Assistant Professor of Theatre Education

California State University, Fullerton
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Jun 01, 2021
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Assistant Professor of Theatre Education
College of the Arts

Department of Theatre and Dance

Assistant Professor of Theatre Education

Fall 2021

The Department of Theatre and Dance in the College of the Arts at California State University, Fullerton, invites applications for a full-time tenure track Assistant Professor of Theatre Education. Appointment begins Fall 2021.

The Department

The Department of Theatre & Dance serves approximately 535 Majors, with 18 Full-time and 30 Part-time Faculty and 9 Full-time Professional Staff, and offers BFA Degrees in Acting and Musical Theatre; BA Degrees in Theatre, Design & Production, and Dance; and MFA Degrees in Directing and Design & Production. The yearly season consists of up to 10 Main Stage and 8 Studio Series (productions performed, designed, and staffed by students). The Department of Theatre and Dance at California State University, Fullerton, is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre and the National Association of Schools of Dance, and is a member of the University Resident Theatre Association and United States Institute for Theatre Technology. For more information about the department, please visit:

The University

California State University, Fullerton is a minority-serving institution and an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer with a strong commitment to increasing the diversity of the campus community and the curriculum. CSUF's mission is to educate our diverse and dynamic student body, the majority of whom are students of color and the first in their family to earn a college degree. This search is part of a cohort hire of five tenure-track faculty members across the departments of African American Studies, Chicana/Chicano Studies, Asian American Studies, Theatre and Dance, and Mathematics whose teaching and research supports campus progress towards an anti-racist, inclusive and socially-just future. We anticipate that several additional faculty hired in the 20-21 academic year will choose to join this cohort. Academic Affairs and Human Resources, Diversity, and Inclusion will support these new faculty with mentorships designed to sustain and advance their teaching and creative/scholarly activity success and to create a secondary community to complement that of their home department.


This position will work with faculty members from both the College of Education and the Department of Theatre and Dance. The primary professional responsibility of this instructional faculty member is to teach all levels of courses in the theories and practices of theatre education to students in the Bachelor of Theatre Education pre-credential program. Additionally, this position will require candidates to do the following: expand and develop new course materials; demonstrate familiarity with research methodologies in theatre and education pedagogy; demonstrate familiarity with multiple applications of teaching theatre education; and demonstrate an aptitude to address the needs of student populations of great diversity in cultural background, age, ethnicity, and academic preparation.

This position requires a thorough knowledge of the new single-subject credentialing requirements for California elementary and secondary art teachers and the new California Visual and Performing Arts Framework and Content Standards. Successful candidates will have command of theatre practices across a multitude of genres and cultures with a record of research and/or creative work and teaching anchored in anti-racist and socially-just methods. Evidence of communication skills with proven ability to work collaboratively as part of a team in both the theatre and education areas. A demonstrated ability to interact effectively with a wide and culturally diverse range of students, faculty, and staff. Additionally, this position includes: on-site supervision of single-subject credential candidates in theatre education and possible travel to school sites where student teachers have been placed; attending Performance Assessments for California Teachers overview sessions; observing and submitting observation reports for student teachers/interns; guiding student teachers regarding the timing of their Teacher Performance Assessment Exams; mediating and facilitating communication between student teachers and mentor teachers; and attending supervisor/mentor teacher trainings or professional development workshops offered through the Single Subject Credential Program. Duties for this position also include: engaging in active peer-reviewed creative/scholarly activities; participation in department, college, university, and system-wide service; maintaining office hours; and working collaboratively and productively with colleagues. Positive tenure and promotion decisions require excellent teaching, a record of creative/scholarly activity in the discipline, and strong leadership contributions to Department and University committees and to external professional organizations that serve the broader disciplinary community.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Terminal degree (MFA, PhD, DFA, DEd, MA with teaching credential) from an accredited institution with an emphasis in Theatre Education or related fields. ABD's may apply but must show evidence that the degree will be completed by the time of appointment.
  • A minimum of three years teaching experience in diverse K-12 schools, preferably at the middle and/or high school public school levels
  • Familiarity with state standards and a strong working knowledge of the California Visual and Performing Arts Framework and Content Standards that govern teacher education program approval and teacher licensure, including experience with practicum and clinical teaching supervision by the time of appointment
  • Evidence of a strong commitment to teaching and a record of developing and advancing the curriculum within the Theatre Education degree program through a social justice lens
  • Evidence of an understanding of contemporary theoretical and historical pedagogical concepts in Theatre Education, and the ability to encourage critical thinking and problem solving
  • A demonstrated ability to interact effectively with a wide and culturally diverse range of students, faculty, and staff

    Preferred Qualifications
  • College-level teaching experience in theatre and education theory courses with an emphasis on equity-minded teaching practices
  • Experience as a practicing artist and/or scholar with an established reputation and a significant record of achievement in the educational field
  • Record of published peer-reviewed creative work/scholarship at a regional and national level
  • An advanced understanding of theatre from different cultures and teaching a non-Eurocentric curriculum

    Application Procedure

    A complete online application must be received by electronic submission to receive consideration. To apply, please visit

    to complete the required online Fullerton application. Apply to and provide the following required materials:

  • Letter of application responding to your experience related to the required qualifications and discussing your teaching philosophy and pedagogical practices pertaining to theatre education

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Candidate Statement on Commitment to Inclusive Excellence:
  • Diversity, Inclusion and Equity are fundamental to the mission of CSUF. Diversity, as reflected in our student body, refers to the variety of personal experiences, values, and viewpoints that arise from differences of culture and circumstance. Such differences include race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, religion, language, differing abilities, socioeconomic status, geographic region, and more. Please discuss how you would include anti-racist and inclusive policies in your teaching and pedagogy, to create a just and equitable classroom. Explain how your experiences and/or qualifications enhance your ability to contribute to the students, faculty, and staff who are members of our diverse CSUF community.

  • A list of three references with relevant contact information (name, preferred contact number and email)
  • On the references page of the online application, enter information for three referents who will provide a confidential letter of reference for your application. Should you advance to the finalist phase of this search, they will receive a request via email along with information on uploading the letter. You will be able to verify that each letter has been received by CSUF by logging back in to the recruitment system.

    Semi-Finalists may be asked to submit additional information such as:
  • Research portfolios such as essays, articles, and/or publications, related to a record of developing and advancing the field of Theatre Education. Images of artistic productions may be included if they are directly related to your scholarly research/creative work.
  • Current course outlines, course assignments, and assignment rubrics
  • 2-3 recent Teaching Observations


    Finalists will be asked to submit three letters of recommendation. Please have these ready for the referents to submit should you move forward to this phase of the search. On the References page of the online application, enter information and email addresses for three referents who will provide a confidential letter of reference for your application. A request via email along with information on uploading the letter will be sent. You will be able to verify that each letter has been received by CSUF by logging back into the recruitment system. Please do not submit letters of recommendation until asked to do so.

    Please do not send additional materials until requested to do so. The finalists for the position will be contacted when to submit and are required to submit all materials for full consideration.

    Please direct all questions about the position to: Dale A. Merrill, Dean, College of the Arts at with “Theatre Education Search” in the subject line or call 657-278-3256.

    To be assured full consideration, all application materials must be received by January 18, 2021. The anticipated appointment date is August 16, 2021.

    Additional Information

    Multiple positions may be hired from this recruitment based on the strength of the applicant pool.

    Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications, and is subject to budgetary authorization and any California State University System faculty contract increases. Summer research grants, moving expenses, start‐up funds, and a reduced teaching load may be available. An excellent comprehensive benefits package is available that includes: health/vision/dental plans; spouse, domestic partner and dependent fee‐waiver; access to campus child‐care; and a defined‐benefit retirement through the state system along with optional tax sheltering opportunities. For a detailed description of benefits, please visit

    The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

    A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be formally offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

    Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self‐disclose.

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