Department of Theatre & Dance
Assistant Teaching Professor of Musical Theatre
Ball State University
Ball State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance seeks a full-time contract colleague to join our vibrant community.
The Ball State Department of Theatre and Dance is growing and changing. We offer eight diverse curricular options that develop and nurture each student’s creativity, curiosity, and collaborative skills. We inspire our students to be thinkers, responsible citizens, and motivated artists who will make a difference in creating the next generation’s voice.
We seek an individual with a commitment to collaborative discourse, interdisciplinary inquiry, and entrepreneurial learning practices as a musical theatre practitioner and voice teacher within a Nationally recognized BFA program in musical theatre. The successful candidate will be a vital contributor to the curriculum, help in the recruitment of students, and will assist in building connections within the discipline that will further enhance the opportunities presented to our students during and after their matriculation.
The department is a BFA/BA/BS undergraduate-only program with over 425 theatre majors, 75 dance majors and 45 full-time faculty/staff. This includes 80 majors within our nationally recognized BFA musical theatre program. The musical theatre area features showcase opportunities in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, along with senior level cabaret performances for all graduating seniors at The Cabaret in Indianapolis and at Joe’s Pub at The Public Theatre in New York City. The Department plays an active role in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) and with the American College Dance Association (ACDA). Ball State is accredited by both the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST) and the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD). Our undergraduate only program, low student-to-faculty ratio, hands-on advising and mentoring from a faculty of working professionals, and distinguished guest artists allow for the personal development of each student as both an individual and an artist.
As a faculty member at Ball State University, you will have access to robust programming and institutional resources that help faculty develop as teachers, creative artists, and scholars, including new faculty academies and communities of practice, development opportunities through the Division of Online and Strategic Learning, and the University’s Aspire internal granting program.
Duties and Responsibilities: Teaching load will include a variety of courses in in a highly competitive BFA
undergraduate musical theatre curriculum. Courses may include private voice lessons, sight singing, basic musicianship, introductory acting and singing actor courses, ensemble singing, and other courses as needed.
Candidate may also serve as a director, musical director, actor, or coach on assigned musical productions, and work in collaboration with theatre and dance faculty, staff, and students in facilitating the production program at Ball State University.
Faculty members in the College of Fine Arts, are expected to be quality teachers, productive in creative and/or scholarly work, and engaged in public service activities, contributing to the Ball State and Muncie communities, and beyond.
Minimum Qualifications: Master’s degree with a minimum of five (5) years of experience as an artist, performer, musical director, or director on Broadway, major Regional Theatre, or Equity touring venues. One year of part-time or full-time teaching experience at the university/college level, gained concurrently or at any time. Experience as a musical theatre practitioner in professional venues.
Candidates for searches must have current authorization to be employed in the U.S. without employer sponsorship.
Preferred Qualifications: Master’s degree in theatre or related discipline with a minimum of ten (10) years experience as an artist, performer, musical director, or director on Broadway or in major Regional Theatre venues. Three years of teaching experience at the university/college level. Ability to serve as a pianist for class and production work when needed. Significant connections and recognitions within the professional musical theatre industry. Excellent communication and organizational skills. Ability to work collegially within a liberal-arts setting.
Apply online at: https://bsu.peopleadmin.com/postings/23532. Include the following documents with your application: curriculum vitae, teaching philosophy statement, and cover letter addressed to Michael Elliott. In the Applicant Documents section of this application under “Required Documents”, please upload the following: A one-page teaching philosophy under “Teaching Philosophy Statement”. The application requires contact information for three (3) professional references. The option to upload transcripts is available. Original, official transcripts showing the highest related degree earner is required at the time of hire (even if obtained at BSU). Degree verification will be conducted.
Review of applications will begin immediately and will be accepted through February 22, 2021.
Ball State University is located in Muncie, Indiana, approximately 45 miles northeast of Indianapolis. Approximately 21,000 undergraduate and graduate students enroll each year in diverse academic programs on and off campus. Our students come from all Indiana counties, all 50 states, and 68 countries to pursue knowledge in seven academic colleges offering 190 undergraduate majors, 130 undergraduate minors, 140 graduate programs and 200 study abroad programs.
The Ball State way is rooted in the Beneficence Pledge – a commitment to excellence in teaching and scholarship, honesty and integrity, social responsibility, gratitude and valuing the intrinsic worth of each member of our community. Ball State students, faculty and staff are empowered in a culture that believes in them and demands they believe in themselves. They are partners in an innovative, immersive approach to education. They are supported by living and learning facilities that enable intellectual curiosity. We graduate scholars who are changing the world, and we’ve dedicated our University to do the same.
The university offers an excellent wellness program and extensive benefits offerings to include a generous paid time off package and paid parental leave. For further information regarding benefits please visit: https://cms.bsu.edu/About/AdministrativeOffices/HumanResources/Jobs/Benefits-and-Community/Faculty
Ball State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status.