Assistant Professor of Music Education, Department of Music and Theatre

Apply for the position, Assistant Professor of Music Education, Department of Music and Theatre, with Fort Hays State University today or contact Human Resource Office for more information. Posted Nov 15, 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 Music Education beginning August 2024.  We seek an engaging Music Education specialist to teach Music Education courses, provide vision and leadership for Music Education, and collaborate with the Music and Theatre program chair to support the needs and vitality of the Music Education program.  FHSU is a hub for Music Education in the western Kansas region, with special attention on rural program development and placement.      

Primary teaching responsibilities include teaching undergraduate Music Education courses in primary and secondary music methods, with the possibility of other Music Education courses in the candidate’s area of expertise.  Other teaching duties may include teaching music-major core courses.  Candidates who can teach double reeds, guitar, or piano are especially encouraged to apply. 

Additional duties include:
  • leadership in curriculum development and assessment
  • coordinate Music Education program and mentor music education majors
  • 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 public schools and community colleges.  A focus on rural music education development and advocacy is essential to the success of the program.  Strong skills in problem solving, creative thinking, and innovative solutions, coupled with a readiness to think outside the box, are desired.       

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 program can be and expanding access to students in the region and around 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 in teaching K-12 music.

Preferred Requirements:
  • Demonstrated excellence in classroom teaching
  • Potential to recruit, mentor, and successfully oversee student degree completion
  • Accomplishments should reflect a commitment to advocating for and working with an inclusive student population. 
  • Ability to collaborate with education specialists in other academic units and successfully represent and advocate for Music Education to the College of Education.

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 of Music, 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:
Benjamin Cline, Chair, Music and Theatre, [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 Music Education, Department of Music and Theatre
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Human Resource Office
Nov 15, 2023
Dec 1, 2023
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