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Theater and Dance - Assistant or Associate Professor in Directing

Macalester College
Saint Paul, Minnesota

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Arts & Humanities, Fine & Performing Arts
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Tenured & Tenure-Track
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Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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The Theater and Dance Department at Macalester College invites applications for a tenure track faculty member in Directing at the Assistant or Associate Professor level, untenured (short track). Candidates will have directing as a primary area of expertise. Additional experience across the performing arts (dance, digital media, film, installation, opera, performance art); new play development; artistic lineages outside of the mainstream canon; and specific acting/directing techniques (Viewpoints, Suzuki, Stanislavsky’s late method of psychophysical actions, and so forth) is highly desirable. Demonstrated familiarity with critiques of cultural and social representations onstage is expected. The faculty member will be working in the new, state-of-the-art Theater and Dance facilities, completed in January 2019. 

Successful candidates will be active professional directors who are artistically curious with portfolios in theater and other performing arts disciplines. They should be fluent in current trends in performance, including digital and media practices, so as to best connect with the next generation of performing artists. We are particularly interested in candidates ready to navigate styles other than American realism and eager to engage in theatrical experimentation. Strong candidates will be prepared to work in traditional and alternative or site-specific performance spaces, as well as immersive performance. Ability to teach studio courses in various levels of directing and acting, as well as in directing history and theories is a must. Our new colleague will be ready to participate in the intellectual and artistic life of Macalester College, as well as in the many aspects of faculty governance. The ideal candidate will be familiar with and eager to develop inclusive pedagogy to address the needs of our diverse student body and eager to help us create a more inclusive Macalester. International professional experience is a plus, as that aligns with Macalester’s commitment to internationalism. We welcome applications from candidates from underrepresented groups. 

QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants should have an MFA/PhD in hand. The ideal candidate will have a minimum 3 years of teaching, an extensive professional portfolio, leadership experience, and be prepared to submit their tenure dossier in 4 years at most. Candidates without a terminal degree but with distinguished professional portfolio and demonstrated teaching experience may be considered. Previous employment in higher education and experience in academic leadership strongly preferred. The 5-course teaching assignment consists of a combination of studio, academic, and production courses (directing mainstage). 

Theater and Dance faculty are active artists in their fields, as the Twin Cities have more theater companies per capita than any other urban center in the country besides New York City. Prominent local companies include the Children’s Theatre Company; the Guthrie Theater; James Sewell Ballet; the Jungle Theater; Mixed Blood; Penumbra Theatre; Pillsbury House Theatre; Ragamala Dance Company; and TU Dance, among many others. 

Macalester College is a highly selective, private liberal arts college in the vibrant Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area, with a population of approximately three million people and home to numerous colleges and universities, including the University of Minnesota. Macalester's diverse student body comprises over 2000 undergraduates from all 50 states and the District of Columbia and 98 countries. The College maintains a longstanding commitment to academic excellence with a special emphasis on internationalism, multiculturalism, and service to society. As an Equal Opportunity employer supportive of affirmative efforts to achieve diversity among its faculty, Macalester College strongly encourages applications from women and members of underrepresented minority groups. 

Macalester College is committed to student and faculty diversity, equity, and inclusion. Strong candidates will have a record of experience or demonstrated commitment to teaching diverse students. In their EDI statement, applicants should discuss past experiences and/or potential future contributions to inclusive excellence in the areas of research, teaching, service, and/or outreach, as well as reflect upon their experience and vision regarding the teaching and mentorship of students from diverse backgrounds. 

Candidates are encouraged to read more about Macalester at and to address in their letters of application the ways in which they could contribute to our institutional mission and goals. 

Complete applications include a cover letter with a statement of interest in Macalester and the liberal arts; curriculum vitae; EDI statement (see above); a statement of teaching philosophy; description of artistic research interests; web links to portfolio and/or CD of work samples (10-15); three recommendation letters; and evidence of accomplishment in teaching. Evaluation of complete applications will begin September 20th and continue until the position is filled.


Working for Macalester College 

Since its founding in 1874, Macalester has provided students the inspiration, insight and experience to become successful and ethical leaders. Classes are taught by faculty whose passion is teaching and whose scholarship gains national recognition.
Two great cities at your doorstep. Macalester is nestled in a lovely, residential neighborhood–minutes from downtown St. Paul and Minneapolis–which offers students a wealth of internship opportunities in business, finance, medicine, government, law, the arts, and more.

Macalester students are citizens of over 90 countries.

Our faculty earned their advanced degrees from some of the best schools in the world, and they remain thought-leaders in their fields

Macalester students enjoy a wealth of resources for research on and off campus–specialized laboratories, libraries, museum collections, distinct population groups for surveys, even a natural history center. Often students undertake research that makes real contributions to their discipline. They publish papers in scholarly journals, participate in conferences, and provide analysis for policy makers and real-world use.


Macalester is committed to being a preeminent liberal arts college with an educational program known for its high standards for scholarship and its special emphasis on internationalism, multiculturalism, and service to society.

Statement of Purpose and Belief

At Macalester College we believe that education is a fundamentally transforming experience. As a community of learners, the possibilities for this personal, social, and intellectual transformation extend to us all. We affirm the importance of the intellectual growth of the students, staff and faculty through individual and collaborative endeavor. We believe that this can best be achieved through an environment that values the diverse cultures of our world and recognizes our responsibility to provide a supportive and respectful environment for students, staff and faculty of all cultures and backgrounds.

We expect students to develop a broad understanding of the liberal arts while they are at Macalester. Students should follow a primary course of study in order to acquire an understanding of disciplinary theory and methodology; they should be able to apply their understanding of theories to address problems in the larger community. Students should develop the ability to use information and communication resources effectively, be adept at critical, analytical and logical thinking, and express themselves well in both oral and written forms. Finally, students should be prepared to take responsibility for their personal, social and intellectual choices.

We believe that the benefit of the educational experience at Macalester is the development of individuals who make informed judgments and interpretations of the broader world around them and choose actions or beliefs for which they are willing to be held accountable. We expect them to develop the ability to seek and use knowledge and experience in contexts that challenge and inform their suppositions about the world. We are committed to helping students grow intellectually and personally within an environment that models and promotes academic excellence and ethical behavior. The education a student begins at Macalester provides the basis for continuous transformation through learning and service.

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