Assistant Professor of Acting for the Camera, Stage, and New Media

Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Apr 05, 2021
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Assistant Professor of Acting for the Camera, Stage, and New Media
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The Department of Performing Arts invites applications for a position in Acting for the Camera, Stage, and New Media at the tenure-track Assistant Professor level. The Department seeks candidates who can contribute to the excellence and diversity of the academic community through ongoing engagement with students both inside and outside of the classroom, in addition to significant creative work, teaching, and service. The appointment begins August 19, 2021 with a mandatory 2-day orientation August 19 & 20, 2021.

Primary Duties, Responsibilities, and Tasks:

Primary responsibilities for this position include teaching the following courses to our BFA Theatre and Performance and BFA Acting students: Acting for the Camera, Scene Study, and Advanced Acting courses that address professional preparation for contemporary actors as they enter the profession. The candidate should also have interest in creating and implementing interdisciplinary and co-curricular courses and projects in collaboration with our Visual Media Arts and Comedic Arts Departments. This faculty member should also be able to contribute to ongoing curricular revisions related to acting, as well as to acting for the camera, acting for new media, and acting for emergent technologies course work. Additional responsibilities include academic advising, mentoring students, assisting in the admission audition process, advising on Emerson Stage/VMA/Comedic Arts productions, and serving on department and college committees.

Candidates should be able to address issues of race and representation in all of their courses. The department is engaged in identifying and removing barriers to admission and casting for working-class students and students of color. The successful candidate will bring expertise to this dialogue. Our ideal candidate will also possess a keen and developed awareness of the issues around diversity, inclusion, and equity within the classroom, and within the profession. The candidate should have facility with culturally responsive acting pedagogies and approaches, and possess a fluid overall pedagogy that is able to adapt and expand as the cultural conversation around representation, privilege-based difference, and inclusive excellence continues to evolve.

We encourage applications from candidates who use theatre and/or film to expose power relationships and oppressive practices that are normalized in dominant culture and who explore race, gender, sexuality, and class dynamics through their work. Candidates must have demonstrated ability to work effectively with faculty, students, and staff from diverse backgrounds. An ability to work and teach collaboratively, and a strong commitment to undergraduate education beyond the classroom are essential. Members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.


The ideal candidate will have an MFA degree in acting or extensive professional credits, as well as previous experience teaching acting within a diverse learning community on the college level or in a professional studio setting. We are seeking a candidate with professional acting credits that include film/television and stage. It is preferred that the candidate also have experience acting within new media and digital contexts, as well as experience acting in conjunction with media elements in contemporary stage performance.

Description of College and Department:

Emerson College is committed to an active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity in people, in the curriculum, in the co-curriculum, and in the College's intellectual, social, cultural, and geographical communities. Emerson endorses a framework of inclusive excellence, which recognizes that institutional excellence comes from fully engaging with diversity in all aspects of institutional activities. Emerson is committed to strengthening communities, including our workplace, by fostering the development of the intercultural competencies necessary for meaningful citizenship in an increasingly complex, pluralistic society.

The Department of Performing Arts is home to one of the nation's leading programs in theatrical performance, design, stage management, and theatre education. With a team of 90 full and part-time faculty and theatre staff members, the department enrolls 530 students in nine distinct undergraduate programs and one graduate program. The department offers BFA degrees in Theatre, Theatre Education, Theatre Design Technology, Stage & Screen Design Technology, Stage & Production Management, Musical Theatre, Acting, Theatre & Performance, and Theatre Education & Performance; general education courses in theatre studies; and an MA/MFA degree in Theatre Education and Applied Theatre. Emerson Stage, the production organization within the department, produces eight to ten fully staged major productions annually in five theatres, with additional production opportunities available to our students through curricular projects, student theatre organizations and ArtsEmerson— the College's professional presenting company.

Emerson College is the nation's only four-year institution dedicated exclusively to majors in communication and the arts in a liberal arts context. It is located in the dynamic multi-cultural city of Boston in close proximity to major arts institutions, performing art venues, and research centers. The college enrolls 5,100 undergraduate and graduate students from 58 countries and all 50 states. Emerson also houses a world class Visual and Media Arts program (VMA) for film and video artists, and acting majors often participate in and collaborate with the film and media projects being produced in this department. The VMA program is a vibrant and engaged community of artists, scholars and professionals, with over 100 full and part-time faculty members, 1500 undergraduate majors, and more than 100 MFA graduate students.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please submit:
  • cover letter
  • curriculum vita
  • support materials/links to professional work
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  • Diversity and Inclusion Statement that addresses how the candidate works to achieve inclusive excellence within their classrooms
  • contact information for three references

Please note, in the job application where there is the "CV/Cover Letter/ Additional Documents" drop box, you must include all of the required materials listed above. You can upload each document separate or as a combined PDF. Your application will not be complete without these documents.

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Priority will be given to applications received by March 1, 2020. The position will remain open until filled.

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Emerson College is the nation’s only four-year institution dedicated exclusively to majors in communication and the arts in a liberal arts context. Its main campus is located in the center of the dynamic multicultural city of Boston, in close proximity to major publishing houses, arts institutions, and research centers. The college also has campuses in Los Angeles and the Netherlands. Emerson College enrolls over 4,300 graduate and undergraduate students from more than 70 countries and all 50 states.

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Emerson College believes diversity enriches the educational experience by providing students with the opportunity to learn from individuals who may have different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. Engagement with diversity in the curriculum, in our co-curricular offerings, and all other aspects of the College enhances the personal and intellectual growth of all members of our campus community. Emerson is committed to strengthening communities, including our workplace, by fostering the development of the intercultural competencies necessary for meaningful citizenship in an increasingly complex, pluralistic society. Emerson College does not discriminate on the basis of sex/gender in its educational programs or activities. Emerson has designated the Associate Vice President, Title IX, and Clery Coordinator to respond to inquiries regarding the College Sexual Misconduct Policy. The Title IX Coordinator may be reached at 8 Park Plaza, Transportation Bldg, Room 230 Boston, MA 02116; Telephone: 617-824-8999; email:

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