Commercial and Popular Music Studies Assistant Professor (Tenure- Track)


Posting Number: F00909


Location: Diablo Valley College




Description of Position:


Diablo Valley College inspires, educates, and empowers a diverse community of students to transform their lives and their communities. DVC instructors close the equity gaps by fostering success among all students. To help further this work, DVC seeks a tenure-track Faculty Position in Commercial Music and Popular Music Studies to start in Fall 2023.


We are looking for a colleague who will demonstrate discipline expertise and show sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic backgrounds and abilities of community college students.


We are looking for instructors who share a strong commitment to social and racial justice, inclusion of people with disabilities, and who use or are inspired to use anti-racist pedagogies that close equity gaps by recognizing, understanding, and respecting the perspectives of all students.


We strongly encourage those with historically marginalized and/or underrepresented identities to apply, including people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, non-binary and transgender individuals, women, and Indigenous people.


Diablo Valley College’s Music Department seeks a well-rounded full-time faculty member in the interdisciplinary areas of Commercial Music and Popular Music Studies. The Commercial Music area includes courses in Live Sound and Audiovisual (AV) Technology while the Popular Music Studies area includes courses in Popular Music ensemble performance and literature. Candidates should have a demonstrable record of excellence in live performance, mentorship, supervision, and possess knowledge of live event sound.


The successful candidate will coordinate the Commercial Music area. They will primarily direct Popular Music Ensembles (e.g. Hip Hop and/or Rock), as well as teach AV Technology (partnered with AVIXA), and Live Sound. Other possible courses can include (based on experience and expertise): Popular Music literature courses (History of Hip Hop, Rock and R&B), Studio Recording, Songwriting, World Music Ensembles, Applied Music or other courses as listed in the MUSX/MUSIC course catalog.


These courses demand culturally responsive pedagogy and acknowledge students’ unique cultural backgrounds and strengths to promote student success and achievement. The candidate will help grow the programs through professional partnerships, internships, local outreach, performance and workforce development.




Contact the office of the Vice President of Equity and Instruction Susan Turnquist at email sturnquist@dvc.edu or Kisha Lee at email klee@dvc.edu


Position Status: Tenure- Track


EEO Job Category: Faculty & Other Instructional Staff


Employee Group: Full-Time Faculty


Department: D3025-Music


Duties and Responsibilities:


In addition to contractual duties, all full-time faculty are expected to participate actively in their disciplines, department activities, and the general intellectual life and governance of the college. Part of the teaching assignment may be in the evening and/or online. Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

1. advancing equitable student learning through dedicated, exemplary instruction in accordance with established course outlines;

2. participating in the assessment of student learning outcomes for courses and programs; developing and implementing student learning outcomes assessment processes for courses and programs;

3. collaborating in the development and revision of curriculum and in program review;

4. engaging in department program improvement initiatives;

5. participating in department, division, and college committees;

6. participating in professional development activities, both departmental and college-wide;

7. maintaining current knowledge in the subject matter area and effective teaching/ learning strategies;

8. maintaining appropriate standards of professional conduct and ethics;

9. informing students of course requirements, evaluation procedures and attendance requirements;

10. preparing and grading class assignments and examinations and informing students of their academic progress;

11. maintaining attendance, scholastic, and personnel records and submitting them according to published deadlines;

12. posting and holding sufficient and regular office hours in accordance with prevailing policy;

13. participating in College’s shared governance processes.


Minimum Qualification-Education/Experience:


Understanding of and sensitivity to the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, sexual orientation and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, staff and faculty.


The applicant must possess one of the following qualifications (earned degrees must be from an accredited college/university):


A bachelor’s degree or higher and two years of professional experience, or any associate degree and six years of professional experience. Professional experience is required when the applicant possesses a master’s degree. The professional experience required must be directly related to teaching assignment..


Bachelor’s degree


Associate’s degreeANDRequired minimum professional full-time commercial music experience as listed above



I have a valid California Community College Instructor Credential authorizing full-time instruction in Commercial Music


If you do not possess the EXACT minimum qualifications (i.e., you do not possess the EXACT degree title listed) and believe that you meet the minimum qualifications, fill out the equivalency petition form in the document section of the online application. If you are unsure that you meet the minimum qualifications, please fill out the equivalency petition. The https://www.4cd.edu/career/forms/equivalency-application/Academic%20Position%20Application%20-%20Masters%20Degree%20Discipline%20Equivalency%20Form.pdf


Desirable Qualifications:


Highly qualified candidates will possess knowledge, skills, and experience that address the desirable qualifications below. Responses to the supplemental questions below allow the applicant to describe how they meet these qualifications.


• Proficiency on a musical instrument and/or voice.

• Experience in leading a musical group with live sound.

• Experience in student and/or musician recruiting and community outreach.

• Experience in running a group and/or directing a program.

• Areas of specialization in one or more of the following are especially of interest: Rock, Hip Hop, Electronic Dance Music, or other Popular Music.

• Mastery of audio equipment including but not limited to soundboards and microphones.

• Demonstrated commitment to student learning and to the success of all students in a community college setting.

• Demonstrated commitment to anti-racist pedagogy, innovative transdisciplinary methodologies, and social justice practices.

• Demonstrated ability or commitment to close equity gaps by effectively motivating students of diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds, sexual orientations, genders, cultures, and learning styles, as well as students with disabilities or varied levels of academic preparation.

• Understanding of and sensitivity to the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, sexual orientation and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, staff and faculty.


Job Open Date: 10/13/2022


Job Close Date: 12/4/2022


Open Until Filled: No


Employment Begins: August, 2023


# of Months: 10


To apply, visit: https://apptrkr.com/3555078


The Contra Costa Community College District does not discriminate against any applicant for employment on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, age, sex, or sexual orientation. This prohibition against unlawful discrimination extends to any person who is perceived to have any of the above characteristics or who is associated with someone who has, or who is perceived to have, any of those characteristics.


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