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
- 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
- Mentor DMA candidates as needed (either stage directing or
- 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
- Cover letter & CV
- 750-word diversity statement (details below under "cluster hire
- 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
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 https://uh.edu/human-resources/careers/
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
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:
- 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
- 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.
- Collaborating across the arts disciplines with artists whoe
specializations or practices differ from your own.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
- Advanced university degree or equivalency in professional
- 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
- 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
- An ability to find creative solutions to difficult
MSM faculty are also committed to:
Notes to Applicant:
- Excellence in the arts, arts educations, and arts
- Fostering student growth and success
- Collaboration with others, both within and across
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.