Assistant Professor of Voice

Morgantown, West Virginia
Nov 08, 2019
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The College of Creative Arts at West Virginia University invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor of Voice in the School of Theatre and Dance. The position is a nine-month, tenure-track appointment.

Job Description:  Teach classes in the BFA undergraduate and MFA graduate acting programs with a primary emphasis in voice and speech for the theatre. Serve as a vocal coach for the School’s Main Stage production season, with possible opportunities to direct.

Participation in developing curriculum, attracting students to the program, advising, assisting students in audition preparation, and professional development are required.  Participation in university and school committee activities and faculty governance is expected of all faculty members.

Qualifications: The successful candidate must hold an MFA in Theatre/Acting and have taught at least 2 years at the college/university level. Candidates must have a proven record of professional work as a vocal coach and significant specialized training in a vocal technique such as Fitzmaurice, Linklater, or Lessac, and be able to teach IPA and dialects. Professional credits as an actor or director are highly desirable as is an affiliation with AEA or SAG-AFTRA, or with an international professional equivalent. Candidates must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, a dedication to teaching, and enjoy working collaboratively and collegially in a fast-paced educational environment.

Date of Appointment:  August 16, 2020

Application: For a complete application, interested candidates should submit the following:

  • Letter of application
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Names of three (3) references, including complete contact information (email, phone, and mailing addresses)

Additional materials may be requested at a later date.

Applications will start to be reviewed on December 20, 2019.

THE SCHOOL OF THEATRE & DANCE ( is a NAST-accredited training program with an enrollment of approximately 200 undergraduate and graduate students. The School offers MFA degrees in acting, design & technology, and technical direction; BFA degrees in acting, musical theatre, design & technology, and puppetry; a BA degree in dance and a BA in theatre studies, and minors in theatre, dance, and technical production. 

As part of its mission, the School educates students in the traditions and practices of the art of theatre and dance by challenging them to engage in the many processes used and valued by collaborative artists. The School employs 22 full-time and 2 part-time faculty and 3 professional staff to annually produce a vibrant season of theatre and dance productions in four theatres supported by well-equipped production facilities. The School is dedicated to providing an exceptional classroom and studio education supported by hands-on production experiences.

THE COLLEGE OF CREATIVE ARTS ( is one of 15 colleges within the university, including the Schools of Music, Theatre & Dance, and Art & Design, and offers the state’s premier training in the visual and performing arts. Each of these units has a national profile of excellence and all programs are nationally accredited (NAST, NASM, and NASAD). The College of Creative Arts is housed in WVU’s Creative Arts Center and has more than 85 full-time faculty and 25 professional staff whose mission is to educate succeeding generations of artists, teachers, and scholars through an experiential student-centered approach to learning. The College advocates the Arts as a medium through which the diversity of human experience is understood and valued. Exemplifying excellence and innovation in performance, exhibition, scholarship, and creative research, the College offers artistic and cultural opportunities for the citizens of West Virginia and the regional community.

WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY ( is classified as a Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, and is the state’s only comprehensive doctoral-granting, land grant institution. WVU has a current enrollment of approximately 28,000 undergraduate and 5,500 graduate students enrolled in more than 184 graduate and undergraduate programs. The university community is committed to student-centered priorities, academic excellence, research, creative activity, and service to the state. The city of Morgantown has 55,000 residents and has been ranked as the “#1 Small City in America,” the “Best Small City in the East,” and the “3rd Best Small Town” in the nation. Boasting a strong economy and an unemployment rate well below the national average, the area also offers a wide variety of cultural and recreational activities.

West Virginia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students, and invites applications from all qualified individuals, including minorities, females, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.