2 May 2024


Assistant Professor of Theatre – Tenure Track

Adams State University  →   Alamosa, CO 81101


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Job Description

Position Summary:

This position will teach 4 courses per semester (12 credit hours). This position will serve as the head of the Collaborative Creation emphasis. Faculty members participate fully in department and college activities, including serving on committees and advising students after the first year of employment. Excellence in teaching, scholarship/creative projects, and service are required for promotion and tenure. Faculty expectations for this position include engagement in student recruitment, retention efforts and in assessment of student learning outcomes.

Within our BA in Theatre degree, we have four areas of emphasis: Performance, Collaborative Creation, Design and Technology, and History/Literature. Additional areas of expertise such as acting for the camera, stage combat, or other areas are desirable. Hire will have the ability to teach special topics in areas of expertise.

Adams State University invites applications for a full-time/tenure-track position in Theatre at the Assistant Professor level. Duties will include:

  • Teaching courses in acting, directing, devising theatre, and other courses as assigned;
  • Directing one Main Stage production most academic years;
  • Other duties as assigned including, but not limited to, academic advising, advising on senior thesis projects, and curriculum development


Mission of the Department:

With a state-of-the-art theatre building, innovative productions, and dynamic community outreach, Adams State Theatre is redefining the role of live theater on a university campus. From the classics to devised works, comedy improv to social justice theatre, our goal is to prepare our students for a lifetime of opportunity while creating exciting and relevant entertainment for our community. ASU Theatre produces 2-3 faculty directed productions in our 230-seat proscenium Main Stage Theatre and 3 student directed productions in our 120-seat black box theatre each year with additional programming including comedy improv/theatre for social change, and innovative community outreach.

Additional information about the University and the department may be found at www.adams.edu and theatre.adams.edu. Information about the community and surrounding area can be found at www.alamosa.org. We recognize that women and people of color are often less likely to apply to a position if they don’t match 100% of the job qualifications. Don’t let that be the reason you miss Assistant Professor of Theatre out on this opportunity! We encourage you to apply if you can demonstrate many of these skills and competencies.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. or MFA in Theatre.
  • Ability to perform position description.
  • Ability to treat others with respect, civility, and courtesy and to work honestly, effectively, and collegiality with employees, students, and the community. This includes the ability to use appropriate conflict management skills to effectively manage any disagreement that might arise or to bring the disagreement to management for assistance in productive resolution when the situation requires.
  • Advance the university’s commitment to diversity and multiculturalism among the University’s faculty, staff, students, research, teaching and community outreach, with relevant programs, goals and activities.


Preferred Qualifications:

Prior professional experience in either acting, directing, devising and/or evidence of successful prior university level teaching desirable.


Salary and Benefits:

The pay range for this position is $46,644 – $49,560 range for a traditional 9-month academic-year appointment, commensurate with experience and education. The salary range reflects the level of the highest degree attained and assumes the minimum for an entry-level Assistant professor position to the maximum for an experienced Assistant Professor level position.

In addition to salary, Adams State University offers a competitive benefits program including medical, dental, vision, disability insurance, flexible spending accounts, life insurance, and retirement savings plans. For detailed benefits information please visit www.adams.edu/hr/benefits/. Opportunities for supplemental contracts may be available.


Required Documents:

Completed applications should include the following:

  • A detailed cover letter of application addressing teaching interest/experience as well as how professional interests and goals align with Adam’s vision and values.
    • We encourage applicants to discuss their commitment to scholarly and/or creative excellence.
    • Additionally, we seek to learn how scholarly excellence is interwoven with their approach to service, teaching, mentoring, and affirming diverse perspectives.
  • Teaching Statement: (include sample course syllabi) in addition to describing your approach to teaching in general, please address the following questions:
    • What do you feel are the best strategies for supporting students who have been historically marginalized in theatre?
    • What role should faculty play in student success?
    • Philosophy of and approach to educational theatre in a BA degree program
  • Diversity Statement: please address the following questions:
    • Describe how your life experiences, identities, and/or professional commitments have shaped your approach to enacting Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI)?
    • How does teaching at a small HSI with a sizable population of first-generation university students set in a rural environment align with your teaching interests/experience and professional goals?
  • Evidence of theatre work (either electronic portfolio materials or a link to an online portfolio).
  • Graduate transcripts (Copies accepted. Official transcripts required upon hire.)
  • Three professional references – name, job title, and contact information (email, phone).


Basic applications (resume, cover letter, transcripts) must be submitted at: adams.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/ASU


However, additional materials may be sent directly via email as needed to: Charise Mixa, Administrative Assistant to the Department of Theatre, charisemixa@adams.edu

Inquiries: Dr. John Taylor, Chair, Theatre Search Committee, jhtaylor@adams.edu (719) 587-7382

Only complete applications will be considered. Review of completed applications will begin immediately and continue until closed. Priority is given to applications received before May 22, 2024.
This appointment begins in August 2024.


Full-Time Job in Education:
Assistant Professor of Theatre – Tenure Track
Adams State University
 Alamosa, CO 81101

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