Job DescriptionDepartment of Theatre and Dance
Assistant Teaching Professor of Musical Theatre Dance
Ball State University
The Department of Theatre and Dance invites applications for a non-tenure line Assistant Teaching Professor position of Musical Theatre Dance beginning August 2023.
We seek an individual with innovative ideas about the teaching and practice of dance technique, as well as a commitment to interdisciplinary inquiry and entrepreneurial learning practices within the art of dance. They will play an active and vital role as a teacher in two areas: musical theatre and dance. The ideal candidate will demonstrate excellence in inclusive approaches in the area of musical theatre, jazz, tap, and commercial dance techniques with specific attention to the training of future performers. Their teaching practices should align with the mission and strategic plans of the university, college, and department. Applicants should also be committed to inclusive pedagogies in their teaching, scholarship, and artistry.
Our dynamic faculty function as collaborative, innovative, inclusive, and adaptive members of the College of Fine Arts community, both within and beyond the home unit, serving as quality teachers, productive in creative and/or scholarly work, engaged in public service activities, and contributing to the Ball State and Muncie communities and beyond. Additionally, lifelong learning at Ball State University extends educational engagement beyond the classroom and includes learning for professional development, personal enrichment, or other goals throughout one’s lifetime. Faculty will be expected to participate in the departments, colleges, and university’s lifelong learning opportunities when available and may be assigned teaching responsibility in this area as part of their overall responsibilities.
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Position Function: Teaching load will include, but not be limited to, all levels of musical theatre dance, jazz, tap, and commercial dance in a rigorous and highly competitive BFA/BA/BS program. All faculty in dance may teach Introduction to Dance courses when the opportunity presents itself. Choreographic opportunities exist within the production season in both the dance and musical theatre programs. Additional opportunities may exist for faculty performance. Strong mentorship skills, significant professional experience as either a choreographer or dancer, and the ability to choreograph musicals and concerts in all styles is needed.
As a faculty member in the College of Fine Arts, they are expected to be a quality teacher, productive in creative and/or scholarly work, and engaged in public service activities, contributing to the Ball State and Muncie communities, and beyond.
Minimum Qualifications: Master’s degree in dance, musical theatre, or related discipline or equivalent professional experience completed by date of appointment. One year of teaching experience at the university/college level. Experience teaching musical theatre dance, jazz, tap, and commercial dance. The ability to serve as a recruiter and advocate on a National level for the BFA Dance and Musical Theatre programs.
Preferred Qualifications: M.F.A in Dance, Choreography, or Musical Theatre completed by date of appointment. Three years of teaching experience at the university/college level. Substantial experience as a choreographer, performer, or director on Broadway, with established dance companies, or in major Regional dance and theatre venues. Significant connections and recognitions within the professional dance and musical theatre industries.
Apply online at: https://bsu.peopleadmin.com/postings/37269
In this application, please submit the following:
1. A one-page letter of application,
2. A curriculum vita/resume,
3. An inclusive excellence statement describing how you would contribute to the development of a diverse and inclusive learning community at Ball State University through your teaching, research, and/or service. Please include examples of your contributions when possible. Word limit 500
4. A one-page teaching philosophy, and samples of creative work (uploaded to the other category) to Ball State.
The names and contact information for three professional references are required in the application.
Candidates for searches must have current authorization to be employed in the U.S. without employer sponsorship.
Review of applications will begin immediately and to ensure full consideration, applications must be received by June 19, 2023.
Ball State University is located in Muncie, Indiana, on an attractive campus 45 miles northeast of Indianapolis. Approximately 22,000 graduate and undergraduate students enroll in one of eight academic colleges that offer 120 undergraduate programs. We offer more than 140 master’s, doctoral, certificate, and specialist degrees, with many of them ranking among the best in the nation. We engage students in educational, research, and creative endeavors that empower our graduates to have fulfilling careers and meaningful lives enriched by lifelong learning and service, while we enhance the economic, environmental, and social vitality of our community, our state, and our world.
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