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Tenure-track Assistant Professor, Theater History and Dramaturgy

University of Portland
Oregon, United States
Posted date
Nov 2, 2018

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Performing Arts
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Theater Program at the University of Portland seeks a candidate to join its faculty starting August 15, 2019. This is a tenure-track, nine-month position. Applications will be reviewed starting December 15th, 2018; the position is open until filled. Primary responsibilities include teaching Theater History, Dramatic Literature, and Dramaturgy courses for Theater Majors, and teaching a university core course introducing fine and performing arts to a broad section of University students. A doctoral degree is required at appointment. Teaching experience at the college/university level is required. The Theater Program values diversity among its faculty and is committed to building a culturally diverse intellectual and creative community.

Qualified applicants should submit the following (via ): A letter of application, a statement of an educational philosophy for a liberal arts theater program, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for 3 references. Please also address in your letter any experience and/or interest in supporting the University of Portland’s strategic goals to increase internationalization and diversity and inclusion.

A Teaching University: The standard teaching load for tenured/tenure-track faculty is usually 3 (three) courses per semester. Teaching excellence, an ongoing program of scholarship, professional development, and service to the department, the University and the profession are necessary for advancement.

Variety of Courses: Because this is a small program, theater faculty are expected to be able to teach a variety of undergraduate theater courses, both lower and upper division. In addition to Theater History and Dramaturgy, the program would like candidates who can also teach in one or more of the following areas: Playwriting, Social Justice Theater, Community-based Performance. The specific courses will depend on interest, background, and program need.

Intro to Fine Arts: All faculty in the Department of Performing and Fine Arts teach the core course called Introduction to Fine Arts. The subject matter includes classical music, theatre, film, visual arts (paintings and sculpture), architecture and possibly dance. Most of the sections are independent, but there are two sections that are team-taught. In this case, two faculty bring the students together for joint lectures by one of the instructors. This allows all students to learn from theatre, music and visual arts specialists, even though there are two sections and the groups meet separately much of the time. New faculty are assigned to these groups so they can learn how the course works and develop their knowledge of areas outside of their academic expertise.

The Department of Performing and Fine Arts: The department has majors in Theater and Music as well as a minor in Fine Arts. There are five full-time theater faculty, two full-time theater staff positions, six full-time music faculty, and one faculty member in fine arts. There are also adjunct faculty who teach specialized courses. In addition to teaching and scholarship, tenure-track faculty members also share in Theater Program administrative duties, advise students, and serve the department, University, and profession in various capacities.

Theater Degrees Offered: The University of Portland offers a B.A. in Theater with three tracks: performance, design/technology, and production management. There are currently 35 theater majors and 15 theater minors. The institution is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre.

Theater Production Program: The Theater Program produces 4-8 productions a year. Four mainstage productions, 2 per semester, are mounted in the Mago Hunt Theater. Two to four laboratory productions per year, generally student-directed, are mounted in either the Mago Hunt Theater or the black-box Blair Studio Theater.

Arts in Portland: Portland boasts a vibrant arts community that includes service organizations such as Literary Arts and the Regional Arts & Culture Center, as well as producers such as Portland Center Stage, Artists Repertory Theatre, Oregon Ballet Theatre and Oregon Symphony Orchestra, among many others, in addition to lively gallery and club scenes. Notable annual festivals include Fertile Ground, the Portland Jazz Festival, Wordstock, and the T:BA Festival. In addition to the major theater houses, Portland is strong in small theaters that devote substantial resources to original work.

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A background investigation check is required before final hiring procedures can be completed for all faculty and staff positions.

For those requiring a reasonable accommodation to apply: Applicants who have a disability and would like to request a reasonable accommodation regarding the application or hiring process should contact Human Resources (503) 943-8484.

Founded in 1901, the University of Portland is a private, comprehensive, Catholic university with a mission of teaching and learning, faith and formation, service and leadership. The University of Portland is an Equal Opportunity employer fully dedicated to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. The University of Portland does not discriminate in its educational programs, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic and other school-administered programs, or employment on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, or any other basis protected by and consistent with the law. Please see the University’s full Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination Policy here:

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