Instructor talks with student about art project

Faculty design the courses and provide inspired instruction.

To apply, read the following information regarding faculty responsibilities and time commitments, then complete the online application. Application deadline is January 28, 2024.

Faculty Positions

Full-time faculty:

  • Receive $3,000.00 salary
  • Are provided accommodations on the Missouri State University campus, if requested
  • Are provided meals at a Missouri State University dining hall and at catered events on campus
  • Participate in mandatory faculty workshops and activities. Please do not submit an application if you are unable to participate for the duration of the Academy or faculty orientation.
  • Submit course materials in an established curricular format that may be published
  • Supervise, coordinate, and/or attend predetermined evening and extracurricular activities during the Academy
  • Attend daily assemblies during the Academy
  • Participate in faculty meetings during the Academy

Faculty Schedule

  • All full-time faculty members will have an average of five hours of instructional and/or academic student supervisory time each curricular day/evening. Full-time faculty members must be willing to accept a variety of curricular assignments for which they are qualified, depending upon the needs of the student population.
  • All full-time faculty members will be responsible for supervising, coordinating and/or attending a variety of evening and extracurricular activities, many occurring on non-curricular days. These duties will be divided among full-time faculty members on an equitable basis, and direction for supervising and coordinating such activities will be provided in advance.

Academy Schedule

Each student at the Missouri Fine Arts Academy will be enrolled in the following classes:

  • An interdisciplinary course. (Please review online course descriptions.)
    Two-hour sessions, 9 class meetings
    • Facilitated by two or more faculty members from different artistic disciplines (i.e., a dancer and a visual artist)
    • Composed of a student group that includes artists from various disciplines who stay together throughout the duration of the class
    • Revolves around a broad theme that embraces all of the following disciplines: music, visual arts, theatre, dance, and creative writing
    • Provides all students with active participation experiences in each of the above disciplines
    • Allows students to shape, in great measure, the course experience
    • Includes a concept-based interdisciplinary presentation that encompasses student participation in all the fine arts areas
    • Culminates in a discussion session that includes evaluation of the presentations themselves, group processes, and student learning
  • An applied class in his or her primary discipline. (Artistic disciplines represented at the Academy are vocal and instrumental music, theatre, dance, visual arts, and creative writing.)
    90-minute sessions, 9 class meetings
    • May be private lessons, ensembles, and/or classes in each student’s specific artistic discipline (i.e., private vocal or instrumental lessons; ceramics, sculpture or graphic design classes; string ensembles; acting or dance technique classes)
  • Two elective classes.
    90-minute sessions, 4 class meetings.
    • Examples include jazz improvisation, body conditioning for the performer, stage makeup, papermaking, intro. to stage combat, music theory, found-object sculpture, etc.

Evening and extracurricular activities include showings, works in progress, art gallery visits, social events, workshops, community service experiences, etc.


Applications for MFAA 2024 have closed.