Friends University invites applications for a full time Assistant Professor, Special Appointment, Music Theatre & Dance faculty member to support a new BA in Music Theatre degree program.
This position is nine-month faculty appointment and reports to the Chair of the Division of Fine Arts. The initial appointment is for 3 years and may become permanent depending on program growth. The ideal candidate will hold an MFA in Music Theatre, Acting or Dance with 3-5 years teaching experience and professional theatre or dance experience beyond the academic arena. The successful applicant will work with the Chair of Fine Arts in providing leadership and vision for the new music theatre degree program.
ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY & THE COMMUNITY
Friends University offers a complement of traditional undergraduate majors, non-traditional adult degree-completion programs, and professional graduate programs. Founded in 1898, the University is situated on a beautiful park-like campus in the heart of Wichita, Kansas. Wichita is a vibrant urban city with all the charms of a small town. Our great community offers something for everyone and is rich in arts, education, leisure, and commercial resources.
Friends University seeks to hire faculty who will embrace our mission and celebrate our commitment to equipping students to honor God in their personal, professional, and spiritual lives by adhering to the University’s RISE Core Values (Respect, Inclusion, Service and Excellence). The mission of the University is:
Friends University, a Christian University of Quaker heritage, equips students to honor God and serve others by integrating their intellectual, spiritual and professional lives.
EXPECTATIONS & RESPONSIBILITIES
Assignments in teaching are based upon the candidate’s credentials and the division’s curricular needs, which may include the following:
· Music Theatre Dance, Jazz, Tap and related Movement Practice
· Music Theatre Survey
· Music Theatre Workshop
· Direct or choreograph Music Theatre productions (as assigned) in Friends’ annual fine arts performance season.
Additional practicum courses may be available in the candidate’s area of expertise, such as auditioning, acting styles, or movement skills. Movement skills could include, but are not limited to, Dance Composition, Contact Improvisation, Stage Combat, or Movement practices such as: Alexander technique, Mime, Laban Movement Analysis, Williamson technique, or Viewpoints.
Additional duties include:
· Recruiting students for the musical theatre program
· Advising and mentoring students in career planning
· Overseeing the budget and production schedule of the musical theatre program
· Serving on university-wide committees
The successful candidate will hold a MFA in Music Theatre, Acting or Dance or equivalent performing experience, prior teaching experience, a record of artistic/scholarly achievement, and professional experience in music theatre.
The university prefers to hire a candidate who holds MFA in Music Theatre, Acting or Dance with 3-5 years college teaching experience, a record of artistic/scholarly achievement and professional experience in acting or directing.
Rank and salary are commensurate with education and experience.
Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three professional references and answers to the following questions:
1. Please describe how your personal worldview fits with Friends University’s Christian mission.
2. Please describe how you would integrate Christian faith with your work as a teacher and scholar, if you were to be hired for a faculty position at Friends University.
Review of applications begins March 1, 2020 and continues until June 30, 2020.
The position starts August 12, 2020.
Please visit our employment site at www.friends.edu/employment to apply. Only applications submitted through this Friends University website application process will be accepted.