Kenny Burrell Chair in Jazz Studies University of California, Los Angeles, Herb Alpert School of Music United States

Kenny Burrell Chair in Jazz Studies


  • Herb Alpert School of Music - HASOM DEAN'S OFFICE



Open October 1st, 2018 through January 15th, 2019

If you apply to this recruitment by January 15th, 2019, you will have until January 18th, 2019 to complete your application.



The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music seeks to appoint an accomplished senior faculty at the full professor level to be the inaugural holder of the Kenny Burrell Chair in Jazz Studies and a key faculty in establishing the School’s new Global Jazz Studies major. Global Jazz Studies, an interdepartmental Bachelor of Arts program, is an extension of the former jazz studies concentration established by Burrell in 1996. The new program focuses on the study of jazz from a world perspective, recognizing the importance of learning traditional, contemporary, and global approaches to performance, composition, and scholarship, as well as the African American musical heritage of jazz. Responsibilities for the position include teaching undergraduate (and eventually graduate) students in one or more of the following areas: analyses of early and contemporary jazz styles; composition, arranging, and theory; and cross-cultural perspectives in jazz. Responsibilities may also include directing a student ensemble. Candidates are expected to have an exceptional background in scholarship, performance, composition, or other creative areas. Additionally, academic leadership and fundraising skills are essential for advancing the new program. Candidates must be eligible for a split appointment in one of the School’s three cognate departments: Ethnomusicology, Music, or Musicology. The successful candidate must also demonstrate a strong commitment to furthering the values of diversity in our university community through exemplary teaching, research and service. Candidates with a doctorate or its professional equivalent in academic and creative experience are preferred. A bachelor’s degree is required.


The University of California 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, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy at:



Los Angeles, CA



Document requirements
  • Cover Letter

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Statement - Sample Guidance for Candidates:

  • Statement answering the following: - a) What would you consider to be the most crucial points of focus for the new Global Jazz Studies Program? b) Discuss the role of culture, gender and race in the effort to balance tradition and innovation as well as performance and scholarship. c) What would you add to Global Jazz Studies to assure that the program remains relevant for the next decade, and beyond?

  • Scholarly Publications and/or Sample of Creative Works

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