Assistant or Associate Professor of Directing/Acting (F477)

Job description

Azusa Pacific University is a comprehensive, evangelical, Christian university located 26 miles northeast of Los Angeles, California. A leader in the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, APU is committed to excellence in higher education. Offering over 80 bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs on campus, online, and at seven regional centers across Southern California, APU has been recognized as one of U.S.News & World Report's Best Colleges for seven years running.

Position Title: Assistant or Associate Professor of Directing/Acting

Position Tracking Number: F477

School/College: School of Visual and Performing Arts/College of Music and the Arts

Department: Theater Arts

Location: Azusa Campus


The Azusa Pacific University Department of Theater Arts invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor of Directing/Acting to begin August 16, 2018. The department, which consists of five full-time faculty members, offers a B.A. in Theater Arts and a BFA in Acting for the Stage and Screen. The primary responsibilities for this position will be working within the BFA in Acting.

The Department of Theater Arts is housed within the School of Visual and Performing Arts in the College of Music and the Arts. The College of Music and the Arts is focused on exceptional artistic development and the incorporation of authentic Christian faith. These dual aspirations extend and enrich our influence on culture.


The Assistant or Associate Professor of Directing/Acting will be responsible for teaching acting in the BFA in Acting for the Stage and Screen and directing in the Theater Arts season. The candidate will direct one to two productions per year, teach acting within the BFA degree, and mentor diverse populations of students. Candidate may also teach directing within the department when the course is offered. Experience with both on-camera and stage directing is a plus. The ideal candidate will have a successful record of teaching acting and directing at the college level and significant professional directing experience. In addition to directing on the main stage and teaching scene study courses, there is the possibility of directing a web series and on-camera acting courses as well.

The successful candidate will teach undergraduate courses in acting and direct undergraduate productions. Applicants should demonstrate an active career in directing or acting. Additional responsibilities may include:

  • Working with college and university leadership to recruit and retain students.
  • Advising students.
  • Actively participating in service to the University through committee participation, School and/or University level as well as service to the broader professional community.
  • Maintaining active professional scholarship.
  • Advancing the APU mission, vision, and strategic plan.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Chair.
  • May be needed to work at alternative Regional Campuses or Sites.

Level: Commensurate upon experience. Salary is dependent on experience and qualifications.

Qualifications: Earned terminal degree (MFA) in Directing or Acting or equivalent professional experience, and a commitment to teaching excellence and industry connectivity.

Experience: Earned terminal degree (MFA) in Directing or Acting or equivalent professional experience, and a commitment to teaching excellence and industry connectivity.

Workload: 10 month contract

Hire Date: Open until filled.

Mental Demands:

  • Ability to integrate Christian values in all aspects.
  • Ability to engage in critical thinking and exercise independent judgment.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and manage confidential information.
  • Ability to collaborate with other faculty and staff and maintain collegial relations.
  • Self starter, ability to communicate effectively in written and oral form.

Additional Information:

Candidates must align with Azusa Pacific University's Christian identity. Faculty members are expected to sign a Statement of Faith (available at, to adhere to the policies outlined in the Faculty Handbook, and to integrate the Christian faith in teaching and scholarship.

Azusa Pacific University is a Christ-centered, multicultural community that values and seeks faculty and staff who are committed to diversity, work effectively with diverse populations, and engage others in ways that honor our rich cultural mosaic and biblical foundation.

Azusa Pacific University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Azusa Pacific University conducts background checks on all final candidates.

Application Procedure:

To apply, visit Review of applications will begin immediately, and the position will remain open until filled.




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Job No: F477
Posted: 3/16/2018
Application Due: 4/19/2018
Work Type:
Salary: Negotiable