Lecturer in Theatre

Rhode Island, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Mar 30, 2021
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Position is full-time academic year non-tenure track, limited to 06/18/2022, with anticipated renewal.

The Department of Theatre in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Rhode Island invites applications for a full-time position of Lecturer in Theatre with specialization in Acting and Performance. This position is to begin Fall 2021 and is limited to one year with anticipated renewal.

The Lecturer in Theatre will teach a total of 12 credits per semester (typically in the form of four 3-credit courses) and will assist the Theatre Department and Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Performance with program development, recruitment, and advising. Candidates must have the ability to teach courses in Acting at multiple levels, from beginning acting courses to upper-level styles. Successful candidates will have expertise in two or more sub-specialties of performance, such as: Voice, Movement, Dance, Stage Combat, Acting for Musical Theatre, and/or Acting for the Camera. Topics in Theatre History (non-Western Drama, History of Activist and Political Theatre, etc. ) and Core Theatre studies (Script Analysis, Intro to Theatre, etc.) will be explored based on candidate’s interests, experience, and pedagogy.

Assigned course work will be in combination with the Dean, Chair, Tenure-Track Performance Faculty, and the department-at-large.

Opportunities for additional course work in J-Term (Winter) and Summer sessions may be available for additional compensation, as needed by the Theatre Department and the College of Arts and Sciences.

Lecturers are not expected to engage in research activities, however, lecturers are required to remain current in their disciplines. Course release for production-based positions could be available as approved by the Dean of Arts and Sciences and the Chair of the Theatre Department.

Only applicants with a terminal degree in theatre, (MFA or Ph.D.) will be considered. Previous university-level teaching experience in Acting is required. Applicants should have significant professional experience as a theatre artist in the field of performance/acting.

The University of Rhode Island and the Department of Theatre are deeply committed to cultivating an academic, working, and living environment that promotes inclusive excellence: through policy-making, programming, critical conversations, thoughtful action, and collaboration between administration, faculty, staff, and students. The Department of Theatre is interested in candidates who have demonstrated commitment to excellence by providing leadership in building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment.

Visit the URI jobs website at https://jobs.uri.edu to apply and view complete details for posting (F00232).  Please attach the following 6 (PDF) documents to your online Faculty Employment Application: (#1) Cover letter addressing the qualifications for the position (as one complete pdf doc), (#2) Curriculum vitae, which should also include the names and contact information of three professional references (as one complete pdf doc),  (#3) “Document 1” – A two page statement of teaching philosophy including interests, approaches, and experiences (as one complete pdf doc),  (#4) “Document 2” – A one to two page statement on diversity, equity and inclusion within the classroom and the arts (as one complete pdf doc), (#5) “Resume”- Performance and production theatrical resume (as one complete pdf doc), and (#6) “Letter of Recommendation”- ONE letter of recommendation for the position, speaking toward expertise and pedagogy.

NOTE: Additional letters of recommendation are Not required at the time of application but may be requested after application.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: The search will remain open until the position is filled. First consideration will be given to applications received by April 19th, 2021. Second consideration may be given to applications received by April 28th, 2021. Applications received subsequent to second consideration date (April 28th, 2021) may not be given full consideration.


The University of Rhode Island is an AA/EEOD employer. 
Women, persons of color, protected veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other protected groups are encouraged to apply.