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Assistant Teaching Professor of Musical Theatre

Ball State University

Last Updated: 5/26/23

Job Description

Department of Theatre & Dance

Assistant Teaching Professor of Musical Theatre

Ball State University

Ball State’s Department of Theatre and Dance welcomes applications for two full-time contract faculty opportunities. These positions will be one-year faculty appointments with a commitment to collaborative discourse, interdisciplinary inquiry, and entrepreneurial learning practices as musical theatre voice teachers within a nationally recognized BFA program in musical theatre.

Teaching load will include voice lessons within our musical theatre training program. Additional courses will include some combination of sight singing, basic musicianship, introductory acting and singing actor courses, ensemble singing, and other courses as needed.

As faculty members in the College of Fine Arts, candidates are expected to be quality teachers and engaged in departmental service activities, while actively contributing to the Ball State and Muncie communities, and beyond.

The Ball State Department of Theatre and Dance offers eight diverse curricular options that develop and nurture each student’s creativity, curiosity, and collaborative skills. We are always growing and changing, seeking new ways to inspire our students to be thinkers, responsible citizens, and motivated artists who will make a difference in creating the next generation’s voice. We are seeking collegial, collaborative faculty with excellent communication and organizational skills to join us.

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.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in theatre or related discipline or equivalent professional experience completed by date of employment.
  • Experience teaching voice lessons to students within the musical theatre discipline.
  • Experience or related expertise that would allow the candidate to teach one or more of the following additional musical theatre courses: sight singing, basic musicianship, introductory acting and singing actor courses, ensemble singing.
  • One year of teaching experience at the university/college level.

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 completed by date of employment.
  • Three years of teaching experience at the university/college level.
  • Ability to serve as a pianist for class and production work when needed.
  • Substantial experience as an artist, performer, musical director, or director on Broadway or in major Regional Theatre venues.
  • Significant connections and recognitions within the professional musical theatre industry.

Apply online at: Include the following documents with your application: curriculum vitae, teaching philosophy statement, and cover letter addressed to Bill Jenkins. Although the option to upload copies of transcripts is available in the application, an official, original transcript showing the highest related degree earned is required at time of hire (even if obtained at Ball State University). Additionally, a degree verification will be ordered at time of hire.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will be accepted through June 28, 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:

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.

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Ball State University is located in Muncie, Indiana, on an attractive campus 45 miles northeast of Indianapolis. Approximately 22,000 graduate and undergraduate students enroll in one of eight academic colleges that offer 120 undergraduate programs. We offer more than 140 master’s, doctoral, certificate, and specialist degrees, with many of them ranking among the best in the nation. Ball Sta...