Professor of Practice - Artistic Director of the Moores Opera Center - (ADJ000555)

University of Houston
Texas, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Dec 14, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Art, Other Arts, Performing Arts, Communications, Media Studies, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Arts Administration
Employment Type
Full Time

The Moores School of Music at the University of Houston is pleased to invite applications for a renewable non-tenure-track faculty position as Professor of Practice and Artistic Director of the Moores Opera Center, for Fall 2022 appointment.

The applicants for this position should be prepared to:
  • Assume the duties of principal producer for Moores Opera Center activities, including logistical planning, selection of productions for the season, casting, and assignation of duties for assistants as required.
  • Plan season of four major productions, usually including one musical theater production.
  • Coordinate with and supervise the Production Manager of the Moores Opera Center on tasks including scheduling, marketing and publicity, identifying and managing contractors and interacting with donors.
  • Mentor DMA candidates as needed (either stage directing or opera conducting).
  • Consult with voice faculty as appropriate.
  • Candidates with a specialization in stage directing will direct at least three of the four annual productions; other duties will include teaching acting or directing courses as assigned and overseeing teaching assistants in the program.
  • Candidates with a specialization in conducting will conduct at least three of the four productions; other duties will include coordinating role coaching with the music staff and serving as principal repertoire coach.
The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to the future of opera as an art form that reaches as wide and diverse an audience as possible. Ideal candidates will also show an aptitude for innovative approaches to teaching and mentoring students, a high level of community involvement, and a national or international performing or directing career with a track record of recognition and awards. We especially welcome applications from candidates with specializations that reflect the University of Houston's commitment to diversity.

In order to receive full consideration for the position, submit the following materials:
  • Cover letter & CV
  • 750-word diversity statement (details below under "cluster hire program")
  • Links to videos of representative performance recorded within the last five years. Live performances are preferred.
  • List of 3 professional references who may be contacted as needed by the search committee.(The applicant's recommenders will receive instructions independently on submitting letters electronically.)
Additional materials may be requested at a later date. Review of applications will begin on Jan. 15, 2022 and will continue until the position has been filled.

Submit all materials online at

Cluster Hire Program:

This position is part of an Interdisciplinary Cluster Hire program in the studio practice disciplines in the McGovern College of the Arts. The program is one of many initiatives that advances the McGovern College's priority of achieving an inclusive and innovative climate.

The McGovern College of the Arts understands the value of a diverse faculty, of a diversity of approaches to the arts, and of approaching the arts as an interdisciplinary area of study. The College believes that such values are fundamental to the future of arts production. To express its commitment to these values, the Interdisciplinary Cluster Hire program seeks to identify and build a diverse network of practitioners, researchers, and scholars that will inform and support the work of the College in these areas. The program will bring a minimum of seven new faculty members to the College's studio practice disciplines.

The McGovern College is the culturally rich and innovative home of the visual and performing arts at the University of Houston, one of the most diverse R1 institutions in the nation and situated in the thriving, dynamic, and extraordinarily diverse arts metropolis that is the twenty-first century city of Houston. Therefore, the successful candidate for this position will excel at teaching and mentoring students who are broadly diverse with regards to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, nationality, sexual orientation and religion.

Diversity Statement: Applicants must submit a 750-word statement addressing their experience with, interest in, or contributions to diversity and inclusion efforts that impact students, faculty, staff, or the applicant's field of study; and addressing how they envision demonstrating a similar commitment at the University of Houston. Applicants may address their experience, interest, or contributions in one or more of the following areas:

  1. Teaching and mentoring a range of artistic expressions that reflect the diversification of the arts disciplines and the need to ensure access to an arts education to as wide a student body as possible.
  2. Pursuing a sustainable agenda of research and artistic practice dedicated to interdisciplinary cultural studies or to an overall research agenda that supports diversity in the arts disciplines. Areas of secondary interdisciplinary interest that might be reflected in one's practice include, for example, Comparative Cultural Studies, Cultural Anthropology, Disapora Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Racial Inequality, Social Justice, Sociology, or others.
  3. Collaborating across the arts disciplines with artists whoe specializations or practices differ from your own.
  4. Developing interdisciplinary curriculum that reflects diversification of the arts disciplines beyond the "Western canon" as codified in the last century.

Inquiries may be sent to Cynthia Clayton, Search Committee Chair, at or 713-743-3304.

The University of Houston is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. Minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Additionally, the University prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

Qualifications :
  • Advanced university degree or equivalency in professional experience
  • Demonstrated experience with significant opera companies and other performing arts organizations
In addition, applicants for the position are expected to exhibit the following Core Values and Competencies listed below:

MSM faculty exhibit:
  • Passion, energy and tenacity
  • Integrity and collegiality, especially in regards to diversity
  • An ability to attract resources, including grants or other external sources of support that advance the school's mission
  • An aptitude for building dynamic degree programs and recruiting top-tier students
  • An ability to find creative solutions to difficult problems
MSM faculty are also committed to:
  • Excellence in the arts, arts educations, and arts scholarship
  • Fostering student growth and success
  • Collaboration with others, both within and across disciplines

Notes to Applicant: Official transcripts are required for a faculty appointment and will be requested upon selection of the final candidate. All positions at the university are security sensitive and will require a criminal history check.

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