Assistant Professor of Theatre

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The Performing Arts Department at Missouri Southern State University invites applications for the tenure-track position of Assistant Professor of Theatre, beginning the fall of 2023.

The ideal candidate will have experiential knowledge in all areas of theatre; however, particularly important to this campus is a background in public school education and musical theatre, which will help to guide our growing programs in these areas. We are seeking someone who will teach courses in Applied Acting, Theatre/Music-Theatre History, Stage Directing, Stage Management, Dramaturgy, Theatre-Education, and the general education curriculum, as necessary. Other responsibilities include directing the fall musical and the spring play, with further performance opportunities to potentially come as the program grows. Experience building, developing, and maintaining a theatre program through strong recruitment and retention strategies, in addition to building close ties with a supportive community, is a must.


An earned terminal degree is required by the start of the position in August 2023. Candidates who possess an MFA or PhD in a theatre-focused area will receive full consideration with the requisite experience and qualifications. Applicants should provide a detailed letter of application, curriculum vitae, copies of undergraduate and graduates transcripts, as well as the names and contact information of three professional references. Submit documents by visiting Official transcripts are required 45 days after contract is issued. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Employment is contingent upon a background check.


Missouri Southern State University is a state-supported, comprehensive university offering programs leading to undergraduate and graduate degrees. Missouri Southern is located in Joplin, Missouri. In the Ozarks of Southwest of Missouri on Interstate 44 and Historic Route 66, Joplin is the 4th largest metropolitan area with 470,000 people living in the surrounding 4-state area. With a population of approximately 52,000 full-time residents and a daytime population reaching 250,000, Joplin is the "go to" place in the Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Kansas 4-state area for quality educational opportunities, shopping, outstanding medical services, recreational venues, convention accommodations and employment opportunities. Joplin has been named the number one Missouri town of populations under 53,000 by Missouri Life. Selection criteria included published data on education, crime, unemployment, as well as numerous amenities.

Additional information on Missouri Southern and our mission can be found on the University's home page or by clicking here. You belong in Joplin! Enjoy a low cost of living, supportive community, outdoor lifestyle, proximity to destination markets, and more. Whatever it is, it's possible in Joplin, Missouri! Check out all Joplin has to offer by clicking here.  Additional information on Joplin and the surrounding area are available through the Joplin Chamber of Commerce website or the City of Joplin web site. 

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