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Asst Professor, Theatre Arts

Drew University
Madison, NJ, US

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Arts & Humanities, Fine & Performing Arts
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Drew University seeks applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Theatre: Directing and Musical Theatre, beginning August 2024. The successful candidate will join our nationally ranked Department of Theatre and Dance to teach core courses, such as Introduction to Directing, Intermediate Directing, and Advanced Directing. They might also teach classes in acting, playscript analysis, musical theatre, dramatic literature, and applied performance depending on their area of expertise.

Key Responsibilities:

The position’s primary responsibilities include teaching, research, student advising, and engaging in service activities for the Theatre and Dance Department and University. Our ideal candidate must:
● Supervise the musical theatre minor;
● Direct one musical or full-length play a year;
● Mentor student directors;
● Collaborate with faculty members on production oversight for the season;
● Teach introductory, intermediate, and advanced-level directing courses;
● Serve as an academic advisor for students;
● Coordinate our production program;
● Perform service for the department and the university.


The successful candidate should have a MFA or doctoral degree in theatre, or an equivalent degree in a related field combined with significant professional experience, by August 2024. Preference will be given to candidates with:
● Significant professional experience;
● Extensive experience directing both musical and non-musical plays (canonical and new work);
● Producing/managerial skills;
● Experience teaching and mentoring students in a liberal arts environment;
● Commitment to working with diverse populations and pedagogical approaches on behalf of equity, inclusivity, and accessibility;
● A collaborative approach to curriculum development and production process.

How to apply:

To apply for this position, please submit the following:
● Cover letter;
● Curriculum vitae;
● A brief statement of teaching interests and philosophy;
● Evidence of teaching excellence;
● Evidence of creative and/or academic scholarship with statement of professional interests;
● Statement that briefly describes how your scholarship, background, or life experiences would advance Drew University’s commitment to diversity;
● Contact information for three references, at least one of whom can address teaching experience. The committee will request reference letters only for semi-finalists in the search process.

Review of applications will begin on Oct. 16, 2023. The applications close on December 20, 2023. Position subject to ongoing budgetary approval.

About Drew University:

Drew University, a Phi Beta Kappa liberal arts university, includes the College of Liberal Arts, the Drew Theological School and the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies. Drew is located on a beautiful, wooded campus in Madison, New Jersey, a thriving small town close to New York City.

It has a total enrollment of more than 2,200 students and has 136 full-time faculty members, 96% of whom hold the terminal degree in their field. The Theological and Caspersen schools offer master’s and doctoral degrees, and the College confers BA and BS degrees in 40 disciplines and offers 19 dual-degree programs.

Drew’s one-of-a-kind, leading edge path to an undergraduate degree, Launch, ensures that every student graduates with a purpose, sought-after transferable skills, a network of mentors, and an experience-based résumé—guaranteed. Particularly noteworthy opportunities for undergraduates include the Charles A. Dana Research Institute for Scientists Emeriti (RISE), the Drew Summer Science Institute (DSSI), the Center for Civic Engagement, as well as seven New York City semesters and several international study abroad programs.

The Caspersen School of Graduate Studies offers a wide array of distinctive and flexible advanced degree programs designed to meet the needs of almost any busy schedule. All programs are based on Drew’s renowned commitment to faculty-student mentorship, opportunities for out-of-the-classroom experiential learning, and facilitating a robust intellectual community. 

The Theological School has a distinguished history rooted in the United Methodist Church. Today, it serves many denominations as a center for preparing clergy and leaders for service in the church and the world. Its focus on biblical and theological scholarship and social justice has made it a sought after destination for students pursuing master’s and doctoral degrees.

To enrich education through diversity, Drew University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Following federal and state requirements; a candidate must provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States if selected for hire. 

These positions are subject to a background check.


Drew University, located on a beautiful, wooded, 186-acre campus in Madison, New Jersey, includes the College of Liberal Arts, the Theological School and the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies. It has a total enrollment of more than 2,100 students with 145 full-time faculty members. Over 35% of our undergraduate students are from underrepresented groups, and we were recently ranked 19th among baccalaureate institutions for the number of international students enrolled. The Theological and Caspersen Schools offer master’s and doctoral degrees, and the College confers bachelor’s degrees in 32 disciplines.

Drew is dedicated to exceptional faculty mentorship and hands-on learning that successfully prepares students for their futures. Students regularly connect with local communities, and because of our proximity to New York City, we are home to multiple New York Semester experiences for our undergraduate students: Wall Street, United Nations, Contemporary Art, Communications and Media, Social Entrepreneurship, and New York Theatre. The University also houses the Charles A. Dana Research Institute for Scientists Emeriti, the Center for Global Education, the Center for Civic Engagement, the Center on Religion, Culture & Conflict, and the United Methodist Archives and History Center. Drew also recently received a multi-year grant to transform teaching and learning in the humanities by incorporating emerging digital technologies, methods, and pedagogies.


To enrich education through diversity, Drew University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. In accordance with Department of Homeland Security regulations, a successful candidate must be authorized to work in the United States. These positions are subject to a background check.

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