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Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts – Acting emphasis

Utah Tech University
Utah, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
May 1, 2023

Position Announcement

The Utah Tech University Theatre Department is seeking a Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts (with an emphasis in Acting) for the 2023-2024 academic year. This position works within a department that provides students, both majors and non-majors, with a strong liberal arts background combined with practical training in theater. A collegial, strong collaborator and team player is essential. Proficient directing skills and demeanor are also vital as the candidate will direct at least 1-2 productions and participate in student mentoring.

The candidate will be expected but not necessarily limited to teaching Performance and Stage Production courses, such as Acting (multiple levels), Voice for Actors II (Accents & Dialects), and Movement/Stage Combat. Course load may also include areas of specialization brought by the candidate. Candidate will also be expected to direct 1-2 productions within the department’s production season and mentor students with local, regional, and national organizations.

The candidate must have excellent communication (oral and written) skills and strong computer skills. The candidate’s scholarly and creative activity should be consistent with and support the mission and initiatives of the department, College, and University. More information about the department and its associated programs and faculty can be found online at .

  • Teach a variety of courses in acting and performance, and possibly theatre general education courses each academic year, totaling 24 workload credits (12 credits in Fall Semester, 12 credits in Spring Semester).
  • Direct 1-2 productions as part of UT Theatre’s main production season (totaling 6 credits of non-instructional workload), equaling 30 workload credits total between teaching and non-instructional workload.
  • Cultivate career pathways and engage with performing arts companies for workshops and internships.
  • Maintain office hours to meet the needs of students for consultation and advisement. Advise students on pathways to careers, certificates, degrees and transfer within our existing and future programs.
  • Participate and mentor students in regard to URTA and the American College Theatre Festival competition.
  • Attend department, division, and college faculty meetings. Work with other faculty in program management. Adhere to university policies.
  • MFA or Ph.D. required; specialization in Performance or related field preferred.
  • Dedication to teaching students from a variety of backgrounds with differing levels of experience.
  • Balanced understanding of the Theatre as a business and creative form required.
  • Strong written, verbal and interpersonal skills.
  • Willingness to accept varied responsibilities within the department and college to fulfill the needs of the program.
  • An eagerness to engage with colleagues, staff and administrators to develop ways to improve the educational experience for our students.
  • Experience using computer technology and software to implement high quality instruction.
  • Experience in acting and/or directing for Film not required but welcomed.
  • Experience in teaching/directing Musical Theatre not required but welcomed.
Supplemental Information

POSITION DETAILS, COMPENSATION & BENEFITS: Full-time (9-month) one-year temporary faculty position. Faculty service begins August 2023, with pay and benefits starting July/August 2023. Annual salary of $52,000, with additional compensation available for optional summer/overload teaching. Excellent benefits package included that begins on start date; includes medical, dental, vision, employee assistance and wellness programs, life, disability, retirement, and undergraduate tuition waivers for employees and eligible dependents. See under 'Benefits Summary' for more details.

ELECTRONIC APPLICATION PROCEDURES: Application review begins June 1, 2023 ; position open until filled. Candidates must submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, contact information for three professional references (including email addresses), transcripts, and a Student Success Statement (1-2 pages about their teaching or other experience, successes, and challenges in working with a diverse student population). Please upload all the requested documents when you submit your application. Employment is contingent upon successful completion and certification of required degrees and upon successfully passing a background check. If, because of a disability, you need special services or facilities to apply for this opening, please call the Human Resources Office (435) 652-7520. .

ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY: Utah Tech University is an open, inclusive, comprehensive, polytechnic institution, committed to exceptional student learning and success that has adopted an instructional approach of 'active learning. active life' and a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship. We seek faculty and staff committed to creating an active, applied and career-oriented learning environment that is student-centered. Established in 1911 as a community college and in 2013 as a state university, our university is located in picturesque southwestern Utah, approximately 120 miles north of Las Vegas. The area is renowned for its red rocks, desert climate, over 300 days of sunshine annually, and featuring easy access to world-class outdoor recreational opportunities. Click here to learn more about the University .

Utah Tech University is a fast-growing Utah public institution of higher education, with more than 12,000 students. We offer over 230 programs, including masters, bachelors, associates, certificates, endorsements, minors, and/or emphases. We seek to recruit and retain diverse and ambitious faculty and staff who bring new ideas, possess values and career aspirations aligned with the mission and vision, and are inspired to build a premier open, inclusive, comprehensive, polytechnic university. Utah Tech University is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer; the President and employees of the University are fully committed to Affirmative Action and within its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment. Utah Tech does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or DSU’s non-discrimination policies:
  • Director of Equity Compliance / Title IX Coordinator: Hazel Sainsbury - , HCC 579, 435-652-7747.
  • Deputy Title IX Coordinator: Abby Del Giacco - , 435-652-7731.
For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit or contact:
  • U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, , 800-421-3481.
  • U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, , 303-844-5695.
The University provides key institutional information regarding Academics, Campus Safety, Student Services, Employment Laws, and other requirements per the Higher Education Act and other consumer information requirements to prospective students, students, UT employees, and prospective employees online at .

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.

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