Wichita State University

College of Fine Arts

School of Performing Arts

Assistant Professor of Performing Arts-Musical Theatre, full-time tenure track.  Housed within the College of Fine Arts, the School of Performing Arts at Wichita State University seeks a dynamic colleague to enhance our musical theatre program. The Assistant Professor of Performing Arts – Musical Theatre is a full-time, tenure-track faculty position that will teach, advise, mentor, and recruit undergraduate performing arts majors with a focus in musical theatre. Our new colleague will teach foundational and upper-level musical theatre courses, supervise capstone projects, and work with colleagues on curricular and school innovations aligned with the professional field of performing arts with a focus on inclusive excellence. Additional areas of expertise and interest may include but are not limited to acting, directing, musical theatre history from a global perspective, intimacy for the stage, script writing/analysis, devised musical theatre, dramaturgy, musical theatre for social justice, interactive and digital performance, music analysis, etc. We especially welcome candidates with experience and specialization in musical theatre and practices/traditions of Latinx, Indigenous, and Black populations. Applicants must be committed to undergraduate education, fostering an inclusive environment, first-generation students, and promoting the success of underrepresented students. Learn more about the School of Performing Arts:  Required: MFA in Musical Theatre, Theatre, or related studies; experience teaching and performing musical theatre; demonstrated commitment to culturally responsive pedagogy; experience working with diverse populations including first-generation college students; demonstrated ability to teach courses in auditions, directing, scene study with a focus in Musical Theatre; excellent written and verbal communication skills; willingness to accommodate a variety of learning styles and strategies in instructional delivery and learning activities, including online and blended learning, flexible teaching methods, and applied learning approaches.  Preferred:  Demonstrated ability to music direct productions; experience teaching at full-time or equivalent course load in higher education; strong keyboard skills with the ability to arrange and transpose music; teaching history of Musical Theatre from a global perspective; experience with professional level productions; professional experience with film and digital media; commitment to creating and teaching inclusive and multicultural curricula; ability to serve as a vocal coach for musical theatre performers.  Start Date:  August 4, 2024.  Salary is commensurate with qualification and experience.  Review of completed applications will begin November 13, 2023.  Offers of employment are contingent upon completion of a satisfactory criminal background check as required by Kansas Board of Regents policy. WSU is an AA/EEO employer.  All employees of Wichita State University are expected to support the WSU Vision, Mission and Values and foster an environment of diversity in culture, thought and experience. All candidates for faculty positions should be able to demonstrate the ability to successfully educate and empower a diverse student population. For full description of qualifications, application requirements and procedures, and to apply, go to

For more information contact:  Sabrina Vasquez, Senior Educator, Chair, Musical Theatre Search Committee, Wichita State University Email:


About Wichita State University (WSU)

Wichita State University is committed to inclusive excellence. WSU is the only urban-serving public university in Kansas and has the most diverse student population of all Kansas universities. WSU recruits, employs, trains, compensates, and promotes regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, pregnancy, race, religions, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a veteran. WSU has a clear goal in this regard: to be the place where our talented faculty and staff reflect and promote the evolving diversity of our society. We pride ourselves on being the most innovative university in Kansas, delivering the best educational experience to our students with the distinction for opening pathways to real-life learning, applied research, and career opportunities locally, nationally, and globally. Our campus provides an experience that promotes all forms of diversity, equity and inclusion, a place to learn, work, live and play. Learn more about why WSU is a wonderful place to work, collaborates, and grow:

About the College of Fine Arts (CFA)

The Wichita State University College of Fine Arts includes four schools: The School of Art, Design and Creative Industries, The School of Digital Arts, The School of Music, and The School of Performing Arts. The college is a beacon for arts leadership and economy in the city, state, and region. Learn about the CFA arts and cultural impact:

About the School of Performing Arts (SPA)

Offering a BFA and BA in Performing Arts with concentrations in Dance, Design & Technical Theatre (BFA Only), Musical Theatre (BFA Only), and Theatre, the School of Performing Arts values and promotes applied learning in the classroom, studio, on stage & screen, in the community, and through site-specific engagement & performance. In addition to curricular-related showings on and off campus, the school annually produces plays, a national student playwriting competition, films, audio shows, dance concerts, musicals, a new musical theatre incubator program, and more. Three student-led organizations produce shows and events as well.

To enhance and broaden students’ knowledge and career preparation, SPA offers several certificates including: Directing, Stage Management, Physical Performance, Voice Acting, Choreography, Dance and Digital Performance, Commercial Dance, and will add Performing Arts & Social Justice in the spring of 2024. Several certificates and courses are in collaboration with the School of Digital Arts, the School of Music, the Honors College, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

SPA is committed to inclusive excellence and moving towards more transdisciplinary and collaborative curriculum, productions, and projects. Learn more about the SPA strategic plan: