College of Arts & Letters


Department of Music

Assistant Professor of Afro-Latin Music

Starting Date:

August, 2022

Minimum Qualifications:

1) An earned Master’s Degree in Music from an accredited institution (or equivalent) is required at the time of application.
2) Evidence of teaching experience.
3) Evidence of professional performing experience in Afro-Latin Music.

Preferred Qualifications:

1) Evidence of successful teaching experience in related genres, including, but not limited to jazz studies, ethnomusicology, and/or commercial music.
2) Demonstrated composing and arranging skills.
3) Evidence of experience directing an Afro-Latin Ensemble (or equivalent).
4) Evidence of experience creating online course content.
5) Evidence of teaching applied music at the college level as an instrumentalist or vocalist.


The primary professional responsibilities of instructional faculty members are: teaching, research, scholarship and/or creative activity, and service to the University, profession and to the community.  These responsibilities generally include: advising students, participation in campus and system-wide committees, maintaining office hours, working collaboratively and productively with colleagues, and participation in traditional academic functions.

The successful candidate will teach courses related to Afro-Latin Music, including directing the Afro-Latin Ensemble, and teaching Music of Latin America, Advanced Arranging for the Latin Ensemble, and Afro-Latin Rhythm Section Techniques.  The teaching assignment may include History and Literature of Afro-Latin Music and applied music, as well as additional courses or ensembles contingent upon the candidate’s expertise, interest, and department needs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The successful candidate will actively collaborate with other faculty as performing and/or composing musicians, and actively participate in the department’s vision to serve the community through workshops and engagement.

The successful candidate will be committed to the academic success of all of our students and to an environment that acknowledges, encourages, and celebrates diversity and differences. To this end, the successful candidate will work effectively, respectfully, and collaboratively in diverse, multicultural, and inclusive settings. In addition, the successful candidate will be ready to join faculty, staff, students, and administrators in our University’s shared commitment to the principles of engagement, service, and the public good.


Initial salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The University:

California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State LA) is one of 23 campuses within the California State University system.  The University is the premier comprehensive public university in the heart of Los Angeles. Cal State LA is ranked number one in the U.S. for the upward mobility of its students, and is dedicated to engagement, service, and the public good.  We offer nationally recognized programs in science, the arts, business, criminal justice, engineering, nursing, education, ethnic studies, and the humanities. Our faculty have a strong commitment to scholarship, research, creative pursuits, community engagement, and service.

Our 240,000 alumni reflect the City and County’s dynamic mix of populations.  The University has one of the most diverse student populations of any college or university in the nation.  As a federally recognized Hispanic-Serving Institution, and Asian-American, Native American, and Pacific Islander-Serving Institution, Cal State LA recognizes the transformative power of education and embraces its duty to identify and serve the needs of all of its students. The University is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can live, work and learn in an atmosphere of civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual.  

The College:

The College of Arts and Letters is a diverse and vibrant community dedicated to the success of our students. It is home to nationally acclaimed undergraduate and graduate programs in the humanities, visual and media arts, and the performing arts.  Located in the entertainment capital of the world, our campus provides students and faculty alike with access to world-renowned venues and a rich variety of scholars, artists, and performers from a host of fields and professions. Its nine departments and programs include Art, Communication Studies, English, Liberal Studies/Women’s Studies, Modern Languages and Literatures, Music, Philosophy, Theater Arts, and Television, Film, and Media Studies. The College of Arts and Letters also houses five Centers and Institutes, including the American Communities Program, the Center for Contemporary Poetry and Poetics, the Center for the Study of Genders and Sexualities, the Chinese Studies Center, the Japanese Studies Center, as well as the Ronald H. Silverman Fine Arts Gallery which presents year-round cultural exhibits from professional, student and faculty artists from the campus and local communities.

The Department:

The Department of Music offers both liberal arts and professional degree programs leading to the Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Arts degree in Music, Master of Music, and the Master of Arts degree in Music. Undergraduate students pursuing degrees in other fields may also declare music as a minor. Students may choose from an array of music courses to enrich their general education and cultural life experiences. The distinguished faculty includes internationally recognized scholars, performers, and industry professionals. Our location in Los Angeles provides faculty and students the opportunity to thrive in a diverse cultural, artistic, and academic environment.

Required Documentation:

Please submit the following to the Search Committee Chair at the email address below:
1) A cover letter specifically addressing minimum and preferred qualifications.
2) A narrative statement describing your commitment to working effectively with faculty, staff, and students in a multicultural/multiethnic urban campus environment with a substantial population of students who are among the first-generation of their family to attend a college or university.
3) A curriculum vitae.
4) A list of three professional references.
5) A University Application for Employment Form
6) At least three (3) high-quality audio and/or video performance examples (please embed links or URLs within the application PDF). Performance samples should be representative of the qualifications listed above.
7) One (1) video sample of classroom teaching or a master class (please embed a link).

Finalists will be required to submit:
Official transcripts.

Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States. 


Review of applications will begin December 10, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

Please email all application materials in a single PDF to: Department Chair, Dr. Michael Caldwell, [email protected]. Please type “Department of Music, Tenure-Track Application” in the subject line.

Please address all questions to the search committee chair, Dr. Michael Caldwell at: [email protected] or 323-343-4060.

Note: The person holding this position is considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so.  Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at  and questions may be sent to [email protected].

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

In addition to meeting fully its obligations under federal and state law, Cal State LA is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can live, work and learn in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual. To that end, all qualified individuals will receive equal consideration without regard to economic status, race, ethnicity, color, religion, marital status, pregnancy, national origin or cultural background, political views, sex, sexual orientation, gender identification, age, disability, disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran status.


Upon request, reasonable accommodation will be provided to individuals with protected disabilities to (a) complete the employment process and (b) perform essential job functions when this does not cause undue hardship.