The successful candidate will teach in the Department of Theatre and Dance, including classes for the Music Theatre BFA, Theatre BFA. BA, BS, and BAA undergraduate programs and advise students on projects and productions specifically focused in the area of Music Theatre. Applicants should possess a strong background in music theatre and a knowledge of the music theatre canon including history, as well as a passion for developing new work, and remaining current in the field with regard to evolving styles, techniques, and repertoire. The candidate should also possess a willingness to work with a collaborative spirit within a team of faculty with varied approaches, and a proven ability to teach beginning and advanced Music Theatre and Theatre courses.
Qualifications include significant professional experience in music theatre and teaching/coaching music theatre performance, and music theatre scholarship. The successful candidate must have a comprehensive knowledge of repertoire and styles of music theatre (including pop, rock, country, and rap/spoken word), and knowledge of classical vocal repertoire. Strong vocal technique and the ability to teach voice is a plus. Applicants should submit a letter of intent, a CV, a statement of Teaching Philosophy which includes a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion philosophy and experience, evidence of teaching effectiveness.
The ideal candidate will teach at the undergraduate level, fostering critical study, creative practice, and provocation in the classroom and beyond. Applicants must hold a terminal degree and/or have a significant record of professional accomplishments in the field. We are looking for candidates with strong skills in collaboration and communication, as well as professional networks to help bridge classroom experiences and the profession.
As an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty of all races, ethnicities, genders, backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives, we are especially interested in candidates who can demonstrate successful and ethical leadership and a passion for working within a community of diverse student, faculty, staff, and professional populations.
- Terminal degree or an equivalent record of professional accomplishments in the field
- Evidence of supporting, teaching, and/or mentoring emerging artists in the classroom and the field
- Evidence of successfully promoting an environment that advances diversity, equity, and inclusion
- Evidence of successful collaboration
- Experience teaching undergraduate students
- Experience in curriculum development
- Experience in Directing Musicals
- A passion for innovative and cross-disciplinary programs
- A commitment to new work in the field
- Proficiency in piano
- Dance and choreography
- Priority consideration will be given to applications received by November 1, 2021. The position will remain open until filled.
- Please submit:
o A one to two-page letter of application that speaks to the required and preferred qualifications of the position
o Curriculum Vitae
o Evidence of teaching experience
o Names and contact information for three references.
o Additional materials may be requested at a later date.
Central Michigan University has a more than 125-year legacy of preparing students to become leaders and changemakers in their communities and in their personal and professional lives.
We serve nearly 19,500 students on our Mount Pleasant campus, in satellite locations around the state and throughout the country, and through flexible online programs. Many of our approximately 300 undergraduate, master’s, specialist and doctoral programs in the arts, media, business, education, human services, health professions, liberal arts, social sciences, medicine, science and engineering are nationally ranked for excellence.
CMU leads the nation in leadership development programming through our Sarah R. Opperman Leadership Institute, and we are proud to be among only 5% of U.S. universities in the top two Carnegie research classifications. Our faculty work with graduate and undergraduate students in areas such as Great Lakes research, medical innovation, engineering technology and more.
Central is home to 17 men’s and women’s Division 1 sports including football, basketball, gymnastics, baseball, wrestling and more. Our student-athletes achieve great success in competition and in the classroom, capturing Mid-American Conference championships and maintaining an average cumulative GPA of 3.17.
CMU is located in Mount Pleasant, a community that blends the best of small-town living with big-city amenities. It’s part of the culturally varied and vibrant Great Lakes Bay Region that also includes Saginaw, Bay City, Midland and the state’s largest Native American community, centered on the Saginaw Chippewa Isabella Reservation in Mount Pleasant.
Area residents enjoy the mix of outdoor activities, cultural events, shopping and dining options, and family attractions. Other major Michigan destinations and attractions – Lansing, Grand Rapids, Detroit, Traverse City, wineries, beaches, golf and ski resorts, and many more – are within easy reach of the city’s central location in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.
CMU employees enjoy access to a nationally recognized wellness program along with health care and benefits that exceed regional, state and national norms.