Director of the Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies

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Job Description

Specialization: Music History, Director of the Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies

Job Opening ID (JOID): 24057

Rank: Assistant or Associate Professor (Tenure-track)


Required Qualifications

Doctorate in Musicology or closely related field, with demonstrated expertise in Ludwig van Beethoven studies. Knowledge of the historical, analytical, and theoretical aspects of 18th and 19th century composers and music. A record that demonstrates promise of a successful career as a teacher-scholar within the context of an urban comprehensive university. Terminal degree by start of appointment is required. Candidate must address the needs of a student population of great diversity – in age, cultural background, ethnicity, primary language, and academic preparation – through course materials, teaching strategies, and advisement.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Successful teaching experience at the university level.

  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with diverse stakeholders, including students,

  • faculty, staff, alumni, donors, community members, and board members.

  • Reading knowledge of German.



Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in the School of Music and Dance, including, but not limited to, courses in Music Appreciation, Music History, upper-division writing, and graduate seminars in Research and Bibliography, Music History, and Performance Practice. Act as thesis advisor for master’s students and serve on graduate student committees. Participate in School administrative activities, and serve on School, College, and University committees. Build and sustain a record of research, scholarly, and creative activities.


Initial appointment will be as Director of the Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies under renewable term conditions. Individual shall be responsible for overall strategic leadership of the Center, creating and implement educational outreach programs and integrating the aims and mission of the Center with the School of Music and Dance and the broader university to make the Center a resource for students, scholars, performers, and other institutions. She or he shall oversee all functions of the Center, including: budget and space, reporting, staff supervision, event planning and coordination, and oversight of The Beethoven Journal. The Director shall work with the Center’s Curator to (a) build collections and plan and implement exhibits; (b) establish program priorities and development objectives with the Board of Trustees of the American Beethoven Society; (c) develop grant fundraising proposals for local and national funding agencies; (d) work with the Dean and development staff to help build the Center’s endowments and foster relationships with potential donors.


Salary Range: Commensurate with qualifications and expertise

Starting Date: January 22, 2018, with possibility of extending start date to August 20, 2018 if necessary.

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


San José State University is California’s oldest institution of public higher learning. The campus is located on the southern end of San Francisco Bay in downtown San José (Pop. 1,000,000), hub of the world-famous Silicon Valley high-technology research and development center. Many of California’s most popular national, recreational, and cultural attractions are conveniently close. A member of the 23-campus CSU system, San José State University enrolls approximately 33,000 students, a significant percentage of whom are first-generation college students and members of minority groups. The University is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty so our disciplines, students and the community can benefit from multiple ethnic and gender perspectives.


The Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies is an extensive library and museum devoted to the life, works, and accomplishments of Ludwig van Beethoven. Established in 1983 when Ira F. Brilliant donated his Beethoven collection to San José State University, the Center is an Organized Research Unit of the University and is located in the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library, a joint facility shared by the University and the City of San José. The Center has the largest collection of Beethoven materials in the U.S. In addition to functioning as a research library and museum, the Center is involved in a variety of educational programs and sponsors concerts, lectures, tours, and other events. Long-term projects include publication of The Beethoven Journal and development of the Center’s online catalog, the Beethoven Gateway. The Center is also the headquarters for the American Beethoven Society.

How to Apply

For full consideration, submit an electronic packet that includes: (1) letter of application; (2) curriculum vitae; (3) statement of teaching interests/philosophy; (4) statement of research agenda; (5) writing sample; and (6) a list of three references with contact information by noon on September 15, 2017 to Dr. Fred Cohen, Director of the School of Music and Dance via Interfolio: Transcripts and current letters of recommendation will be required of finalists.


Inquiries may be directed to Dr. Fred Cohen: Please include JOID in all correspondence.

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