Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts

Code: 16014 Posted: 10/22/2019

The University of Wisconsin-Parkside invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts.

This position will teach 24 credits annually (4/4 standard fall/spring teaching load) in the Theatre Arts program. Opportunities to teach additional courses in the summer and winterim semesters may be available for additional compensation depending upon the needs of the Theatre Arts Department. This position is expected to establish and maintain active creative activity. In addition, the position will be expected to contribute service to UW-Parkside, the College of Arts and Humanities, the Theatre Arts Department, profession and community. This individual will be involved in additional supervision and mentoring of students through production work and advising.

Essential Job Functions

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Teaching:
    • Teaching multiple courses including:
    • Musical Theatre
    • Voice and Diction
    • Movement for the Actor
    • Text Analysis
    • Theatre History
    • Theatre Appreciation
    • Basic Acting
  • Creative Activity / Directing:
    • Directing 1-2 fully staged productions per year, including musicals.
    • Directing 1 FreshINK staged reading per year.
    • Supervising and mentoring of student assistant directors and dramaturgs, as well as students working on independent projects.
    • Outside professional activity in area of specialization.
  • Service:
    • Service to Theatre Arts Department:
    • Academic and career advising and mentoring of students.
    • Participation in weekly department and production meetings, as well as monthly company meetings.
    • Participation in annual academic and artistic assessments of company members.
    • Participation in program entry auditions and interviews, as well as Visit and Scholarship Days.
    • Assist with recruiting of students.
    • Serve as leader in one area of department need: recruitment, fundraising, marketing, outreach, or assessment.
    • Assist with various theatre service projects, including outreach to local schools and organizations, community theatres, and professional theatres.
    • Assist with building active connections with professional theatres in the region and nationwide.
    • Assist with house management and supervisory responsibilities for performances, as shared by all theatre faculty members and staff.
  • Service to University and Discipline:
    • Serve on university committees as assigned and/or elected.
    • Participate in professional organizations and associations.

Essential Knowledge And Abilities

  • Knowledge and ability in the field to teach a variety of courses.
  • Proven successful experience as a director.
  • Ergonomic requirements: sufficient mobility and dexterity to move around office, campus, and community. Ability to work with keyboard, mouse, and monitor. Ability to attend meetings, workshops, seminars, and conferences.
  • Equipment to be used on the job: laptop and/or desktop computer, printer, copier, and projector.

Education, Experience, Training And/or Certifications


  • MFA in Acting, Directing, or Musical Theatre and/or Ph.D. in some area of Theatre Arts.
  • Interest and ability to teach a wide range of courses.
  • Ability to develop a general education course in Musical Theatre.
  • Ability to serve as vocal coach or dialect coach for productions.
  • Evidence of professional experience as a director and/or actor.
  • Evidence of successful university teaching experience.
  • Previous experience in academic advising and mentoring of undergraduate students.
Salary and Benefits

Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The University of Wisconsin System provides a liberal benefits package, including participation in a state pension plan. 

Benefit Details:

Total Compensation Estimator:

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Application Process

Applications must be submitted electronically through our employment portal. If you need additional assistance you may contact Human Resources at (262) 595-2204. Hours 8:00am-4:30pm Monday-Friday.

STEP 1: Please select the applicable link below:

External Applicants: (NOT currently employed by the University of Wisconsin System)

Internal Applicants: (Currently employed by the University of Wisconsin System)

STEP 2: Submit application materials

Please be sure to complete all required fields and include all required documents before submitting your application. Once submitted, you will not be able to edit or attach any application materials. Files must be complete to be considered. All materials must be added at one time, once submitted you may not edit/add to profile. Please include the following documents:

  • Cover letter
  • CV/resume
  • Contact Information for three professional references
  • Sample syllabus for a Voice, Musical Theatre, or Movement class

Review of Applications

Applications received by 11:59 p.m. Monday December 2nd, 2019 are ensured full consideration. Position is open until filled.

You must select "SUBMIT". Selecting "Save" will not forward your application materials to the search committee. 

Please be sure to complete all required fields and include all required documents before submitting your application. Once submitted, you will not be able to edit or attach any application materials.

In instances where the Review Committee is unable to ascertain from a candidates application materials whether she/he meets all of the required qualifications, or if all of the application materials are not submitted, they will be evaluated as not meeting such qualifications and may be excluded from further consideration.


Joe Lambin

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