Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre

Georgia, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Apr 12, 2021
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

The Fine Arts Department at Berry College invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor to join our small, energetic, student-focused, program in theatre. In our new Sisters Theatre, we stage three shows each academic year as majors and non-majors alike explore theatre arts with our faculty and staff of four, including this position. This is a three-year appointment, renewable for an additional three years. 

The Visiting Assistant Professor will support the vision and energy of departmental colleagues as together they work to grow a vibrant undergraduate theatre program in a college with a liberal arts foundation. This support includes recruiting and mentoring students, maintaining a professional production environment, and fostering a culture of belonging. The Visiting Assistant Professor should demonstrate the ability to nurture a collaborative team that includes paid undergraduate student employees.

As a faculty member, the Visiting Assistant Professor will also provide high quality teaching with a primary emphasis in the areas of Musical Theatre and Theatre History and Literature. The teaching load is typically three courses each semester in which a play is directed, and the successful applicant will direct at least one or two student productions, including a musical theatre production, year. In addition, the Visiting Assistant Professor will demonstrate an established record of peer-reviewed scholarship and/or professional artistic production. Other duties may include supervising the student Public Relations and Marketing team. The Visiting Assistant Professor reports to the reports to the Director of Theatre and the Chair of the Department of Fine Arts.

Minimum qualifications include an earned terminal degree in a theatre discipline (preferably not overlapping with current faculty-staff in costume and scenic design), with experience in musical theatre, from an accredited institution.

Berry is a selective independent college of 2,100 located adjacent to Rome, GA, midway between Atlanta, GA, and Chattanooga, TN. Berry’s educational approach deliberately unites challenging academic programs with practical work experience in a residential campus community that encourages faith and emphasizes caring for the needs of others above self. This commitment to an “education of the head, heart and hands” remains as relevant today as when our founder instilled this ethic more than a century ago. 

Nationally recognized for quality of learning and quality of life, Berry offers first-rate undergraduate degree programs in the sciences, humanities, arts and human sciences, as well as undergraduate and master’s level opportunities in business and teacher education. The College’s stunning 27,000-acre campus affords opportunities that cannot be duplicated elsewhere. Berry’s ongoing commitment is to provide exceptional educational experiences to talented students from a wide range of social and economic backgrounds. In addition to their intellectual development, Berry is also committed to the personal and professional development of its students.

The college provides benefit options with no employee costs for medical, dental, disability, and life insurance, including spouse and dependents at a reduced rate. An Equal Opportunity Institution, Berry complies with all applicable laws and provisions prohibiting discrimination in its educational and employment policies. Berry respects the essential dignity of all individuals and accordingly hires and promotes employees without regard to matters of personal identity such as ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, and political affiliation. 

Berry College is committed to ensuring facilities, programs, services, and activities are accessible to everyone, including those seeking employment at Berry College. Inquiries about interview or workplace accommodations are welcomed and can be directed to Wayne Phipps, Director of Human Resources, at 706.290.2698.  



Instructions to Applicants

Applicants should visit our employment website and submit a curriculum vitae, and a cover letter containing a summary of creative or scholarly work and teaching interests. The cover letter should also discuss the candidate’s vision for supporting a vibrant theatre program, including how to assist in recruiting and retaining talented theatre students and growing our musical theatre program. Applicants should also submit a teaching statement, describing the candidate's teaching approach and experience, as well as a statement regarding how to foster an inclusive and diverse theatre program.

Review of applications begins April 19, 2021.

Specific questions may be sent directly to Professor Alice Bristow


Persons applying for employment with Berry College are required to submit a full national background check. Berry College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

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