University of Southern California — Assistant Professor of Music Teaching and Learning

Assistant Professor of Music Teaching and Learning

Thornton School of Music
Los Angeles, California

The University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music invites applications for two positions of Assistant Professor of Music Teaching and Learning, Tenure Track. The appointment begins August 15, 2022.
Combining the benefits of a world-class conservatory and a leading research university, the USC Thornton School of Music offers students the opportunity to pursue a thorough music education in a real-world context. The new educational model, launched in Fall 2019 for undergraduates in the Classical Performance & Composition Division, renews Thornton's commitment to a virtuosic education and asks students to reimagine what it means to be a classical musician in the 21st century. Thornton offers students a full range of musical disciplines across a demanding, innovative curriculum, and the opportunity to work with a faculty of national and international renown.

The student body at USC is extraordinarily diverse; it is racially and ethnically a majority/minority population with a full range of expressions of gender, ability, and sexual identities that we embrace as a source of institutional strength and community pride. The University's commitment to building an academic environment hospitable to this wide range of diversity is full and complete. To that end, we are seeking to create as diverse a pool of candidates as possible, one that reflects the broad diversity of identities and experiences that comprise the country as well as the field of Music Education.

The USC MTAL Department offers and supports selective MM and DMA degrees, playing an important role in the academic training of the School's graduate population. Special aspects of the graduate program include a master's degree in community music and an academic field concentration in popular music pedagogy. The MTAL faculty is highly regarded for its engagement in programs of study that embrace a wide range of music teaching and learning opportunities for individuals and groups across the lifespan, both in school and community settings.

The ideal candidates for these positions are teachers of outstanding, demonstrated ability who are willing to contribute fully to the artistic and intellectual life of the Thornton School, and to engage dynamically in the education of all our music students. Ability to execute and publish original research in fields of study consistent with the profile of the Department is required. Significant experience in cultural diversity, community music, and creative music-making is particularly desirable.

Principal duties will include some combination of the following: 1) participation in teaching the graduate research sequence, including the introduction and more advanced courses in quantitative, qualitative or post-qualitative approaches; 2) offering courses consistent with departmental priorities such as community music, cultural diversity, popular music, teacher education reform, progressive teaching for studio and classroom teachers, creativity, and music technology; 3) developing and teaching general education courses as needed; 4) advisement of graduate students in and outside of the department; and 5) service for department and university by participation in faculty meetings, School of Music committees, and University committees.

Candidates must have a completed doctoral degree in music, preferably a doctorate in music education. A record of successful teaching at various levels including college and community music settings is highly desirable. Successful applicants will also be expected to have a record of accomplishment working in a highly diverse environment, and of promoting social justice, equity and inclusion in their work and approach to the profession. Applicants nearing completion of the doctorate (ABD) may be considered. For appointment, the degree must be conferred by July 30, 2022. A record of publication by respected publishers and national/international journals in the field of music teaching and learning will be a major consideration.

Review of applications will begin December 1, 2021.

Interested candidates must apply through the USC online system. Candidates are asked to provide a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and a one-page diversity statement that is tied to the candidate's personal teaching philosophy. The vitae should have the names and contact information for three individuals who would be willing to supply letters of reference if asked. Do not send other materials initially; additional materials may be requested at a later date. Materials will not be returned.

USC is 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, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law or USC policy. USC will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring ordinance.

REQ20109373 Posted Date: 11/04/2021

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