23 Nov 2022


Assistant or Associate Professor of Directing

University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Performing and Visual Arts  Hattiesburg, Mississippi, United States

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Job Description

Job Summary

Award-winning Theatre Program at the nationally accredited (NAST) University of Southern Mississippi seeks tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor of Directing to also serve as Head of the MFA Directing Program.

This is a nine-month faculty appointment. USM Theatre, housed in the School of Performing and Visual Arts, features MFA programs in Directing, Performance, and Design & Technology, as well as BFA degree programs in Acting and Design & Technology and a BA degree in Theatre. USM Theatre produces an annual mainstage season of work in two distinct spaces: the Hartwig Theatre, a flexible black box space seating 130-150 and the Tatum Theatre, a proscenium space seating 275. In addition to these spaces, USM Theatre also maintains the Woods Theatre, a smaller proscenium seating 80-100 and dedicated to the production of student work. USM Theatre features a robust guest artist program and a new playwrights series; produces a summer repertory season, Southern Arena Theatre, annually in June; and maintains study-abroad opportunities for students through the University’s British Studies Program. In addition to the Theatre Program, The School of Performing and Visual Arts at USM houses BFA programs in Dance, as well as BFA and BA programs in Art & Design and produces an annual two-week interdisciplinary arts festival Revelry.

The School of Performing and Visual Arts values artists with diverse and global perspectives and theatre-making practices and seeks applicants with a demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Serve as Head of the MFA Directing Program, training graduate student directors.
  2. Teach courses to MFA, BFA and BA Theatre students including directing, stage management, as well as various graduate seminars, and other courses in specialty area.
  3. Direct one or more productions for mainstage season.
  4. Mentor graduate student directors in their direction of mainstage and other productions.
  5. Maintain a research/creative practice agenda consistent with rank and with tenure/promotion expectations.
  6. Contribute to the mission of the university and the profession through participating in service, advising, curriculum development, and recruitment.
  7. Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications
 MFA in Directing or MFA/PhD in Theatre, Performance, or related field from an accredited college or university by date of appointment. Significant professional experience in directing.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Knowledge of disciplinary content and ability to teach toward program learning objectives and assess student learning.
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver accurate and quality communication (verbal and written) in a timely manner to a diverse population.
  • Experience setting clear performance expectations and providing meaningful feedback.
  • Ability to collaborate with creative colleagues and to mentor students through collaborative theatre-making experiences.

Preferred Qualifications  
 Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusive teaching practices. 3-5 years of university teaching experience.


Special Instructions to Applicants

Review of applications will begin January 15, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled.

A completed application will include:

1) a cover letter describing applicant strengths and qualifications for the position,
2) a CV, 3) contact information for three references,
4) a research/creative activity statement
5) a teaching statement addressing pedagogical methods and experience working with diverse student populations,
6) link to website or other online portfolio of materials, and
7) academic transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable; official transcripts are necessary for hire).

Application materials can be uploaded to the HR site found here: jobs.usm.edu


The School of Performing and Visual Arts at USM is committed to increasing diversity; we encourage applications from those who identify as diverse in terms of gender, race, ethnicity, and/or sexual orientation.
Please address questions about the position to Meg Brooker, Director, School of Performing and Visual Arts,
Email: Meg.Brooker@usm.edu.

For full consideration please submit complete applications by January 15, 20223.


About The University of Southern Mississippi
The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is a comprehensive public research institution delivering transformative programs on campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach, at teaching and research sites across the Mississippi Gulf Coast, as well as online. Founded in 1910, USM is one of only 131 universities in the nation to earn the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education’s “R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity” designation, and its robust research enterprise includes experts in ocean science and engineering, polymer science and engineering, and large event venue safety and security, among others.  USM is also one of only 37 institutions in the nation accredited in theatre, art and design, dance and music. As an economic driver, USM generates an annual economic impact of more than $600 million across the state. USM welcomes a diverse student body of more than 14,000, representing 71 countries, all 50 states, and every county in Mississippi. USM students have collected four Truman Scholarships and 37 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, while also leading Mississippi with 27 Goldwater Scholarships, an honor that recognizes the next generation of great research scientists. Home to the Golden Eagles, USM competes in 17 Division I sports sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). F
or more information, visit www.usm.edu.

As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer/Americans with Disabilities Act institution, The University of Southern Mississippi encourages minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities to apply.



Full-Time Job in Theatre:
Assistant or Associate Professor of Directing
University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Performing and Visual Arts
 Hattiesburg, Mississippi, United States

Job Categories: Theatre. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: assistant professor, associate professor, directing, tenure track, theatre, and university. States: Mississippi.
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