Studio Engineering and Recording - Rank TBD

Job description:

The School of Music, Dance and Theatre at Arizona State University seeks an exceptional artist-teacher in studio engineering and recording to join the popular music faculty. This is a full-time appointment, appointment type and rank based on experience, beginning Fall 2021.

The successful candidate will develop the sound engineering and recording curriculum including, but not limited to, audio engineering and production, mixing and critical listening, and courses in the candidate’s area of expertise. Additionally, the candidate will be expected to run key recording sessions in the facility, and develop and prepare student assistant engineers. The candidate will mentor students through the specialization and capstone processes. Further responsibilities will include recruiting high-quality students regionally, nationally and internationally, and mentoring and assisting students in developing their professional goals. The candidate is expected to possess a broad knowledge of the sound engineering and recording industry as well as significant first-hand experience working within it, and to continue to pursue a professional career and actively participate in creative activity and/or research at the school. The candidate is also expected to demonstrate excellence in teaching with the ability to instruct at the undergraduate levels, both in-person and online, and to work effectively with faculty colleagues and administration in service to satisfy and advance the mission of the ASU School of Music, Dance and Theatre. Our new colleague will have the experience of managing and organizing people and projects and outstanding communication, technical and interpersonal skills to support and forward a thriving program.

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. ASU serves more than 80,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.

About the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts:

ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts is the largest comprehensive design and arts school in the country, built on a combination of disciplines unlike any other program nationally and located within a dynamic research university focused on transformative change. The Herberger Institute comprises the schools of Art; Arts, Media and Engineering; Music, Dance and Theatre; The Design School; The Sidney Poiter New American Film School, and the ASU Art Museum. The Herberger Institute is committed to redefining the 21st-century design and arts school through developing and scaling ideas to strengthen the role of designers and artists across all areas of society and culture and to increase the capacity of artists to make a difference in their communities. For more information on the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, visit

About the School of Music, Dance and Theatre:

The School of Music, Dance and Theatre is widely recognized for preparing artists, scholars, visionaries and entrepreneurs to become creative leaders who transform society through their creative work. 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 

The popular music concentration within the BA program in music in the School of Music, Dance and Theatre at Arizona State University welcomes and accommodates 21st-century musicians interested in popular music, music industry studies and entrepreneurship. This includes but is not limited to singers and songwriters, laptop performers, producers, composers, instrumentalists, vocalists and musicians whose practices and playing styles are representative of varied popular music idioms. Students in this concentration develop general musicianship and are invited to specialize in multiple areas of study which include songwriting, production, composition, performance, engineering, sound design, events, music business, education, and advocacy work. All students gain a working knowledge of the music industry and music business, and the entrepreneurial skills necessary to gain meaningful employment upon graduation. Students participate in individual applied study in chosen specializations, as well as a variety of group performances and production opportunities. Internship courses provide opportunities for students to apply their learning in a real-life context and begin building relationships. A capstone senior year allows students to work more intimately with faculty on perfecting their craft as well as prepare for the shift from ASU to the industry. We seek an innovative artist-teacher who will act as chief engineer and educator for our new state of the art studio facilities in downtown Phoenix. 

Required qualifications:

  • National and/or international sound engineering and recording career in the music industry.
  • Demonstrate excellence in teaching, development and/or mentorship in relation to engineering and producing, the music industry, or other related areas.
  • Master’s degree in related field orcommensurate professional experience.
  • Evidence of a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in creative activity and/or research, teaching and service to the community or profession.

Desired qualifications:

  • Masters degree(s) in audio production or related field preferred.
  • Expertise in multiple popular music practices, such as producing, recording, mastering, marketing, music industry, etc.
  • Experience with sound engineering and recording of multiple genres of music. 
  • Expertise in sound for visual media and studio recording, studio maintenance, and/or VR/AR audio. 
  • Experience developing online courses.
  • The ability to advance innovative teaching practices and envision new paradigms of arts education.
  • The ability to work and collaborate across artistic disciplines, with people outside the arts, across campus, and in the community.
  • The ability to attract resources, including students, resources, donors, grants or other sources of support that advance the Herberger mission.
  • Evidence of administrative or leadership experience in the music industry.

Instruction to apply:

Please submit:

  • Letter of interest addressing how the candidate uniquely meets the specific qualifications for the position, in particular: work experience, creative activity and/or research (sound engineering, recording, producing, performing experience), and innovative teaching as they imagine it now and in the future.
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • A one-page statement addressing the candidate’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Names and contact information of three references.
  • At least three and no more than five examples of the candidate's recent (within the last 5 years) creative work (audio/video recordings, scholarly writing). Candidates may include recordings of creative work examples by submitting a document with live hyperlinks to recordings. For detailed instructions on how to create a document with live hyperlinks, please click here.

All applications must be submitted electronically via

Application deadline:

The application deadline is April 6, 2021. 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.

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. (See and

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