Faculty - Musical Theatre
THE SCHOOL OF FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS (SFPA), a unit of the Westminster College of the Arts of Rider University, announces an opening for a full-time, tenure track appointment in Musical Theatre at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning September 1, 2021. We seek an artist-teacher who will join our Theatre and Dance Department faculty and technical staff as we seek to increase our population of diverse students, our inclusion of underrepresented areas in our performances and curriculum, and the incorporation of inclusive pedagogies in our classrooms.

• Primary expertise in diverse theater, history, performance, and pedagogy
• Experience with other underrepresented areas in theatre and musical theatre
• Evidence of course, production, or curricular design to include critical dialogue that considers race, practice, and outcomes
• Ability to teach beyond the traditional western canon, to include areas such as: the African Diaspora, Asian or Latinx Theatre, Feminist Theatre and/or other areas.
• Recruit and promote the B.F.A. degrees in Musical Theatre and Acting

Required Qualifications - the successful candidate will
• hold a terminal degree in Acting, Directing, or Musical Theatre, or a Bachelor’s Degree with extensive professional experience in the field.
• have experience in diverse theater and performance history, repertoire, and pedagogy
• demonstrate success in teaching and guiding students who increasingly come from a diverse personal, educational, artistic, and socio-economic background
• have experience working in an academic setting
• provide evidence of success promoting diversity and equity in theatre education and performance

Preferred qualifications
• ability to teach in other areas of the curriculum (acting, auditions, scene study)
• mainstage directing experience
• collegiate teaching experience
• ability to maintain an effective working relationship with faculty, both within and outside the department
• demonstrated success in student recruitment and development
• membership in professional unions such as AEA, SDC, SAG-AFTRA or DGA

All Rider University faculty are expected to maintain an appropriate and active scholarly and/or creative agenda and to participate effectively in advising, recruiting, committee work, and other activities that support our teaching and learning community.

All applicants must complete an online application for position #316027 at https://rider.peopleadmin.com/postings/6857. A complete application must include a letter of interest; curriculum vitae; a statement of teaching philosophy and goals; a statement outlining a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in the classroom, including evidence of experience working with and teaching diverse students; a link to an online portfolio of creative work; and names and contact information for three professional references. Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts and completion of a background check are required for all new hires.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For best consideration, please submit materials by February 22, 2021.

SFPA is one of four units of the Westminster College of the Arts, comprised additionally of Westminster Choir College, Westminster Conservatory, and Westminster Continuing Education. The College of the Arts values diversity among its faculty and remains committed to building a culturally competent and diverse intellectual and artistic community. SFPA offers undergraduate degrees in arts entertainment and industries management, dance, dance science, game and interactive media design, musical theatre, popular music, and theatre. If offers the M.A. in Arts Management and Executive Leadership and provides content specific coursework for the M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a Dance/Movement Therapy specialization. The School collaborates with other departments and colleges of Rider University in support of the curriculum, performances, and productions.

To learn more about the School of Fine and Performing Arts, please visit our website at https://www.rider.edu/academics/colleges-schools/westminster-college-of-the-arts/school-offine- performing-arts

To learn more about Westminster College of the Arts, please visit our website at https://www.rider.edu/academics/colleges-schools/westminster-college-arts

Rider University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer dedicated to excellence through diversity.

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Contact Information
Clarissa Gilliam
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Rider University
2083 Lawrenceville Road Human Resources
Lawrenceville, 08648