Assistant Professor in Professional Practice ~ Theatre & Dance

Rochester, New York
Sep 08, 2017
Position Type
Alt-Ac & Post-Ac
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Theatre & Dance Department invites applications for a full-time, assistant professor in professional practice to expand a thriving undergraduate program in Musical Theatre, position starting August 2018. The department seeks candidates committed to undergraduate teaching excellence at a comprehensive institution that supports both liberal arts curricula and professional programs. Applicants who will contribute to the college’s commitment to a diverse and inclusive environment are encouraged to apply.

Candidates should have a record of professional performing experience in musical theatre as well as extensive knowledge of musical theatre dance, repertory and the professional theatre world. Candidates should also demonstrate successful teaching experience in musical theatre dance, musical theatre performance, as well as directing and choreographing for musical theatre.

Primary teaching responsibilities will include direction and choreography of productions, teaching musical theatre dance styles, audition coaching, history and repertory. Teaching duties may also include other forms of dance specialty (i.e. Jazz, Ballet, Modern, African, Social/Ballroom, Tap, etc.), and student showcases. Additional responsibilities will include recruiting high-quality students locally and regionally, establishing connections with industry professionals, maintaining a successful performing or producing career on and off campus, and exhibiting a collegial spirit in collaborating with music, dance and theatre faculty to produce inter-departmental productions that advance the mission of the college.

We will give preference to applicants with a terminal degree, with a 
specialization in Musical Theatre, Theatre Arts, or Dance, and experience teaching in a higher education institution. We will consider applicants with at least a bachelor's degree and significant professional performance experience, who have also taught in a college setting. A commitment to teaching in a liberal arts environment is essential. The successful candidate must demonstrate a commitment to the College mission, of teaching the whole student, by integrating performance skills with a liberal arts grounding.

Please submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, a teaching philosophy that references the College’s mission statement (, and a video link/sample of a performance in, and if applicable, a video sample of direction/choreography for a musical theatre production (please avoid submitting actual video files) to Search Committee Chair, Heather Roffe:

Review of applications will begin Oct. 15, and will continue until the position is filled.

Nazareth College, an independent, comprehensive institution with 2100 undergraduate and 700 graduate students, prepares graduates to live and work as leaders in diverse communities through a wide range of liberal arts and professional programs. Nazareth hires faculty who are committed to excellent teaching, student success, civic engagement, and who will champion diversity within the campus community and beyond. Nazareth strives to be both diverse and inclusive, addressing issues of power, privilege, and marginalization through curricular, co-curricular, scholarly, creative and support activities. The College is located minutes from downtown Rochester, New York, a city noted for world-class cultural and entertainment offerings and a fast-growing innovation economy. Applications from candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged. EOE