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Faculty job opportunity

Assistant/Associate Professor of String Music Learning and Teaching

School of Music, Dance and Theatre


The School of Music, Dance and Theatre in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University seeks an exceptional colleague to help us broaden the ways people conceptualize string music learning and teaching and expand where and how music learning and teaching occurs throughout contemporary society. This is a full-time, tenure-track appointment as an assistant or associate professor, depending on experience, beginning fall 2024. This position is in-person on the ASU Tempe campus.

We are looking for someone who will collaborate with us, work in solidarity with our community and think deeply and expansively. We are interested in someone who imagines new possibilities and embraces creative thinking. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate and graduate courses in music learning and teaching, which may include string pedagogy and rehearsal techniques, art of teaching beginning and advanced instrumentalists, strings lab, research, and other areas related to the candidate’s expertise. Our new colleague will advise and mentor master’s degree and PhD students, supervise and support their culminating projects, dissertations, and related research. We seek someone who will help us grow the student population entering our programs and help us expand the multiple pathways that students move through and beyond our programs. This faculty member will continue to publish scholarship in music learning and teaching, contribute to our learning community, serve with others to forward aspirational goals, and collaborate with us and others to foster vibrant musical ecologies. Together, we will support our students, partners, alumni, and others to have a tangible positive impact in their communities. We are especially interested in applicants who are dedicated to advancing the ASU Charter and realizing ASU’s Design Aspirations.

About ASU

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. In 2022, ASU was named a Hispanic-Serving Institution and in 2023, ASU joined the prestigious Association of American Universities. ASU is deeply committed to advancing in innovative ways while sustaining a welcoming, supportive, and empowering environment for all members of our community.

About the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

The Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, the largest comprehensive design and arts school in the country, is located within a dynamic research university focused on transformative change. Built on a unique combination of disciplines, the Herberger Institute comprises the Schools of Art; Arts, Media and Engineering; Music, Dance and Theatre; ASU FIDM; The Design School; and The Sidney Poitier New American Film School, and the ASU Art Museum. The Herberger Institute is committed to developing and scaling ideas that strengthen the role of designers and artists across all areas of society and culture, and increasing the capacity of artists and designers to make a difference in their communities. For more information on the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, visit herbergerinstitute.asu.edu.

About the School of Music, Dance and Theatre
The School of Music, Dance and Theatre in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University is widely recognized for preparing artists, scholars, visionaries and entrepreneurs to become creative leaders who champion their disciplines as essential to the well-being of society. Our internationally recognized faculty artists, scholars and guest artists are motivating and compassionate mentors who work with students to cultivate excellence and personal growth. Our nationally recognized programs feature a comprehensive range of degrees plus minors and certificates and more than 600 concerts, events, performances, productions and recitals each year. Located in the culturally rich Southwest in one of the most vibrant, expanding urban centers, our programs afford students access to a diverse environment and engagement in Phoenix’s flourishing arts community. Above all, we value the creativity, personal experience and voice each student brings to the school. For more information on the School of Music, Dance and Theatre, visit musicdancetheatre.asu.edu.  

Required Qualifications:

  • Doctoral degree in music education or related field (degree must be conferred by the appointment start date);
  • Four or more years of successful string music teaching in public and/or private schools or other educational contexts;
  • Scholarly/research achievement as demonstrated through publications and/or presentations;
  • Exemplary pedagogical skills and knowledge;
  • A record of professional activities in music learning and teaching;

Desired Qualifications:

  • Ability to conduct socially engaged research in an interdisciplinary community of scholars and artists, including (but not limited to) music therapists, performers, composers, digital artists, and scholars in the sciences and humanities;
  • Experience in college-level music learning and teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels;
  • Embodiment of and ability to support students’ flexible musicianship, inquisitive thinking, innovative practice, community leadership, and equity in all;
  • Demonstrated ability to provide pedagogical and musical leadership in one or more of the following: community-based music, improvisation, jazz, new and emerging ensembles, popular/contemporary music, Mariachi, Hip-Hop arts, or world music;
  • Experience with music technology, digital media and/or interactive media;
  • Ability to develop, launch, and manage grants or large-scale initiatives;
  • Experience working or collaborating with non-profit organizations or the corporate sector.

The music learning and teaching area offers a dynamic future-oriented undergraduate degree built on the principles of flexible musicianship, innovative practices, inquisitive thinking about music and education, community leadership, and equity in all. The master’s degree addresses the diverse interests, circumstances, skills, research, and understanding of people interested in music learning and teaching in any context. The PhD supports a community of highly motivated national and international students to deepen their inquiry, propel their work and research, and engage as leaders in diverse contexts for music learning and teaching. Undergraduate and graduate students have varied opportunities to collaborate with faculty on research, creative projects, and socially embedded community initiatives.

Application Deadline:

The application deadline is November 11, 2023. Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool.  Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled.



Instructions to Apply:

Please submit the following materials as separate items:

  1. Letter of interest addressing how the candidate uniquely meets the qualifications for the position.
  2. Curriculum vitae.
  3. A one-page statement addressing the candidate’s teaching philosophy.
  4. An example of research and/or creative work.
  5. One or two course syllabi developed, and preferably taught, by the candidate
  6. Two unedited videos (no longer than 15 minutes) demonstrating classroom teaching or ensemble preparation/rehearsal techniques
  7. Names and contact information for three references.

All applications must be submitted electronically via http://apply.interfolio.com/133580.

Video samples must be submitted via live hyperlinks to media sharing websites (ex. YouTube, Vimeo, SoundCloud, etc.). For detailed instructions on how to create a document with live hyperlinks, please click here.

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