Director of The School of Music (505915)

  • Cal State University (CSU) Fullerton
  • Fullerton, California
  • Jan 01, 2022
Full Time Administration and Management

Job Description


School of Music
College of The Arts
Director of The School of Music
Summer 2022

The School of Music at California State University, Fullerton, invites applications for the position of Director of The School of Music at the rank of tenured Associate Professor or Professor, with appointment to begin July 1, 2022.

California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) is a minority-serving institution and an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. CSUF is strongly committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community and the curriculum, and to fostering an inclusive environment within which students, staff, administrators and faculty thrive. Candidates who can contribute to this goal through their teaching, research, advising, and other activities are encouraged to identify their strengths and experiences in this area. Individuals advancing the University's strategic diversity goals and those from groups whose underrepresentation in the American professoriate has been severe and longstanding are particularly encouraged to apply.

The exemplary applicant for this position 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 can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the campus community demonstrated through strength in teaching, research and service will be strongly considered.

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/creative excellence, and a commitment to inclusion, equity-minded student success, 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 will seek the advice and recommendation of their 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: budgets, 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 the Offices of Admissions, Financial Aid, and the Registrar, (and other academic support units as necessary) regarding student applications, admissions, retention, 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
  • Evaluate full-time and lecturer faculty in the retention, tenure, and promotion process, and oversee all work of the Department Personnel Committee (DPC)
  • Recruit and support a diverse faculty and staff
  • Organize and oversee the student advising process

Required Qualifications
  • Terminal degree in a music discipline, or its equivalent, and a record of excellence in teaching, and scholarly and/or creative activity in music
  • Currently tenured as Associate Professor of Music or Professor of Music
  • Evidence of strong leadership, communication, organizational, and management skills, including shared governance
  • Evidence demonstrating the ability to actively foster and 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 and/or community engagement activities
  • Substantial experience in budgetary matters, including the ability to oversee and administer scholarship awards, grants, and endowment funds

Preferred Qualifications
  • Knowledge of and understanding of the California State University system's policies and procedures
  • Strong record of service in an academic setting
  • 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 complete on-line application must be received by electronic submission to be considered. To apply, please visit, choose full-time faculty, search for position #505915, and provide the following required materials:
  • 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 21 st -century music students.
  • curriculum vitae
  • candidate statement on commitment to inclusive excellence
  • This statement provides the candidate's unique perspective on their past and present contributions to and future aspirations for promoting diversity, inclusion, and social justice in their professional careers. The purpose of this statement is to help the department identify candidates who have professional experience, intellectual commitments, and/or willingness to engage in activities that could help CSUF contribute to its mission in these areas.
  • a list of three references with relevant contact information
    • Finalists will be required to have three letters of recommendation submitted. Please have these ready for the referents to submit. 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. At the appropriate time in the search process, they will 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 into your applicant portal.
  • Additional materials may be required of applicants whose applications are to be given further consideration.

Please direct all questions about the position to: Arnold Holland, Dean, College of the Arts at with the subject line "Director, School of Music Search" or call (657) 278-3256.

Application Deadline
To be assured of full consideration, all application materials must be received by January 15, 2022. The anticipated appointment date is July 1, 2022. Application review will begin immediately.

The College and Department
The College of the Arts is home to more than 2,800 graduate and undergraduate students studying in the School of Music and the Departments of Art and Theatre and Dance in 61 areas of concentration supported by 84 full-time faculty members and 52 professional staff members. The College of the Arts has created a dynamic, diverse, and distinctive learning environment committed to helping our students succeed in an atmosphere that combines scholarship, creativity, artistic expression, and intellectual curiosity. Cal State Fullerton is the destination of choice for students seeking the highest quality training in the visual and performing arts. In addition to serving students within our college, we are committed to enhancing the artistic awareness of all CSUF students, offering hands-on creative and academic courses within the broader university's liberal arts setting.

Students choose to study at CSUF because they want to work with faculty members who are innovators and leaders in their field. Once here, students have the opportunity to create, rehearse, collaborate and perform in the state-of-the-art Clayes Performing Arts Center and show their work in numerous galleries both on and off campus. For further information visit:

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, master's degrees in performance of 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:

Additional Information

Multiple positions may be hired from this recruitment based on the strength of the applicant pool.

Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications, and is subject to budgetary authorization and any California State University System faculty contract increases. Summer research grants, moving expenses, start-up funds, and a reduced teaching load may be available. An excellent comprehensive benefits package is available that includes: health/vision/dental plans; spouse, domestic partner and dependent fee-waiver; access to campus child-care; and a defined-benefit retirement through the state system along with optional tax sheltering opportunities. For a detailed description of benefits, please visit

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 as a condition of employment.

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

Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose.

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Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

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