Assistant Professor of Theatre – University of Arkansas, United States

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University of Arkansas, FayettevilleFounded in 1871, the University of Arkansas is a land grant institution, classified by the Carnegie Foundation among the nation’s top 2 percent of universities with the highest level of research activity. The University of Arkansas works to advance Arkansas and build a better world through education, research and outreach by providing transformational opportunities and skills, promoting an inclusive and diverse culture and climate, and nurturing creativity, discovery and the spread of new ideas and innovations.
The University of Arkansas campus is located in Fayetteville, a welcoming community ranked as one of the best places to live in the U.S. The growing region surrounding Fayetteville is home to numerous Fortune 500 companies and one of the nation’s strongest economies. Northwest Arkansas is also quickly gaining a national reputation for its focus on the arts and overall quality of life.
As an employer, the University of Arkansas offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance. The benefits package includes university contributions to health, dental, life and disability insurance, tuition waivers for employees and their families, 12 official holidays, immediate leave accrual, and a choice of retirement programs with university contributions ranging from 5 to 10% of employee salary.
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Department of Theatre

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Summary of Job Duties:

The Department of Theatre in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Theatre to start in August 2024. This is a standard nine-month faculty appointment.
The tenure track Assistant Professor will design graduate and undergraduate courses, provide curriculum material, construct syllabi, and lead classroom instruction focused on performance and specific acting techniques. Teaching two to three courses each semester, this position will develop and implement new methods of teaching to reflect changes in the field and to create interest, understanding, and enthusiasm among students. Additionally, the position may be called upon to direct or perform as determined by the department.
We seek a candidate with evidence of an active pursuit of a research/creative agenda leading to refereed scholarship, professional publications, presentations, and/or professional creative work. Service to the university, region, and national organizations are expected. In addition, a commitment to collaboration and collegiality is essential for the position.
Regular, reliable, and non-disruptive attendance is an essential job duty, as is the ability to create and maintain collegial, harmonious working relationships with others.
The Department of Theatre provides a professional training program dedicated to carefully nurturing a select group of theatre artists. Expert faculty members mentor students in classes as well as in one-to-one settings. Students are provided with a full range of learning opportunities including concentrations in acting, costume design, directing, lighting design, playwriting and scene design. Learn more at
Duties will include:
• 40% Teaching
• 40% Research
• 20% Service



Minimum Qualifications:

With submitted materials, the candidate must demonstrate

  • Terminal Degree in Theatre or related field from an accredited institution of higher education conferred by the start of appointment
  • Experience as a professional actor and director
  • Significant experience teaching Shakespeare First Folio Technique
  • At least five years of university teaching experience in acting and performance at both the graduate and undergraduate levels
  • Evidence of an active pursuit of a research/creative agenda leading to refereed scholarship, professional publications, presentations, and/or professional creative work


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience teaching Meisner Technique at both the undergraduate and graduate levels
  • Experience teaching Physical Comedy, Improvisation, and/or Clowning
  • Ability to teach in related areas of performance such as acting for the camera and voice overs
  • Experience teaching introductory undergraduate general education theatre courses to large classes (100 or greater)
  • Current standing in Actor’s Equity Association
  • Demonstrated service to the university, region, and national organizations
  • Demonstrated commitment to collaboration and collegiality

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Salary Information:

Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Required Documents to Apply:

Cover Letter/Letter of Application, Curriculum Vitae, List of three Professional References (name, email, business title), Statement of Teaching Philosophy
Optional Documents:

Proof of Veteran Status

Recruitment Contact Information:

John Walsh, search committee chair,
All application materials must be uploaded to the University of Arkansas System Career Site

Please do not send to listed recruitment contact.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Completed applications received by 5/10/2024, will be assured full consideration. Late applications will be reviewed as necessary to fill the position.
For additional inquiries, please contact the search committee chair, John Walsh, at
Applicants must submit
• a curriculum vitae,
• a cover letter/letter of application,
• a statement of teaching philosophy, and
• a list of three professional references (name, title, email address, and phone number) willing to provide letters of recommendation if requested during the application process.
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Pre-employment Screening Requirements:

Criminal Background Check, Sex Offender Registry 

The University of Arkansas is committed to providing a safe campus community. We conduct background checks for applicants being considered for employment. Background checks include a criminal background check and a sex offender registry check. For certain positions, there may also be a financial (credit) background check, a Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR) check, and/or drug screening. Required checks are identified in the position listing. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication or adverse financial history information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.


The University of Arkansas seeks to attract, develop and retain high quality faculty, staff and administrators that consistently display practices and behaviors to advance a culture that embeds inclusion, opportunity, educational excellence and unparalleled access for all.


The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The University does not discriminate in its education programs or activities (including in admission and employment) on the basis of age, race, color, national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran status, military service, genetic information, or sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity). Federal law prohibits the University from discriminating on these bases. Questions or concerns about the application of Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, may be sent to the University’s Title IX Coordinator and to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights.

Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment.


All application information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

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