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Professor of Practice, Arts Administration

Butler University
Indiana, United States
Salary Not Specified
Start date
Oct 20, 2023

Position Overview
Butler University’s Jordan College of the Arts (JCA) invites applications for a full-time, 9-month Professor of Practice faculty position in the Department of Arts Administration beginning August 2024.

  • Include the delivery of 24 units of undergraduate classroom instruction per year (12 credits per semester)
  • Including introductory level and upper-division courses
  • Advising and mentoring arts administration students
  • Participation in service to the department, college, and University
Two of Butler’s key strategic goals are “to create an intentionally diverse, inclusive, and equitable campus community,” and to “build a culture of empowerment, engagement and accountability.” The successful candidate will actively contribute to building an inclusive learning environment for an increasingly diverse student population. Inclusive and evidence-based pedagogy is expected at Butler University. Please indicate your previous experience with and commitment to inclusive and evidence-based pedagogies in your cover letter.

Required Qualifications

  • A terminal degree
  • Professional leadership experience in not-for-profit arts organization(s)
  • Significant work experience in not-for-profit arts organizations or government arts agencies
  • A willingness and desire to collaborate within the department, Jordan College of the Arts, throughout the university, and the greater community.
Please submit:
  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  • Contact information for three professional references (please list on a word document)
We are seeking a student-centered, team player who is excited to continue building an undergraduate program. Candidates with professional experience in finance, marketing, fundraising, and/or museums are especially welcome to apply. As the program looks to grow in the future, desirable candidates should also have experience and a willingness to teach courses in graduate or certificate programs and have broad national arts/culture contacts. Additionally, candidates with experience in equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility work within the arts, and/or teaching social justice and diversity within the arts are encouraged to apply. Butler University, and especially the Department of Arts Administration, are focused on serving the whole student and as such, looks for candidates who are dedicated to advising students beyond their curricular needs. The Department of Arts Administration fosters strong connections between faculty, staff, and students and seeks candidates who embody this ideal.

Competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications

Application review will begin January 9, 2024, and continue until the position is filled. Applicants may contact Amy Aldridge at with questions.

Butler University’s Department of Arts Administration is one of the first comprehensive undergraduate arts administration programs in the country. The department awards Bachelor of Science degrees in Arts Administration with concentrations in either dance, music, theatre, art, art history, or general/multi-arts; there are currently 90 majors. This JCA degree is fully integrated into the University's liberal arts curriculum. The undergraduate arts administration program focuses on preparing students for careers working with a wide variety of artists and not-for-profit arts organizations. Students are given opportunities to learn and develop skills through experiential learning, internships, and special projects with small and large arts organizations.

The Jordan College of the Arts at Butler University includes undergraduate programs in arts administration, art, dance, music, and theatre; a graduate program in music; and the Butler Community Arts School, an arts education program. Butler University is a fully accredited institutional member of the National Associations of Schools of Dance, Music, and Theatre.

Founded by abolitionist Ovid Butler in 1855 on the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion, Butler University is a private, nationally recognized comprehensive university consisting of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the College of Education, the Lacy School of Business, the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, the Jordan College of the Arts, and the College of Communication. Approximately 4,500 undergraduate and 1,000 graduate and doctoral students are enrolled at Butler, representing 46 states and 24 countries. Ranked #1 in the Midwest region by U.S. News and World Report and recognized for “best undergraduate teaching” and “most innovative schools,” Butler is located just five miles from downtown Indianapolis, a cultural center of the state and country. ( )

The Department of Arts Administration has relationships with several arts and culture organizations throughout the community and beyond including Indiana Repertory Theatre, Phoenix Theatre, Fonseca Theatre, Indy Shakes, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, Indianapolis Children’s Choir, American Pianists Association, Dance Kaleidoscope, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Butler Arts & Events Center, The Children’s Museum, Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, Eiteljorg Museum, Indiana State Museum, The Center for the Performing Arts, Butler Community Arts School, ArtMix, Spirit & Place Festival, Conner Prairie, Arts for Learning, Classical Music Indy, Indianapolis Art Center, Kids Dance Outreach, Indiana Arts Commission, Arts Council of Indianapolis, and more.

Butler University is an equal-opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive and equitable environment for all employees. We welcome applications from all individuals, regardless of age, gender, gender identity, sex, race, religion, color, disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, national origin, or any other legally protected category.

Advertised: January 09, 2024
Applications close: February 09, 2024

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