Assistant Professor - Department of Music and Theatre

Fort Hays State University

Hays, KS

ID: 7087896
Posted: October 26, 2021
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Job Description
The Department of Music and Theatre at Fort Hays State University seeks applicants for a non-tenure track position as Assistant Director of Bands/Assistant Professor of Music. The Assistant Director of Bands is expected to recruit students to the program, maintain collaborative relationships with public school programs in Kansas and beyond, and promote collaborative relationships among department faculty.

Minimum Qualifications:

DMA/terminal degree in Instrumental/Wind conducting or related area – or – Masters degree in Music plus minimum five years professional performance experience
Experience teaching Marching Band
Preferred Qualifications:

Demonstrated ability in at least one of the following areas:

Drill Design and/or Arranging
Specialization in High Brass or Double Reeds
Experience leading a Jazz Ensemble
Experience teaching Brass Techniques, Band Methods, and/or Music Theory/Aural Skills
FHSU and the Department of Music and Theatre is committed to building an environment that is inclusive and representative of our students and state, so we encourage people from underrepresented groups to apply.

Rank: Assistant Professor

Appointment Date: August 2022

Application Deadline: Screening of applications will begin December 1 and will continue until the position is filled.

Benefits: Competitive benefit package


Direct the Marching Band, Basketball Pep Band, and Symphonic Winds
Work collaboratively with the Director of Bands to share teaching/administrative responsibilities for Athletic Bands
Manage the band student leadership program
Assist in the recruitment and retention of band members in all ensembles throughout the calendar year, maintaining active relationships with public school band directors
Advise students for the Department of Music and Theatre
Promote the FHSU bands program to external audiences
Pursue and maintain creative activities/scholarship
Work collegially and collaboratively with department faculty
Other academic duties as determined by department need
Application Process: To apply for this position, please visit Only electronic applications submitted through the webpage will be accepted.

Required Application Documents:

Cover letter
Curriculum Vitae
A statement that describes your experiences working with students and staff from diverse backgrounds, and explain how your experiences have reflected and formed your commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
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:

Name: Dr. Peter Lillpopp

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 785-628-5353

About the Department:

The Department of Music and Theatre has 15 full-time positions and provides a full array of music and theatre courses for undergraduate students. The department offers B.M. degrees in Music Education, Music Performance, and Music Composition, as well as B.A. degrees in music and theatre. Graduate studies are also supported. The department 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 department is housed in Malloy Hall and consists of two rehearsal halls, a theatre, several classroom spaces, practice rooms, and faculty studios.

About the College:

Information is the currency of the 21st century, and the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Science is Fort Hays State University’s College for Human Information and Interaction. Our 11 departments collect, assess, analyze and express Human Information as we prepare our students for the future. For more information about the college, please visit

About Fort Hays State University

Fort Hays State University was founded in 1902 as the Western Branch of Kansas State Normal School-a teacher's college. Our hometown, Hays, Kansas, is located on the high plains of north-central Kansas. The original home of the institution was on the grounds of Fort Hays, a Nineteenth-Century frontier military outpost. The state of Kansas initially intended the university's academic programs to focus on agriculture, but it opened in as a "normal" or teacher's college. Our mission is to develop the engaged global citizen-leaders our world needs.

FHSU today is a regional comprehensive public university where determined, innovative, and caring faculty and staff share a deep commitment to teaching and mentoring students. Total enrollment at FHSU exceeds 14,000 students who pursue their educational goals on-campus, online, and at our two international partnership campuses in China.

Employers tell us the combination of challenging academic programs, close faculty/student relationships, and the abundance of experiential learning opportunities our students enjoy while at FHSU set our students apart in competitive job markets worldwide. More than 95% of FHSU students secure jobs or higher education opportunities after they graduate. And FHSU consistently ranks among the top regional universities in the American Midwest.

A pioneer in distance education, we began delivering correspondence courses to teachers in rural Kansas early in the 20th Century. Today, FHSU Online delivers more than 200 flexible, affordable, and high-quality online programs. Over the years, FHSU Online received many accolades, including U.S. News & World Report Online Programs rankings,, Best Buys in Education, among others.

The university has rich sports and cultural programming, all of which enjoy tremendous community support. The Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center is home to the Encore Series, which hosts many traveling Broadway shows, the Hays Symphony, university, and other national and world-caliber performances.

The university supports one of the most extensive and successful intercollegiate sports programs of any comparably sized college or university in America, boasting numerous All-American athletes and eight national championships. Nearly 400 athletes compete annually in eight men's and eight women's sports. FHSU is a member of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association, which comprises 14 schools from Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Oklahoma.