Texas Tech University

Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre

Texas Tech University
J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts
School of Theatre & Dance

Position Announcement


Position Number: T92030

Appointment: Tenure-Track, beginning fall 2019

Application Deadline: Review of applicants will begin October 15 and will continue until the position is filled.

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience

The Texas Tech University School of Theatre & Dance within the J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts is accepting applications for a tenure track faculty position as Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre. This position is for a nationally or internationally prominent or emerging artist and scholar with a commitment to helping to guide the musical theatre program to national distinction and nurturing the next generation of musical theatre artists enrolled in our undergraduate and graduate programs. The successful candidate will begin service in this full-time position at the beginning of the 2019 fall semester.

Position Requirements: Terminal degree, combination of degree(s) and experience, or equivalent professional experience. Evidence of ability to teach both graduate and undergraduate students at the university level as a vocal instructor and in such courses as musical theatre performance, musical theatre history, musical theatre literature, and other subjects of the candidate's expertise. Record of professional activity and/or research that demonstrates emerging or established national or international recognition in the field of musical theatre is paramount. Continuing record of professional activity that is relevant to the current and future practice of our craft. Working knowledge of current practice and theory in musical theatre voice and new works development, with a vision towards the future of the discipline, including innovations in the teaching of musical theatre. A demonstrated and ongoing commitment to serving diverse student populations, and strong evidence of the ability and desire to perform service: responsibilities include, but are not limited to, recruiting, program-building, and commitment to extra-curricular activities in the school, college, university, and community. Commitment to quality, student-centered education and working as a collegial team member. Candidates who have clear potential to support scholarship by extramural funding, as appropriate to research specialization, are encouraged to apply.

Preferred Qualifications: Ability to form partnerships within and outside of the university, regionally, nationally, and internationally including community engagement. Familiarity with current and cutting-edge practices in musical theatre pedagogy and literature. Experience working with diverse student populations and first-generation students. Piano proficiency. Extensive experience in teaching related to the position of hire.

Position Description:
The successful candidate will be expected to:

  • Demonstrate ability to teach vocal technique and additional courses related to expertise, such as musical theatre history and literature, continue to engage in nationally/internationally recognized creative/professional practice, and/or scholarship.
  • Embrace new forms of critically engaged disciplinary practice/scholarship in the evolving fields of musical theatre and new works development. Foster courses that emphasize a commitment to social responsibility, advocacy, and engagement as they relate to the field. Seek interdisciplinary opportunities across the university.
  • As a collaborative departmental citizen, actively participate in school, college and university service, including committee work and academic support services such as undergraduate and graduate reviews, thesis and dissertation committee work, and curriculum development; recruitment of students into the program; program review (including implementation and assessment of outcomes); maintaining the school's accreditation with NAST; and student advising across diverse communities, supervision of student organizations, and participation in sponsored off-campus activities.
  • Participate in the WildWind and/or Marfa Intensive programs, dedicated to new play and new work development during the summer.
  • Mentor the creation of new work.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to collegiality within and outside the school.

The School of Theatre and Dance is NAST accredited and offers the BA in Theatre; BFAs in Acting, Design and Musical Theatre; MA; MFA in Arts Administration. Playwriting, Design, and Performance and Pedagogy; PhD. in Fine Arts with a major in Theatre. A faculty of 26 full-time professors serves approximately 145 undergraduate students and 74 students involved in graduate study. The School has many prominent alumni, including Jaston Williams (Greater Tuna), G.W. Bailey (The Closer, Major Crimes), Jennifer Smith (The Producers), Brad Leland (Friday Night Lights), Randy Cordray (The Office), Barry Corbin (No Country for Old Men). Technical and administrative support includes a total of 9 staff positions. The School's resources include a new state-of-the-art facility scheduled to open Fall 2019, a burgeoning Equity theatre connected to the school, the nationally-renowned Marfa and WildWind Performance Lab programs and annual participation in the Tennessee Williams Festival. For more information, visit www.depts.ttu.edu/theatreanddance/.

The J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts comprises the School of Art, the School of Music, and the School of Theatre & Dance, accredited by NASAD, NASM, NAST, and NASD, respectively. TTU is the only public university in the state accredited in all four arts areas, and boasts many acclaimed alumni, including Susan Graham, Terry Cook, Ann Sanders, G.W. Bailey, Barry Corbin, Jennifer Smith, Scott Dadich, Susanne Klotz and D.J. Stout. With more than 120 faculty members and approximately 1,100 students, the College offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including the terminal M.F.A., D.M.A., and Ph.D. degrees. Our unique Ph.D. program in Fine Arts provides interdisciplinary education in the visual & performing arts combined with philosophical aesthetics. For more information, visit www.vpa.ttu.edu.

Texas Tech University, established in 1923, is a Carnegie Highest Research Activity university and the largest comprehensive institution of higher education in the western two-thirds of the state (a region larger than 46 of the nation's 50 states). The university's 1,839-acre Spanish Renaissance style campus, which serves approximately 37,000 students, is the only one in Texas that is home to a major university, law school and medical school, and serves an increasingly diverse and multi-cultural student body. Lubbock, the hub of the South Plains, has an area population of almost 300,000 and offers a quality living experience with a semi-arid climate and housing costs below the national average. Texas Tech University recently surpassed the Hispanic student population threshold necessary for designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). The city supports a symphony orchestra; several museums; the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts; numerous galleries; and a variety of music, dance, and theatre performances. Direct flights to Lubbock are available from Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Denver, Phoenix and Las Vegas.

Apply online at http://www.texastech.edu/careers/

Please provide the following with your application:

  1. Letter of Application
  2. One-page Research Statement
  3. One-page Teaching Philosophy
  4. Curriculum Vitae (including any links to professional websites, professional reviews, etc.)
  5. Letters from three references with contact information (addressing teaching effectiveness)

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy: As an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, Texas Tech University is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. We actively encourage applications from all those who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community at Texas Tech University. The university welcomes applications from minorities, women, protected veterans, persons with disabilities, and dual-career couples.

Contact: Dean Nolen, Chair of Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre Search Committee