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Music Theatre (Tenure-Track, Asst. Professor) (Central Michigan University)



Position Summary

The Department of Theatre and Dance at Central Michigan University seeks a dynamic theatre artist to fill a tenure-track position that will lead the BFA Music Theatre program beginning in August 2024. This position offers the successful candidate the opportunity to direct and choreograph for musicals and plays annually in the mainstage season and teach music theatre performance, music theatre history, acting, and dance classes. Joining your colleagues in building relationships with state and regional programs and high school theatre teachers and making direct making direct contact with potential students as an active recruiter for the music theatre program will be an important function of this position. The Department of Theatre and Dance has scholarships available to help recruit new students in all of its areas. We are seeking an individual who is eager to collaboratively engage with theatre, dance, and music colleagues in the creation of inclusive performances and classes. We seek a colleague who seeks to develop our program in Music theatre and its students, as well as their individual artistry and skills through professional development and creative ventures in support of their progress towards tenure.

We are looking for someone who is enthusiastic about working as part of an artistic and scholarly team of educators to provide an exemplary educational experience that puts students first and prepares them for success after graduation.


Required Qualifications

  • Terminal degree/equivalent record of professional accomplishments in the field

  • Experience teaching in higher education

  • Experience teaching acting and dance

  • Experience stage directing and choreographing musicals

  • Evidence of successfully fostering an environment that advances diversity, equity, and

  • inclusion

  • Evidence of being a collaborative creator

  • Ability to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodations

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with curriculum development

  • An MFA in Theatre or Musical Theatre

  • 1-3 years’ experience in higher education

Message to Applicants

Central Michigan University is dedicated to fostering a broadly diverse and inclusive campus that respects all social identities, experiences, and perspectives. In an effort to further this initiative, we are especially interested in candidates who will advance and promote an inclusive and supportive environment for every member of our university community. You must submit an online application to be considered an applicant for this position.

About the Department

The Department of Theatre and Dance at Central Michigan University is a vibrant community of theatre/dance professionals, scholars, and educators, who work together to provide rigorous training, challenging curriculum, and rich experiences for students in the program while also maintaining continued personal engagement with the professional theatre and dance industry. The Department offers the BFA degree in Musical Theatre, Acting/Directing and Design/Tech; the BAA degree in both Theatre and Dance Studies; and the BA/BS in Theatre and Interpretation. Minors are offered in both Theatre and Dance disciplines.

About CMU

Central Michigan University has a more than 125-year legacy of preparing students to become leaders and changemakers in their communities and in their personal and professional lives. We serve nearly 15,500 students on our Mount Pleasant campus, in satellite locations around the state and throughout the country, and through flexible online programs. Many of our approximately 300 undergraduate, master’s, specialist and doctoral programs in the arts, media, business, education, human services, health professions, liberal arts, social sciences, medicine, science and engineering are nationally ranked for excellence. CMU leads the nation in leadership development programming through our Sarah R. Opperman Leadership Institute, and we are proud to be among only 5% of U.S. universities in the top two Carnegie research classifications. Our faculty work with graduate and undergraduate students in areas such as Great Lakes research, medical innovation, engineering technology and more.

Central is home to 17 men’s and women’s Division 1 sports including football, basketball, gymnastics, baseball, wrestling and more. Our student-athletes achieve great success in competition and in the classroom, capturing Mid-American Conference championships and maintaining an average cumulative GPA of 3.17.

CMU is located in Mount Pleasant, a community that blends the best of small-town living with big-city amenities. It’s part of the culturally varied and vibrant Great Lakes Bay Region that also includes Saginaw, Bay City, Midland and the state’s largest Native American community, centered on the Saginaw Chippewa Isabella Reservation in Mount Pleasant.

Area residents enjoy a mix of outdoor activities, cultural events, shopping and dining options, and family attractions. Other major Michigan destinations and attractions – Lansing, Grand Rapids, Detroit, Traverse City, wineries, beaches, golf and ski resorts, and many more – are within easy reach of the city’s central location in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.

CMU employees enjoy access to a nationally recognized wellness program along with health care and benefits that exceed regional, state and national norms.

CMU, an AA/EO institution, strongly and actively strives to increase diversity and provide equal opportunity within its community. CMU does not discriminate against persons based on age, color, disability, ethnicity, familial status, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, height, marital status, national origin, political persuasion, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, race, religion, sex, sex-based stereotypes, sexual orientation, transgender status, veteran status, or weight (see https://www.cmich.edu/offices-departments/OCRIE).

CMU does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, including admission and employments, and is required by title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 not to discriminate in such a manner. Inquiries about the application of Title IX can be made to CMU’s Title IX Coordinator, the US Department of Education’s Assistant Secretary, or both.


CMU’s Title IX Coordinator can be reached at:

Phone: 989-774-3253 Email: titleix@cmich.edu

Office: 103 E. Preston St.

Bovee University Center, Suite 306

Mount Pleasant, MI 48858


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