The Ball State Department of Theatre and Dance is growing and changing. We 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 400 theatre majors, 65 dance majors and 45 full-time faculty/staff. This also includes 60 minors in our New Works for the Stage minor. The playwriting area features several faculty and student led initiatives including our semi-annual Playwriting Week and a New Works Festival, and regular production opportunities for student playwrights with our student directed space. The Department also regularly produces new works on our mainstage spaces each season. 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.
Teaching load will primarily include teaching voice lessons and affiliated master classes in a highly competitive BFA undergraduate musical theatre curriculum. Additional courses will be assigned based on available load and area of expertise. This may include sight singing, basic musicianship, all levels of singing actor courses, and ensemble singing, and other courses as needed. Candidate may also supervise students involved in the Department’s BFA Senior Showcases in Chicago and New York, serve as a director, musical director, or coach on assigned musical productions, or work in collaboration with theatre and dance faculty, staff, and students in facilitating the production program at Ball State University.
Faculty members are expected to function as collaborative, innovative, inclusive and adaptive members of the College of Fine Arts community, both within and beyond one’s home unit. All College of Fine Arts faculty are expected to be a quality teacher, productive in creative and/or scholarly work, engaged in public service activities, and contributors to the Ball State and Muncie communities and beyond.
At Ball State University, Inclusiveness and freedom of expression are a part of our enduring values and inform all of our efforts. We encourage applicants to familiarize themselves with our Inclusive Excellence Plan to learn more about our commitment and to identify how you might contribute to these efforts.
Minimum Qualifications: Master’s degree in voice, musical theatre, or related discipline or equivalent professional experience completed by date of employment. Experience teaching voice lessons to students within the musical theatre discipline at the collegiate level. One year of teaching experience at the university/college level.
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. 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. Ability to serve as a pianist for class and/or a musical director within production work when needed. Substantial experience as an artist, performer, musical director, or director on Broadway or in major Regional Theatre venues. Connections and recognitions within the professional musical theatre industry.
Apply online at: https://bsu.peopleadmin.com/postings/28325. Include the following documents with your application: cover letter, vitae, teaching philosophy statement, and an inclusive excellence statement. 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.
Employer will consider sponsorship.
Review of applications will begin immediately and will be accepted through January 10, 2022.
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. We engage students in educational, research, and creative endeavors that empower our graduates to have fulfilling careers and meaningful lives enriched by lifelong learning and service, while we enhance the economic, environmental, and social vitality of our community, our state, and our world.
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, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status.