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Assistant Professor - Tenure Track - Theatre & Dance - Acting - 20173

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Wisconsin, United States
Salary Not Specified
Start date
Oct 2, 2023


The Department of Theatre & Dance in the College of Arts and Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater seeks a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Acting beginning August 2024. This is a full-time position with responsibilities for teaching undergraduate courses in the Theatre BFA and BA programs, research, and service to the university and community. Research should complement existing faculty expertise.


The candidate's teaching load will include theatre courses and production directing assignments as part of the BFA Performance and BA Theatre programs. The candidate will be expected to pursue a research agenda that engages undergraduate students, and contributes to advancing of the department, university, profession, and society. The candidate will be expected to participate in service activities and embrace inclusion as a member of the university community. The successful candidate will have additional expertise in one or more of the following: stage intimacy coordination & choreography, musical theatre performance/production, and film performance/production. The candidates will also be expected to participate in service activities and embrace inclusion as university community members.


Minimum Qualifications:
  • Terminal degree (MFA or Ph.D.) in acting performance.
  • ABD candidates may apply but must have their degree completed by the contract start date in August 2024; if not, they will be hired on a one-year contract with the understanding that their degree will be completed before January 2025 in advance of their first scheduled review.
  • Demonstrated excellence in and commitment to higher education teaching with an emphasis on promoting the success of undergraduate students, evidence of quality research in publication and/or in support of theatrical production, commitment to working with diverse populations and serving as active member of the university community.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Willingness and ability to actively follow applicable safety rules and regulations, including necessary training and drills.
  • Ability to interact respectfully with people from diverse socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds.

Full-Time teaching responsibilities include:
  • Teaching theatre courses that include: Introduction to Acting, Auditioning, Acting Analysis & Performance, Movement for the Actor, Problems of Style, Improvisation, Vocal Production & Stage Speech, Acting for the Camera and directing two mainstage productions a year.
Other responsibilities include:
  • Academic advising, supervise and mentor BFA/BA students, collaborate on department curriculum development, collaborate on National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST) accreditation, and student oversight, mentorship, and attendance at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF).
Research expectations include:
  • Publication, grant activity and theatrical production. In addition, faculty members are encouraged to engage students in undergraduate research or other scholarly and creative activities.
Service responsibilities include:
  • Committee service at the departmental, college, and university levels as well as participation in community organizations as relevant to the candidate’s expertise and interest.
Faculty at UW-W may be required to teach online and/or in a hybrid format, or courses in the evenings or on weekends.

Faculty may also elect to teach New Student Seminar or University Learning Communities or participate in other programs geared toward improving student success.


The UWW Theatre & Dance Department has a staff of 8 faculty/academic staff members in the areas of performance, directing, stage management, design/tech and dance. The programs serve over 50 theatre majors, 20 theatre minors and 35 dance minors. BFA majors are offered in the areas of performance, design/tech, stage management, as well as BA and BSE degrees. Five productions are mounted each year, four in theatre and one in dance. The Theatre/Dance Department serves a diverse population of students and embraces the principles and practices of the University of Wisconsin System. For more information, please see .


UW-Whitewater is a thriving public university located in southeastern Wisconsin. It leads the way in providing world-class, affordable higher education programs to more students than neighboring regional comprehensives in the University of Wisconsin System. A collaborative team of 1,300 faculty and staff are devoted to the success of the university's 11,000 students at its main and Rock County campuses. The team provides high-impact practices and academic programs - online and in person - from associate to doctoral levels. Recognized nationally for affordability, inclusion, and career development, UWW has approximately one-third first-generation students and boasts strength in many areas, especially business and education. The campus and community embrace the Warhawk Family spirit, supporting the university's arts and nationally recognized NCAA Division-III level championship athletics. As a proud institution of access, more than 10 percent of undergraduate students use the acclaimed Center for Students with Disabilities - a priority mission since the 1970s.

UW-Whitewater's campuses are located centrally near Milwaukee, Madison, and Chicago, offering easy access to the cultural and commercial opportunities of major metropolitan areas. Near both Lake Geneva and the Wisconsin Dells, the area attracts numerous visitors from across the country. Whitewater is a vibrant college community near the Kettle Moraine State Forest offering area residents seasonal outdoor enjoyment. The nearby Rock County campus is located in Janesville, a town of 60,000 located on the Rock River and known as Wisconsin's Park Place.

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, and actively seeks and encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and veterans.


The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is part of the 13-campus University of Wisconsin System ( ).

Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(b) provides that applicants may indicate in writing that their identity should be kept confidential. In response to a public records request, the University will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful final candidate will be released. See Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(a).

Per Regent Policy Document 20-19, University of Wisconsin System Criminal Background Check Policy and UW System Administrative Policy 1275 Recruitment Policies, UW-Whitewater requires criminal background checks as a contingency to employment. A criminal background check will be conducted prior to an offer of employment. All final candidates must be asked, prior to hire, whether they have been found to have engaged in, are currently under investigation for, or left employment during an active investigation in which they were accused of sexual violence or sexual harassment. When obtaining employment reference checks, these same sexual violence or sexual harassment questions must also be asked.

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater requires that all employees be active participants in following applicable safety rules and regulations including necessary training and drills.

For UW-Whitewater Campus safety information and crime statistics/annual Security Report, see . If you would like a paper copy of the report please contact the UW-Whitewater Police at 262-472-4660.


Well-qualified candidates can expect a starting annual salary of $52,000.00

UW System employees receive an excellent benefit package. To learn more about the UW System's comprehensive benefit package, review the UW System Employee Benefits Brochure .


Applications received by January 5, 2024 are ensured full consideration. Applications received after that date may be given consideration at the discretion of the search committee. The most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process.

If you have questions regarding this recruitment or if you are unable to complete the application online due to a disability or system problem, please contact us at (262) 472-1024 or .

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Barbara Grubel, Professor

Search Committee Chair



Only complete application packages will be considered. This includes online submission of the following documents:
  • Cover letter/letter of interest
  • Curriculum Vita
  • Statement of teaching philosophy
  • Copies of unofficial transcripts (official transcripts will be required if offered the position)
  • Name and contact information for three professional references (letters of recommendations may be solicited at a later time)
This Job ID is 20173.

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