Applications Open: UMS Teaching Artists

By UMS Lobby

Please note: Teaching artists positions have been filled for the 2016-17 season, but we continue to accept applications year round.
ums teaching artist with small group.
Making puppets during an in-class workshop. Photo by Peter Smith.

UMS is seeking enthusiastic, highly skilled teaching artists for part-time seasonal independent contract employment.

Who should apply

Applicants must demonstrate experience in any of the following disciplines: dance, music, drama, puppetry, visual arts, or video in support of our K-12 Pre & Post Performance In-Class Workshops.

Applicants must be committed to working with young people and able to collaborate with other educators. Eligible candidates will be required to develop and implement in-class arts-integrated workshops in connection with our series of School Day Performances. Teaching artists will use their art form as a vehicle to address the specific themes and ideas of the performance as the core content of their lesson. This season we are offering Pre & Post-show workshops for the following School Day Performances:

Required Qualifications

  • Experience in your artistry (professional or university).
  • Experience in classroom setting as a teacher and artist.
  • Experience working with diverse populations and a range of grade levels.
  • Experience in developing arts-integrated curriculum and lesson planning.
  • Ability to collaborate and work with team teacher.
  • Highly flexible and adaptable to a range of educational situations.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Must be able to travel independently to schools in the SE Michigan region.

students after a classroom workshop
Students with their puppets after in-class workshop. Photo by Peter Smith.

How to apply

Interested applicants should visit the K-12 programs section of the UMS website to learn more about our programs, philosophy, and current season. Then, submit the following, to Terri Park, Education Coordinator, at

  • A resume and cover letter detailing training and experience as both an artist and a teacher.
  • A lesson plan activity (approx. 10 minutes) to prepare or enhance students’ experience as an audience member for one of our School Day Performances.

Lesson plans should include:

  • One experiential activity using your art form to explore themes/ideas presented in the School Day performance and connect to classroom content area (ie: math, science, history, or language arts).
  • Reflection question after the main activity.

Lesson plans must be interactive, grade appropriate and designed to showcase applicants’ artistry, classroom experience and approach to arts-integrated school based work.

Candidates will be subject to a criminal background check prior to hiring in accordance with the University of Michigan’s policy on minors on campus. All contract employees receive a 1099 at the end of the calendar year for tax purposes.


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