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
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
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
· 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
· 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
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
Open Until Filled Yes
Type of Recruitment External
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Optional & Required Documents
Letter of Interest
Evidence of Teaching Effectiveness
Statement of Teaching Philosophy
List of References
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