Ast Inst/Instructor/Ast Prof. Fixed Term-THR (MT)

Michigan State University
East Lansing

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Job no: 820477
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Arts And Letters
Department: Theatre 10004832
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Education/Training, Fixed Term Faculty, Full Time (90-100%), Union
Working/Functional Title

Ast Inst/Instructor/Ast Prof. Fixed Term-THR (MT)

Position Summary

The Department of Theatre at Michigan State University seeks to hire an Assistant Instructor/Instructor/Assistant Professor-Fixed Term, academic year, in the field of Musical Theatre, position to begin August 16, 2023. The ideal candidate is an inspiring educator who is passionate about musical theatre, music theatre training and incorporating inclusive pedagogies in the classroom. This person would join the competitive musical theatre minor program whose students are mostly comprised of acting majors from the BFA in Acting: Stage, Screen and New Media.

Principal duties and responsibilities can be flexible dependent upon the successful candidate's skills and interests. These will include instruction of one or more of the following: individual vocal lessons for musical theatre performance, teaching dance classes, musical theatre acting classes, co-coordination of ĭmáGen, a new musical development program in collaboration with the Wharton Center for the Performing Arts and more. The position also entails artistic duties in the Department of Theatre’s production season and professional Summer Circle Theatre program (responsibilities vary based upon candidate’s expertise). The candidate should be comfortable to teach in both small and large settings (i.e. private voice lessons as well as larger voice, acting or dance classes) They should also have a strong respect for and an ability to work well with colleagues.

Michigan State University’s Department of Theatre is committed to increasing the diversity of our students and inclusive practices in our performances and curriculum. Candidates should have experience in, or a commitment to, working with diverse student populations. Women, BIPOC individuals and those from historically underrepresented groups, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. We encourage applications from qualified candidates with a range of interests and experience in theatre.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree


Minimum Requirements
  • Terminal degree (typically an M.F.A.) in theater, performing arts or related field; May consider professional experience in lieu of a terminal degree;
  • Proof of professional experience in acting, musical theatre, vocal performance, musical direction, direction, or closely related field; recent experience preferred
  • Evidence of commitment to antiracist and inclusive pedagogy in theatrical practice
  • Desired Qualifications
  • College-level teaching experience
    • A broad knowledge of vocal techniques, dance techniques and acting techniques
    • Ability to sight-read music and play piano proficiently or facilitate modern technology to assist
    • Ability to teach one or more of the following dance techniques: Ballet, Modern, Tap, Commercial, Hip Hop
    • Training in a Contemporary Commercial Music (CCM) vocal technique (E.g., Estill Voice Technique, Somatic Voicework, etc.)
    Required Application Materials

    Qualified applicants should submit

  • a cover letter
  • current curriculum vitae
  • A 1-page summary of the candidate’s philosophy of diversity, equity, and inclusion as it pertains their intellectual leadership in the areas of teaching/curriculum development, research/creative activities, service, outreach, advising, and/or administration. The statement should also include an explanation of related past or planned activities/endeavors as well as how the candidate will advance our goals of inclusive excellence.
  • the names and email addresses of 3 potential referees.
  • Together-we-will StatementThe university is requiring all MSU students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at: Instructions

    Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applications must be submitted electronically to the Michigan State University Human Resources website Posting number 820477.

    For more information, contact Brad Willcuts, Chair of the Search Committee at [email protected]

    Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation.

    Review of Applications Begins On



    Department Statement

    The College of Arts & Letters recognizes that only an academic and organizational culture, which actively seeks out and strengthens diverse voices and perspectives among its members results in true excellence. We are an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. The College of Arts & Letters is particularly interested in candidates of all backgrounds who are committed to the principle that intellectual leadership is achieved through open access and pro-active inclusion.

    MSU Statement

    Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

    Advertised: Oct 17, 2022 Eastern Daylight Time
    Applications close: Oct 17, 2024 Eastern Daylight Time


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