Assistant Professor of Applied Voice, Department of Music and Theatre

Apply for the position, Assistant Professor of Applied Voice, Department of Music and Theatre, with Fort Hays State University today or contact Human Resource Office for more information. Posted Nov 10, 2023.

Music and Theatre, in the School of Visual and Performing Arts at Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kansas, invites applications for a tenure-track position in voice beginning August 2024.  We seek an engaging artist-teacher of voice with the ability to teach and coach all voice types in various genres and styles, including music theatre, popular contemporary styles, and classical.  Primary teaching responsibilities include teaching applied voice to undergraduate students, including music education majors, performance majors, and non-majors.  Other duties may include teaching voice-related courses, music-major courses, and/or general education courses based on the candidate’s qualifications and needs of the program. 

Additional duties include:
  • mentor voice students
  • develop and engage in creative scholarship appropriate for a tenure-track position
  • service at the program, college, and university level
  • leadership and service contributing to the shared governance of the program, school, college, and university
  • actively recruit students to the program
  • pursue and implement opportunities for program growth and development

The successful candidate will be able to engage the community and region to recruit students, advocate for the performing arts and music education, and successfully network with music education professionals in regional high schools and community colleges. 

Music and Theatre is committed to building a community of collaborative teacher-artists with diverse skills from a multitude of backgrounds.  We are engaged in the process of discovering what a 21st century music and theatre program can be and expanding access to students in the region and the globe.  Music Education is a primary focus for the program.  Music and Theatre treats community-engaged work in teaching, scholarship, and/or service as legitimate and important areas of faculty activity, of comparable value to high-impact classroom teaching and mentorship, the scholarship of discovery, and the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Minimum Requirements:
  • Doctorate in Music, or a masters in Music with equivalent professional experience, commensurate to advanced graduate studies in Music.
  • Experience teaching applied voice to students of varying abilities
  • Successful candidates will demonstrate excellence in studio teaching

Preferred Requirements:
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with faculty in music and other disciplines to advocate for music and music education.
  • Demonstrated ability to recruit, mentor, and successfully oversee student degree completion, and their accomplishments should reflect their commitment to advocating for and working with an inclusive student population. 
  • Experience teaching various styles of voice, including music theatre, popular styles, and classical

Appointment Date: August 2024

Application Deadline: Screening of applications will begin December 10, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled.

Rank: Assistant Professor, tenure-track

Salary: Faculty salaries are set at 90% of current College and University Professional Association (CUPA) averages by rank and discipline. 

Benefits: Competitive benefit package

Application Process:  To apply for this position, please visit  Only electronic applications submitted through the webpage will be accepted.

Required Application Documents: 
  • Cover letter that addresses the candidate’s skills and qualifications for this position, no more than two pages in length.
  • Curriculum Vitae.
  • A statement (no more than 1000 words) explaining how the applicant will help FHSU achieve racial, ethnic, and gender diversity that is representative of our state and student populations.
  • Names and contact information for three professional references.

Applicant documents should be submitted in one PDF.

If you have questions regarding the position, please contact:
Dr. Brian Buckstead, Chair, Voice Search Committee, [email protected]
Prof. Nathan Howard, JEDI Advisor, [email protected]

About the Program:
Music and Theatre, in the School of Visual and Performing Arts, consists of 15 full-time-faculty and offers B.M. degrees in Music Education, Music Performance, and Music Composition, as well as B.A. degrees in music and theatre. The program offers a wide variety of performances to the public including music theatre, opera, instrumental and vocal ensembles, chamber music, the Tiger Marching Band, the Hays Symphony, theatrical performances, and faculty artist and guest artist recitals. The program is housed in Malloy Hall and consists of two rehearsal halls, a theatre, several classroom spaces, practice rooms, and faculty studios.  We are committed to discovering what a 21st century music and theatre program can be and expanding access to students in the region and around the globe. For more information visit
School of Visual and Performing Arts Mission Statement:
The School of Visual and Performing Arts is a vibrant and diverse artistic community that fosters and inspires the creative potential of students, cultivating their artistic visions for the future as they prepare for meaningful and successful lives in the arts. We promote and respect creativity, expression, and diversity in all its forms.  

School of Visual and Performing Arts Vision Statement:
The School of Visual and Performing Arts is dedicated to advancing human creativity and inspiring students to be change-makers within their communities. 

About the College:
Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences programs foster critical thinking and problem-solving, develop oral and written communication skills, encourage rational reflection, and explore the histories and lived experiences of communities throughout the world.  Our transformative approach to interactive learning prepares students to become lifelong learners, engaged and responsible global citizens and leaders, and successful professionals. The College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences equips students with creative, critical, and professional skills through dynamic undergraduate and graduate programs, innovative community-engaged initiatives, sophisticated distance learning opportunities, and vibrant business, government, and nonprofit partnerships.  For more information about the college, please visit

Community of Hays
FHSU is located in Hays, a vibrant college town of approximately 20,000, located halfway between Kansas City and Denver on Interstate 70. Hays is the regional center for education, health care, professional services, shopping, culture, and recreation for the western half of Kansas. The community boasts excellent recreational programs and facilities, including the comprehensive Center for Health Improvement, Hays Aquatic Park, Smoky Hill Country Club, Hays Municipal Golf Course, and extensive walking, running, and biking trails. Hays is within 45 minutes of two large lakes that offer great opportunities for boating, fishing, and camping. The Hays Municipal Airport provides connecting service to Denver with several flights daily. The Hays community is home to excellent Pre-K and K-12, public and private schools. With over 60 restaurants, major retail outlets, a low unemployment rate, and very short commute times, the city provides a safe, welcoming, low-cost, high-quality living environment for the residents who call "Hays, America" home.

Notice of Non-discrimination: Fort Hays State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, religion, national origin, color, age, marital status, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability or veteran status.

Background Check: Final candidate will have consented to and successfully completed a criminal background check.

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Assistant Professor of Applied Voice, Department of Music and Theatre
Full Time
Human Resource Office
Nov 10, 2023
Nov 25, 2023
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