Assistant Professor (Music, Theatre and Dance)

66502 KS
Sep 09, 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 Director of Orchestral Studies to begin August, 2018.

Primary responsibilities are to conduct the Kansas State University Orchestra and teach applied cello (required) and bass (desired).  Additionally, this faculty member may teach string education courses and supervise string education interns.  This faculty member must demonstrate research, scholarship, and creative activity relevant to their field and is expected to recruit for the string 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 has approximately 240 undergraduate Music majors pursuing the B.M., B.A., and B.M.E. degrees; 40 graduate Music students pursuing M.M. degrees; 100 Theatre majors pursuing the B.A. and B.S. degrees; 15 graduate Theatre students pursuing the M.A degree in drama therapy; 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 Kansas State University Orchestra consists of approximately 75 members of music majors and minors, as well as majors representing all colleges in the university. Scholarships are available for music majors and minors and non-music majors who play in the orchestra. The KSU Orchestra season consists of five concerts annually in addition to a spring collaboration with KSU Opera. Additionally, the orchestra has toured internationally in recent history, performing throughout the United Kingdom in 2017, 2011, and 2008.

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 doctorate or commensurate professional experience and demonstrated success as an orchestral conductor and studio instructor.

Required Minimum Qualifications:

An earned doctorate (ABD candidates will be considered) or commensurate professional experience is required.

Preferred Qualifications:

 Demonstrated success as an orchestral conductor and studio instructor.

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 three letters of recommendation. Additionally, candidates should provide an mp4 file of two different, unedited video clips of an orchestra rehearsal totaling 20 minutes with the front of the candidate in full view of the camera, and a video clip of no more than 10 minutes of a performance of a cello solo. For questions contact Dr. Cora Cooper, Chair, Director of Orchestral Studies 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 October 16, 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.