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Job ID: 18.18

Performing Arts

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Date Posted:
October 4, 2018

Closing Date:
Open until filled

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San Francisco State University, School of Theatre & Dance offers an exciting opportunity for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Theatre/and or Performance Studies beginning August 2019.

We seek a colleague whose primary assignment will be coordinating and teaching in the undergraduate theatre history/literature sequence, while maintaining an active research program in the areas of theatre history, literature, criticism and/or theory with secondary expertise in World Theatre, and the ongoing convergence of Technology, Media, and Theatre.

The teaching assignment may include graduate courses in the MA program. We are especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, through diversity, to the excellence of the academic community.

The School of Theatre and Dance offers a comprehensive program of both practical and theoretical courses for undergraduate and graduate students whose interests center in various aspects of educational and professional theatre and/or dance. As a center for the training of future theatre artists the School of Theatre and Dance is committed to introducing a diversity of theatrical traditions and cultures to students. The School of Theatre and Dance is the leading program of its kind in Northern California, public or private, as well as a highly regarded program nationally.

With an average of 300 undergraduate students, it is one of the largest of such programs in the country. The School of Theatre and Dance is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST).

The mission of San Francisco State University is to create and maintain an environment for learning that promotes respect for and appreciation of scholarship, freedom, human diversity, and the cultural mosaic of the City of San Francisco and the Bay Area; to promote excellence in instruction and intellectual accomplishment; and to provide broadly accessible higher education for residents of the region and state, as well as the nation and world. To fulfill its mission, the University is committed to the following goals:

•Attracting, retaining and graduating a highly diverse student body
•Providing disciplinary and interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional education that is academically rigorous and intellectually challenging
•Providing curricula that reflect all dimensions of human diversity, and that encourage critical thinking and a commitment to social justice
•Recruiting, retaining and supporting a diverse faculty whose teaching demonstrates an active engagement with their individual fields of study and whose creative and scholarly work is an extension of the classroom, laboratory or studio
•Employing a staff and administration reflecting the diversity of our student community and the values of the campus;
•Fostering a collegial and cooperative intellectual environment that includes recognition and appreciation of differing viewpoints and promotes academic freedom within the University community; and
•Serving the communities with which its students and faculty are engaged.


The position requires primary assignment of undergraduate teaching in Theatre/and or Performance Studies, a possibility of graduate teaching, mentoring and advising undergraduate/and or graduate students, developing an active ongoing scholarship program/program of creative work in one’s area of specialty, and ongoing committee and service assignments. Detailed position description is available at http://theatredance.sfsu.edu


•Ph.D. in Theatre History, Performance Studies, or a related field from an accredited institution. Terminal degree must be completed by the first day of employment.
•Two or more years of successful university-level teaching in the area of Theatre/and or Performance Studies.
•Record of working and communicating effectively with colleagues and students


•Record of teaching contributions in the areas of theatre history, literature, criticism and/or theory.
•Active in national theatre associations
•Active record of scholarship/creative activity related to specialty area and evidence of external support or the potential for external funding of these activities.
•Demonstrated ability to incorporate inclusion, diversity, and educational equity in teaching, and/or scholarship/creative works
•Experience teaching and working closely with students from diverse communities
•Record of contributing to collegial, supportive and collaborative work environments

Rank and salary:

Assistant Professor. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. The California State University (CSU) provides generous health, retirement and other benefits.


Submit letter of intent/interest, a current CV, a statement on how your teaching and scholarship/creative work align with the commitment of the School of Theatre & Dance to foster an inclusive and diverse academic community; sample of scholarly papers, work portfolio, teaching philosophy, description of research interests, and other items as relevant; plus names and contact information of three references. Letters of recommendation upon request at a later date.

Postal mail submissions send to:
Search Committee Co-Chairs Ray Tadio and Laura Wayth
School of Theatre and Dance
1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94121

Electronic submissions send to:
Subject Line: "Tenure Track Search"

San Francisco State is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, National origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting the Senior Human Resources Manager.