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Assistant Professor-FixedTerm

Michigan State University
East Lansing

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Position Type
Assistant Professor
Employment Type
Part Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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Job Details

Job no: 742598
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Arts And Letters
Department: Theatre 10004832
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Education/Training, Fixed Term Faculty, Part Time (1-49.9%), Union
Working/Functional Title

Assistant Professor-FixedTerm

Position Summary

The Department of Theatre seeks to hire a Visiting Guest Artist with the title of Assistant Professor-Fixed Term in the field of Acting—position to begin February 21, 2022 through March 26, 2022 (these dates include MSU’s spring break 3/7-3/11). Housing is included. The ideal candidate is a global majority educator and artist who is passionate about classical theatre, the Michael Chekhov Technique, and incorporating inclusive pedagogies in the classroom.

Principal duties include part-time coverage of one graduate and one undergraduate acting course during a faculty member’s temporary absence. The faculty member will work with the successful candidate to create the curricula for the classes being covered. The first course is a 6 hours/week undergraduate course titled “Classical Acting,” which will be focused primarily on the partnering of Shakespearean texts with tools from the Michael Chekhov technique. The second course is a 6 hours/week graduate course exploring the Michael Chekhov Technique. In addition to teaching two classes, the candidate will lead two special two-hour programs based on the candidate’s expertise for the Department during their time at MSU (supplemental workshop, lecture, or creative project). Candidates will be expected to follow the protocol and expectations of teaching responsibilities within the Department of Theatre.

The preferred candidate will have experience teaching and/or performing classical texts including Shakespeare, experience teaching the Michael Chekhov Technique, and evidence of commitment to antiracist and inclusive pedagogy in theatrical practice.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Doctorate -MFA in Theatre

Minimum Requirements
  • MFA in Theatre or equivalent professional experience
  • Professional experience in acting; recent experience preferred
  • Evidence of commitment to antiracist and inclusive pedagogy in theatrical practice
Desired Qualifications
  • 3 or more years of teaching experience at the undergraduate or graduate level.
  • Experience in teaching the Michael Chekhov Technique.
  • Experience teaching and/or performing classical texts including Shakespeare.
Required Application Materials

Qualified applicants should submit:

(a) a cover letter outlining their qualifications for the position;

(b) curriculum vitae;

(c) A document summarizing experience with diversity in the classroom and/or past research and administrative endeavors, any experience mentoring diverse students or community outreach initiatives, and an explanation of how you will advance our goals of inclusive excellence (;

(d) the names and email addresses of 3 references. Reference letters and communication will be requested directly from reference providers.

Together-we-will StatementThe university is requiring all MSU students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at: Instructions

Review of applications will begin 10/29/2021 and will continue until the position is filled. Applications must be submitted electronically to the Michigan State University Human Resources website Posting Number 742598. For further information, contact Rob Roznowski, Head of Acting & Directing and Search Committee Chair [email protected]

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Department Statement

Michigan State University’s Department of Theatre is committed to increasing the diversity of our students and inclusive practices in our performances and curriculum. Candidates should have experience in, or a commitment to, working with diverse student populations. Women, BIPOC individuals and those from historically underrepresented groups, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

The College of Arts & Letters recognizes that only an academic and organizational culture, which actively seeks out and strengthens diverse voices and perspectives among its members, results in true excellence. We are an equal opportunity /affirmative action employer. The College of Arts & Letters is particularly interested in candidates of all backgrounds who are committed to the principle that intellectual leadership is achieved through open access and pro-active inclusion.

MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

Advertised: Oct 22, 2021 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Oct 22, 2023 Eastern Daylight Time


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