Instructor, Assistant, or Associate Professor of Arts Management - Production Focus

  • Oklahoma City University
  • Oklahoma City, OK
  • May 28, 2021
Full time Theatre & Dance

Job Description


Oklahoma City University invites applications for the twelve-month, non-tenure track position of Instructor, Assistant, or Associate Professor of Arts Management - Production focus beginning in July 2021.

Position Summary

Non-tenure track arts management faculty position which combines course instruction with co-curricular, advising, and recruiting duties. The position is focused on arts management and production, but may include non-profit arts management and development. Assignment of courses and duties are balanced with faculty member's areas of experience and the needs of the Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Entertainment. As qualified, a successful candidate may be assigned technical direction and lighting design for the American Spirit Dance Company and Student Choreography Showcase.

Teaching, Scholarship, and Service Requirements

  • Teach arts management and entertainment production courses as assigned.
  • Actively recruit for Entertainment Business and other arts management degrees.
  • Assist with assessment plan for arts management and entertainment management courses.
  • Handle co-curricular program activities and advising responsibilities as assigned. Co-curricular activity / advising responsibilities are split between multiple faculty and staff members. Examples include, but are not limited to, academic advising of dance and entertainment students; management and oversight of components of recruiting workshops and camps; oversight of the Students of Arts Management organization; production oversight/design related to the Student Choreography Show, American Spirit Dance Company shows, Community Dance Academy Showcase, and Oklahoma City University Graduation Ceremonies.
  • Maintain theatrical equipment and spaces used by the Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Entertainment if assigned to production-related course work.
  • Serve on arts management department and school committees as assigned.
  • Serve on university committees as assigned.
  • Actively demonstrate a continuing commitment to gaining new knowledge in event planning, entertainment management and production, and remaining current in advances in the entertainment industry including technical theater equipment and trends. Other areas of development may include, but are not limited to, non-profit arts management and fundraising,
  • The successful candidate is expected to participate in the department's assessment program, advising activities, and in student recruiting and retention efforts for the department and the university.
  • Effectively coordinate arts management student enrichment activities as assigned.


  • One or more of the following
  • MFA in technical theatre, lighting design, or stage management-related fields
  • Bachelor's degree (stage management/ arts management, performing arts, or entertainment related preferred) and extensive professional experience in arts management fields
  • MBA and professional arts management or entertainment production experience
  • Graduate degree in non-profit management
  • Knowledge of technical aspects of production, such as lighting, sound, set design, union rules, contracts, etc. Knowledge of non-profit organizations and development and fundraising is a plus.
  • Teaching experience.
  • Must be qualified to teach a combination of courses (not all of the courses) from the following list: Event Planning; Stage Management and Production; Contracts for Performers; Arts Management and Production Levels 1, 2, and 3; Venue Management, and Touring Performing Arts. Ability to teach Non-Profit Arts Management and Development and Fundraising is a plus.
  • Commitment to developing and nurturing a program aimed at the student who wants to work in the musical theatre/entertainment industry and/or non-profit art organizations in a variety of capacities.
  • Appreciation of American theatrical dance.
  • Theatrical design and/or show direction, venue management and/or theatrical touring experience.
  • Ability to use Microsoft Office Suite programs including Word, Excel, Publisher, Outlook, and PowerPoint. Ability to adapt to new technologies required.
  • Excellent relational skills. Must contribute to a sense of calm, especially in chaotic and high energy situations.
  • Excellent time management, organizational skills, and creative problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent leadership and management skills.
  • Clear, correct, and effective communication using the English language.
  • Ability to follow policies and procedures of the Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Entertainment. It is important for faculty to understand and be committed to the vision of the school. Many courses are team or collaboratively taught. Collegiality, professional conduct, and team work are required of all faculty.

    Ability to perform sustained physical activity including lifting and carrying equipment and supplies weighing up to 50 pounds. Must be able to bend, stoop, climb, and reach.
  • Ability to work in studios, lecture in classrooms, and perform activities in theater facilities. If assigned, work in the theatre requires ability to move quickly from audience to stage areas that are at different levels. There is long exposure to theater and studio sound equipment volume levels.
  • Adequate hearing to communicate effectively in person, by phone, and by theatrical headset systems.
  • Near vision sufficient to read written communications, and computer display screens. Night vision sufficient for safely moving in low-light theatrical environments.
  • If assigned to production activities, ability to work in an outdoor environment when traveling between campus buildings or off campus especially during show productions that require loading theatrical equipment in and out of performance spaces.
  • Ability to work varied hours from early morning to evenings and weekend hours in class, rehearsals and rehearsal/production activity monitoring.
  • Ability and willingness to travel locally, nationally, and internationally when assigned to activities involving road or air travel (including over oceans).
  • Ability to drive vans and/or trucks for show production; valid driver's license and solid driving record.

Promotion and Tenure

Effective teaching, scholarship, and service are required for promotion.

Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Entertainment

The Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Entertainment specializes in preparing dancers and managers for the American entertainment industry through its Bachelor of Performing Arts in Dance Performance, B.S. in Dance Management, B.S. in American Dance Pedagogy, and B.S. in Entertainment Business degree programs. The school consists of the Dance Department, chaired by Jo Rowan, and the Arts Management Department chaired by Dean John Bedford.

The Dance Department's affinity has been primarily with dance for the commercial entertainment industry rather than non-profit concert dance. Tap, jazz, and musical theater dance are primary, although dance performance majors must take ballet daily. Ten levels of instruction are offered in tap, jazz, and ballet. Courses are also offered in rhythm tap and theater dance. The department also provides dance technique instruction to theater, musical theater, and vocal performance music majors.

About Oklahoma City University

Oklahoma City University was founded in 1904 and is a coeducational, urban, private university located in the Uptown district of Oklahoma City. The university is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and offers a wide variety of degrees in the liberal arts and sciences disciplines. Oklahoma City University is the only Oklahoma institution listed in the top tier of the regional, master's-level university category by U.S. News and World Report magazine.

Employee Benefits

The faculty of OCU are afforded a generous and comprehensive benefits package designed to fit the needs of you and your family. Benefits offered include: health (medical, dental and vision) insurance, flexible spending accounts, university paid life insurance, university paid long-term disability insurance, retirement plans, and tuition remission for employees and qualifying dependents who wish to take classes or pursue a degree at OCU.

Procedure for Submitting Applications

Submit a CV, cover letter, list of 3-5 professional references, statement of teaching philosophy, and unofficial transcripts.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. 

Contact for Additional Questions

Search Chair: Associate Dean, Melanie Shelley,

Diversity Advocate: Instructor of Arts Management, Jessica Telfer, 

Oklahoma City University is an equal opportunity employer and affirms the values and goals of diversity.

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