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Visiting Assistant Professor, Theater

Skidmore College
Saratoga Springs, NY

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Arts & Humanities, Fine & Performing Arts
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Assistant Professor
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Full Time
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Four-Year Institution
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One Year Visiting Assistant Professor of Theater

The Theater Department at Skidmore College invites applications for a full-time,  one year Visiting Assistant Professor (VAP) in Theater to join the department’s Bachelor of Science degree program for academic year 22-23.  This colleague will teach courses in dramatic literature, script analysis, and an additional area of expertise in dramaturgy, playwriting, theater history, or other area of theater scholarship or practice. Successful candidates will demonstrate expertise in diversity, inclusion, equity and cultural competency in teaching, production, student mentoring, and the profession. Note: this is a one year sabbatical replacement.

In the Theater Department at Skidmore College, we are committed to building creative, dynamic, and inclusive processes that celebrate and respect individual differences and diversity, including but not limited to differences of race, national origin, ethnic origin, language, religion, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, marital status, veteran status, legal status, and disability. We are a pre-professional program that offers students the opportunity to pursue the serious study of the theater arts within a liberal arts setting. We seek a colleague excited to contribute to these values.

Candidates should be prepared to teach courses at the introductory, intermediate, and advanced levels; to mentor students in the areas of candidate’s expertise; and to support the department ‘s production season and collective governance.

Education: Undergraduate degree (BA, BFA, BS) required; MFA, DFA, PhD or comparable terminal degree required; experience working with undergraduates required; professional experience preferred.

Required Documentation needed to apply:

Complete applications must include: a cover letter that clearly articulates qualifications for and interest in the position, department, and college; a CV; a one page teaching statement or sample syllabus; a one page statement that specifically addresses how equity, diversity, inclusion and cultural competency inform your creative/scholarly work and teaching; a sample or brief portfolio of creative and/or scholarly work; and the names and contact information for three references.  Consideration of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Pay Range:  Commensurate with experience

In order to prevent or significantly reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission at Skidmore College and protect all members of the College community from infection, successful candidates will be required to submit proof of full vaccination as a condition of employment, unless exempted as a reasonable accommodation of a medical condition or sincerely religious belief or practice.


Skidmore College is committed to being an inclusive campus community and, as an Equal Opportunity Employer, does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, military or veteran status, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, predisposition or carrier status, domestic violence victim status, familial status, dating violence, or stalking, or any other category protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.

Employment at Skidmore College is contingent upon an acceptable background check result.



Skidmore is a highly selective liberal arts college with a reputation for its creative approaches to just about everything. With its relatively small size and student-faculty ratio, the College is a close-knit academic community. Skidmore is known for its faculty of teacher-scholars devoted to the instruction and mentoring of undergraduates—approximately 2,400 talented men and women from some 47 states and 46 countries.

A great education is all about putting academic theory and creative expression into practice. That’s what our founder, Lucy Skidmore Scribner, believed. Skidmore’s not an ivory tower. Never has been. Never will be. It’s a place where faculty and students work together, then figure out how to use what they’ve learned to make a difference in the world. This practical focus often leads to cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches, where students carry multiple majors, student-faculty research is common, and internships and community service are standard. It also leads to interesting and unusual combinations of activities, frequently woven into an intellectual passion.

If this kind of experience resonates with you, why not take a closer look at Skidmore?

Skidmore College is located in the historic resort community of Saratoga Springs, New York.  Set in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains, Saratoga is located about 30 minutes north of Albany, the state capital. 

Saratoga is a small, cosmopolitan city of 30,000, noted for its Victorian heritage, famed spas, and thoroughbred horse racing.  The Saratoga Performing Arts Center is a site of top rock, jazz, and pop performances as well as the summer home of the New York City Ballet and the Philadelphia Orchestra.  Saratoga is a three-and-one-half-hour drive, train ride, or bus trip from New York City, Boston, or Montreal.


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