The College of The Arts congratulates Dr. José Valentino Ruiz, who accepted a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Music Technology and Music Industry at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee. Dr. Valentino graduated with his Doctor of Philosophy in Music from USF in May.
A winner of 42 International DownBeat Student Music Awards, Dr. Valentino has collaborated with numerous Grammy-winning and internationally recognized composers. In 2015, Valentino and his group, the Latin Jazz Ensemble, were nominated for a Latin GRAMMY in the category of Best Latin Jazz Album for their creation “I Make You Want to Move.”
Dr. Valentino will teach electric bass and flute in addition to music classes pertaining to production, business, and entrepreneurship. He will have the honor of establishing Lee University’s first recording studio. Dr. Valentino expressed great enthusiasm for his new position on his official Facebook page, “There are some incredible things happening at Lee U School of Music that I have not seen in other schools.” He adds that he is “glad to be a part of the plan to help revolutionize the program.”
Associate Director and Associate Professor of Music Education Dr. David Williams is excited for Dr. Valentino to begin his higher education teaching career and utilize his diverse skillset, “Jose is an amazingly talented multi-instrumentalist and also an outstanding teacher and researcher with progressive ideas.” Dr. Williams knows that Dr. Valentino will represent himself and USF very well. He adds, “I expect to hear great things about his work over the coming years.”
The College of The Arts wishes Dr. Valentino well as he begins this new chapter of his life and congratulates him once again for all his achievements.
José nominated for a 16th Annual Latin GRAMMY® Award - Best Latin Jazz Album of The Year!!!