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USC Thornton School of Music: Assistant Professor of Practice, Jazz Studies

Christian Wissmuller • News • December 6, 2022

The University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music invites applications for a position as Assistant Professor of Practice in Jazz Studies. This is a full-time, non-tenure track (RTPC), benefits-eligible appointment for an initial period of three years.  Renewal beyond the initial three-year period of appointment is possible, at the discretion of the Thornton Dean. The appointment begins August 16, 2023.

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.  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.   For more information, please visit us at

With a student cohort that is largely BIPOC, gender expansive, and with a wide range of ages and experience, the applicant must be adept at teaching, communicating and empathizing with an extraordinarily diverse student population. The University’s commitment to building an academic environment hospitable to this wide range of diversity is full and complete. To that end, we encourage applications from candidates who identify with groups that are currently underrepresented in our faculty.

As part of the Thornton School of Music’s Division of Contemporary Music, the Jazz Studies Department offers the following degrees in jazz studies: D.M.A., M.M., B.M., the Graduate Certificate, and the Jazz minor.

Minimum Requirements and Preferred Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will have expertise and direct experience in school music education.

  • Minimum Education:Bachelor’s Degree
  • Preferred Education:Master’s Degree in Jazz studies
  • Preferred Experience: High-level professional performance experience. The preferred

candidate will have several years of experience teaching at the collegiate or pre-professional level.


Principal duties will include private instruction for jazz drum students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Teaching ensembles, instructing part of the Jazz Elements class. Engaged in the leadership of the Jazz Studies department including being present, attending meetings, participating in curricular development and Thornton governance. Additional related duties may be assigned, based on the needs of the department and the qualifications of the candidate.

Review of applications will begin December 1, 2022.

All candidates must apply at:

Candidates are asked to provide a curriculum vitae and email addresses for three references.  Do not send recordings and other supporting materials unless requested.  Materials will not be returned.

The University of Southern California is an equal-opportunity educator and employer, proudly pluralistic and firmly committed to providing equal opportunity for outstanding persons of every race, gender, creed, and background.

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