Assistant Professor, Music Learning and Teaching and Choral Conducting/Associate Director of Choral Activities

School of Music, Dance and Theatre

Job description:

The School of Music, Dance and Theatre at Arizona State University seeks an exceptional educator, choral conductor, and researcher to be an agent for equity and change in both music learning and teaching and choral music. This is a full-time, tenure-track appointment at the rank of assistant professor, beginning fall 2023. This position will be located on the ASU Tempe Campus.

We seek a colleague who will collaborate with us, work in solidarity with our community, think deeply and expansively, and imagine possibilities. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate and graduate courses in music learning and teaching, choral conducting, pedagogy, and/or literature and other areas related to the candidate’s expertise, and lead a choral ensemble. This colleague will also publish scholarship in choral music and/or choral education, advise master’s degree students and supervise their written portfolios, and mentor PhD students, including supporting work on dissertations and related scholarship. We are looking for a colleague who will help us grow the diversity of students entering our programs and cultivate an environment where all students can thrive. Our new colleague will help us expand degree and career pathways, support the best of what occurs throughout music learning and teaching and choral music, and transform the status quo. This faculty member will continue their own research and creative activity; teach, conduct and contribute to our learning community at both the undergraduate and graduate levels; serve with others to forward aspirational goals; and collaborate with us and others to foster vibrant musical ecologies. Together, we will assist our current students, partners, alumni and others to have a tangible positive impact in their communities.

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 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. For more information on the School of Music, Dance and Theatre, visit

Required qualifications:

  • Doctoral degree in music education, choral conducting, or a related field (ABD considered).
  • Minimum of three years of successful K-12 music teaching in public and/or private schools, or other educational contexts.
  • Demonstrated achievement in research/creative activity through performance, publications and presentations.
  • Exemplary pedagogical skills and knowledge.
  • A record of professional activities in choral conducting and music learning and teaching.
  • Evidence of a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in creative activity and research, teaching and service.

Desired qualifications:

  • National/international recognition in creative activity and research, including publication and presentation.
  • Experience in college-level choral conducting.
  • Experience in college-level music learning and teaching
  • 5+ years of successful K-12 music teaching in public and/or private schools, or other educational contexts.
  • Ability to conduct socially engaged research in an interdisciplinary community of scholars and artists, including music educators, music therapists, performers, composers, digital artists and scholars in the sciences and humanities.
  • Embodiment of and ability to support students’ flexible musicianship, inquisitive thinking, innovative practice, and community leadership.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide pedagogical and musical leadership in music beyond the Western European tradition (e.g. community-based music, improvisation, jazz, new and emerging ensembles, popular/contemporary music, hip hop, gospel, or Latin-American genres) 
  • Experience with facilitating affirming choral environments for gender expansive students
  • Ability to advise and support graduate students’ research, thesis, and dissertation work
  • Experience with music technology, digital media and/or interactive media.
  • Willingness to teach via in-person, online, and hybrid formats;
  • Ability to develop, launch, and manage grants or large-scale initiatives.
  • Experience working or collaborating with non-profit organizations, government agencies, NGOs, or the corporate sector.
  • Ability to develop sustainable and equitable community partnerships and/or collaborations with other universities.  

Application deadline:

The application deadline is December 10, 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.

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Instruction to apply:

Please submit:

  • A letter of interest, including a narrative addressing the applicant’s qualifications and ability to fulfill the qualifications and expectations of the position, in particular: work experience, creative activity and/or research, service, and commitment to innovative teaching; and, goals for your work at ASU.
  • A curriculum vitae.
  • A one-page statement addressing the candidate’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Names and contact information for three references.
  • Two examples of scholarly writing.
  • Three videos with the camera pointed at the candidate:
    • 10 (consecutive, unedited) minutes of facilitating a class
    • 10 (consecutive, unedited) minutes of facilitating and conducting an ensemble rehearsal
    • 10 (consecutive, unedited) minutes of conducting an ensemble in performance

Video and/or audio samples must be submitted via live hyperlinks to media sharing websites (ex. YouTube, Vimeo, SoundCloud, etc.). To submit multiple samples, please provide one document with all hyperlinks and any supporting details or description. For detailed instructions on how to create a document with live hyperlinks, please click here.

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