Assistant Professor of Movement

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Oct 10, 2017
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The School of Theatre at Oklahoma City University invites applications for a nine-month, tenure track Assistant Professor of Movement beginning August 2018. This position functions as part of the professional artistic community focused on teaching lower and upper division classes in Movement for the Actor as well as an occasional introductory acting class, Special Topics seminar or Improvisation class. Successful applicants will typically coach several productions per year.  Professional directing experience desired.

Along with their ability to teach the required movement courses, the ideal candidate would also be a member of one of the pertinent professional unions (AEA, SAG/AFTRA, SDC, SAFD) and have additional movement skills in several of the following areas: Feldenkrais, Alexander, Period Movement/Dance, Viewpoints, Improvisation, Mime, Mask, Clowning.  Preference will be given to a candidate with a proven track record of teaching Unarmed Combat and Armed Combat.

Teaching, Scholarship, and Service Requirements

The successful candidate is expected to participate in the School's assessment program, and in student recruiting and retention efforts for the School and University.  Additional information about the school can be found at


•             A MFA or equivalent professional experience is required 

•             A minimum of three (3) years of professional acting/directing/coaching experience is expected

•             A minimum of two (2) years of college movement teaching is expected

•             The ability to teach movement, union membership or other significant professional experience, and at least two of the above listed movement specializations with a preference given for skill in teaching stage combat

Promotion and Tenure

Effective teaching, scholarship, and service are required for promotion and tenure. Additional requirements are established by each school and college and defined in the School of Theatre’s Procedures for Renewal, Promotion, and Tenure Appendix to the OCU Faculty Handbook.

School of Theatre

The School of Theatre offers an active production-based BFA program and is a part of the Margaret E. Petree College of Performing Arts which includes the Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Entertainment and the Wanda L. Bass School of Music. 

We offer a BFA in Acting, a BFA in Design and Production and a BA in Theatre and Performance in a program that is gaining a national reputation and currently has a steady population of over 200 majors.  TheatreOCU is the School of Theatre’s producing arm, mounting four main stage, and seven to nine laboratory productions each season.  The school has partnerships with several local professional performing arts companies: Oklahoma Children’s Theatre, Lyric Theatre and Oklahoma Ballet.

About Oklahoma City University

Oklahoma City University was founded in 1904 and is a coeducational, urban, private university located in the Uptown district of Oklahoma City. The university is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and offers a wide variety of degrees in the liberal arts and sciences disciplines. Oklahoma City University is the only Oklahoma institution listed in the top tier of the regional, master's-level university category by U.S. News and World Report magazine.

Employee Benefits

The faculty of OCU are afforded a generous and comprehensive benefits package designed to fit the needs of you and your family. Benefits offered include: health (medical, dental and vision) insurance, flexible spending accounts, university paid life insurance, university paid long-term disability insurance, retirement plans, and tuition remission for employees and qualifying dependents who wish to take classes or pursue a degree at OCU.

Required Application Materials

Cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching philosophy, list of 3-5 professional references

Contact for Additional Questions

Search Chair: D. Lance Marsh,

Oklahoma City University is an equal opportunity employer and affirms the values and goals of diversity.