The College of Fine Arts and Communication invites applications for a tenure-track, 9-month Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre Arts beginning August 2022. This new faculty member will specialize in Black performance and creative practice.
MFA or PhD in Theatre or related field. A demonstrated record of successful teaching. A record of successful directing/theatre making. Candidates should show the potential for ongoing creative or scholarly work. The successful candidate will bring experience in directing and other forms of theatre making. Additional specialization in outreach to the community and educating teaching artists is preferred.
Candidate with a demonstrated record of successful college-level teaching and whose work demonstrates a commitment to issues of social justice and diversity, equity, and inclusion in theatre are particularly encouraged to apply.
Faculty are assigned an instructional workload of six (6) course units per academic year for the first year. Beginning in the second year, the workload is the standard instructional workload of seven (7) course units per academic year. Directing a mainstage production for the department counts as teaching one course.
In addition to new courses the candidate will develop, a successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to teach the existing African American Theatre course and should be able to teach some of the following existing undergraduate and graduate courses: Community Outreach in Theatre, Towson Theatre Infusion (field experience for teaching artists), Performance and Society, graduate Final Project supervision, Directing 1, Script Analysis. Regularly directing in the Theatre Arts Department’s mainstage season is required.
An active and sustained program of producing and disseminating creative activity/scholarship is required. Student advising, and service to the department, college, university, and the community/profession are also expected.
Department of Theatre Arts:
The Department of Theatre Arts enjoys a strong reputation in the region for quality training and
a dedicated faculty. The undergraduate program provides a rigorous theatre education within a
liberal arts context. The department offers a BFA in Acting, as well as a BA/BS in Theatre Arts
with tracks in Design and Production, and Theatre Studies. The department’s MFA in Theatre
Arts is designed as an experimental, self-directed process that challenges, expands, and
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Review of applications begins immediately and continues until the position is filled. Interviews are planned to begin in mid-April. Applications received by March 15, 2022, will receive fullest consideration.
Submit the following with your application:
A letter of application addressing the candidate’s unique profile in relation to this position
A current CV with the names of at least three references and contact information (letters of recommendation may be requested from candidates who continue to a later stage of the process).
Sample Syllabi from two courses taught.
Unofficial transcripts of institutions of higher learning.
A one-page teaching philosophy statement that addresses the candidate’s approach to teaching and directing and describes demonstrated experience teaching or mentoring diverse, underserved students, including students of color and non-traditional students.
A functional web-link to additional, online portfolio materials.
Please click here to apply. Please note that the search number for which you are applying is COFAC-3549.
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