The School of Stage and Screen in the David Orr Belcher College of Fine & Performing Arts at Western Carolina University invites applications for the Carolyn Plemmons Phillips and Ben R. Phillips Professor in Musical Theatre. This distinguished professorship is a 12-month, full time, residential fixed-term position in our nationally recognized Musical Theatre Program at the rank of Professor. Anticipated begin work date is August 2020.
The donor agreement stipulates that candidates may serve a maximum of ten years from the initial appointment date with reappointment based on satisfactory annual faculty evaluations in accordance with university policy.
Salary is highly competitive, and enhanced by an endowment fund to support the MT Program.
The Phillips Distinguished Professor of Musical Theatre shall work with the Dean, the School's Director, the existing MT Program Coordinator, and Faculty to promote and support excellence in the training and career development of students majoring in programs in the School of Stage and Screen, with an emphasis on the BFA in Musical Theatre. The School welcomes excellent faculty to support the many endeavors and new initiatives in creative research and activity, teaching, and student training and support.
A successful candidate will have a distinguished record of professional work in musical theatre and demonstrates excellent creative energy and passion for training the next generation of performing arts students. Particular attention will be paid to applicants who demonstrate significant experience in creative collaboration and the artistic promotion of underrepresented minority groups. Additionally, the applicant is expected to possess personal characteristics to serve as an example to students, faculty, external stakeholders, and professional colleagues.
The Phillips Distinguished Professor will be expected to:
Teach undergraduate courses working directly with our BFA students in the School of Stage & Screen to create meaningful training and educational experiences. Areas of instruction will depend upon the candidate's specialty in the various disciplines of musical theatre but might include musicianship, writing and/or composition, directing, artistic producing, new works, dance, voice, history, etc. Assignments may also include creative endeavors as part of the School's performance season as well as potential summer opportunities for creative activity and scholarship;
Engage positively in the daily operations of the School of Stage & Screen and the Musical Theatre program through service assignments, strengthening the student's learning experience as well as advancing the program's quality and national reputation;
Maintain national visibility within the field through continuing scholarly and/or creative activities;
Positively aid in the development of recruitment efforts as well as participating in the existing recruitment activities of the department;
Seek innovative, active, and meaningful ways to connect our school and students to local, regional, national, and international professional arts communities and entities;
Actively promote the mission and development activities of the School of Stage & Screen, the David O. Belcher College of Fine & Performing Arts, and Western Carolina University.
Successful candidates will possess:
A Terminal degree (MFA, PHD, or the equivalent of) in a field directly related to the musical theatre profession (with a minimum of 18 Graduate Credit Hours completed in the teaching discipline) plus significant professional experience at a national or international level.
A distinguished reputation and achievements/honors in Musical Theatre that evidences a career of extensive national and/or international professional experience (i.e.: Broadway, LORT, etc).
Demonstrated teaching experience at the collegiate and/or professional level (workshops, seminars, and/or formal classes).
Demonstrated ability to collaborate within the scope of a collegiate production environment.
Special consideration will be given to the candidate with significant experience in creative collaboration and the artistic promotion of underrepresented minority groups, and/or a record of excellence in teaching and successful engagement of collegiate students in creative activities and training.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Application must be made online.
Interested applicants should submit the following items: letter of application; curriculum vita; copies of unofficial transcripts; and a list of professional references (include complete contact information). Review of candidates will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
Please direct questions to Claire Eye (Department Head; School of Stage and Screen) at firstname.lastname@example.org
WCU embraces its role as a regionally engaged university and is designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a community engaged university. Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate a commitment to public engagement through their teaching, service, and scholarship.
As the westernmost institution in the University of North Carolina system, WCU provides comprehensive educational opportunities to residents in the state’s western region and attracts students from around the globe to explore the region’s vast natural diversity. Founded in 1889 as a teaching college, Western Carolina now provides an education to more than 10,000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs.