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Assistant Professor of Theatre History and Practice

Pennsylvania State University
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not specified
Start date
Oct 21, 2023

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Performing Arts
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Assistant Professor of Theatre History and Practice

The School of Theatre in the College of Arts and Architecture at the Pennsylvania State University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Theatre History and Practice. Full University Benefits apply. The Penn State School of Theatre is home to multiple undergraduate degrees, including a BA in Theatre, BFA degrees in Acting, Musical Theatre, Design, and Stage Management, and an MFA in Theatre (with Design, Technology, Music Directing and Directing for the Musical Theatre emphases). The colleague we seek will teach theatre studies courses across these programs, with the possibility of teaching general education courses.

The College of Arts & Architecture is working to establish a culture of anti-racism and antioppression that embraces individual identities, fosters a culture of inclusion, and promotes equity through curricula, values, standards, ideals, policies and practices. The ideal candidate will provide evidence of their experience with, and interest in, contributing to these goals.

The Penn State School of Theatre was recently ranked by The Hollywood Reporter as one of the Top Twenty-Five Drama Schools in the world. The Penn State University Park campus is located within State College, Pennsylvania, which was recently ranked number 5 in a ranking of top college towns by the American Institute for Economic Research, and number 15 in a ranking of the Safest College Towns in America by Safewise. Located in a valley in the Appalachian Mountains, in Centre County, Pennsylvania, employment at Penn State offers an incredible opportunity to enjoy the beauty of central Pennsylvania outdoors combined with all the culture, sports, and entertainment a large university community can bring, and is within drivable distance from New York City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, and Washington DC.

Duties include teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in theatre history, theory, and dramatic literature.

Required qualifications:
  • A Ph.D. in Theatre, Performance Studies, or related area of study
  • Experience teaching undergraduate courses in theatre history, script analysis, performance theory, and dramatic literature
  • Experience or interest in teaching theatre and/or performance studies to general education students
  • Experience or interest in teaching theatre studies courses to MFA students in directing, design, and technology
  • Evidence of equitable considerations, awareness, and practice with regard to curricula development, inclusive practices in educating diverse student bodies or working with a diverse faculty and staff, along with evidence of working collectively to cultivate a culture that supports success and enables all members of a college community to thrive.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Experience in the teaching, artistic, and/or research areas of directing, devising, or solo performance
  • Experience in the teaching, artistic, and/or research areas in one of the following: Asian, Latina/o/x, and/or Native American/Indigenous cultures and methodologies
  • Experience advising and/or mentoring undergraduate students in research, scholarship, and/or theatre production
  • Record of directing productions at the collegiate level or related professional theatre experience.


Please submit the following:
  • Letter of interest
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Research Statement
  • A list of at least three (3) current references with contact information.

Address in your cover letter how equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging relate to your academic, research, creative activity, and/or service experience, along with a statement regarding your teaching philosophy. Applications received by November 17, 2023, will receive full consideration however, the search will continue until the position is filled.

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Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.


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