Assistant Professor of Guitar Performance - School of Music, Dance and Theatre

School of Music, Dance and Theatre

Job description:

The ASU School of Music, Dance and Theatre seeks an innovative artist-teacher of classical guitar who will participate in our effort to reimagine what arts education means in the 21st century. This appointment will be full-time tenure-track at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning in Fall 2023.  This position is on the ASU Tempe Campus.

The successful candidate will demonstrate excellence in teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and will be committed to educating outstanding performing musicians, teachers, music therapists, and scholars. Additional teaching duties will include guitar-related courses such as repertoire, pedagogy and guitar ensemble. The candidate will pursue a continued performing career and contribute to the musical life of the School of Music, Dance and Theatre. Further responsibilities include recruiting a diverse cohort of guitar students regionally, nationally and internationally, mentoring and assisting students towards their professional goals, and working effectively with faculty colleagues and administration in service to satisfy and advance the school’s mission.

About the ASU 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 transform society through their art. 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.

Required qualifications:

  • Demonstrated excellence as a classical guitar performer.
  • Doctoral degree in guitar performance or commensurate experience; a graduate degree is required for international candidates.
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching applied guitar at the collegiate level.
  • Record of national creative activity (performance) and/or scholarship.
  • Evidence of a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in creative activity and research, teaching and service.

Desired qualifications:

  • Familiarity with a variety of musical styles in performance and/or teaching (contemporary music, jazz, flamenco, popular music, Latin and South American music, etc.).
  • International recognition in creative activity (performance) and/or scholarship.
  • Success recruiting and attracting a diverse group of students to a guitar studio program.
  • Demonstrated expertise teaching and/or developing courses in guitar pedagogy, guitar repertoire and guitar ensemble.
  • The ability to work and collaborate across artistic disciplines, with people outside the arts, across campus, and in the community.
  • Demonstrated efficacy in developing/delivering online courses and/or teaching in a hybrid format.
  • Secondary area of expertise or knowledge.

Application deadline:

The application deadline is December 3, 2022. 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.

ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions, which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses and certifications.

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Instruction to apply:

Please submit the following materials as separate items:

  1. A letter of interest addressing how the candidate uniquely meets the qualifications for the position, in particular: work experience, creative activity (i.e. performance) and/or research, innovative teaching, and service.
  2. Curriculum vitae.
  3. A one-page statement addressing the candidate’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.
  4. Names and contact information of at least three references.
  1. A document with up to five live hyperlinks to a variety of samples of the candidate’s recent (within the last five years) creative work, teaching, and/or scholarly research. For detailed instructions on how to create a document with live hyperlinks, please click here.

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