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18 Oct 2018

Full-Time Assistant Professor, Department of Theater

Wesleyan University  Middletown, Connecticut, United States

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Job Description

Wesleyan University’s Department of Theater invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor of Acting.

Areas of expertise are open, but we are especially interested in recruiting individuals whose teaching and research demonstrate an understanding of traditional theater techniques at the same time that they explore the intercultural and interdisciplinary boundaries of performance. Artist/teachers with multiple areas of expertise in performance and teaching are welcomed. Candidates whose record of professional engagement as a performer informs their ongoing teaching and creative practice are strongly encouraged to apply. The Department situates artistic practice, pedagogy and research in an undergraduate liberal arts context and explores theater from an intersectional perspective in which both rigorous scholarship and applied creative practice are emphasized by continuous and collaborative exchange. We value diversity and are committed to ongoing curricular and programmatic development in intercultural, interdisciplinary, and collaborative theatrical innovation.

Departmental productions reflect the diversity of Wesleyan’s faculty and students. Process and performance are of equal importance. The Department produces contemporary adaptations of classical theater texts, contemporary plays, adaptations of literary works for the stage, as well as movement and visually-based global performances. We seek candidates whose pursuit of artistic excellence, innovative vision and creative energy will enable effective leadership within a highly committed and vibrant community of students, teachers, artists and scholars in Wesleyan’s Theater Department, the Center for the Arts, and across the University.

Teaching responsibilities include two courses per semester including at least one course specific to the candidate’s expertise, supervising tutorials, mentoring students’ creative work, and advising majors and pre-majors. Other responsibilities include developing a roster of potential per course Visiting Faculty, initiating and evaluating student internships and residencies, collaborating with the Center for the Arts in hosting performance workshops, and leading interdisciplinary inquiry into performance practices. Directing productions may be a possibility depending on interest and departmental need. Developing a research agenda as an artist/scholar is necessary for promotion. Participation in faculty governance of the Department and the University is expected.

Minimum Qualifications
The minimum degree requirement is an MFA or a terminal degree in theater or related discipline. Candidates should also have teaching experience at the undergraduate level.

Special Instructions To Applicants
You will be asked to upload electronic versions of the items we require, which are
1) cover letter indicating performance expertise and potential course offerings;
2) curriculum vita;
3) two-page statement of teaching philosophy (600 words maximum) in which you address teaching students from diverse backgrounds;
4) an annotated summary of creative work; and
5) one sample syllabus for a first-year acting class and one for an advanced performance class within your expertise.

You will also be asked to provide the email addresses of three referees from whom we may obtain confidential letters of recommendation (please double-check the accuracy of the email addresses of the referees you name to insure that you have the most up-to-date email addresses for each one).

After you have submitted all of the required documents, you will see a confirmation number. At that point, each of the three referees whose email address you have provided will receive an automatically-generated email requesting that he or she submit a letter of reference for you.

Additional Information
Applications should be submitted online no later than December 1, 2018.

Please contact Dawn Alger ( if you have questions about the application process.

Note for Interfolio users:
We gladly accept letters of recommendation from Interfolio. From your Interfolio account, please use the “web delivery” method to upload your letters directly to our online application.For further instructions, look here:

Required Documents
Cover Letter
Curriculum Vitae
Statement of Teaching Philosophy
Work Sample
Sample Syllabi


How to apply

Apply online:


Job Posting Number: F00201
Position Title: Assistant Professor, Department of Theater
Department: Theater Department-1112
Job Category: Faculty Posting
Position Type: Full-Time Job

Wesleyan University, located in Middletown, Connecticut, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, age, gender, gender identity or expression, national origin, marital status, ancestry, present or past history of mental disorder, learning disability or physical disability, political belief, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or non-position-related criminal record. We welcome applications from women and historically underrepresented minority groups.

Job Categories: Education. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: artist, assistant professor, education, teacher, teaching, and theatre. States: Connecticut.

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