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Clinical Assistant Professor – Music Theatre

Arizona State University at Tempe
Tempe, Arizona
Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Nov 1, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Performing Arts
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Clinical Assistant Professor – Music Theatre 

School of Music, Dance and Theatre 

Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University 



The School of Music, Dance and Theatre in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University seeks an exceptional music theatre artist-educator to teach music theatre performance courses for undergraduate and graduate students, including B.M. Music Theatre Performance and M.M. Voice, Music Theatre and Opera Performance majors, as well as minors and non-majors. The ideal candidate is committed to advancing inclusive, equitable, diverse and humane practices in the classroom, rehearsal room, performance venues, and their profession, as well as fostering interdisciplinary collaboration with students and faculty across the school. This is a full-time clinical assistant professor appointment, beginning fall 2023.  This position is on the ASU Tempe campus.

About ASU
Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 80,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.

About the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts is the largest comprehensive design and arts school in the country, located within a dynamic research university focused on transformative change. Built on a unique combination of disciplines, the Herberger Institute comprises the Schools of Art; Arts, Media and Engineering; Music, Dance and Theatre; The Design School; The Sidney Poitier New American Film School, and the ASU Art Museum. The Herberger Institute is committed to redefining the 21st-century design and arts school through developing and scaling ideas that strengthen the role of designers and artists across all areas of society and culture, increasing the capacity of artists to make a difference in their communities. For more information on the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, visit

About the School of Music, Dance and Theatre

The School of Music, Dance and Theatre in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University is widely recognized for preparing artists, scholars, visionaries and entrepreneurs to become creative leaders who transform society through their art. Our internationally recognized faculty artists, scholars and guest artists are motivating and compassionate mentors who work with students to cultivate excellence and personal growth. Our nationally recognized programs feature a comprehensive range of degrees plus minors and certificates and more than 600 concerts, events, performances, productions and recitals each year. Located in the culturally rich Southwest in one of the most vibrant, expanding urban centers, our programs afford students access to a diverse environment and engagement in Phoenix’s flourishing arts community. Above all, we value the creativity, personal experience and voice each student brings to the school. For more information on the School of Music, Dance and Theatre, visit

The Music Theatre and Opera program in the School of Music, Dance & Theatre at Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts is committed to preparing outstanding music theatre and opera artists for professional careers in the 21st century. Through expert individual and classroom instruction, the production of operas and musicals, student-led workshops, new work development, research opportunities, dynamic community engagement, and multiple professional collaborations, we foster a creative, student-centered environment that enables students to discover who they are as individuals and artists, at their own pace, in their own unique way, at the highest level.

Principal duties for this position include teaching acting and song performance courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, overseeing the music theatre minor, and directing or choreographing up to one production per year. The position involves active recruitment of students locally and nationally, and working with area faculty, staff and students on season planning and execution, including collaborations within the school and with external partners. Additional skills in stage direction, choreography and/or music direction are desirable. The position includes mentoring and advising students at undergraduate and graduate levels. Additionally, there is an expectation to work collaboratively across the disciplines and contribute to the breadth and depth of course offerings for major and non-major students in both in-person and online learning environments. In addition to teaching, active participation in shared faculty governance and service within the School, Institute, and University is expected.

Required Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated ability to foster the educational and cultural needs of all ASU students who study music theatre and opera, and to advance equity, diversity and inclusion in the field. Demonstrated pedagogical excellence and innovation in the teaching of music theatre, specifically in acting and song performance, and synthesis of singing, acting and movement skills. Demonstrated excellence in teaching at the college level or other educational contexts. Record of creative activity and/or scholarship, including performance.  Graduate degree in music theatre, voice or a related field or commensurate experience; a graduate degree is required for international applicants. 

Desired Qualifications 

  • Experience mentoring and advising students at the undergraduate and graduate level. Expertise in musical theatre and/or contemporary commercial music performance practice styles and vocal technique. National/international recognition in creative activity (performance) and/or scholarship. Professional musical theatre, theatre, and/or operatic stage experience. Demonstrated experience recruiting and teaching students from diverse cultural and pedagogical backgrounds, including acting and dance, popular music, Western classical music and opera, in addition to musical theatre. Experience as a stage director, music director or choreographer. Experience in fields related to technical design and production, season planning and execution. Experience in innovative curricular development. Experience with innovative technology and virtual teaching and production formats.  The ability to work and collaborate across artistic disciplines, with people outside the arts, across campus, and in the community. Ability to design and implement curriculum and programs, including online and in-person courses, in and across the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts (HIDA) and in the School of Music, Dance and Theatre. 

Instructions to Apply:

Please submit:

  • Letter of interest addressing how the candidate uniquely meets the qualifications for the position, in particular: work experience, creative activity, innovative teaching, and service to the field or community. Curriculum vitae. A one-page statement addressing the candidate’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Names and contact information of at least three references. A document with up to five live hyperlinks to a variety of samples of the candidate’s recent (within the last five years) creative work and teaching. At least one sample should be a video of the candidate’s teaching, coaching or rehearsal. For detailed instructions on how to create a document with live hyperlinks, please click here.

All applications must be submitted electronically via

Application Deadline:

The application deadline is December 16, 2022. Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool.  Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled.

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