Assistant or Associate Professor Scene Study/Acting

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Emerson College

Assistant or Associate Professor Scene Study/Acting

The Department of Performing Arts invites applications for a position in Scene Study/Acting at the tenure-track Assistant Professor level or as Associate Professor with tenure. The Department seeks candidates who can contribute to the excellence and diversity of the academic community through ongoing engagement with students both inside and outside of the classroom in addition to traditional creative work, teaching, and service. The appointment begins September 1, 2019 with a mandatory 2-day orientation August 22 & 23, 2019.

Primary Duties, Responsibilities, and Tasks:

Emerson College is committed to an active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity—in people, in the curriculum, in the co-curriculum, and in the College’s intellectual, social, cultural, and geographical communities. Emerson endorses a framework of inclusive excellence, which recognizes that institutional excellence comes from fully engaging with diversity in all aspects of institutional activities. Emerson is committed to strengthening communities, including our workplace, by fostering the development of the intercultural competencies necessary for meaningful citizenship in an increasingly complex, pluralistic society.

The Department of Performing Arts is home to one of the nation’s leading programs in theatrical performance, design, stage management, and theatre education. With a team of 90 full- and part-time faculty and theatre staff members, the department enrolls 530 students innine distinctundergraduate programs and one graduate program. The department offers BFA degrees inTheatre, Theatre Education,Theatre Design Technology, Stage & Screen Design Technology, Stage & Production Management, Musical Theatre, Acting, Theatre & Performance, and Theatre Education & Performance; general education courses in theatre studies; and an MA degree in Theatre Education. Emerson Stage, the production organization within the department, produces eight to ten fully staged major productions annually in five theatres, with additional production opportunities available to our students through curricular projects, student theatre organizations and ArtsEmerson, the College’s professional presenting company. Emerson College is the nation’s only four-year institution dedicated exclusively to majors in communication and the arts in a liberal arts context. It is located in the dynamic multi-cultural city of Boston in close proximity to major arts institutions, performing art venues, and research centers. The college enrolls 4,446 undergraduate and graduate students from 52 countries and all 50 states.


The ideal candidate will have an MFA degree in Acting or extensive professional credits and experience teaching acting on the college level or in a conservatory setting. The candidate’s philosophy and approach should be informed by Stanislavski-based actor training. Candidates whose approaches also include other traditions or methods are encouraged to apply.

We encourage applications from candidates who use theatre to expose power relationships and oppressive practices that are normalized in dominant culture and who explore race, gender, and class dynamics through their work. Candidates must have demonstrated ability to work effectively with faculty, students, and staff from diverse backgrounds. A strong commitment to undergraduate education beyond the classroom is essential.

Primary responsibilities for this position include teaching Scene Study and Advanced Acting courses in the BFA Theater & Performance and BFA Acting programs. Candidates should be able to address issues of race and representation in these courses. Additional responsibilities include academic advising, mentoring students, assisting in the admission audition process, advising on Emerson Stage productions, and serving on department and college committees. The department is engaged in identifying and removing barriers to admission and casting for working-class students and students of color. The successful candidate will bring expertise to this dialogue.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vita, a Statement of Teaching Philosophy, support material/links to professional work, and contact information for three references.

Priority will be given to applications received by November 1, 2018 but the position will remain open until filled.

Annual Clery Report:

In accordance with the federal Clery and Campus SaVE Acts, Emerson College commits to providing all current and prospective students and employees with access to the annual campus security reports for each of our campuses. This report may be accessed from the Emerson College Police Department website.

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Posted: 9/25/2018
Application Due: 5/6/2019
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