Assistant Professor of Theatre in Theatre History, Dramatic Criticism, and Dramatic Literature

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Assistant Professor of Theatre in Theatre History, Dramatic Criticism, and Dramatic Literature

Location: Theatre Department
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Job ID: 606721
Full/Part Time: Full-Time

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NAU aims to be the nation's preeminent engine of opportunity, vehicle of economic mobility, and driver of social impact by delivering equitable postsecondary value in Arizona and beyond.

Special Information

Northern Arizona University Department of Theatre is a NAST accredited program. We seek to give the undergraduate theatre student the broadest possible understanding of the art and craft of theatre through the creative, critical, and applied practice of theatre, and provide opportunity through performance and production for the student to learn their art by doing their art in a learner centered environment. The program seeks to prepare students for the global society by creating an awareness of others, practicing empathetical thinking, and sustainability with a global perspective.

Job Description

Northern Arizona University, Department of Theatre seeks full-time Assistant Professor in Theatre History, Dramatic Criticism, and Dramatic Literature. This is a tenure track, full-time, benefit eligible, nine month appointed position on the Flagstaff Mountain campus beginning Fall 2023. Duties include: teaching 3 classes per semester in Theatre History I and II, Modern and Contemporary Drama, Script Analysis, and Introduction to Theatre, and related courses as determined by the chair. Additional duties may include: student mentoring, collaboration on productions, departmental service, aiding in the recruitment of a diverse student body, contribution to the progress and building of Theatre Studies Emphasis and Theatre Foundational curriculum, as well as contributing to the building of Theatre specific General Studies curriculum with particular interest in a global and diverse focus, and effective collaboration with faculty and student teams.

There is an expectation the successful candidate has progressed toward an established regional research and publication record, and that they sustain a robust research agenda and work toward continued growth in their area, an excitement in representing diverse voices of the global majority in all aspects of our curriculum, and an interest in continuing to build interdisciplinary partnerships across campus.

Candidate should demonstrate skill in supporting and enhancing a culturally rich and diverse environment, with a clear vision and sensitivity that takes into account NAU's rich commitment to diversity.

Northern Arizona University is a Hispanic-Serving Institution that values cultural and intellectual diversity and strives to become the nation's leading university serving Native Americans. We share an institutional commitment to the advancement and success of students and faculty from all ethnic backgrounds, as well as to support efforts promoting diversity, equity, inclusion and justice.

Minimum Qualifications

  • PhD in Theatre conferred by start date.
  • Experience teaching theatre courses at the college/university level.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated commitment to a general studies based theatrical education and first-generation student experience and success.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in curriculum, recruitment, production on a college campus and in their profession through DEIJ training.
  • Demonstrated interest in representing diverse voices of the global majority in all aspects (classroom and production) of the curriculum.
  • Demonstrated commitment and ability to recruit students to the program, with special attention to reaching diverse students.
  • Demonstrated University teaching experience with a commitment to a diverse and first-generation student experience and success.
  • Demonstrated commitment to working in a collaborative environment with faculty and students.
  • Demonstrated commitment to student mentorship in the classroom and to the undergraduate student experience.
  • Ability to teach the following:
    • Theatre History I and II
    • Modern and Contemporary Drama
    • Dramatic Literature and criticism
    • Script analysis
    • Introduction to Theatre
  • Experience in Dramaturgy and Theatre Management a plus.

General Information

Northern Arizona University has a student population of 29,569, including approximately 21,000 on its main campus in Flagstaff and the remainder at more than 20 locations statewide and online.

Committed to a diverse and civil working and learning environment, NAU has earned a solid reputation as a university with all the features of a large institution but with a personal touch, with a faculty and staff dedicated to each student's success. All faculty members are expected to promote student learning and help students achieve academic outcomes.

While our emphasis is undergraduate education, we offer a wide range of graduate programs and research. Our institution has carefully integrated on-campus education with distance learning, forming seamless avenues for students to earn degrees.

Flagstaff has a population of about 70,000, rich in cultural diversity. Located at the base of the majestic San Francisco Peaks, Flagstaff is 140 miles north of Phoenix at intersection of Interstate 17 and Interstate 40.

For information about diversity, access and equity at NAU, see the Center for University Access and Inclusion webpage.

Background Information

Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following: a criminal background investigation, an employment history verification and a degree verification (in some cases) prior to employment. You may also be required to complete a fingerprint background check. Additionally, as an employer in the state of Arizona, NAU is required to participate in the federal E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees' right to work in the United States. Finally, each year Northern Arizona University releases an Annual Security Report. The report is a result of a federal law known as the Clery Act. The report includes Clery reportable crime statistics for the three most recent completed calendar years and discloses procedures, practices and programs NAU uses to keep students and employees safe including how to report crimes or other emergencies occurring on campus. In addition, the Fire Safety Report is combined with the Annual Security Report for the NAU Flagstaff Mountain Campus as this campus has on-campus student housing. This report discloses fire safety policies and procedures related to on-campus student housing and statistics for fires that occurred in those facilities. If you would like a free paper copy of the report, please contact the NAUPD Records Department at (928) 523-8884 or by visiting the department at 525 E. Pine Knoll Drive in Flagstaff.


Commensurate with candidate's qualifications and related experience.


This is a Faculty (FAC) position. NAU offers an excellent benefit package including generous health, dental and vision insurance; participation in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) or the Optional Retirement Program (ORP); sick leave accruals and 10 holidays per year; and tuition reduction for employees and qualified family members. More information on benefits at NAU is available at the NAU HR benefits page. Faculty are hired on a contract basis, renewable according to terms of the Conditions of Faculty Service. Employees offered a position will be eligible for state health plans (including NAU's BCBS Plan). Employees will have 31 days from date of hire to enroll in benefits, and their benefits will then be effective the first day of the pay period following their completed enrollment. If a new employee chooses the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) retirement option, participation in the ASRS Plan (and the long-term disability coverage that accompanies it) will begin on the first of the pay period following 183 days of employment. New employees who choose to participate in the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP; an alternative to the ASRS plan) will begin to participate on the first day of employment. The long-term disability plan that accompanies the ORP will begin on the first day of the pay period following 90 days of employment. More information about NAU benefits is available at the NAU HR benefits page.

Submission Deadline

This vacancy will be open until filled or closed. Review of applications will begin on November 28, 2022.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply" button at the end of the job description if viewing this position through the NAU HR website. Otherwise, to view the original post and to apply, proceed to, follow the 'Current Openings' links, locate vacancy 606721, and then "Apply" at the bottom of the page.

Complete the online application and attach the following documents:

If you need assistance completing your application there are instructions available on the HR website or in person in the Human Resources Department located in Building 91 on the NAU Campus - on the corner of Beaver and DuPont Streets.

If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable accommodation to participate in the hiring process please contact the Disability Resources Office at 928-523-8773, [email protected], or PO Box 5633, Flagstaff AZ 86011.

FLSA Status

This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and therefore will not earn overtime or compensatory time for additional time worked.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

EEO is the Law Poster and Supplements

NAU is an Employer of National Service. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other National Service alumni are encouraged to apply.

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