Visiting Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre



Job description

Salisbury, NC

Department: Shuford School of Performing Arts

Position Status: Full-Time

Classification: Exempt

The Shuford School of Performing Arts at Catawba College (“Catawba”) seeks an exceptional professional with specializations in Musical Theatre and Vocal Pedagogy for a joint appointment in the Departments of Music and Theatre Arts. Catawba desires an artist/scholar who can contribute to our continued commitment to diversity in both programs, with a strong commitment to professional-level training in a vibrant undergraduate setting with a strong, integrated focus on liberal studies. While Catawba encourages applications from qualified candidates with a range of interests in both Music and Theatre, the selected candidate will anchor Catawba’s jointly administered BFA Musical Theatre program.


  • Teach voice lessons for Musical Theatre, Popular Music, Praise and Worship, and, occasionally, Classical Voice students
  • Teach one (1) or more classes in the Musical Theatre specialization, including Musical Theatre Performance, Voice and Speech, and Musical Theatre History
  • Coach students in vocal and musical theatre auditions
  • Support and cultivate internship opportunities
  • Advise students as assigned
  • Other opportunities reflective of candidate’s expertise are possible, including teaching in Catawba’s General Education, First Year Seminar, and Honors programs
  • Play an active role in recruitment for the Music and Theatre programs
  • Participate in the greater Catawba community and serve on Catawba committees as assigned
  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned


  • Dedication to ensuring excellence in curriculum delivery, development, and assessment
  • Exhibit extensive knowledge of musical theatre, pop repertoire, and vocal styles
  • Possess knowledge and understanding of current trends in the musical theatre industry and the skills required to work within those trends
  • Experience directing and/or vocal coaching musicals is also highly desirable
  • Ability to advise, instruct, manage, motivate, and evaluate students


  • M.F.A. or Ph.D. in Musical Theatre, Vocal Pedagogy, or other applicable degree
  • Technical skills necessary to teach multiple styles from the classical and contemporary Broadway and Pop repertoires
  • Understanding of musical theatre training, including acting and some dance
  • Strong evidence of commitment to collaboration, diversity, and excellence in the arts and higher education
  • Ability to work both independently and collegially and collaboratively with others in the relevant departments and the greater Catawba community


Catawba’s nationally recognized Shuford School of Performing Arts offers BA, BFA, and BS degrees in Theatre and a BA in Music with concentrations in Music Business, Popular Music, Worship Arts, Music Performance, Music Education, and Sacred Music. Please visit the Catawba Music Department and the Catawba Theatre Department.

Catawba is a private, coeducational, residential, primarily undergraduate institution located in the Piedmont of North Carolina. We provide an education focused on an institutional philosophy of a liberal education, including a broad range of knowledge, intellectual and practical skills, and individual and social responsibility fostered and developed in all academic programs, including general education and majors, and from the freshman to senior years. Catawba’s mission is to provide “students an education rich in personal attention that blends the knowledge and competencies of liberal studies with career preparation” and to enable “students to reach their highest potential while becoming responsible citizens.” Interested candidate may locate further information at 

How to apply

Candidates must include the following materials in a single PDF file:

  • A cover letter
  • A current CV
  • A statement of teaching philosophy
  • A statement describing experiences with and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusiveness
  • Contact information for three professional references

Candidates should submit this electronic application file (single PDF document) via email to Ms. Savannah Deal at [email protected]. Review of applications will begin immediately. Catawba will give primary consideration to candidates applying on or before November 16, 2020.

Catawba College is an equal opportunity employer. As such, the College is committed to providing equal employment opportunities for all employees, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status, unless allowed by law and deemed necessary to the operation of the College. The College complies with all federal, state, and local laws governing non-discrimination.

Private, coeducational, residential, institution offering career preparation grounded in the liberal arts tradition. We offer over 40 academic fields of study including strong science and pre-professional programs.