Fine/Performing Arts (501465)

  • Cal State University (CSU) Fresno
  • Fresno, California
  • Sep 28, 2021
Full Time Museum and Arts

Job Description


California State University, Fresno

College of Arts & Humanities

Department of Music

Piano - Assistant Professor

Start Fall 2022 (August 2022)

Our Position

Fresno State is seeking an extraordinary pianist who is committed to providing an education that will transform the lives of our highly diverse and talented students. The successful candidate will be responsible for sustaining and expanding our keyboard program. The primary teaching responsibilities include: (1) Overseeing the keyboard area, including accreditation with NASM and student advising; (2) Teaching undergraduate and graduate applied piano lessons; supervising student preparation for performances, recitals and research projects; (3) Teaching courses in undergraduate and graduate keyboard literature and other area-specific offerings as needed (e.g., class piano, piano pedagogy, collaborative piano); (4) Giving solo performances, performing with faculty colleagues and guest musicians; (5) Engaging in scholarly and/or applied research in the field of keyboard performance/pedagogy.

Other responsibilities: as a collaborative departmental citizen actively participating in departmental, college, and university service, including committee work and academic support; recruitment of undergraduate and graduate students into the piano programs. Faculty also establish and maintain positive relationships with area public and private piano educators; and are actively involved in regional, state, and national professional piano organizations.

The typical workload is 15 weighted teaching units (WTUs) per semester, generally comprising 12 WTUs of instruction and 3 WTUs of non-instructional responsibilities. Outcomes assessment and service learning are important components of the university curriculum. Teaching responsibilities will be assigned based on the candidate's expertise and the department's needs. Specific assignments are dependent on departmental needs and the background of the individual.

Our Students

California State University, Fresno is committed to serving our students with a focus on inclusion. Fresno State has been recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI); an Asian American/Native American/Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI); and has been designated to the Community Engagement Classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Our Department

The Department of Music was one of the original departments when the university was founded in 1911 and continues to be a leader in music education and artistic performance in the Central Valley and the state at large. Fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, our department is a comprehensive unit in the College of the Arts and Humanities and offers undergraduate and master's degrees in classical and jazz performance; as well as music education, conducting, and composition.

Our department serves approximately 300 undergraduate and graduate students, with 22 full-time and 18 part-time faculty. We schedule over 150 performances a year that include landmark symphonic and choral works, operas, festivals, and master classes. We offer over $300,000 annually in student scholarships and enjoy access to one of the largest music library collections in the country.

Our mission statement is "Engage. Embrace. Explore. Empower." We are committed to cultivating an educational environment that Engages the community, Embraces and celebrates diversity, Explores music's role in world cultures, and Empowers music educators, performers, and composers to make a positive impact in the world. For more information please visit:


Required Education (from an accredited institution or foreign equivalent.): An earned doctorate in piano (DMA, Ph.D., or equivalent). The master's and/or doctorate must be in Piano Performance.

Required Experience:
  1. Evidence of working effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds;
  2. Active as an accomplished professional pianist with demonstrable career and expertise as a soloist and collaborative pianist that may include international, national, regional, and community engagement and/or collaboration.
  3. Documented experience teaching piano at the undergraduate and/or graduate levels.
  4. Evidence of successful student recruitment.
  5. A well-articulated agenda for research, scholarship, and creative activity.

Preferred Experience:
  1. Evidence of broad knowledge of the keyboard repertoire that displays versatility and familiarity with multiple genres, including global and contemporary trends.
  2. A record of active participation in local, regional, state, national, and/or international music organizations.
  3. At least two years of experience teaching piano at the undergraduate and/or graduate levels.

Application Procedures:

For best consideration apply by October 15th, 2021. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Applicants must complete an online application at and attach the following:
  1. Cover letter specifically addressing how the candidate fulfills each element of the required experience and preferred qualifications listed;
  2. Curriculum vitae (include a list of all classes taught at all institutions);
  3. A personal statement that demonstrates the candidate's goals, experiences, and commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion in artistic programming, teaching, and recruiting. Please also explain how your vision will match the values of an HSI and AANAPISI
  4. Names, titles, phone number, and email addresses of four professional referees, including at least one from each institution where the candidate has taught;
  5. Attach 3 current letters of reference dated within the last year;
  6. Digital access (e.g., online links) to unedited video recordings of solo repertoire (up to 20 minutes) and recordings of collaborative/chamber performances (up to 20 minutes);
  7. Digital access (e.g., online links) to video of a piano lesson (up to 10 minutes)

Short-listed candidates will receive an email request to send official transcripts from all relevant educational programs.

Committee Information:

Dr. Maria Briggs, Department of Music
College of Arts & Humanities

About Fresno State

California State University, Fresno is an engaged University. We focus on broadening students' intellectual horizons, fostering lifelong learning skills, developing the leaders of tomorrow, promoting community involvement, and instilling an appreciation of world cultures. We nurture cultural competence by celebrating the rich diversity of the campus community and welcoming the participation of all. Members of the University community are expected to work effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. For information on the University's commitment and dedication to creating a university known for its integrity, civility, equity, respect, and ethical behavior, please visit The campus is ranked 24 th in the nation by Washington Monthly; ranked 3 rd by U.S. News & World Report in graduation rate performance for public institutions; and, ranked 41 st in the nation in MONEY Magazines 50 Best Public Colleges.

Tenure-Track Faculty members gain a clear path to tenure through the University's Probationary Plan Process. For additional information, please visit: We value our commitment to the success of our faculty by providing services from the Center for Faculty Excellence to Research and Sponsored Programs.

Territorial Acknowledgement

The Fresno State campus sits in the midst of the San Joaquin Valley, a valley rich in the traditions and representation of Native American peoples and cultures. We are grateful to be in the traditional homelands of the Yokuts and Mono peoples, whose diverse tribal communities share stewardship over this land.

Other Campus Information

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A background check (including criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily for this position. An offer of employment may be withdrawn or employment may be terminated based upon the results of the background investigation.

The person holding this position is considered a "limited 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. You can obtain a copy of this Executive order by accessing the following website:

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California State University, Fresno is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.

Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

Job Address

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