Assistant Professor

Manhattan KS
Sep 14, 2017
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

General Description of Position:

The Kansas State University School of Music, Theatre, and Dance invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track drama therapy and theatre faculty appointment to begin August, 2018.

Teach graduate courses in drama therapy, mentor graduate research, and teach undergraduate courses as needed in acting, stage management, or theatre management. A specialty in drama therapy, such as Playback Theatre, Sociodrama, Psychodrama, Developmental Transformations, or Ethics is preferred. This faculty member must be active as a researcher and is expected to recruit for the graduate drama therapy program. Additional duties may be assigned as required.

Information about the College/Unit:

Kansas State University is recognized by The Princeton Review as one of America’s best colleges, and U.S. News and World Report lists the university among the top 75 public universities in the United States. Kansas State University is implementing an aggressive plan to become a top 50 public research university by 2025. The university is composed of ten colleges and has an enrollment of over 24,000 students with more than 250 majors and options available to its students. The main campus is located in Manhattan, Kansas. The university also has a campus in Olathe and the Polytechnic campus in Salina. 

The School of Music, Theatre, and Dance has approximately 100 Theatre majors pursuing the B.A. and B.S. degrees; 15 graduate Theatre students pursuing the M.A degree in drama therapy; 220 undergraduate Music majors pursuing the B.M., B.A., and B.M.E. degrees; 36 graduate Music students pursuing M.M. degrees; and offers minors in Music, Theatre, and Dance. The School has 49 full-time and 7 part-time faculty members, is supported by an Associate Director for each of the three areas of Music, Theatre, and Dance, a full-time academic advisor, and by four full-time administrative staff members.

The School of Music, Theatre, and Dance is accredited by NASM and NAST and is housed within the College of Arts and Sciences, the “intellectual and academic core of the University” with 23 academic units. A land-grant institution, Kansas State University is a Carnegie “very high research” and “engaged” university with more than 4,000 students who participate in curricular and co-curricular activities offered through the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance. 

The Drama Therapy graduate program will apply for approval by the North American Drama Therapy Association in the 2018-2019 academic year. 

The city of Manhattan, where Kansas State is located, is situated in the rolling Flint Hills of Northeast Kansas, 125 miles west of Kansas City via Interstate 70. Five miles north of the city is Tuttle Creek Reservoir, one of the largest in the Midwest. The 668-acre campus is convenient to both business and residential areas. “The Little Apple” is a classic college town with more than 56,000 residents.

Diversity and Inclusion:

Kansas State University embraces diversity and promotes inclusion in every sector of the institution. The university actively seeks candidates whose commitments and contributions will advance the University's commitment to the Principles of Community.

The Successful Candidate will:

The successful candidate will have a MFA or doctorate in field related to drama therapy, clinical experience in the drama therapy field, and demonstrated success as a teacher of drama therapy and other theatre courses.  

Required Minimum Qualifications:

A MFA or doctorate in field related to drama therapy and registry in drama therapy is required.

Preferred Qualifications:

Preferred qualifications are:  a minimum of three years of professional clinical experience as a drama therapists, demonstrated success in collegiate-level teaching, and experience mentoring graduate student research.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please apply through K-State Jobs Send a pdf file containing a letter of application, curriculum vitae, college transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable), and contact information of at least three references. Additionally, candidates should provide a one-page “Approach to Drama Therapy Practice” and a one-page “Philosophy to Teaching Drama Therapy.” For questions, contact Prof. Sally Bailey, Chair, Drama Therapy Search Committee,

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment.

Screening of Applications Begins:

Review of materials begins on November 13, 2017.

Position will remain open until filled.

Salary Range/ Pay Rate:

 Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees.

Background Screening Statement:

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.