Acting/Directing (Tenure-Track, Assistant Professor)

Central Michigan University

United States

November 8, 2021


Position Information Position Title Acting/Directing (Tenure-Track, Assistant Professor)

College/Unit College of the Arts & Media Home Department Theatre and Dance Employee Group Tenure-Track Faculty - Academic Year Employment Status Full-Time Position Type 9 month (Academic Year) Position Classification Tenure Track Faculty Position Begin Date 08/22/2022 Position End Date Position Summary

The Department of Theatre and Dance at Central Michigan University invites applications for a tenure-track position in Directing/Acting. The successful candidate will teach in the Department of Theatre and Dance, including classes for the Acting/Directing BFA, BA, BS, and BAA undergraduate programs and advise students on projects and productions specifically focused in the area of Acting/Directing. Applicants should possess a strong background in Acting and Directing, as well as a passion for developing new work, and remaining current in the field with regard to evolving styles and techniques. The candidate should also possess a willingness to work with a collaborative spirit within a team of faculty with varied approaches, and a proven ability to teach beginning and advanced Theatre courses.

Qualifications include significant experience teaching/coaching acting and teaching directing. The successful candidate must have a comprehensive knowledge of both in order to teach confidently several of the following courses: Acting I, Acting II, Acting III (classical repertoire), Voice for the Actor, Movement for the Actor, Audition Techniques, Improvisation, Acting for the Camera, Directing I, Advanced Directing. Additionally, the candidate will be expected to develop courses in the current industry practices within the candidate's specialty, such as, but not limited to: gender or LGBTQ+ studies, African American Theatre, Native American Theatre or other cultural studies, or intimacy direction. The applicant will regularly direct productions for the University Theatre season. Applicants should submit a letter of interest, a CV, a statement of Teaching Philosophy which includes a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion philosophy and experience, and evidence of teaching effectiveness.

The ideal candidate will teach at the undergraduate level, fostering critical study, creative practice, and provocation in the classroom and beyond. Applicants must hold a terminal degree and/or have a significant record of professional accomplishments in the field. We are looking for candidates with strong skills in collaboration and communication, as well as professional networks to help bridge classroom experiences and the profession.

As an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty of all races, ethnicities, genders, backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives, we are especially interested in candidates who can demonstrate successful and ethical leadership and a passion for working within a community of diverse student, faculty, staff, and professional populations.

Required Qualifications

· Terminal degree and/or an equivalent record of professional accomplishments in the field

· Evidence of supporting, teaching, and/or mentoring emerging artists in the classroom and the field

· Experience in Directing at the University level or higher

· Evidence of successfully promoting an environment that advances diversity, equity, and inclusion

· Evidence of successful collaboration

· Ability to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodations.

Preferred Qualifications

· Experience teaching undergraduate students

· Experience in curriculum development

· A passion for innovative and cross-disciplinary programs

· A commitment to new work

Message to Applicants

You must submit an online application to be considered an applicant for this position.

About the Department

The Department of Theatre and Dance at Central Michigan University is a vibrant community of theatre/dance professionals, scholars, and educators, who work together to provide rigorous training, challenging curriculum, and rich experiences for students in the program while also maintaining continued personal engagement with the professional theatre and dance industry. The Department offers the BFA , BA/BS, and BAA degrees in Acting/Directing and Design/Tech, as well as the BAA degree in Dance Studies. Minors are offered in both Theatre and Dance disciplines. To learn more about the department, please click here.

Posting Begins 10/07/2021 Posting Ends Open Until Filled Yes Type of Recruitment External About CMU

Central Michigan University has a more than 125-year legacy of preparing students to become leaders and changemakers in their communities and in their personal and professional lives.

We serve nearly 19,500 students on our Mount Pleasant campus, in satellite locations around the state and throughout the country, and through flexible online programs. Many of our approximately 300 undergraduate, master's, specialist and doctoral programs in the arts, media, business, education, human services, health professions, liberal arts, social sciences, medicine, science and engineering are nationally ranked for excellence.

CMU leads the nation in leadership development programming through our Sarah R. Opperman Leadership Institute, and we are proud to be among only 5% of U.S. universities in the top two Carnegie research classifications. Our faculty work with graduate and undergraduate students in areas such as Great Lakes research, medical innovation, engineering technology and more.

Central is home to 17 men's and women's Division 1 sports including football, basketball, gymnastics, baseball, wrestling and more. Our student-athletes achieve great success in competition and in the classroom, capturing Mid- American Conference championships and maintaining an average cumulative GPA of 3.17.

CMU is located in Mount Pleasant, a community that blends the best of small- town living with big-city amenities. It's part of the culturally varied and vibrant Great Lakes Bay Region that also includes Saginaw, Bay City, Midland and the state's largest Native American community, centered on the Saginaw Chippewa Isabella Reservation in Mount Pleasant.

Area residents enjoy the mix of outdoor activities, cultural events, shopping and dining options, and family attractions. Other major Michigan destinations and attractions — Lansing, Grand Rapids, Detroit, Traverse City, wineries, beaches, golf and ski resorts, and many more — are within easy reach of the city's central location in Michigan's Lower Peninsula.

CMU employees enjoy access to a nationally recognized wellness program along with health care and benefits that exceed regional, state and national norms.

EEO Statement

CMU, an AA/EO institution, strongly and actively strives to increase diversity and provide equal opportunity within its community. CMU does not discriminate against persons based on age, color, disability, ethnicity, familial status, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, height, marital status, national origin, political persuasion, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, race, religion, sex, sex‐based stereotypes, sexual orientation, transgender status, veteran status, or weight (see https:// www.

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Inquiries about the application of Title IX can be made to CMU's Title IX Coordinator, the US Department of Education's Assistant Secretary, or both.

CMU's Title IX Coordinator can be reached at:

Phone: 989-774-3253

Office: 103 E. Preston St.

Bovee University Center, suite 306

Mount Pleasant, MI 48858


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  • Optional & Required Documents

    Required Documents

  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of Interest
  • Evidence of Teaching Effectiveness
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  • List of References
  • Optional Documents

  • Other Document (1)
  • Work Sample
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