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Assistant Professor - Musical Theatre Vocal Performance - #182753

Western Carolina University
Cullowhee, NC

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Assistant Professor - Musical Theatre Vocal Performance - #182753


School of Stage & Screen

Position Summary:

This position is on site at our Cullowhee, NC campus. Employees at WCU may be required to submit to campus based COVID 19 vaccination or testing requirements.
The School of Stage and Screen at Western Carolina University seeks a voice teacher at the rank of Assistant Professor. This is a full-time, 9-month fixed-term position. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until a candidate has been selected. Anticipated begin work date is August 2022.

Responsibilities may include:

  1. Teaching voice lessons to BFA Musical Theatre students and participating in weekly Voice Studio Masterclasses.
  2. Scheduling BFA Musical Theatre student voice lessons and accompaniment sessions.
  3. Teaching courses that may include vocal pedagogy, music theory, aural skills, piano skills, musical theatre ensembles, and other courses as needed and according to the applicant’s areas of specialization.
  4. Serve as an academic advisor for BFA Musical Theatre students.
  5. Serve on departmental adjudication panels and juries.
  6. Take an active part in recruitment, including auditions, festivals, and outreach activities.
  7. Take part in planning and organizing enrichment activities such as visiting artists, master classes, vocal competitions, recording sessions, etc.
  8. Take part in planning and coordinating major performances including main stage productions, thesis productions, and side stage (student-run) productions.
  9. Serve on assigned and/or voluntary school, college, and university committees
  10. Commit to Western Carolina University’s and the Belcher College of Fine and Performing Art’s diversity and inclusion efforts, including a commitment to creating a curriculum that includes works by diverse composers.
  11. Other duties or classes that are deemed appropriate by the Head of Musical Theatre, Head of Stage and Screen, or Dean of the Belcher College of Fine and Performing Arts.
  12. Contributing to ongoing curriculum review and refreshment, including university, college, and department-wide curriculum assessment processes.
The School of Stage and Screen is housed in the Belcher College of Fine and Performing Arts. The school serves approximately 200 majors in Film & Television Production, Musical Theatre | Acting performance, Entertainment Design & Technology, and BA Theatre. It also houses a flourishing Dance Minor. Musical Theatre at WCU affirms and encourages four shared values: Authentic Curiosity, Daring Experimentation, Joyful Contribution, and Radical Critical Thought. Through individual alignment with these core values, we build a diverse, inclusive, and compassionate community that values and honors its members and holds space for growth, inspiration, security, and excellence.

Carnegie statement:

WCU embraces its role as a regionally engaged university and is designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a community engaged university. Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate a commitment to public engagement through their teaching, service, and scholarship.

Minimum Qualifications:

MFA in Musical Theatre or MFA/MM in Vocal Performance. Individuals without a terminal degree but with commensurate professional experience will also be considered.

Preferred Qualifications:

MFA in Musical Theatre or DMA/PhD in Music Education (with vocal concentration) or Vocal Performance. At least three years of experience teaching in higher education. Demonstrated professional experience in the Musical Theatre world, including, but not limited to: Performance, Music Directing, Vocal Coaching, Vocal Direction, Composition, Arrangement, or Rehearsal Accompanist/Musical Director. Demonstrated commitment to and excellence in teaching diverse student populations, including first-generation college students.

Position Type:

Permanent Full-Time

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applicants must apply online. Hard copy materials will not be accepted for consideration. Interested applicants must include the following attachments: Letter of Application; Curriculum Vitae; unofficial transcripts from highest earned degree; and a list of three professional references (including full contact information). For questions or additional information, please contact Chair of Search Committee (Claire Eye) at [email protected]


Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks.

Western Carolina University uses E-Verify to confirm employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit Proper documentation of identity and employability are required at the time of employment.

Credential Verification:

All new employees are required to have listed credentials/degrees verified within 30 days of employment. All new employees who will be teaching are required to provide official transcripts within 30 days of employment. Transcripts should be provided for the highest earned degree and/or the degree which is being used to satisfy credential/qualification requirements.


Western Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race; color; religion; sex; sexual orientation; gender identity or expression; national origin; age; disability; genetic information; political affiliation; National Guard or veteran status, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations, and policies, and the policies of The University of North Carolina. Additionally, the University promotes the realization of equal employment opportunity for minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and veterans through its affirmative action program.
Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call (828) 227-7218 or email at [email protected]

University Safety:

The Western Carolina University Annual Safety Report is available online at University Annual Safety Report or in hard-copy by request at the office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, 227 HFR Administration Building, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7147) or the Office of University Police, 111 Camp Annex, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7301). The report, required of all universities participating in Title IV student financial aid programs, discusses crime statistics, procedures for reporting suspicious or criminal activity, security, police authority, crime prevention strategies, university policies on substance abuse and sexual offenses, workplace violence and fire safety.


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About Us

Western Carolina University offers a collaborative community of faculty and staff eager to partner together to support the success of our students and our institution. We attract employees who are inspired to work in higher education because of the difference we can make together in the lives of the more than 10,000 students who study at WCU. For a few other reasons WCU is a great place to work:

Do you like being involved in the local community? So do we. We have robust service learning and community outreach efforts that invite students, faculty and staff to serve our local community in an ever-growing number of ways.

Western Carolina University has been named the Top Adventure College in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic. Our main campus in Cullowhee is situated 15 minutes from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway. We have a biking and hiking trail on campus and many more in the area.

We attract students who are eager to excel. WCU has the oldest and largest Honors College in the UNC system and is consistently among the Top 5 institutions nationally for undergraduate research projects accepted to the National Conference on Undergraduate Research.

We are a cultural hub for the region. Our College of Fine and Performing Arts produces professional-quality theater under the direction of Broadway star Terrance Mann, and our music programs are recognized as some of the best in the state. Our Pride of the Mountains Marching Band has been invited to the Macy's parade and the Tournament of Roses Parade.

Our healthcare programs are some of the most competitive in the southeast and are housed in an incredible LEED-certified facility complete with some of the best technology in teaching along with community clinics for applied learning.

For more information, please visit our website at


Western Carolina University (WCU) has been honored in multiple areas demonstrating our commitment to our students, faculty, staff and our community.  Our distinguished faculty includes national award-winning authors, nationally and internationally recognized experts, and winners of Emmy, O’Henry, and National Endowment for the Arts awards – to name a few.  WCU has been named a Top Green College by Princeton Review, is among the Top 5 for Undergraduate Research in the nation, and has been named by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance as a Best College Value.  Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine has named WCU the Number 1 Outdoor Adventure College for three years running.  The WCU Pride of the Mountains Marching Band is a Sudler Trophy recipient, having led the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Rose Bowl Parade.  WCU is ranked by U.S. News & World Report in the Top 12 Best Online Programs for the Military as well as #27 among institutions in the South for Best Colleges for Veterans.

Faculty and Staff are honored annually with a broad range of Teaching, Scholarship and service honors.  For more information, please visit our website at


Western Carolina University offers a wide array of high quality benefit plans from which to choose. These include comprehensive health and welfare insurance plans, a choice between two retirement programs, both of which provide a valuable retirement benefit, as well as optional retirement savings opportunities. Employees also benefit from a generous leave program. For more information please visit our benefits page at UNC Benefits

Diversity and Inclusion

Western Carolina University has a commitment to recruiting and retaining diverse employees who bring to our campus varied perspective and cultural understanding. Our Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Programs aspires to strengthen diversity as an integral component of excellence at WCU. Among public universities, our institution leads the region in student body diversity, and our diversity metrics are growing.

Mission and Vision

Our Mission (who we are):

To improve individual lives and enhance economic and community development in our region, state and nation through engaged learning opportunities in our academic programs, educational outreach, research and creative activities, and cultural activities. 

Our Core Values and Guiding Principles (what guides and inspires us):

Excellence in Scholarship, Teaching, and Learning

Collaboration with and Respect for our Communities

Free and Open Interchange of Ideas

Responsible Stewardship and Organizational Effectiveness

Organizational and Environmental Sustainability

Cultural Diversity and Equal Opportunity

Our Vision Statement (who we want to be):

To be a national model for student learning and engagement that embraces its responsibilities as a regionally engaged university.

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