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Non-Tenure Track Faculty – Acting

Western Oregon University
Monmouth, Oregon (US)
$35,000 - $57,000
Date posted
Apr 19, 2024

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Position Type
Faculty Positions
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Non-Tenure Track Faculty – Acting

Recruitment #:          F2401

Review Date:             Immediate review | Open until filled

Department:              Theatre

Salary Rate:               $35,000 - $57,000 salary schedule [CBA Article 16]


About Western Oregon University:

Western Oregon University is a regional public, mid-sized university – committed to changing lives, strengthening communities and transforming our world. Located in Monmouth, the heart of Oregon’s lush Willamette Valley, WOU is about 20 minutes from Salem,the state’s capital and about 75 minutes from Portland, the state’s cultural hub.


Western is one of Oregon’s oldest public institutions of higher education and was incorporated into the state system as a teacher training institution in 1882. The university offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in arts and sciences, education and professional areas. It’s known for small class sizes, a focus on sustainability and a diverse liberal arts education in a student-centered environment. Western is an emerging Hispanic Serving institution, with 37% of undergraduates being students of color.


Position Summary:

The Department of Theatre & Dance at Western Oregon University seeks a passionate and experienced expert in acting to join our vibrant faculty in Creative Arts. We are committed to fostering a student-centered environment where future theatre professionals and educators can develop their artistic talents and pedagogical skills. WOU has a rich history of liberal arts and teacher education, and is an emerging Hispanic-Serving Institution. A significant portion of our Theatre majors study in the Theatre Education concentration to become middle or high school teachers.


In this exciting role, you will:


  • Develop and teach undergraduate courses in acting: You will tailor courses to prepare students both for professional production work and for integrating acting effectively into middle and high school theatre programs. This includes introductory and advanced courses, potentially encompassing areas like: Play Reading Elements of Acting (Acting I) Acting II Movement (Movement & Voice) Speech I (IPA) Acting for the Camera Acting Styles Shakespeare I & II General Education classes (Introduction to Theatre; Introduction to Film) Other possible topics within the candidate’s area of expertise



Direct: You will serve as director for one mainstage production per year. Mentor and guide students: Provide individualized support to students throughout their academic journey, helping them refine their acting skills, cultivate their artistic voices, and gain the confidence to become inspiring practitioners and educators. Collaborate: Work with designers, technical staff, student workers, and other personnel in a collaborative environment. Attend production meetings and rehearsals. Contribute to the growth of our BFA in Theatre Education: Work with faculty to develop a robust program that equips future teachers with the knowledge and skills to create engaging and effective theatre experiences for students of all backgrounds. Help recruit students: Promote the Theatre program at Thespian conferences and events for prospective students. Cultivate partnerships with local schools and teachers.

Required Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in Acting or a closely related field Portfolio of experience in acting


Terminal degree (MFA or PhD) in Theatre or related field. Professional experience in acting. Directing experience. Teaching experience, especially at the college level. Commitment to a student-centered approach to teaching that fosters creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration. Enthusiasm for working within a culturally diverse environment and supporting the success of Hispanic, LGBTQIA+, and first generation college students. Excellent communication, collaboration, and interpersonal skills. Experience or interest in theatre education at the middle and high school levels is a plus. Fluency in Spanish is a plus. This is a non-tenure track position with a potential for renewal based on performance and departmental needs. Teaching and theatre production activities are expected to total 0.8 to 1.0 FTE in fall, winter, and spring quarters. Summer opportunities may be possible separately.


Position title is based on the candidate’s highest degree completed:


Bachelor’s Degree: Lecturer Master’s Degree: Instructor Terminal Degree (MFA or PhD): Non-Tenure Track Assistant Professor In your application materials, we encourage you to highlight your approach to fostering creativity in the classroom and during productions, and your vision for how acting can enhance theatre education for all students.


Required Application materials: You may submit all materials online at

  1. WOU Employment Application form available here - unclassified/faculty
  2. Cover Letter that addresses your qualifications for the position
  3. Teaching philosophy
  4. Resume/CV
  5. Portfolio of acting work (please include a link to your website or reel)
  6. Unofficial transcripts for the highest degree earned
  7. Name and contact information for 3 professional references
  8. Diversity Statement: Review the Board Statement on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility and respond to the following Diversity questions

Western Oregon University is looking for equity-minded applicants who demonstrate a sensitivity to and appreciation for the complexity of the world.  We draw our strength as a community from our variety of backgrounds, abilities, cultural experiences, identities, knowledge domains and means of expression. Women, Black, Indigenous and people of color, veterans, people who identify as LGBTQIA+, and people with disabilities are highly encouraged to apply for this position.  All interested individuals are encouraged to apply even if they do not meet every one of the preferred qualifications as listed.



Western Oregon University only considers visa support for Tenure Track employees placed in specialized positions that are continuing regular university appointments for multiple years.


Background/Education Check:

A criminal background check will be completed as a condition of employment. Education checks are processed for positions requiring a formal degree as a minimum requirement.

Western Oregon University offers an excellent benefits package which includes 95% premium paid healthcare, a generous pension/retirement package, internal grant funding for travel and professional development [also see CBA Article 22], start-up package for lab supplies and equipment, and reduced tuition rates for employee, spouse, and dependents at any of the Oregon Public Universities.


Equal Employment Opportunity:

Western Oregon University is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace. We celebrate our inclusive work environment and encourage people of all backgrounds and perspectives to apply. We embrace our differences, and know that our diverse team is a strength that drives our success.


Accommodation Requests:

Western Oregon University is committed to developing a barrier-free recruitment process and work environment. If you require any accommodations, please email us at employment[at] and we will work with you to meet your accessibility needs.

Veterans Preference
Applicants are eligible to use Veterans' Preference when applying with Western Oregon University in accordance with ORS 408.225, 408.230 and 408.235; and OAR 105-040-0010 and 105-040-0015. Preference will be given only if the applicant meets the minimum criteria of the position and electronically attach the required documentation at the time of application. For information regarding Veterans' Preference qualifications, visit


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