Faculty, Tenure Track
Position's Functional Title
Assistant Professor of Theatre & Performance Studies:
Position Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Governors State University (University Park, IL) is a
minority-serving institution inviting applications for a
tenure-track, Assistant Professor position of Production Management
in Theatre and Performance Studies ( TAPS ), in the Division of
Arts and Letters, to begin in the Fall 2023 semester. This position
is a 10-month contract with a teaching load of 21 credit hours (7
courses) in the fall and spring semesters; summer teaching is
available but not required.
The successful candidate will complement existing faculty strengths
in our evolving Theatre and Performance Studies program by 1)
teaching courses in production management, theatre appreciation,
supervising practicum, and courses in area(s) of specialization; 2)
overseeing a curricular focus in production management, including
the creation of related coursework; and 3) managing the TAPS season
(two mainstage productions and one dance concert, currently), which
includes responsibilities such as coordinating all technical
aspects of productions; collaborating with director and designers
and program faculty; planning, facilitating, and attending
production meetings and technical rehearsals; managing production
budgets; running auditions; ongoing communication between director,
crew, and cast; organizing students for tech positions; creating
and implementing a schedule for tech week; organizing and running
strike; and developing relationships with industry partners.
We seek a teacher-practitioner who is committed to enhancing our
culture of diversity, equity and inclusion. We seek candidates with
outstanding teaching skills, evidence of a distinguished record of
creative activity/professional credits, as well as service to the
institution, discipline, and/or community. Women, people of color,
LGBTQ+, people with disabilities, and first-generation college
graduates are especially encouraged to apply.
Governors State University is the only regional public
comprehensive university in Chicago’s south suburban area, serving
approximately 5500 students annually. Since its founding in 1969,
GSU has offered accessible, high-value educational opportunities to
a culturally diverse student body of first-generation students,
returning adults, and veterans. Among the lowest undergraduate
tuition in Illinois, GSU offers accredited programs that have
earned high praise from national accrediting agencies. In 2014, GSU
accepted its inaugural class of first-year students as it
transitioned from an upper-division and graduate institution into a
regional comprehensive university with a state-of-the-art general
education program. New faculty at GSU must demonstrate enthusiasm
and ability to work with students at all levels, from first-year to
Through its strategic planning, GSU emphasizes excellence, access,
and innovation. Students benefit from the university’s academic
quality, range of convenient class times, increasingly numerous
hybrid and online offerings, and outstanding educational value. Our
innovative lower-division program uses high-impact practices to
foster student engagement with ethics, citizenship, and innovative
thinking. Every first-year class is taught by a full-time faculty
member to ensure that students have a strong foundation for their
studies. GSU is a national leader in successful transfer of
community college students to universities, and is leading through
the Kresge-supported Dual Degree Program, with features such as
tuition lock-in at GSU for academically eligible community college
students who commit to earn an Associate Degree and attend college
full-time. GSU offers a wide variety of master’s programs and
several applied doctoral degrees in health, counseling fields, and
GSU’s 750-acre campus encompasses the award-winning Nathan Manilow
Sculpture Park yet is conveniently located within easy reach of
Chicago and surrounding communities with a wealth of cultural and
natural attractions. The highly diverse region GSU serves has a
number of high-performing schools and engaged communities as well
as struggling urban, suburban, and rural communities. GSU serves as
a public square, working to foster educational opportunities for
It is the policy of Governors State University, in its role as
educator, employer, and purchaser of goods and services, to provide
equal opportunity and affirmative action. Discrimination based on
race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, disability,
sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status is strictly
Salary and benefits package are commensurate with education and
1. M.F.A., Ph.D., or terminal degree in Production Management,
Theatre Arts, or a closely related discipline by August 16, 2023;
A.B.D. in the final stages of completion will also be
2. Knowledge and ability to teach undergraduate courses in theatre
and performance studies, specifically production management.
3. Documented record of success in production management through
academic/professional productions and credits.
4. Ability to complement the program’s strengths.
1. Ability and interest to teach courses in adjacent areas, such as
stage management, production design, and/or technical
2. Experience with first-generation, culturally diverse, bilingual,
and non-traditional students and performers.
3. Demonstrated ability to infuse course content with scholarship
related to underrepresented and marginalized groups.
4. Evidence of teaching excellence.
5. Ability to successfully supervise and mentor undergraduate
6. Passion for the program’s socially conscious mission.
7. Experience teaching online.
8. Bilingual language proficiency (Spanish or Arabic
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Special Instructions to Applicants
To apply, applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, cover
letter, teaching philosophy, sample syllabi, unofficial
transcripts, and a list of professional references by February 10,
2023, to receive full consideration, although applications will be
accepted until the position is filled. References will only be
contacted prior to candidate interviews.
Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
- Do you currently have a Ph.D. or do anticipate defending your
dissertation by the job start date?
- Cover Letter
- Curriculum Vitae
- Teaching Philosophy
- List of Three Professional References