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Academic Associate, String Project Mentor

Arizona State University

Arizona State University

Tempe, AZ, USA
Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Arizona State University: Office of the University Provost Tempe: Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts: School of Music, Dance and Theatre


Tempe, AZ

Open Date

May 22, 2024


Academic Associate, String Project Mentor

School of Music, Dance and Theatre

Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University

The School of Music, Dance and Theatre at Arizona State University seeks a part-time academic associate to begin in fall 2024 in support of our String Project Program. This position will be located on the Tempe campus, as well as includes remote work.

About ASU

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. In 2022, ASU was named a Hispanic-Serving Institution and in 2023, ASU joined the prestigious Association of American Universities. ASU is deeply committed to advancing in innovative ways while sustaining a welcoming, supportive, and empowering environment for all members of our community.

About the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

The Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, the largest comprehensive design and arts school in the country, is located within a dynamic research university focused on transformative change. Built on a unique combination of disciplines, the Herberger Institute comprises the Schools of Art; Arts, Media and Engineering; Music, Dance and Theatre; ASU FIDM; The Design School; and The Sidney Poitier New American Film School, and the ASU Art Museum. The Herberger Institute is committed to developing and scaling ideas that strengthen the role of designers and artists across all areas of society and culture, and increasing the capacity of artists and designers to make a difference in their communities. For more information on the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, visit herbergerinstitute.asu.edu.

About the School of Music, Dance and Theatre

The School of Music, Dance and Theatre in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University is widely recognized for preparing artists, scholars, visionaries and entrepreneurs to become creative leaders who transform society through their art. Our internationally recognized faculty artists, scholars and guest artists are motivating and compassionate mentors who work with students to cultivate excellence and personal growth. Our nationally recognized programs feature a comprehensive range of degrees plus minors and certificates and more than 600 concerts, events, performances, productions and recitals each year. Located in the culturally rich Southwest in one of the most vibrant, expanding urban centers, our programs afford students access to a diverse environment and engagement in Phoenix’s flourishing arts community. Above all, we value the creativity, personal experience and voice each student brings to the school.

Principal duties for the Academic Associate include meeting weekly with undergraduate teachers before class to plan instruction, observing undergraduate teachers (2 teachers for each class), meeting with teachers after class to answer questions and offer suggestions. Responsible for Selecting music for each class level from the String Project music library. Additionally, responsible for leading a 10:15am class on Saturdays, and for organizing and participating in one concert program per semester


Required Qualifications

  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching in a public-school class setting.
  • Previous experience mentoring beginning teachers.
  • Knowledge of playing technique for violin/viola/cello/double bass.
  • Ability to articulate choice of teaching practices and the reasons for those choices.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills; computer and media/technology skills.

Desired Qualifications

  • Minimum of 5 years teaching beginning and intermediate string instruments.
  • Familiarity with ASU’s String Project Program.

Application Instructions


Please submit the following materials:

  • A curriculum vitae.
  • A letter of interest that addresses position description and required qualifications.
  • Names and contact information of at least three professional references.

Application Deadline:

The application deadline is June 20, 2024. Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool. Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled.