Assistant Professor of Theatre

Rock Hill, South Carolina
Salary is competitive and dependent on academic qualifications
Sep 19, 2017
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Assistant Professor of Theatre, Department of Theatre and Dance, College of Visual and Performing Arts

Winthrop University, a highly ranked, public, comprehensive university, announces a national search for an Assistant Professor of Theatre (Theatre History, Dramatic Literature and Criticism). This is a 9-month full-time tenure-track appointment in the Department of Theatre and Dance within the College of Visual and Performing Arts. Salary is dependent upon qualifications. This position requires daily contact with students, faculty, and staff on campus. Additionally, the successful candidate may be expected to work evenings and some weekends as rehearsals require, and student recruitment may necessitate occasional travel.

The successful candidate will serve as an integral part of a highly collaborative undergraduate teaching and production environment, providing expertise with an interdisciplinary approach in theatre history, dramatic literature and criticism, dramaturgy, and performance theories within the context of cultures and societies. This position will support department productions through the execution or mentorship of student dramaturgy.


  • Teach all levels of the undergraduate theatre history and literature, and theory criticism curriculum and related theatre courses in a B.A. degree program as well as courses for non-majors.
  • Provide insight to all theatre concentrations and productions within a collaborative department.
  • Advise/mentor theatre majors.
  • Maintain creative/scholarly activity as demonstrated by an active research profile.
  • Engage in professional stewardship and academic responsibilities per the faculty manual.

About the College of Visual and Performing Arts

Winthrop University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) is the academic home to approximately 600 undergraduate students majoring in dance, design, fine arts, music and theatre, and approximately 50 graduate students in six graduate programs and one post-baccalaureate certificate program. The College currently has 59 full-time faculty and 50 part-time lecturers, practicing professionals from the surrounding metropolitan area. Winthrop’s academic programs are nationally accredited by NASAD, NAST, NASD, NASM and CIDA. In addition, Winthrop’s arts education programs (art, music, theatre, and dance) are accredited through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

About Winthrop University

Founded in 1886, Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina, offers its 6,000-plus undergraduate and graduate students an educational experience that blends liberal arts, professional programs, global awareness, and civic engagement. In its colleges of Business Administration, Arts and Sciences, Education, and Visual and Performing Arts, Winthrop embraces only those programs and activities that can be delivered at an exemplary level. Winthrop is well known for its inclusive and supportive campus environment, with University College supporting programs in both academic and student affairs. Winthrop University is achieving national stature as a competitive and distinctive co-educational, public, residential, comprehensive, values-oriented institution. The values of service, excellence, diversity, community, and leadership provide the foundation for Winthrop’s continuing development and shape Winthrop’s continuing success. Numerous national accolades reflect the sustained high quality and value of the Winthrop Experience, including the recent U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of Winthrop as one of the top-10 public comprehensive universities in the South. Winthrop is an active member of the Rock Hill community and recognized as a key component of the region’s economic resurgence. Approximately 20 minutes from Charlotte, North Carolina, Winthrop has direct access to and is engaged in a broad and expansive regional arts community. Winthrop’s beautiful campus encompasses a rich architectural blend of neo-Georgian buildings and is included in the National Register of Historic Places.



Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D or D.F.A in a theatre discipline, or an M.F.A. (terminal theatre degree) AND evidence of extensive scholarly research at a national level by contract date. 
  • A record of scholarship, publication and professional activity.
  • Evidence of effectiveness in teaching theatre history/literature and script analysis within a team oriented environment.
  • Demonstrated expertise in teaching related theatre courses in areas concerning African-American, LGBTQIA, Asian, or Global Theatre, or another area of specialty depending on candidate’s expertise.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Successful directing and student mentorship.
  • Minimum of three years of university level teaching experience.
  • Experience in working with diverse student populations.
  • Experience creating and teaching on-line courses.
  • An interest in interdisciplinary approaches to scholarly/creative/instructional activities.


Application Instructions

Interested individuals are encouraged to submit their credentials as soon as possible for full consideration. Application review will begin on November 15, 2017. Applications received after this start of review may be considered if an acceptable candidate is not identified.

Complete applications should be submitted electronically and should include:

  • a cover letter addressing interest in and qualifications for the position,
  • a current curriculum vitae,
  • a one-page statement of teaching philosophy,
  • the names, email and phone numbers of three references familiar with the candidate’s qualifications,
  • transcript and evidence of highest degree achieved (unofficial transcripts acceptable at this stage), and
  • evidence of teaching effectiveness.

References will not be contacted without the candidate’s approval/consent. All applications and nominations will be handled in confidence. Questions about the position and nominations should be directed to Stephen Gundersheim, chair of the search committee: