Assistant Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies

Kennesaw, GA
Oct 02, 2017
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Assistant Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies

Department of Theatre and Performance Studies

Kennesaw State University is now accepting applications for a nine-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies faculty position in the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies, College of the Arts.

Position Responsibilities:

M.F.A. or Ph.D, or its foreign equivalent. Applicants with the training, ability, and/or experience equivalent to the minimum degree may be considered. The candidate must demonstrate an established record of acting in the professional field and a proven record of superior teaching at the undergraduate level.

Nine-month annual contract (Aug-May).

Specialization in acting required. Ideal skills include experience in teaching: acting for the camera, movement, and/or stage combat. Expertise in African American and / or non-Western theatre and performance is strongly desired.

Teaching expectations include: 3-3 course load in area of specialization.

Successful applicants are expected to maintain an active record of research and creative activity. All tenure-track faculty are expected to engage in service on Departmental, College, and University level committees.

All tenure-track faculty advise undergraduate majors.

Required Education, qualifications, and experience:

The Department of Theatre and Performance Studies at Kennesaw State University offers a rigorous B.A. program that emphasizes both the artistry and scholarship of the creative process. The Acting Concentration is the largest concentration in our Department, offering a holistic approach to actor training and liberal arts education. The successful candidate will collaborate with the Coordinator of the Acting Concentration to lead that concentration into the future.

The successful candidate will have a proven record of teaching introductory and advanced acting courses. Three or more years of experience teaching acting in an undergraduate setting is preferred. The successful candidate will also have an established record of acting in the professional field. Expertise in one or more of the following areas is ideal: acting for the camera, movement for actor, stage combat, physical theatre, Laban, Bartinieff, Lecoq, yoga, Pilates, mask work, commedia, clowning, choreography for musical theatre, or other movement specialty. We are also actively seeking scholar-artists with expertise in African American and / or non-Western theatre and performance.

Additional expectations of successful candidates include: participation in service activities for the Department, College, and University that include, but are not limited to: academic advising, recruitment, committee work, and engagement in broad educational initiatives across the university. Tenure-track faculty are expected to maintain an active program of research and creative activity in addition to their other responsibilities. The ideal candidate will demonstrate aptitude for written and spoken scholarship as well as creative activity. Commitment to collegiality and collaboration is required. Evidence of strong communication skills is required.

The Department of Theatre and Performance Studies at Kennesaw State University is committed to fostering a culturally diverse educational community. All our faculty are expected to excel at teaching and mentoring students that are broadly diverse with regard to race, ethnicity, socio- economic status, gender, and sexuality. In your application materials, please describe how you would seek to contribute to a culturally diverse community as an artist, scholar, and teacher.

Our distinctive undergraduate BA theatre and performance studies program, led by our accomplished faculty and staff, is designed to explore the rich variety of theatrical forms, while encouraging the development of theatre artists who care deeply about the world they inhabit. Our majors can explore a wide range of study that includes theatrical production, musical theatre, acting, storytelling, performance of literature, performance art, the development of new work, and the performance of self in everyday life.

Central to our mission is the cultivation of students as scholar-artists who embrace the marriage of research, analysis, and the creation of socially relevant theatre and performance. We provide multiple opportunities for our students to create, witness, and critique performances ranging from dramatic scripts and musical theatre to literary and folk traditions, original ethnographic field research, and contemporary movement.

Our location in the metro Atlanta area ensures dynamic partnerships with professional theatre and performance organizations that offer real-world experiences for our students. Inherent within our program is an ardent commitment to local and global learning opportunities that promote engaged citizenship. Our faculty and staff are deeply engaged as active artists, and maintain close relationships with professional organizations in the region. The explosion of television and film production in metro Atlanta creates unique opportunities for our graduates to pursue careers here.

For more than 50 years, Kennesaw State University has been known for its entrepreneurial spirit and sense of community. Offering campuses in Marietta and Kennesaw, the university is located just north of Atlanta and combines a suburban setting with access to one of the country's most dynamic cities. As Georgia's third-largest university, Kennesaw State offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degrees, including a growing number of doctoral programs.

Designated by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia as a comprehensive university, Kennesaw State is committed to becoming a world-class academic institution positioned to broaden its academic and research missions and expand its scope on a local, regional and national level.

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Kennesaw State University, a member of the University System of Georgia, is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and/or veteran status.

Georgia is an Open Records state.