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Visiting Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre Direction - University of Central Arkansas

This is a Temporary, Full-time position.

Category: College/University
State/Province (or you can select Remote): Conway, AR
Position: Visiting Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre Direction
Deadline: April 15, 2024
Posted: March 15, 2024

Job Description / Duties

The University of Central Arkansas’s Department of Film, Theatre, and Creative Writing invites applications for a one-year, nine-month Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre, beginning August 16, 2024. The successful candidate will be a collaborative theatre artist committed to student creativity and success; be committed to diversity, belonging, inclusion, and equity initiatives; have experience teaching at the university level; and possess a terminal degree in Theatre, Music, or other related discipline.

The Theatre program at UCA offers a BA in Theatre with seven full-time faculty/staff. The program operates out of two buildings with our primary performance space being a new, state-of-the-art black box theatre in the Windgate Center for Fine and Performing Arts. The production schedule includes two student showcases, two workshops, and two mainstage shows per year. Additionally, the program will operate a professional summer company, the UCA Summer Theatre, producing a family-friendly musical or play beginning in the summer of 2024.

The Theatre program at the University of Central Arkansas strives to develop creators, innovators, and leaders, through the combination of storytelling, technology, and critical thinking. The Theatre program is committed to supporting and enhancing a multicultural environment that values diversity, belonging, inclusiveness, and equity.

Responsibilities include having a reliable campus presence; teaching four courses per semester; mentoring students; attending and participating in departmental meetings; and other duties as assigned. Teaching assignments include Musical Theatre Appreciation, Musical Theatre Scene Study, Musical Theatre Literature, Voice, Harmony and Ear Training, Class Piano and other classes related to musical theatre performance and history. The ideal candidate would also be able to teach a course in the theatre core, such as Intro to Theatre, Text Analysis, or Acting I, etc. The successful candidate will also serve as Music Director for the annual musical production. Musical Direction will be eligible for reassigned teaching time. The Music Director will be responsible for supporting the singing actors in rehearsal as they learn and rehearse music, serve as the rehearsal accompanist, and assemble/conduct musicians in the orchestra or band. The opportunity to serve as summer musical director is also available.

Qualifications / Required Skills

Candidates must demonstrate proficiency in sight-reading and piano/accompaniment; display an aptitude for teaching a variety of classical and contemporary musical theatre styles and genres for the undergraduate singing actor; and exhibit an experienced ability in music direction and conducting. Knowledge and skills in additional acting practices, movement, or dance is strongly preferred. Candidates must have strong written and verbal communication skills and must be able to work in a wide variety of computer software applications, including Google Docs, Gmail, learning management systems, collaboration applications, and university-specific applications.

-Knowledge of the organization and administration of higher education.
-Knowledge of state, federal, and university rules, regulations and procedures.
-Ability to work in a diverse and dynamic environment.
-Ability to work collaboratively and independently with common goals as a part of a team.
-Ability to make sound judgments.
-Effective interpersonal communication, writing, and organizational abilities.
-Civility in all interactions.
-Demonstrate effective follow-up.

Candidates must possess a terminal degree in Theatre, Music, or other related discipline. Evidence of a strong commitment to excellence in teaching is a must.

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Salary: $45,000-$47,000

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At the University of Central Arkansas, we value our employees striving to maintain a work-life balance. We realize that this affects the overall well-being of employees, while learning to prioritize challenging work and the ability to make a difference. Resources are available supporting professional and personal development through the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Academic Leadership and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. The benefits package allows you to customize your benefits to meet your current needs, and the ability to adjust them as your priorities change. This includes university contributions to health, dental, life and disability insurance, 80% tuition waivers for employees and their families, 12 official holidays, and a retirement program with university contributions of 10% of employee salary. Also available are health and wellness incentives, as well as access to sports and cultural activities on campus for the family, free gym membership (HPER) and equipment rentals.