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Assistant or Associate Professor of Arts Administration, Management and Advocacy

The J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts
Lubbock, Texas
57,500 to 70,000

Texas Tech University

J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts


Position Announcement



Position Number: 30767BR

Appointment: Tenure track, beginning fall 2023

Application Deadline:

Salary: $57,500-$70,000

The J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts (TCVPA) at Texas Tech University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position as Assistant or Associate Professor of Arts Administration, Management, and Advocacy. This position is for an arts administrator with an established or emerging academic record and evidence of (or potential for) national/international prominence. The successful candidate will begin service in this full-time position at the beginning of the 2023 fall semester.

Position Description:

This 9-month faculty position serves to teach and coordinate curricula related to arts administration, management, and advocacy across the Schools of Art, Music, and Theatre & Dance and within the Fine Arts Doctoral Program (FADP) housed in the TCVPA. The successful candidate will also teach courses in the Arts Administration concentration within the MFA program in the School of Theatre & Dance.

The successful candidate will join an existing cohort of two faculty members housed in the College who focus on interdisciplinary approaches to arts research.  They will develop an active research agenda focusing on arts administration, management, and/or advocacy, including the establishment of key partnerships with other campus programs and with community arts organizations and/or national and international arts institutions.

The successful candidate will actively participate in the College, TTU, and broader Lubbock community by engaging in activities such as: 1) committee work and academic support services such as undergraduate and graduate reviews; 2) thesis and dissertation committee work; 3) curriculum review and development; 4) supervision of student organizations; 5) participation in sponsored off-campus activities and other forms of community engagement.

Position Requirements:

  1. PhD in Arts Administration or related field
  2. Record of a minimum of 5 years of relevant professional activity and/or research that demonstrates emerging or established national/international recognition in the fields of theatre management, arts administration, arts management, and/or arts advocacy
  3. Three or more years teaching in higher education
  4. Demonstrated and ongoing commitment to equitable, inclusive, and antiracist pedagogy that serves diverse student populations.
  5. Ability to teach courses in advocacy for the arts and funding for the arts as well as two or more of the following: theatre management, art management, music management, marketing the arts, non-profit budgeting and accounting, copyright law, disability advocacy and the arts
  6. Demonstrated record of professional research/creative activity relevant to the current and future practice of theatre management, arts administration, arts management, arts entrepreneurship, arts advocacy, creative activism, and/or creative placemaking
  7. Evidence of familiarity with current practices in theatre management, arts administration, arts management, and advocacy across theatre, dance, art, and music disciplines, with a vision towards the evolution of the disciplines and to interdisciplinarity
  8. Ability and desire to direct student research, coordinate student internships, and to perform service duties including, but not limited to, recruiting, program-building, curricular review, and programmatic assessment

Preferred Qualifications: 

  1. Experience with interdisciplinary approaches to research and pedagogy and ability to work collaboratively across arts disciplines
  2. Demonstrated ability to form partnerships within and outside of the university, regionally, nationally, and   internationally
  3. An active record of working with commercial or non-profit arts organizations, including community and/or governmental organizations
  4. Clear potential to support research through extramural funding as appropriate to specialization
  5. Interest in developing opportunities for students to study abroad

As an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, Texas Tech University is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse faculty committed to teaching and working in an inclusive environment. We actively encourage applications from all those who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, to the diversity of the academic community at Texas Tech University. The university welcomes applications from minoritized candidates, women, protected veterans, people with disabilities, and dual-career couples.

The J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts comprises the School of Art, the School of Music, and the School of Theatre & Dance. With more than 120 faculty members and approximately 1,000 students, the College offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including the terminal M.F.A., D.M.A., and Ph.D. degrees. Our unique Ph.D. program in Fine Arts provides interdisciplinary education for students interested in engaging with multiple art forms or combining methodologies from the arts and sciences or arts and humanities. For more information, visit

Texas Tech University, established in 1923, is a Carnegie Highest Research Activity university and the largest comprehensive institution of higher education in the western two-thirds of the state (a region larger than 46 of the nation’s 50 states). The institution is accredited by NASAD, NASM, NAST, and NASD, respectively, and is the only public university in the state accredited in all four arts areas. TTU’s 1,839-acre Spanish Renaissance style campus, which serves approximately 39,000 students, is the only one in Texas that is home to a major university, law school and medical school, and serves an increasingly diverse and multi-cultural student body. Texas Tech University is a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). Lubbock, the hub of the South Plains, has an area population of almost 300,000 and offers a quality living experience with a semi-arid climate and housing costs below the national average. The city supports the Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences (a performing arts center that opened in October 2020); a symphony orchestra; several museums; the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts; numerous galleries; and a variety of music, dance, and theatre performances. Direct flights to Lubbock are available from Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Denver, and Las Vegas.

Apply online at Please provide the following with your application:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Statement of Research
  4. Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  5. Statement of Contribution to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  6. List of 3 references (include name, title, institution, email address, and phone number)

Contacts: Dr. Andrew Gibb, Associate Professor of Theatre History, Theory, and Criticism ([email protected]), chair of the search committee

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