Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
05 Nov 2017
End of advertisement period
27 Nov 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

The School of Music, Theatre and Dance (SMTD) has 36 tenured and tenure-track faculty as well as 40 non-tenure track faculty.

The University Center for the Arts is a nationally recognized state-of the art 350,000 square foot facility, that includes a 550-seat concert hall, a 275-seat organ and chamber music recital hall, a 320-seat thrust theatre, a 100-seat black box theatre, a 200-seat dance theatre, dedicated rehearsal, production and research spaces, along with classrooms, labs and practice rooms.

Colorado State University (CSU) is a land grant institution with a student enrollment of approximately 30,000 students in over 150 programs, and a faculty numbering 1,700. The College of Liberal Arts, within which the school is located, is the largest college in the University.

CSU is located in Fort Collins, Colorado, a beautiful city of 150,000 located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, 65 miles north of Denver. Outside magazine has named Fort Collins an “editor’s choice” for its “America’s Best Towns 2013” edition.

Colorado State University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.

Position Summary

The Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre’s responsibilities will include teaching theatre and/or musical theatre courses, movement, voice, acting and technique courses, as well as courses that can support the entire theatre program, depending on the candidate’s teaching qualifications and abilities. Direct and/or choreograph one production per year. Provide production supervision of theatre/music theatre students for productions. Candidates will be expected to speak and understand common vocabulary among theatre artisans (lighting terminology and theatrical practices). Candidates will be expected to participate in the shared governance of the department, support curriculum development, recruit and mentor theatre students, contribute towards the operation and development of an active production season, and advance the reputation and visibility of the University nationally and internationally. Advancement at Colorado State University requires ongoing professional activity, engaged scholarship and creative artistry, effective teaching and advising, and departmental and university service.

Conditions of Employment

Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)

Required Job Qualifications

  1. Terminal degree in theatre, musical theatre or related field, OR the minimum of a Bachelors degree in theatre, musical theatre or related field and combined evidence of 5 years of professional musical theatre experience as a performer, director, and/or choreographer.
  2. Evidence of successful teaching of musical theatre at the undergraduate level.
  3. Professional experience in musical theatre as a performer, director, and/or choreographer supported through the submission of a portfolio of professional and academic credits demonstrating a high-caliber musical theatre background.

Preferred Job Qualifications

  1. Evidence of experience and success on stage with the combination of one or more of the following areas: vocal performance, acting, movement, direction, choreography and/or dance.
  2. Evidence of and experience with and training in the pedagogy of voice and movement; e.g. Linklater, Feldenkrais, etc.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applicants should submit:

  • A cover letter
  • Curriculum vita
  • Philosophy statement
  • Sample syllabus
  • One hyperlink to streaming video of your work in the areas of performance, directing, teaching, or choreography (10 minutes’ maximum). Online links should be embedded in a word document and should be accessible by direct link (e.g. no further registration is required), through domains such as YouTube or Vimeo
  • Names and contact information for three professional references (Your references will be emailed a request for a letter of reference immediately upon submission of your application)

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; to ensure full consideration, complete applications should be received by November 26, 2017. Please note that a complete application consists of the requested materials and three letters of references. Please inform your referees that letters should be submitted by December 3, 2017 to ensure full consideration.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Executive Director of the Office of Support and Safety Assessment, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523 -2026, (970) 491-7407.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Associate Vice President for Human Capital, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Diversity Statement

Ability to advance the department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion through research, teaching and outreach with relevant programs, goals and activities.

Search Contact Tina Little (970) 491-5562

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Teaching/Advising Duty/Responsibility

  1. Specified duties may include teaching introductory theatre/musical theatre courses, movement, voice, acting and technique courses, as well as courses that can support the entire theatre program.
  2. Provide advising and mentorship for students in theatre and musical theatre.

Percentage Of Time 50 Job Duty Category Research/Creative Activities Duty/Responsibility

Engaging in scholarly and/or creative activities appropriate to the discipline and commensurate with the requirements of a Research I institution.

Percentage Of Time 35 Job Duty Category Service/Outreach Duty/Responsibility

Participating in faculty service activities and committee work, including, but not limited to curriculum development, recruitment of musical theatre and theatre majors, and outreach.