
  • Evidence of effective strategies for recruitment and retention of highly qualified music majors.
  • Evidence of successful fundraising activities.
  • Substantial experience in budgetary matters, including the ability to oversee and administer scholarship awards, grants, and endowment funds.


  • Knowledge of and understanding of the California State University system’s policies and procedures.
  • Experience working with the National Association of Schools of Music accreditation process.
  • Experience managing a large administrative and technical staff.
  • Experience working within a collective bargaining environment.

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

Rank & Salary
This is a full-time, 12-month appointment, and is a tenured position at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor.  Salary is competitive and commensurate with rank, experience, and qualifications.  Salary is subject to budgetary authorization and any California State University System faculty contract increases.  An excellent comprehensive benefits package is also offered, which includes health/vision/dental plans; spouse/domestic partner/dependent fee-waiver; access to campus childcare; and a defined-benefit retirement through the state system along with optional tax-sheltering opportunities. For a description of benefits, go to: http://hr.fullerton.edu/payroll_benefits/HealthCarePlans.php

Appointment Date
July 1, 2018

Application Procedure
A complete online application must be submitted in order to receive consideration. To apply, please go to: https://apps.fullerton.edu/facultyrecruitment to view all job listings and select 9734BR to begin the application process and provide the following materials:

  1. Cover letter relating your experience to the qualifications for this position, defining your strengths with regard to the position, and discussing your educational vision for 21st-century music students.
  2. Current Curriculum Vitae.
  3. Diversity Statement.
  4. List of names and contact information for three professional references.
  5. Additional materials may be required of applicants whose applications are to be given further consideration.

The finalists for the position will be contacted and are required to submit three letters of recommendation (see instruction below) before on-campus interviews.

On the References Page of the online application, enter information and email addresses for three referents who will provide a confidential letter of reference for your application.  They will immediately receive a request via email along with information on uploading the letter.  You will be able to verify that each letter has been received by CSUF by logging back in to the recruitment system.

Diversity Statement
Diversity is a defining feature of California's past, present, and future. Increasing the diversity of our educators to better reflect the population of California is just one aspect of the College of the Arts dedication to just, equitable and inclusive education. Diversity refers to the variety of personal experiences, values, and worldviews that arise from differences of culture and circumstance. Such differences include race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, language, abilities/disabilities, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, geographic region, and more.

The diversity statement should focus on your commitment to just, equitable and inclusive education. This statement can take several different forms and may address:

  • your contribution to issues of diversity, educational equity and social justice.
  • your experiences with a diverse range of students.
  • how you incorporate diversity into your teaching materials and methods or in your research.
  • how you have personally experienced diversity.
  • your experiences and/or qualifications that enhance your ability to work with diverse groups.

Please direct all questions about the position to: Dale A. Merrill, Dean, College of the Arts at dmerrill@fullerton.edu, with the subject line “Director, School of Music Search” or call (657) 278-3256.

Application Deadline
Application review will begin immediately. To be assured of full consideration, please submit all materials by December 4, 2017. 

The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 Revised July 21, 2017 as a condition of employment.

California State University Fullerton celebrates all forms of diversity and is deeply committed to fostering an inclusive environment within which students, staff, administrators and faculty thrive. Individuals interested in advancing the University’s strategic diversity goals are strongly encouraged to apply. EEO employer. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose.

Status: Full Time

Application Deadline: December 4, 2017

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