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Assistant Professor, Music (Director, Center for African Diaspora Sacred Music and Musicians)

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Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: Dominguez Hills
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Fine/Performing Arts, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time

Assistant Professor, Director of the Center for African Diaspora Sacred Music and Musicians

Department of Music

College of Arts & Humanities

Position Description

The Department of Music at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) invites applications for a Tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor (Academic Year) with the appointment starting in Fall 2023.

At CSUDH, we celebrate and respect diversity in all forms that include every race, religion, gender, ethnicity, veterans, people with varied abilities, and members of the LGBTQ+ community. CSUDH is seeking applications from candidates who can demonstrate experience in teaching and working with individuals from diverse backgrounds and contribute to the University’s mission, vision, and core values.

For more information: Mission, Vision, and Core Values.

Department of Music

The Department of Music at California State University Dominguez Hills offers a B.A. in Music with options in Performance, Music Liberal Arts, and Music Education. A Bachelor of Music degree with options in Vocal Performance, Instrumental Performance, Contemporary Performance, and Conducting is currently going through the curriculum process. We have approximately 100 majors, seven full-time faculty, and 17 part-time faculty.

The Department of Music at California State University Dominguez Hills is committed to building a more diverse faculty, staff, and student body as it responds to the changing population and educational needs of California and the nation. We seek applicants and nominations from those who have experience in teaching, mentoring, and developing research.

For more information: Department of Music

The Position

This is a new and exciting opportunity for an innovative developer of programs who enjoys working with a diverse student body while also building an outstanding musical enterprise focused on the African musical diaspora. 

As a faculty member in the Department of Music, the successful candidate will be an active member of the department in terms of teaching, research or creative activities, and service, and contribute to a collegial work environment. Evaluation for reappointment, tenure, and promotion (RTP) is through the Department of Music.

As Director for the Center for African Diaspora Sacred Music and Musicians (CADSMM) the successful candidate will advance the mission of the CADSMM:

  • the general study of the life and work of African Diaspora musicians in the field of sacred music, with initial focus upon the musicians of Southern California;
  • the special study of the evolution of the Spiritual within the African Diaspora musical repertoire of Southern California; and
  • the collection, preservation and performance of this music, to be housed in the Georgia & Nolan Payton Archive of Sacred Music.

The successful candidate will report to the Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities in the role of the Director of CADSMM.

The successful candidate will also be expected to teach courses that support the CADSMM curriculum, as well as promote innovation of the CADSMM mission into the 21st Century. The Center will build on the existing strengths of the Department of Music, the University Archives, and the Africana Studies Department, supporting cross-unit collaboration. The Center director will serve as an ex-officio member of the CADSMM Advisory Committee.


As a faculty member in the Department of Music:

  • Teach a course that supports the CADSMM curriculum.
  • Develop new CADSMM curriculum.
  • Produce research, scholarly and creative activities in Music, choir performances, etc., that lead to conference presentations and publications.
  • Advise and mentor music students.
  • Serve on department, college, and university committees.
  • Participate in service to the department, college, university, and community. 

As Director of the Center for African Diaspora Sacred Music and Musicians (CADSMM):

  • Partner with the Gerth Archives & Special Collections to acquire and preserve archival materials related to the mission of CADSMM.
  • Coordinate financial support for critical archival tasks such as cataloguing (e.g., creation of finding aids) and digitization of materials through grant and philanthropic activities.
  • Coordinate commissions and performances of new choral works within the mission of CADSMM.
  • Seek travel grant funding for students and visiting scholars to utilize CADSMM archival materials.
  • Continue development and support for a robust website with resources for scholars, community members, and choral groups, including links to materials in the University Archives.
  • Submit applications and proposals for external grants and contracts.
  • Engage in additional activities that directly or indirectly support the scholarship, performance, and the mission of CADSMM including, but not limited to, collecting oral histories, student scholarships, supporting a scholarly journal, newsletters, lectures, podcasts, films and videos, equipment purchases, and community engagement.


Required Qualifications

  • Doctorate in musicology, ethnomusicology, or a related field is required before start date.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the African musical diaspora.
  • Applicants must have demonstrated experience in teaching undergraduates from diverse age, socioeconomic, cultural, and academic backgrounds.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated scholarship related to the mission of CADSMM.
  • Demonstrated experience collaborating with individuals and/or groups for effective outcomes.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage projects according to expected outcomes and deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to seek and acquire external funding for the Center’s mission.
  • Ability to oversee the Center’s budget.
  • Experience directing a music-related program or center.

Employment Requirement

Background Check

Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment.  CSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information.  Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was conditionally offered the position. 

CSU COVID-19 Vaccination Interim Policy

The California State University (CSU) is committed to safeguarding the health and well-being of our students, faculty, staff, administrators, and the communities we serve, as well as maintaining higher education access and attainment for our students, as such, we embrace a comprehensive strategy designed to reduce the likelihood of transmission of the COVID-19 virus.  The CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption if eligible.  Any candidate advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The system-wide policy can be found at: CSU COVID-19 Vaccination Policy.

Questions about the COVID-19 Vaccination Policy may be sent to .

Additional Information

The Assistant Professor (Academic Year) classification salary range is $5,405 to $11,994 per month (12 monthly payments per academic year); salary for this position will be commensurate with experience and current CSUDH faculty salaries in the academic department/discipline. Faculty salaries are 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:

Mandated Reporter Per CANRA

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

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The position is open until filled. Review of applications will begin in November 2022. For full consideration, please submit your completed application with the required materials no later than December 16, 2022.

  • Current Curriculum Vitae with contact information
  • Cover letter
  • Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (2 pages maximum)*
  • List of 3 references with contact information**
  • Unofficial transcripts (an official transcript will be required for the finalist)**
  • A Statement on Teaching (2 pages maximum)
  • A Statement on Research (2 pages maximum)
  • Sample Publications or Evidence of Creative/Scholarly Activity
  • Teaching Evaluations (if available)

*Given CSUDH’s commitment to diversity and inclusion for all students, faculty, staff, and administrators, describe your individual commitment and experiences in advancing diversity and inclusion and how they relate to your future teaching and research.

**This position requires three letters of recommendation (LORs). Please do not upload your LORs with your application. Your list of references will be notified at the appropriate time during the search process. They will receive a request via email along with information on uploading the LOR. You will be able to verify that each letter has been received by CSUDH by logging back into your applicant portal.

**For finalist with International transcripts, a United States Equivalency certification will be required.

A United States (US) Equivalency certification is required for earned/awarded/conferred foreign terminal degrees, which is from a foreign Academic Institution for foreign studies. The US Equivalency certification is used to validate foreign studies from an academic credential evaluation agency and is evaluated on foreign studies and deemed to be equivalent to degrees from the United States. The certification must translate the information in English, and confirm that your highest terminal degree is US Equivalent to a US terminal degree (i.e., Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctorate’s, Doctor’s of Philosophy). The certification can be emailed to or mailed directly to the office of Faculty Affairs and Development, 1000 East Victoria Street, WH-368, Carson, CA 90747.

If you have questions regarding the position, please contact:

Dr. Kathleen Janert

Search Committee Chair

CSU, Dominguez Hills

1000 East Victoria Street, (LCH A331)

Carson, CA  90747

Closing Statement

CSUDH 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.

For more information: U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Individuals with disabilities requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may call the Human Resources’ Office (310) 243-3771.

Clery Act crime statistics for CSUDH are available at Campus Security Report (Clery), or by calling University Police at (310) 243-3639.

Upon appointment, all candidates must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.

The California State University is Smoke and Tobacco Free.  Smoking, Vaping and other Tobacco use are Not Permitted anywhere on University property.  Education Code 42356, CCR Title 5, Article 9.

For more information see: Smoke & Tobacco-Free

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