Visiting Assistant Teaching Professor, DRAMA



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Job #

077007Location: Syracuse, NY

Pay Range: Commensurate with Experience

FLSA Status: Exempt

Rank: Assistant

Campus: Syracuse, NY

Unionized Position Code: Not Applicable

Job Description

The Department of Drama, within the College of Visual and Performing Arts, a highly ranked BFA program uniquely integrated with a major regional theater, seeks to hire a visiting assistant teaching professor to serve as associate music director and pianist for the 2023-24 academic year. We are looking for collaborative colleagues who will participate in the life of a vibrant department, and whose professional experience and creative activity will contribute to the advancement of equity, diversity, and cultural wealth. Selected candidates will serve as Music Director or Associate Music Director for one or more departmental productions, accompany classes and auditions, and depending on expertise, may teach one or more courses in the Musical Theater curriculum.

About the Department of Drama
The Department of Drama offers conservatory-style training at a major American university, combined with a level of integration with a professional theater company that is unparalleled among undergraduate programs. Our bachelor of fine arts (B.F.A.) degree programs in acting, musical theater, stage management, and theater design and technology as well as our flexible bachelor of science (B.S.) degree in drama, which features a theater management track, offer unique educational experiences while supporting strong development of skills for those who wish to explore the world of professional theater in a setting that combines rigorous training with a traditional university education. To learn more about our unique affiliation with Syracuse Stage, Central New York’s premier professional theater, the Tepper Semester in New York City, the Sorkin in LA Learning Practicum, and more, visit
About The College of Visual and Performing Arts

The College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University is committed to the education of cultural leaders who will engage and inspire audiences through performance, visual art, design, scholarship, and commentary. We provide the tools for self-discovery and risk-taking in an environment that thrives on critical thought and action. To learn more about the college, our distinguished faculty, and our program, please visit our websites at

  • Bachelor’s degree plus significant experience as a pianist and music director for Musical Theater at the university and/or professional level are required.

Job Specific Qualifications

  • Demonstrated excellence as a pianist and accompanist.
  • Ability to adapt and arrange music as needed, as part of music direction and production preparation.
  •  Ability to lead both student vocal ensembles and professional instrumental ensembles with confidence.
  • Extensive knowledge of the Musical Theater repertoire.
  • Demonstrated collaborative and artistic skill.
  • Ability and willingness to collaborate with faculty in all programs (Acting, Musical Theater, Theater Design and Technology, Stage Management, and Theater Management) in the ongoing life of a top-quality pre-professional training program.


  • Serve as Music Director or Associate Music Director for one or more larger-scale or smaller-scale Department of Drama Musicals (including rehearsal piano and pit performance).
  • Serve as Music Director and pianist for New Works, New Voices (approximately three-week development process, plus arranging and score preparation work as needed)
  • Serve as primary accompanist for the following department classes and/or activities: Musical Theater performance classes; auditions (prospective student auditions, auditions for productions, visiting guest auditions); voice lessons/studio voice classes; visiting guest master classes.
  • Based on expertise and interest, additional responsibilities may include offering private vocal instruction and/or teaching one or two courses in the musical theater curriculum (e.g., History of Musical Theater, Foundations of Musical Theater)

About Syracuse University

Syracuse University is a private, international research university with distinctive academics, diversely unique offerings and an undeniable spirit. Located in the geographic heart of New York State, with a global footprint, and nearly 150 years of history, Syracuse University offers a quintessential college experience.

The scope of Syracuse University is a testament to its strengths: a pioneering history dating back to 1870; a choice of more than 200 majors and 100 minors offered through 13 schools and colleges; nearly 15,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students; more than a quarter of a million alumni in 160 countries; and a student population from all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. For more information, please visit the Syracuse area

Syracuse is a medium-sized city situated in the geographic center of New York State approximately 250 miles northwest of New York City. The metro-area population totals approximately 500,000. The area offers a low cost of living and provides many social, cultural, and recreational options, including parks, museums, festivals, professional regional theater, and premier shopping venues. Syracuse and Central New York present a wide range of seasonal recreation and attractions ranging from water skiing and snow skiing, hiking in the Adirondacks, touring the historic sites, visiting wineries along the Finger Lakes, and biking on trails along the Erie Canal.EEO Statement

Syracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution. The University prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law to the extent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs, services, and activities.Commitment to Supporting and Hiring Veterans

Syracuse University has a long history of engaging veterans and the military-connected community through its educational programs, community outreach, and employment programs. After World War II, Syracuse University welcomed more than 10,000 returning veterans to our campus, and those veterans literally transformed Syracuse University into the national research institution it is today. The University’s contemporary commitment to veterans builds on this historical legacy, and extends to both class-leading initiatives focused on making an SU degree accessible and affordable to the post-9/11 generation of veterans, and also programs designed to position Syracuse University as the employer of choice for military veterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, and military family members.Commitment to a Diverse and Inclusive Campus Community

Syracuse University maintains an inclusive learning environment in which students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, social activities, governance, and all other aspects of campus life reflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and international worldview. The University community recognizes and values the many similarities and differences among individuals and groups. At Syracuse, we are committed to preparing students to understand, live among, appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and world made up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds, military backgrounds, religious beliefs, socio-economic status, cultural traditions, abilities, sexual orientations and gender identities. To do so, we commit ourselves to promoting a community that celebrates and models the principles of diversity and inclusivity.Open Until Filled: Yes

Priority Consideration: 06/01/2023

Job Category: Faculty

Syracuse University is interested in candidates who have the communication skills and cross-cultural abilities to maximize their effectiveness with diverse groups of colleagues, students and community members. Women, military veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other traditionally underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. Syracuse University is an equal opportunity employer, as well as a federal contractor required to take affirmative action on behalf of protected veterans.

How to apply

In addition to completing an online application, please attach the following:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Cover Letter
  • Diversity and Inclusion Statement
  • Name and contact information for a minimum of four (4) references.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, candidates who apply by June 1, 2023 are guaranteed priority consideration.

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