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Assistant Professor of Theatre

Sweet Briar College
Sweet Briar, Virginia

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Sweet Briar College, a women’s college increasingly defined by innovation, has launched a bold academic program that integrates the liberal arts with women’s leadership to prepare graduates to address the challenges facing our world. Faculty are committed to cultivating the habits of mind—in problem solving, decision making, and creativity—that are critical for leaders. These values are embedded in the College’s institutional vision and supported by our confidence that academic excellence, small classes, and dedication to empowering young women will position Sweet Briar and its graduates to thrive.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Sweet Briar College is committed to enhancing our community and encourages applications from qualified individuals with varied backgrounds, experiences and ideas who would increase the diversity of the College.

Job Title: Assistant Professor of Theatre

Classification: Full-time, three-year, benefits eligible, faculty position with the possibility of long-term extension.

Reports to: Arts Division Head

Job Summary/Objective: 

Sweet Briar College invites applications for a full-time, three-year position of Assistant Professor in Theatre to start in January 2022. The successful candidate will be an engaged scholar-teacher and have a strong commitment to undergraduate education. The candidate will be expected to teach a variety of performance and theory courses, typically three courses per semester, in theatre and drama that serves our major in Performing Arts which offers programs in music, dance, and theatre as well as a certificate in arts administration. Additionally, the candidate will be expected to direct the mainstage theatre productions, and to participate fully in the service of the college, including student advising and recruitment and maintain an ongoing program of research and publication or performance. 

The College's academic calendar, with immersive three-week terms bookending traditional 12-week terms, creates an opportunity for innovative courses to take advantage of close student faculty interactions and collaboration across disciplines. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to make contributions to our women’s leadership core curriculum and engage undergraduates both in and out of the classroom.  Institutional support for research includes internal faculty grants and an honors summer research program.  

Candidates ready to work with a diverse student body are especially welcome. Sweet Briar prides itself on creating a learning environment that encourages women to fulfill their highest potential.  Leadership in all walks of life is fostered by the special connections our faculty make with their students, and Sweet Briar women translate their academic experiences into interesting and important lives.  

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Teach courses in Acting, Directing, Script Analysis, and Dramatic Literature;
  • Direct Mainstage theatre productions;
  • Guide students through their senior projects; and
  • Prepare and plan a performance schedule with the faculty in theatre, music, and dance.

Required Qualifications:

·       A terminal degree (MFA, Ph.D.) or equivalent professional experience; 

  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching;
  • Demonstrated interest in working across disciplines and engaging in collaborative scholarship, teaching and service; and
  • Excellent communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Two or more years of experience teaching in a college environment; and
  • Two or more years of experience directing theatre productions.

How to Apply: 

To apply, visit the Sweet Briar College Career Center: All applications should include: 1) cover letter; 2) CV; 3) statement on teaching philosophy and research interests; 4) a statement highlighting contributions to or future plans for promoting diversity and inclusion through work in this position; and 5) the names and full contact information for three professional references. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. 


If you ask our students why they chose Sweet Briar, they'll talk about the academics, the beautiful campus, the welcoming community, the opportunities to get involved and to lead. Few, if any, will say they chose Sweet Briar because it's a women's college. Yet, many of our distinctive programs and opportunities are a direct result of our single-gender focus.sweet_briar_college2.jpg

Sweet Briar College prepares women (and at the graduate level, men as well) to be productive, responsible members of a world community. It focuses on personal and professional achievement through a customized educational program that combines the liberal arts, preparation for careers, and individual development. The faculty and staff guide students to become active learners, to reason clearly, to speak and write persuasively, and to lead with integrity. They do so by creating an educational environment that is both intense and supportive and where learning occurs in many different venues, including the classroom, the community and the world.

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