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Instructor and Director of Theater

Dakota State University
South Dakota, United States
Competitive Salary
Posted Date
Apr 5, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Performing Arts, Education, Teacher Education
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Dakota State University invites applications for a full time, 9-month term (non-tenure track) position as Instructor and Director of Theater, beginning fall 2022. The successful candidate will oversee the theatrical activities at the university and will also teach a range of courses which, depending on the successful applicant’s background, could include acting, introduction to theater, theater history, film appreciation, or fundamentals of speech.

Must be authorized to work in the United States. Sponsorship is not available for this position.

  • A minimum of a master’s degree in a relevant area is required (including but not limited to MFA, Art History, Education, or Communication Studies). 
  • Excellent teaching skills and demonstration of successful theater production are essential.


  • Teach a range of courses which could include acting, introduction to theater, theater history, film appreciation, or fundamentals of speech.
  • Advising the student theater club and producing occasional theatrical productions.
  As a one-person department, the successful applicant should be a generalist with experience in acting and directing. The Director of Theater will have significant autonomy in choosing and staging each production and must be comfortable working independently.

While there is no theater major at DSU, theater provides a creative outlet for students of all majors and enriches the intellectual climate on campus. Theater is also an important part of the General Education curriculum. Dakota State University has both large and small performance venues available as appropriate for the scheduled productions (including the 500 seat Dakota Prairie Playhouse).

DSU accepts applications through an on-line employment site. To apply, visit The employment site will allow the attachment of a cover letter, curriculum vitae, transcripts, and contact information for at least three professional references. Review of applications will begin April 22 and continue until the position is filled.

Nationally known for its computer science, cyber operations, and network security programs, DSU is recognized by the National Security Agency as a Center of Excellence. The music program is housed in the College of Arts and Sciences and this faculty member will report directly to the Dean. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to collaborate with other scholars and teachers across campus.   DSU is located in Madison, South Dakota in the southern lakes region of the state. The region boasts a wealth of outdoor sports and a life-style possible only in smaller towns and rural communities. Madison is just a 50-minute drive from Sioux Falls, the largest city in South Dakota.

Dakota State employees receive a comprehensive and flexible benefits package including paid time off, health and retirement benefits, and life and disability insurance options. Other benefits include reduced tuition, longevity pay and training opportunities. DSU also provides professional liability coverage.   DSU is committed to equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

Applicants with disabilities are invited to identify any necessary accommodations required in the application process. E-Verify, EOE
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