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Tenure Track Faculty - Critical Theory, Dramatic Literature, and Practice in Theatre

California State University, Sacramento
California, United States
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Posted Date
Dec 21, 2021

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Tenure Track Faculty - Critical Theory, Dramatic Literature, and Practice in Theatre

Job No: 509203
Work Type: Instructional Faculty - Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: Sacramento
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Fine/Performing Arts, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time

COLLEGE: Arts and Letters

DEPARTMENT: Theatre and Dance

POSITION TITLE: Assistant Professor of Theatre in Critical Theory, Dramatic Literature, and Practice


The Sacramento State Department of Theatre and Dance, one of 10 departments housed in the College of Arts and Letters, provides a broad and thorough foundation of the history, theory, literature and the practice of theatre and dance to students who wish to pursue post graduate studies or join the profession. As a teaching institution, our department offers a collaborative, artistic environment that reflects a richly complex and diverse global perspective complimented by national and international faculty and staff experience. Each year we offer four to six major productions and minor productions of one-acts, originals, and other shows, all of which provide an excellent showcase for the students of Theatre and Dance at Sacramento State. Physical facilities for these productions include the University Theatre for proscenium productions, the Playwright's Theatre for original and experimental productions, the Solano 1010 Dance space used as a black box theater for dance productions, and the Studio Theatre for student-directed productions. The Sacramento State Theatre and Dance BA's are committed to training in studio practice, theory, performance, and all areas of technical theater including set, costume, lighting, sound, make-up, and hair design. Included in the program are Black and Chicanx/Latinx Theatre productions that make this department unique in the State University System.

The Department of Theatre and Dance is committed to ongoing antiracism initiatives and work around racial reckoning to decolonize pedagogies, season planning, curricula, and community engagement. Our Antiracism Action Plan (Living Document) can be found on our website:" href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">

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- Teaching a 12-unit per semester course-load including Multicultural Theatre, theory and criticism; script analysis; General Education and required theatre major related courses.

- Directing responsibilities.

- Providing leadership/mentorship for student organizations.

- Engaging in and producing scholarly and creative activities that contribute to the field and professional profile.

- Actively participating in service to the Theatre major, Department of Theatre and Dance, College of Arts and Letters, and University through committee work (i.e., NAST accrediting agency committee responsibilities, season planning, department curricular committee activities, etc.)

- Advising students through degree completion.

- Advising student theatre organizations including the participation, coordination, and accompaniment of students to regional and national conferences such as the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF), among others.

- Participating in special events and department/college outreach and student recruitment; assisting with development of curriculum; working as a cooperative, collaborative, and collegial member of faculty, etc.; serving the region, state, and nation in areas relevant to teaching, scholarship and creative work.


- Education: Ph.D., MFA, or equivalent terminal degree.

- Teaching experience at the University or Junior/Community/City College level, including guest artist-in-residence and part-time appointments.

- Evidence of teaching diverse students with demonstrated use of cross-cultural communication skills in advising, mentoring and supporting students from diverse backgrounds

- Evidence of teaching in multicultural theatre and drama; and/ or theatre history, theory and criticism; General Education and required theatre major courses.

- Demonstrated evidence of scholarly/creative work and research


- Areas of expertise in at least two of the following: Africana diasporic theatre; Chicanx/Latinx theatre, world/global theatre; playwriting; social justice and theatre, women's theatre and drama; world cinema, American cultural studies; teaching methodologies, performative studies

- Demonstrated evidence of a professional body of work on the regional or national level

- Direct, mentor and produce for faculty and student productions

- Ability to teach large classes and/or online classes


Review of applications will begin February 1, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled.

Applicants are required to submit:
  • a cover letter of interest;
  • curriculum vitae;
  • a copy of an unofficial transcript attesting to highest degree earned (official transcript required if invited to campus interview);
  • a diversity statement (limited to one-page)
  • one sample syllabus in area of expertise
  • a research sample
  • teaching statement (limited to one-page);
  • research statement (limited to one-page)

Semi-finalists will be invited to a 30-minute Zoom interview. Finalists will be invited to on-campus interviews and must provide two letters of recommendation within the last two years and two additional references in the form of email and telephone contact information that will speak to the professional qualifications of the applicant.

About Sacramento State

Sacramento State is located in the heart of California's capital city, five miles from State Capitol. The lush, 300-acre campus is situated along the American River, close to numerous bike trails and other recreational areas. Sacramento, also known as the “Farm-to-Fork Capital,” is one of the most ethnically diverse and livable cities in the country, with a population of half of a million. Sacramento State's 31,000 students come not only from the Greater Sacramento Region, but also from across the state, country, and world. Our 1800 faculty and 1,500 staff are committed to meeting our mission: “As California's capital university, we transform lives by preparing students for leadership, service, and success. Sacramento State will be a recognized leader in education, innovation, and engagement.” As the regional hub of higher education, Sacramento State is dedicated to student success, diversity, equity and inclusion, community engagement, philanthropy, and campus safety.

As evidenced by the values embedded in our Hornet Honor Code, Sacramento State is committed to creating an inclusive environment where all faculty, staff, students, and guests are welcome and valued. Our commitment is more than simply ensuring that our campus is free from bias and discrimination, but is one devoted to celebrating many diverse identities, life experiences, and perspectives that enrich our community, teaching and learning.

To learn more about why you should join the Hornet Family, please visit the Why Sac State? page.

Equal Employment Opportunity
California State University, Sacramento is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. Sacramento State hires only those individuals who are lawfully authorized to accept employment in the United States.

It is the policy of California State University, Sacramento to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified persons with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment. If you need a disability related reasonable accommodation as part of the application and/or interviewing process, visit .

The University is committed to creating an education and working environment free from discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. For more information on mandatory training for new employees, visit .

Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act and Campus Fire Safety Right-To-know Act Notification:

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the current Annual Security Report (ASR) is available for viewing at .
The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and sexual assault prevention information, and drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery Act crimes for Sacramento State for the last three (3) calendar years. Paper copies are available upon request at the Police Service Center located in the University Union.

Background Check Disclaimer
A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with California State University, Sacramento. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current California State University, Sacramento employees who apply for the position.

COVID-19 Vaccine Certification Information:

CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at

Eligibility Verification
Candidate will be required to provide official transcripts of their highest degree earned and must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.. California State University, Sacramento is a sponsoring agency ( ie. H-1-B Visa).

Advertised: December 20, 2021 (9:00 AM)
Applications Closes: Open Until Filled

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