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Demographics (or, who's looking).

Please update your "status" and the total.

  • ABD= 18
  • PhD (lecturer, adjunct, etc) = 41
  • VAP= 2
  • MFA= 13
  • Assistant= 6
  • Associate= 2
  • Full= 0
  • Search Committee Member= 1
  • Just Looking= 0
  • TOTAL = 77

(not sure where to do this, but just noticed someone changed ABD from 19 to 18 and Phd from 29 to 30. Successful defense I'm assuming? Way to go! Congrats!)

Jobs Accepted by People Using the Wiki[]

  • Lecturer = 0
  • Assistant Professor = 11
  • Visiting Assistant Professor = 3
  • Associate Professor or Above = 0
  • Post-Doc Position= 0

Theatre/Performance Studies/Dance College Faculty Positions 2010 - 2011[]

Arizona State University[]

Arkansas State University[]

  • Tenure track position of Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in voice and diction, beginning acting, and theatre appreciation and advise performance majors. Will also have an opportunity to Seattle IT services direct one ASU Theatre stage production per year.
  • Applications due November 15
  • Email asking for a phone interview (1/20)

Arkansas Tech University - Associate or Full Professor (Department Head for Speech, Theatre, and Journalism) LINK[]

  • Deadline: 8/30/2010
  • PhD in Speech or Journalism
  • Start January 1, 2011

Armstrong Atlantic State University[]

  • The Department of Art, Music and Theatre at Armstrong Atlantic State University invites applications for a tenure track position at the assistant professor level, beginning August 2011.
  • The successful candidate will have technical directing/scenic design background and will have primary responsibility for maintaining the scene shop. Responsibilities will also include teaching (Scene Design, Stagecraft, Intro to Theatre, Theatre Appreciation and other design courses of interest or expertise), designing two or more productions annually, advising students, leading and mentoring technical design track, supervising properties for departmental productions. Other classes might include oral interpretation and public speaking classes. Will share directing, student advisement duties as well as mentoring student directing projects as required.
  • Review of applications begins December 1

Amherst College--Assistant Professor of Dramatic Literature[]

  • Department of English seeks a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the area of dramatic literature in English after 1660. The successful candidate will offer courses in the history and theory of drama broadly conceived. Candidates should be familiar with current scholarship in performance studies and specialize in one or more American, British, or global dramatic traditions (e.g., twentieth-century American, post-Restoration British, African-American or US ethnic, Caribbean, or Commonwealth drama).
  • Two courses to be offered each semester with additional senior tutorials; annual responsibilities include first-year writing-attentive courses, specialized advanced seminars, and open-enrollment courses in dramatic literature. Strong commitments to scholarship and to undergraduate teaching, especially to the teaching of writing and to working with a diverse student body, are essential IT professional services.
  • Candidates should submit electronically to a letter of application, a CV, and one writing sample not to exceed 30 pages. Three letters of recommendation should be submitted by e-mail attachment to Julie Howland, Academic Department Coordinator, Candidates who submit their materials by November 1, 2010 will be assured full consideration
  • Cross-posted at Drama, Speech, Film & New Media 2011
  • confirmation of materials rec'd (x5)
  • MLA interview requested (12/13) (x3)

Appalachian State University- Distinguished Professor of Theatre[]

  • Department of Theatre and Dance invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Distinguished Professor of Theatre.
  • Candidates must possess a terminal degree (MFA, MBA or Ph.D., etc.) and a record of consistently distinguished work through outstanding teaching, service and research/creative activity. The candidates' achievements within their theatre discipline should be recognized at the national or international level.
  • Review of completed applications will begin on December 15 and will continue until the position is filled.
  • Acknowledgement of application and materials (12/17)
  • Courteous phone request for permission to talk to references (1/18)
  • Decline received (x2); position filled (3/26)
  • Anyone know who was hired for this position?

Austin Community College- Department of Drama[]

  • To instruct students in Drama courses in accordance with College policies and procedures.
  • Applications must be received by January 7
  • They are hosting interviews on 2/5.

Beloit College, Theatre, Dance, and Media Studies: Assistant Professor: Artist Scholar, Director[]

  • Tenure track position.Seeking an artist-scholar with an MFA/PhD, and a record of directing excellence. We seek candidates with demonstrated success in working with culturally diverse communities and developing programs relevant to minority populations. Strong research and teaching backgrounds are necessary.The ideal candidate will have professional directing credits that include devised performance and a minimum of three years teaching experience.
  • Starts August 2011. Application and materials must be postmarked by December 15, 2010.
  • Any word on this? The position description matches the current VAP a little too closely. It is either for him or the position is meant for a person of his background.
    • See below.
  • Campus visits scheduled.
  • Cordial and personalized rejection letter received 3/10.
  • Offer made and accepted; not the VAP.

Birkbeck College, University of London - Lecturer in Theatre and Performance LINK[]

  • "While we welcome strong applicants in any area, we would be particularly interested in applications from candidates with research specialisms in contemporary performance, performance theory and practice-as-research."
  • This job is a full time, fixed term contract for three years
  • Deadline: 12th September 2010
  • Received a form email stating that I would "not be progressing" with my application due to the "very high volume of applications to this post." (October 7)
  • Offer made and accepted (secondhand)
    • before the deadline, even? secondhand, I know, but that if true that kind of sucks.

Bowling Green State University[]

  • Instructor in Theatre (Arts Management, Theatre for Youth)
  • Teach required undergraduate courses in Arts Management, Theatre for Youth, and other introductory courses in theatre. Opportunity to contribute to department's production program as a director and as the leader of our theatre for youth outreach program. Hire must have expertise in theatre for youth (production and creative dramatics) and arts management. The ideal candidate will also have at least two years teaching or related work experience as well as production credits. MFA or PhD in theatre required (directing, arts management, theatre for youth specializations).
  • Submit a letter of interest, a detailed resume/CV listing qualifications and experience, and the names, addresses and telephone numbers of at least three professional references by April 1, 2011.

Bradley University[]

  • Deadline: Nov 12, 2010
  • Assist Prof in Theatre History
  • This is a continuation of a search that started last year. If you applied last year, you need to send a letter stating your continued interest and send an updated CV.
  • If you did not apply last year, you need cover letter, cv, 3 writing samples, 3 letters of rec, full contact info for 3 additional names they could contact, and teaching and artistic philosophies.
  • Confirmation of materials (x4)
  • Does anyone have any info on what happened to the search last year?
  • Are we to assume this search has been canceled? This deadline was long ago... anyone hear anything?
  • Just venting a bit - but this was a bear of an application for a very, very difficult job description; three writing samples? Six references? I was happy to do it, but the lack of any response by this point for what was by far the most demanding application I had this year is a bit disappointing. It's three months after the deadline.
  • Agree. If last year's search was canceled, perhaps it would've been more courteous to begin with just a letter and CV... some discipline-wide guidelines about this sort of thing would be so appreciated.
  • From the outside, I agree that this seems wasteful. Along with last year's long list of materials, I sent additional updated stuff this year. It's not the materials, which weren't that hard to come by, but it does seem like a big waste of paper and money. I am sure there's more to this story we will never know, I doubt they set out to have this epic two year thing.
  • Campus interview late Feb. (secondhand)

Bridgewater State University[]

  • Dept. of Theater and Dance, Assistant Professor-Theater.
  • Teach introductory- and upper-level theater courses and costume design in rotation with other technical electives. Design costumes and supervise student design and construction for theater and dance season. Possibility of directing one show per year as part of teaching load.
  • MFA in costume design or in closely related field. Preparation and experience in costume design and college-level teaching. Applicants should be strongly committed to excellence in teaching and advising, and to working in a multicultural environment that fosters diversity. Applicants should also have an ability to use technology effectively in teaching and learning, the ability to work collaboratively, evidence of scholarly/creative activity, and a commitment to public higher education.
  • TO APPLY: Interested applicants should apply online at

Brigham Young University[]

  • Department of Theatre and Media Arts is identifying potential applicants to fill a full-time, tenure track, faculty position in its Theatre Education program.
  • The position will teach in secondary and primary theatre education (broadly defined), at the undergraduate level, including teaching in theatre education methods and practica course work and supervising student teaching internships.
  • For specific position responsibilities, candidate qualifications, and application requirements, please go to, position # 100999. This position will be filled pending administration approval and departmental funding. Application deadline is November 1, 2010.
  • Comments?
  • Any word on this position. I applied and have not heard a word. Also didn't get an answer to my emails when I asked a question earlier in the month.
  • Sorry, no word yet either. (x3)

Brigham Young University- Assistant, Acting[]

  • "BYU has an opening for a full-time faculty position in its BFA Acting program for stage/screen. Primary teaching responsibilities will be in voice, diction, and dialects. Additional teaching will include courses in acting, audition technique, improvisation, and acting in music theatre, as well as an annual university directing assignment. Professional creative work in acting and/or directing is expected. "
  • Deadline Mar 4t
  • To apply, go to, position #110032.

Brown University[]

  • Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies at Brown University invites applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor or an Associate Professor with tenure to teach acting and directing. Preference will be for an assistant professor.
  • Duties include: teach two courses each semester, including core courses in acting and directing as well as additional courses in specific areas of expertise; direct one main-stage production each year; sit on season selection board; help to support an undergraduate concentration program; and contribute to the ongoing vitality of a variety of graduate programs.
  • We seek someone with a grounding in actor training, a wide-ranging intellectual curiosity and knowledge of dramatic literature, and a dynamic and challenging stylistic range as a director. An MFA in acting or directing and some experience in one of the two fields expected. PhD's with similar training are welcome to apply.
  • Deadline for applying is November 1
  • I noticed there that there is a current Acting/Directing VAP, does anyone know if this search is legit?
  • Received brusque confirmation that they'd received my letter of application and advising applicants that a decision will not be made until spring semester. (11/12) x 4
  • They have begun inviting people to campus. (12/13)
  • Are they inviting for the Assistant or the Head of Directing which had an earlier deadline?
    • Assistant (or an Associate) to teach acting and directing.
    • Short and well written email rejection 1/28 (x2)

California Baptist University- Theater Performance / Movement[]

  • California Baptist University, an evangelical Christian university affiliated with the California Southern Baptist Convention, invites applications for tenure-track positions to begin August 2011 in the areas listed below. Candidates must embrace the mission of California Baptist University and evidence a clear understanding of, and commitment to, excellence in teaching through the integration of the Christian faith and learning. A terminal degree in the field indicated is preferred, although candidates with a master's degree who are working toward a terminal degree may be considered. An application for a position may be submitted electronically through the University's web site at
  • Phone Interview (1/13)
  • Campus Vist Scheduled (2/28)

California State University, Los Angeles- Tenured Full Professor, Department Chair[]

  • A terminal degree in performing arts from an accredited institution of higher education, or the equivalent professional experience. Applicant must have a significant record of research, scholarship and/or creative activity, and extensive college/university level teaching experience using a variety of methodologies. Applicant must have demonstrated potential as an administrator and a commitment to fostering consensus building in a transparent and inclusive environment; a commitment to excellence in the arts and in arts education; and the capacity for implementing innovation. Applicant must have demonstrated ability and/or interest in working in a multi-ethnic and multicultural environment.

Carthage College[]

  • Theatre Technology: Faculty Appointment Department of Theatre The Carthage College Department of Theatre seeks to fill the faculty position of Technical Director/Master Carpenter/Master Electrician.
  • This is a three-year, full-time, renewable position.
  • An M.F.A. or Ph.D. in Theatre Technology or a related field is required.
  • Review of applications will begin November 1, 2010, and will continue until the position is filled.

Coastal Carolina University- Director/Acting (musical theatre)[]

  • Coastal Carolina University Department of Theatre seeks an Assistant Professor, Director and Acting, with a concentration in musical Theatre. Ideal candidate will share direction of 2-3 annual Mainstage musicals, annual New York senior showcase, and spring gala among other possible assignments including non-musicals.
  • The successful candidate should be comfortable and knowledgeable in working in multiple styles and periods of musical Theatre. In addition to having demonstrated the highest standards of professional activity, the preferred candidate will demonstrate strong leadership, a commitment to teaching the next generation of theatre artists, and be able to interact smoothly with colleagues and students in dance, Theatre and acting disciplines.
  • Required qualifications: M.F.A., earned doctorate, or other appropriate equivalent professional experience as an actor and/or director. Prior teaching experience is preferred but not required.
  • Deadline: January 15 (open until filled)
  • Anyone have any updates on this? Applied and it's been nothing but crickets...

Coastal Carolina University- Acting and Voice[]

  • Coastal Carolina University Department of Theatre seeks an acting instructor with a specialty in voice.
  • Candidate may direct theatre department productions as needed and/or coach productions in voice and speech. The voice work should be derived from the established teachings of leaders in vocal training such as; Patsy Rodenburg, Kristin Linklater, Catherine Fitzmaurice or Cicely Berry. Ability to teach the International Phonetic Alphabet is required.
  • Candidates should demonstrate a history of teaching a known acting technique such as; Uta Hagen, Sanford Meisner, Stella Adler, or Michael Chekhov. The successful candidate should have a high level of expertise and knowledge of working in the multiple styles and periods of theatre.
  • Deadline: January 15 (open until filled)
  • I believe Guy Molnar got this job.

College of Charleston- Asst. Professor in Costume Construction/Make-Up[]

  • This is a tenure-track Assistant Professor appointment set to begin Fall semester 2011.
  • Responsibilities will include teaching courses such as Intro to Costuming, Make-up, History of Fashion and Manners and Intro to Theatre, designing department's annual dance productions, advising students, working collaboratively with the Costume Design faculty colleague in the mentoring of the costume track, College committee service and active scholarly/professional development. A full time costume shop manager supports this position and our costume shop.
  • Qualifications: an MFA in Costume Design required. Prior undergraduate teaching and/or professional experience preferred.
  • Position is open until filled, but for best consideration applications should be sent by November 30

College of Charleston- Asst. Professor in Lighting Design[]

  • This is a tenure-track appointment at the Assistant Professor rank and is scheduled to begin fall semester 2011.
  • Responsibilities will include teaching courses such as Lighting Design, Sound Design and Production, Intro to Theatre, and/or other design courses, designing two or more productions annually, advising students, collaboratively working with the Scene Design colleague in leading and mentoring scenic/lighting design track, supervising electrics and sound systems for departmental productions, College committee service and active scholarly/professional development. A full time technical director and a part-time assistant technical director support this position.
  • Qualifications: an MFA in Lighting Design required, as well as a secondary specialty/experience in one or more of the following - another design area, production management and/or facility management. Prior undergraduate teaching and/or professional experience preferred.
  • The position is open until filled, but for best consideration applications should be submitted by November 30

College of the Holy Cross (MA)- TT[]

  • Candidates must possess a terminal degree in theatre or drama (Ph.D/MFA) and must demonstrate commitment to, and excellence in, undergraduate teaching as well as scholarly achievement. The successful candidate will be a generalist capable of teaching existing courses in acting (Stanislavsky-based approach) and dramatic literature, as well as his/her area of specialization, and of directing mainstage productions. Prior teaching experience at the college or university level preferred.
  • Position carries a 3-2 teaching load with a full-salary one-semester research leave prior to tenure review and generous sabbatical and fellowship leaves for senior faculty.
  • Review of applications will begin on December 15, 2010 and continue until position has been filled.
  • They have a VAP. Not sure what this means, but he's there.
  • Considering the VAP, does anyone know if this is a rigged search?
  • Having been places where a VAP was not hired, and places where he/she was I say if the job interests you, apply.
  • Campus visit scheduled for January (12/23) (x2)
    • Congrats! (And but whoa: 8 days after review starts and campus visits already? Hmmm. Did you have a phone interview, and if so, when?)
    • No phone interview
  • Last campus visit is this week (posted 2/2)
  • offer made and declined- great department, but it wasn't meant to be.
    • Wow. Was the offer made to the VAP? I hope you don't mind my asking.
    • no, it was made to the person who took the Tufts gig.
    • Holy Toledo! Two offers from two great schools! Mind telling us the profile (ABD, PhD + MFA, etc) of this very blessed person? Amazing . . . Also, can we let this be the nail in the coffin of the debate over whether or not to apply for jobs at schools with VAPs? Sometimes it's a rigged search, sometimes it isn't - just apply! Again, Brava/o to this person.
  • I agree -- very good lesson for all of us. VAP or no VAP...apply if you fit!
  • EO Survey request received 2/17.
  • Through the grapevine --reliable source --position is taken
  • Decline received 3/25.

College of Wooster- Assistant Professor[]

  • Department of Theatre & Dance. Assistant Professor of Theatre in Acting and Directing; tenure track. Preferred applicants will be qualified to teach a wide variety of styles and approaches to acting and directing and assume the responsibility of directing one main stage production per year. Exceptional candidates will also have expertise in teaching one or more of the following areas: acting and directing for film, critical writing, teaching courses in theatre history with an emphasis on African/African-American, Latino/a American, or Asian/Asian-American Theatre, dramatic literature and theory.
  • Phone interview scheduled for week of 11/14
    • Congrats. When were you notified?
    • 11/11
    • Good luck!
  • Someone in my dept. got an invitation for a phone interview with them
  • Can I ask if the people who got phone interviews were ABD, PhD, or already Asst. Profs?
  • MFA/PhD
  • Campus Visit Scheduled for week of 12/6 (x2)
    • WOW they're moving fast. Well done, and good luck!
    • Phone call received (1/25). Offer made and accepted by another candidate.
  • Hey there any search committe members from CoW or elsewhere. This is what a terrible, terrible rejection email looks like: First, don't even address it to "Dear Candidate," to say nothing of adding the name of the applicant. Then have this be the entirety of the communication: "The College of Wooster is pleased to announce the successful completion of its tenure track search in Theatre and Dance. We would like to express our thanks to all who applied. With so many strong applicants it was clearly a difficult process. Best wishes for your continued professional development." This is not a rejection email. It is a press release. Gross. Come on folks. We can do better. --Agreed. Rejections should not be delivered in third person. It seems dismissive of the work and hope that applicants put into their materials.
  • This is ridiculous. First of all-- many many congratulations to the individual who got the job! I am sure you deserve it and that you are very excited! As for everyone who is complaining-- it is rather embarassing and childish. To put it in terms that we as theatre people understand-- you all sound like those students who complain, trash-talk, and whine about not getting cast in a show, but then expect others to cast them in future productions. It's called being professional. We all know the chances of getting a tenure-track position in this market. We all still decide to try. Most of us will get nothing. Those are the facts. Please do not act like this when we all want to be colleagues. Wooster at least sent out a letter to those who applied-- many places don't. And, as you point out in their letter, they said: "We would like to express our thanks to all who applied. With so many strong applicants it was clearly a difficult process. Best wishes for your continued professional development." That, too me, says "thank you, we know it's a tough market, and we really do wish you luck since our news may be discouraging." Getting a notificaton that the search has ended successfully is great news. It means people are getting hired, that we can now focus on other searches rather than just wonder what happened at a particular one, and also that our field is still growing. Come people! Stop acting like undergrads and act like the MFAs/PhDs that we all are!!!
    • You sound like a charming colleague. You may not be aware, but it is shockingly easy to arrange for a thoughtful, timely, and sincere email to notify unsuccessful applicants that the search concluded without them. The question is, why on earth would anyone do otherwise? How lucky for you that you don't care how people communicate with each other. The rest of us are aware that how a committee communicates with its applicants matters and reflects the culture of the department. If we are ever so unlucky as to have you on a hiring committee, perhaps you will be pleased with a self-congratulatory, impersonal rejection letter like the one quoted above. The rest of us will take the extra 90 seconds to compose something more thoughtful. In the meantime, you might want to take your scorn over to those threads that praise committees for their mindfulness and sincerity. Go tell those applicants how childish and immature they are for caring about the manner in which they are addressed. I'm sure it will be appreciated.
  • In general the job market is an extremely stressful thing, and I have noticed that normally sane people become crazy when they get wrapped up in it. I personally am unlikely to worry about the wording of a rejection letter or email, but I suspect it's just a symptom of a larger giant feeling of helplessness and worry this person is experiencing. It would be nice if people could be professional all the time, but when you get an MFA/PhD you don't suddenly stop being human. A hectoring lecture is unlikely to make them rethink their posts on things, so why not just have compassion and let it go? You could just feel quietly virtuous.
  • The rejection is one of those odd, unfortunate things where you very often can't win for losing. Several years ago I was student rep on a hiring committee, and the Dept Chair (first time ever chairing a search committee) asked us all to take a share of the rejections and send a personal note extending best wishes and praising what we felt was the strongest part of the application. And we all got a fair number of snitty emails back to the effect of "if you though my research program was so interesting, why didn't you bother to interview me?" and desperate ones soliciting advice on improving the application. Based on that experience, if I'm in charge of something like this in future rejections will be nice but firm and a little bit impersonal, and sent either by snailmail or from an email address that's not set up to receive replies. Keep in mind that unless they're working very closely with an HR person no academic is likely to be all that expert at the hiring and not-hiring process, and some people are going to be indignant about rejection no matter how nice (and sometimes more indignant the nicer it is!), and everybody just try and remember that there are people who are mostly reasonable and none of them pure evil on all sides of this process.
  • I, personally, found this rejection letter to be very nice and also very uplifting. Usually, after reading a rejection letter I feel bad about myself... they most often have such a somber and "we wish we could have chosen you ,but didn't" tone. This one was one of the better. I truly feel that. From my end, Wooster conducted a great and professional search and whoever is joining them is a lucky person. From what I have gathered from that department, they are a great bunch to work with and have amazing students. I understand the job hunt is really a difficult process, but I agree with the above poster. We need to stay positive and not act out on our diappointments. It's hard, but getting upset at not getting hired and picking at the wording of a rejection email is not productive in any way. We have friends for that. Best to keep that outside the professional circle of the theatre world. Would any of us ever cast an actor that did what some people here are doing? Nope. Same goes for being a professor. All in all.... I feel for you all. I'm in the same boat. Congrats to the new hire! Who are you?!? LOL
    • I'm glad you found this uplifting. I do not. I saw a friend today who runs a business specializing in communications consulting. He works with everything from Forbes 500 companies to local outfits. I mentioned this kerfuffle to him and his jaw dropped when I related the email to him. As he put it: weren't they thinking about their audience? No one should be upset that they weren't hired for this job - *someone* was and life is full of hard knocks. And we should remain professional here and elsewhere. Now, we might have different assessments of this email, but alerting a hiring committee to how their email was received (even if only by one person) might be considered productive. Just think how uplifiting and productive all those posts are when people report that a rejection email was thoughtful. Don't we want committees to emulate the best practices praised here? (I, for one, have alerted colleagues running searches to these positive responses.) If those comments offering praise are welcome, then the complaints have to be as well - they're about the same thing. And really, would we have so many posts in response to the first complaint if people didn't think that this all mattered? As for casting actors who care passionately about how what they say reaches an audience, I'd prefer one of those to a yes-man any day. Finally, and most importantly, if you are reading this and are the person hired, Congrats! You are awesome. For the rest of y'all: you are awesome too! Keep at it!
    • But isn't precisely the point that even in this relatively small, relatively non-diverse (because really, details of biography aside, aren't we mostly well-educated, articulate people somewhere in the middle of the socio-economic spectrum and mostly on the arts-friendly left-leaning side of things?) group, we don't agree on what "best practices" people should emulate? I think the point of getting exercised about the manner of rejection, reading personal offense in what was at worst an awkward choice of tone, smacks of every-kid-on-every-team-gets-an-MVP-trophy self importance.
      • You're right: we don't agree about what best practices are. That's why it's not just okay but important for people to post that they think an email is great and sincere or lousy and insulting. What's crashingly boring is folks jumping up to lecture and insult their colleagues when they have a difference of opinion. Which is to say, if you think the point is having differences of opinion, why do you feel it necessary to insert an ad hominem attack in your post? Isn't that, well, self-important, too? Wouldn't it have been enough to write, "Look, we all read these things differently. I read that email from Wooster and it didn't seem so terrible to me."
    • Well, I stick to what I said earlier.... we need to start acting like professionals and not children. The use of the word "Gross" earlier here is what really stuck out to me. I find that unprofessional, whiny, and insulting. It sounds like an angry person who needs to just take a breath before writing something on here where we are all inetracting as professionals... after all, this is more than just a gossip site. We do update each other, congratulate one another, and console colleagues in this difficut process, but I am personally opposed to using this site as a means of demonstrating people's unprofessional behavior. Wooster wrote a professional letter. People are complaining about tone and wording, but it is professional. My comments earlier about actors are true. I would never want to work with an actor who responded unprofessionally after not getting cast in a show... calling the process gross and whining about not getting a personalized letter. That is a diva attitude to take when not cast, and it smells of a bad attitude in general... someone who cannot take losses well and someone I would not want to work with. We are all colleagues here, and I imagine that we all share similar opinions on the types of people we want to work with in the future. So, should I organize a panel and only be able to choose three panelists and I send out a letter saying that I am sorry I couldn't pick you, then hear you complaining and calling my resonse "gross," then I will never want to work with you in the future. Sorry, but you develop a reputation that way. This is the job market and we know we are not all coming out of it with jobs. But perhaps we should come out of it with some dignity and self-respect. Yes, I may sound preachy, but if you were a student, I would say the same thing. Acting professionally and not whinning about everything is what being a grown up is all about. I expect a certain level of professionalism from PhDs and MFAs. That's just fact. So, sorry to go off again, but I think that this site is as much about the way the search committees interact with us, as it is the way that we interact with the search committees. And congratulations again to the person who got the job! I bet you deserve it and this conversation has nothing to do with you. I have heard so many wonderful things about Wooster over the years and I am sure that it is a great place to work!!
      • Pot, I have a kettle who is just dying to meet you. Whining? Unprofessional? You set a high bar. How disappointing that your response to the above post is more invecitve, ad hominen attacks, and grandstanding. I guess agreeing to disagree isn't enough for you. What is? I suppose I am happy to develop a reputation as someone who notices and cares about how people communicate with each other and as someone who accepts disagreement without feeling the need to [try to] insult anyone. And yes, this is what I teach my students. Duly noted that you feel otherwise. Done now?
      • +1 if anyone comes across like a doosh, it is the one trying to lecture and moralize on proper wiki behavior. Nice to know that you think you know what being a "grown up' is, I'll make sure to remember that.

Concordia University, Chicago[]

  • Deadline: n/a
  • Assist Prof in Theatre
  • Responsibilities include teaching basic and advanced theatre-related courses (such as Acting, Directing, American Musical) as well as courses in the general education core; directing at least one theatre production per year; and, performing other duties as assigned. Each faculty member is expected to pursue scholarship in their field and engage in service to school, church, and/or community.
  • Required Experience: candidates should have significant professional experience in directing and/or acting, as well as formal college teaching experience. Experience in theatre education and the ability to fill leadership positions, such as Artistic Director, are preferred.
  • A colleague of mine had a phone interview with Concordia last week (11/7)
  • Any news back from your colleague? Anyone?
  • Received polite rejection email 12/30 (x2).
  • This one's been offered and accepted.

Connecticut College- Theatre Chair, Associate Professor[]

  • Department of Theater seeks a Chair with a vision for hands-on leadership and engaged teaching.
  • Area of specialization is open: acting, directing, theater history, dramaturgy, etc. The successful candidate will be interested in building bridges to other departments, such as music, dance, and film, and becoming involved with the College as a whole. The department strives to make diversity central to its work, from play selection to cultivating diverse actors, audiences, and faculty.
  • Review of applications will begin Nov. 8, 2010 and continue until position is filled. For further information, contact Leah Lowe at 

  • Followup packet sent 1/20... No word since email confirmation of materials a month or so back.
  • Decline received 2/6. x 2
  • This one's been offered and accepted.

CUNY – Lehman[]

Dartmouth College[]

  • Theater Scholar (theater history, dramatic literature, performance theory)
  • 'Assistant Professor, tenure track. The Theater Department at Dartmouth College' seeks a scholar in dramatic literature, theater history, and performance theory. Specialization in Latina/o theater or Asian performance preferred. The successful candidate will be expected to teach survey courses for majors as well as special topic seminars. The department welcomes innovative teaching approaches that seek to bridge scholarship and practice.
  • Qualifications: PhD or equivalent; strong commitment to undergraduate teaching; teaching experience (two years beyond doctorate preferred); promising record of research and publication.
  • Deadline for applications is November 1, 2010. Given that over a quarter of the undergraduates are members of minority groups, Dartmouth is clearly committed to diversity and encourages applications from women and minorities. Dartmouth is an AA/EOE employer.


  • Received email confirmation of my materials (x6)
  • Materials received Nov. 2 (x3)
  • Request for dossier (articles, course proposals, references), Nov. 18
  • Request for dossier as well, Nov. 18. (x2)
  • 12/6: Very nice rejection letter via snail mail. (x11)
    • Just received mine. Was postmarked two days ago but the letter was dated 12/2.
  • Any campus visits scheduled?
  • 12/18: Yes. Invitation for January visit received on 12/17.
    • Nice! Congrats.
    • Congrats! Was it phone call, email or letter?
  • Offered and accepted (secondhand mid-April)

DePaul University - Stage Management[]

  • The Theatre School at DePaul University invites applications for a full-time tenure-track professor to serve as head of its renowned BFA Stage Management program.
  • Link to University Employment Site
  • We will begin evaluating applications on November 15. For best consideration the application should be completed by January 3, 2011.

DePaul University - Theatre Studies, Link []

  • Tenure Track
  • "We seek a dynamic individual and theatre practitioner with the knowledge and experience to teach courses in areas that complement the expertise of current faculty. Possibilities include: theatre history, Western and non-Western dramatic literature, dramatic theory and criticism, directing, dramaturgy, playwriting, performance studies, theatre for young audiences and theatre management."
  • For best consideration the application should be submitted by January 3, 2011
  • Anyone heard anything about this search?
  • Ditto - any word?
  • Crickets. Just crickets.
  • Just got my rejection letter 2/11. Anyone else? (x2 on 2/13) (x5 on 2/14 by snail mail) (x6 though I was happy to note that it was a relatively personal rejection -- I'm an alum and the letter acknowledged that)
  • Did they contact you by email or snail mail? I'm curious too...any other action??
  • Campus invites issued after phone interviews (from a friend - 2/13)
  • I'm reasonably sure I'll get my rejection letter tomorrow, but this is the 3rd or 4th position this time around where my "no" has come slower for whatever reason. And while it's nice to think that it might mean I am making more "long short lists" (or more likely bad luck with the mail), ultimately it's just another extra few days of pointless anxiety. I applied to eleven positions this year with a deadline before 1/3 and I've only heard a final "no" from four of them (with a fifth thankfully leading to a campus visit). UPDATE: slow mail - got the polite rejection letter today (2/16).
  • Rejection letter update x9 (by mail)
  • Rejection (mail) 2/14... Happy Valentines Day.

Drake University (Des Moines, IA)- Assistant Professor[]

  • Department of Theatre Arts seeks applicants to fill an Assistant Professor, tenure-track position teaching Voice (speaking), Acting and Directing beginning Fall 2011.
  • Ph.D. or M.F.A. preferred, but will consider candidates in the final stages of completing work.
  • Responsibilities of the position include (but are not limited to): teaching courses in Voice, Acting and Directing as well as Introduction to Theatre and Dramatic Literature; directing at least one production each year as part of the Department's Main Stage season; and serving as an academic adviser for students.
  • Review of applications will begin November 1st and continue until the position is filled.

Drexel University- Assistant Professor Director/Producer[]

  • Seeking an established theatre professional with experience.
  • Candidates must have a minimum of three years full-time teaching experience at the college level, an MFA or Ph.D. in Theatre and directing credits at the L.O.R.T. level.
  • Screenings begin 11/1/10.
  • This is the same post as last year. I applied then and am not allowed to re-apply. Tells me a lot about the school, actually.
  • I had an on-campus interview here last year for this position. They are looking for someone (now THIS year the ad says it) with extensive professional directing experience, although the position is for teaching regular theatre history and play analysis classes for a minor. (there is no major and last year they said no major was expected any time soon). Their tenure requirement is showing that you have done something on the "national level" but when I pressed the dept. chair what this meant, he really couldn't specify, just that you are making "significant" contributions to your field on the national level. Just a heads up.
    • Danger, Will Robinson.
    • Double Danger- I had a phone interview with them last year for this position that seemed to go well (had all the quals they asked for in the ad) but never heard back from them. Not even a thanks, but no thanks.
  • Anyone heard anything about this search? I ask because the listing just popped up again on InsideHigherEd. Appears to be the exact same listing (even includes the 11/1/10 date!) I'd love to hear any information from anyone who might know something.
  • Any other insight to share? Seems like they want a lot of pro experience for a minor!
  • I got a rejection this year even though I didn't apply, kinda speaks to their level of orgnaization and professionalism or lack there of.

Educational Theatre Association - Executive Director, Ohio[]

  • The Educational Theatre AThe Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) is a professional organization representing educators, students, and professionals in the field of theatre education. EdTA works to strengthen the role of theatre education in the school curriculum by offering resources and continuing education opportunities for our professional members and acknowledging the work of secondary school theatre students through its student honorary, the International Thespian Society (ITS). EdTA also publishes Dramatics, a monthly magazine for high school theatre students, and Teaching Theatre, a quarterly journal for theatre education professionals.
  • See the Chronicle for Detailed Job Description
    Send letter and resume specifying verifiable professional accomplishments to:
    Ms. Susan Trapnell, Senior Consultant
    Arts Consulting Group, Inc.
    800 Fifth Avenue, Suite 101-125
    Seattle, WA 98104-3102
    Tel (206) 802.1040 Fax (206) 274.9170

Florida State University- Assistant Professor in Performance- TT[]

  • The candidate will teach 3 classes each semester covering beginning and intermediate performance in addition to vocal coaching responsibilities for the production season. The successful candidate will demonstrate a high level of collaboration and problem solving ability. This position requires a MFA and 4 years of experience with a preferred demonstrable ability as an instructor. We are looking for a candidate whose strengths will complement those of current faculty. Together with active research and creative activity, this position entails a commitment to undergraduate and graduate teaching and supervising and to performing arts.
  • Complete applications will be reviewed starting December 1, 2010 and continue until the position is filled.
  • Material received notification snail mail (Dec. 13)
  • The search was dropped due to budget issues...

Fort Hays State University- Assistant Professor/Director of Theatre[]

  • Fort Hays State University, Assistant Professor/Director of Theatre: full-time, tenure track position. For more information see Fort Hays State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Successful candidates will have consented to and successfully completed a criminal background check.
  • This one isn't listed as "Director of Theatre" anymore... just Assistant Prof. Does anyone know if the search has changed?

Franklin & Marshall[]

  • Visiting Assistant Professor.
  • Contacted 2/24 to arrange for phone interview. Subject line indicated tenure-line position. Not sure if this has changed and will ask later. Here's hopin!
    • Mistake on the part of the sender. Position is VAP as advertised.
  • I certainly don't mean to rain on your parade, but be sure to review the comments about this department on the "Universities We Fear" page - I have no connection to the department whatsoever but these are some of the stronger criticisms on the wiki and you should at least have that knowledge. Check in the "previous years" section.
    • Parade: rained on. Well, we'll see how things go.
    • Don't let the rain get you down - a colleague from grad school works there (albeit almost exclusively in theatre practice) and has had only good things to say about the dept. and students, although has been involved in a bit of a spat over tenure with the dean level that, last we spoke, seems like it's soon to be resolved for better (sorry for odd syntax - just trying to avoid gender pronouns so as not to hint at a third party's identity).
    • After my visit, the posts on that page of the wiki make at least some sense - the department has a history of hiring VAPs to tenure lines. That written, I struggle to imagine people who were so utterly lovely to me behaving inappropriately.
  • Any more news?
  • Campus visits scheduled for late March.
  • Offer made and accepted.

Georgetown U.[]

  • Deadline - Nov. 8
  • any of the following areas: community-based performance; performance ethnography; visual culture or design; multicultural performance; American or world theater/performance; playwriting, and new work development. We seek candidates who can bring research, teaching and/or production strengths, and we welcome candidates whose research informs their theater practice, or vice-versa. We also seek candidates whose service and leadership skills will assist in the development of a vital, fast-growing liberal arts major that highlights artistic and analytic rigor and forges interdisciplinary connections. Teaching will include a balance of undergraduate core courses and special topics in the candidate's area/s of expertise.
  • They have a couple of visiting assistant profs right now.
  • I hear they have already recieved over 100 applications
  • I have to imagine 100+ applications is pretty standard in this market.
  • Really?? Yikes.
  • EOE survey 10/26 (x8)
  • That's a lot of applicants!
    • And they'll have plenty more. 150 applicants is normal for a school of this caliber. Add to that that there will also be Perf Studies folks applying and it will be quite a circus. I do not envy this committee!
    • Over 200 applicant according to the "materials received" email.
    • Yep, they say they hope to identify finalists by break and do campus visits the early part of 2011.
  • Phone interview scheduled (12/1) (x2)
    • Damn I mean Congratulations. (x2 knock 'em dead!)
  • Anything since the telephone interviews? Any campus visits?
  • Very nice rejection letter via e-mail (over 250 applicants!) (4/18) (x2)
  • Has any offer been made? (5/1)

Georgia Southern University- Assistant Professor[]

  • Teach Costume Design, Theatre History, the general survey course in Theatre Appreciation and other courses as assigned. This person will also supervise the Costume Shop and serve as coordinator of the Costume Design work in the Theatre production program. Ability to teach Theatre History, Introduction to Production Concepts, and Costume Design.
  • Preference MAY be given to applicants with the following qualifications: Ability and experience in Puppetry, Irish Theatre, and/or African-American Theatre.
  • Open until filled.
  • Phone interview conducted 10/26
  • Congrats! Any word on how things will proceed?
  • campus vist scheduled 11/2
  • offer made to a friend. (12/8). It will almost surely, and may have already been accepted.

Gettysburg College (PA)- Theatre Arts[]

  • Gettysburg College's Department of Theatre Arts seeks a Scenic Designer at the level of Assistant Professor (tenure-track) beginning August 2011.
  • An M.F.A. in Scenic Design, experience in the professional theatre and the ability to use and teach CAD programs for theatrical use are required. Experience teaching at the college level is preferred. Expertise in one of the following additional areas is desirable: Lighting, Sound, or Costume Design.
  • Send a letter of application explaining your philosophy of teaching Theatre, a Curriculum Vita and three letters of reference by December 15, 2010 to: Dr. Susan Russell, Chair, Department of Theatre Arts, Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA 17325.

Grant MacEwan University (Alberta, Canada) - Chair of Theatre Arts Program LINK[]

  • The candidate must have a vision and passion for excellence in musical theatre education, as well as a strong record of teaching, stage directing, research and creative achievement in the field. A graduate degree in a relevant discipline is required, in combination with significant teaching and professional experience.
  • "Theatre Arts is a two -year conservatory-style musical theatre program that moulds ‘triple threat' performers by offering equal parts theatrical, musical and dance training....In this full-time continuing position, the program chair is responsible for the overall vision, management, planning and delivery of the program, as well as a variety of directing and teaching assignments. He/she also serves as the artistic director for the theatre arts performance season in the main stage and lab spaces."
  • Deadline: search is open "until a suitable candidate is found"

Illinois State University- Director of the School of Theatre and Producer, Illinois Shakespeare Festival[]

  • Applicants must hold a terminal degree related to the arts (M.F.A., D.F.A., or Ph.D.) with an established record of artistic practice and/or scholarly productivity.
  • The position is a twelve-month tenure-track faculty appointment. Salary and rank are commensurate with qualifications.
  • Initial review of applicants will begin December 15, 2010, and will continue until the position is filled. For a complete position description and application procedures, please visit

Indiana University Northwest- Assistant Professor Theatre[]

  • The Department of Performing Arts of Indiana University Northwest seeks a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Theatre position.
  • Qualifications: M.F.A. required, with evidence of quality teaching experience. Appointment to begin August 2011. Teaching responsibilities include teaching acting and directing courses and other courses on a rotation including voice and dialect, stage movement, creative dramatics, introduction to theatre, etc. Responsibilities include directing 1-2 major productions during the academic year. Ongoing professional development is also expected.
  • Applicants should send letter of application, vita, and three current original letters of reference. The reference letters should address the applicant's qualifications for this particular position. Please send application materials Dr. Lori Montalbano, Chair, Department of Performing Arts, IU Northwest, 3400 Broadway, Gary, IN 46408 or via email as PDF attachments (preferred) to Full consideration of applications received by December 15, 2010, but review of applicants will continue until position is filled.
  • conf. materials received (11/19)

Indiana Unversity of Pennsylvania- []

  • Assistant Professor in Theater (Musical Theater/Acting/Directing)
  • I worked there once as a VAP - and it was a great school and a great department. Also - near Pittsburgh!

Indiana Wesleyan University- Technical Director[]

  • Indiana Wesleyan University's College of Arts and Sciences seeks a faculty member with specialization in Theatre and Communication to serve in the Division of Communication. MA/MFA in technical theatre or communication with theatre experience is required; a PhD in theatre is preferred.
  • Open until filled. Apply online.
  • not filled...not sure if still open

Indiana Wesleyan University- Artistic Director[]

  • Indiana Wesleyan University College of Arts and Sciences seeks a faculty member with specialization in Theatre to serve in the Division of Communication. MFA or Ph.D. in the area of Directing, Acting or Performance Studies required; professional experience preferred.
  • Primary duties include administration of the theatre program, instruction in Acting, Directing, Script Analysis, and Theatre History and/or other courses in the candidate's area of expertise as well as developing a successful record of creative activity through the directing of 1-2 plays per year, active research agenda, participating in a professional organization, advising theatre majors and involvement in course, curriculum and program development and activity in departmental, college, university and community service activities. Minimum qualifications include evidence of successful administration of theatre programs, evidence of successful directing of both dramatic plays and musicals, including classical repertoire, documented and demonstrated excellence in teaching in the classroom and the studio, documented evidence of excellence in interpersonal communication skills.
  • Anyone have any info?
  • It was filled...ABD from Texas Tech

Ithaca College-- Theatre Generalist/Playwriting[]

  • Job Description: Ithaca College's Department of Theatre Arts invites applications for a tenure-eligible assistant professor, to begin August 16, 2011. Primary responsibility is to teach large Introduction to Theatre survey course and other undergraduate courses depending on expertise, which may include: Playwriting, Contemporary Developments, Script Analysis, or Theories and Genres.
  • Successful candidates will demonstrate an ability to teach in ways that value the varied learning needs and interests of a culturally diverse student population, and that reflect a commitment to encouraging the success of all students. We also seek candidates who have relevant experience and/or a record of professional engagement with groups and communities underrepresented in the academy. Candidates from underrepresented groups whose exclusion from the academy has been longstanding are strongly encouraged to apply.Qualifications: Ph.D. in theatre required. Teaching experience at the undergraduate level and experience teaching large introductory courses preferred.
  • Electronic submission; no deadline, says applications being accepted "immediately.
  • Phone Interview scheduled for week of 11/30 (x3)
  • Second phone interview, week of 12/13. (x2)
  • On campus interview scheduled (x2)
  • When did you hear about the on-site interview?
  • 12/28

James Madison University[]

  • James Madison University seeks applications and nominations for the Director of the School of Theatre and Dance. This position is within the College of Visual and Performing Arts and is a 12-month tenured appointment that will begin July 1, 2011, at the rank of Professor.
  • Open until filled.
  • Has anyone heard anything on this one? It is an extremely early start date, so I figure they must be moving pretty quickly.
  • 5/16/2011: For the sake of closure on this one, this job has indeed been filled and the new person will start this summer. (Not me, I heard from people in that department)

Kansas State University- Assistant Professor in Directing[]

  • Tenure track position. The Assistant Professor in Directing teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the acting/directing area, including one graduate seminar per year; directs one to two university productions per year, advises students, supervises graduate projects and serves on departmental and university committees. The successful candidate will have a terminal degree in directing, a commitment to teaching, professional theatre experience and strong directing skills. The successful candidate should possess excellent interpersonal communication, collaboration and mentoring skills and be able to demonstrate their ability to teach young, entry level students.
  • Screening of applications begins November 19, 2010 and continues until the position is filled.
  • Decline received 4/5.

Kentucky Wesleyen College[]

  • Seeking a dynamic and talented Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts to direct its new Theatre Arts program in conjunction with the RiverPark Center, and two other area colleges for AY 2010-2011. Responsibilities include teaching courses in Theatre Arts, supervising students, and developing the newly established partnership to its full potential. Qualifications include an earned MFA or PhD in Theater or 3-5 years of relevant experience, and a commitment to undergraduate teaching.
  • Deadline on this is Dec. 15 - it's not listed anywhere, but I wrote the search chair and asked.
  • Phone Interviews started the first week of January
  • Phone interview w/ single committee member 1/6.. (x2)
  • 2/8: Campus interview scheduled for first week of March.
  • Offer made and accepted (not by poster).
  • Decline 3/31

Knox College- Theatre Generalist[]

  • The Department of Theatre at Knox College invites applications for a full-time tenure-track assistant professor to begin September 2011.
  • Primary responsibilities: Beginning Acting, Introduction to Theatre, and upper-level courses in dramatic literature and theatre history; direct productions. Additionally, candidates should be qualified to teach at the intermediate to advanced levels in at least one of these areas: acting, directing, dramatic literature (pre-19th-century preferred), or performance studies.
  • Other responsibilities: collaborative faculty oversight of student-directed productions; occasional teaching for the college's First-Year Preceptorial program; advising and mentoring; participation in departmental and college-wide committee work.
  • Required: MFA and/or PhD/DFA in Theatre, Performance, Directing, or Acting; at least one year of teaching experience at the undergraduate level; college or professional directing experience. Candidates should provide evidence of current creative/scholarly activity, as well as effectiveness in teaching. Short-listed candidates will be asked to supply a writing sample.
  • Review of applications will begin in December 2010 and continue until the position is filled.
  • This was a job they did a search for three years ago; I notice now they have both a lecturer and a VAP covering these courses. Does anyone have any info on the nature of this search?
  • They did a VAP search last year, after a VAP search the year before, but last year's VAP ended up being funded for only trimester of the year, I believe. I'm not sure what's going on.
  • Thanks. Sounds like a funding issue; I heard that the first TT person they hired three years ago didn't work out, so it seems like they've been vamping until they get full funding.
  • Confirmation of materals received. (x4)
  • When/how did you receive confirmation of materials? I haven't heard anything.
  • I got snail mail dated 11/17 (came a couple of days later). I had mailed my materials in on about the 5th/6th. (My letter, by the way, says file review is Dec. and they hope to have short list by Jan).
  • Request for phone interview by phone 12/14. (x5)
  • Rejection via snail mail. Small applicant pool ("over 60"). (12/22)
  • I was not requested for a phone interview, but have not received a rejection letter: anyone else in that boat?
  • email received- offer made to another candidate
  • offer accepted.
  • Acceptance note comes from a Galesburg, Ill ip address...home of Knox College. Score one for the VAP?
  • Sounds like a good guess; no record of campus visits here; with 5 users having phone interviews, you'd think that at least one would have been invited - and their semester only started a week ago. Either way, congrats to the person who got hired. (Although the poster could just as easily be someone on the committee or in the department).
  • Brief but polite and personalized e-mail received, indicating a hire has been made (1/14) (me too, makes 2)
  • Checking then posting a poster's IP address erodes the anonymity on the wiki, thus discouraging people who would like to remain anonymous from posting, which means less information for everybody--not exactly the road we need the wiki to head down.
  • I don't think checking is wrong, but perhaps publishing what we find could be avoided. As I mentioned above, it seems that they didn't do campus visits, but unless someone posts the whole story, there are a number of possible explanations that don't necessarily involve an inside hire.
  • I agree that publishing a poster's IP address is not necessarily positive and can attest that fear of this being done to me has prevented me from posting what might have been helpful comments to the wiki.
  • Don't really care one way or another if it was an inside hire, but as a long-time wiki-head you've got to realize that part of the way things work is that they AREN'T anonymous to begin with. Sign up for a user name or use a rerouting service if you want to hide your physical location, but part of the idea of peer-content generation is that everybody has to be accountable to everybody else through identifiers like u.n.'s and tracked ips. If the information or comment you're sharing here isn't something you'd want traced back to you then it's probably not a good idea to be posting it in the first place.
    • That sounds about right, but the posts I didn't post for fear of being identified were to let people know that certain jobs were *not* inside jobs and were legit. I'm also not sure I'd want people guessing my identity when I post that I got an interview or campus visit. (Search my ip and draw your own conclusions about why I didn't post.) I think we're also dealing with some tech savvy disparities - I'm a relative newcomer to wikis and didn't know that anyone could track down my location and so assumed I was anonymous. I guess those of you with more experience know better. Thanks for letting the rest of us know better, too!
  • Just received decline (form letter from dept. secretary). Appointment made. Postmarked Jan. 17.

Lake Forest College[]

  • seeks an Assistant Professor of Acting and Performance Studies for its Theater Department to begin in August, 2011
  • We seek an individual with broad interests in theater and performance studies, demonstrated excellence in teaching, and evidence of scholarly productivity and/or creative activity.
  • MFA or Ph.D. required.
  • Applicants should expect to teach three undergraduate courses per semester (possibilities include Acting I, Acting II, Directing, Origins and Theories of Theater, Introduction to Performance Studies, and others depending on individual expertise) and carry out an active program of research and/or artistic pursuit.
  • Knowledge of/experience in Chicago theater a plus, as Lake Forest College makes extensive use of Chicago as a curricular resource.
  • Send cover letter, c.v., statement of teaching philosophy, evidence of professional excellence, and three letters of recommendations as soon as possible
  • Received material notification email (12/17) x3
  • Phone interview scheduled for 2/4 (2/1)
  • Campus visit invite
  • offer made
  • Decline received 3/30... Kudos to the winning candidate.
  • Very nice email rejection (4/5).

Los Angeles Mission College[]

  • Master's in drama/theater arts/performance OR Bachelor's in drama/theater/performance AND Master's in comparative literature, English, speech, literature, or humanities OR the equivalent.
  • Preferred qualifications: Two years teaching university or community college students and sensitivity to working with a diverse student body
  • Open until filled

Marian University-Assistant Professor Literature[]

  • Department of English and Communication seeks an assistant professor of literature, specializing in dramatic literature, including Shakespeare, and critical theory.

Maricopa Community Colleges- Theatre []

  • Teaches students from diverse backgrounds and/or cultures in a broad range of theatre courses including beginning and advanced acting, tv/film acting, introduction to theatre, the modern drama, playwriting, directing techniques, theatrical make-up, and theatre production; coordinates and develops theater activities including student and college productions; works collaboratively with members of the Division of Fine & Performing Arts to continue the college's commitment to an interdisciplinary approach to learning.
  • Don't know about this hire specifically, but in general almost all regular faculty hires in Arizona have been suspended indefinitely while the government slashes up to 20% of the higher education budget.

Mary Baldwin College (Virginia)[]

  • Tenure track assistant professo for a small but very active theatre program. MFA or PhD required, PhD preferred. The successful candidate will have a background in theatre history with a strong interest in Renaissance studies. Requirements include directing one show, and doing production work on others. Additional courses may include African American theatre and Women's theatre as well as courses within MBC's highly regarded MLitt/MFA program in Shakespeare and Performance. Enthusiasm for the environment of a small liberal arts college and for work with undergraduates beyond the classroom essential.
  • Review of materials will begin December 1
  • Email confirmation of Materials Received 11/22 (x 2)
  • Phone interview scheduled 12/14
  • Phone interviews scheduled 1/4
  • campus invite on 1/24, declined
  • why declined? change in family circumstances

Millikin University- Assistant Professor Theatre[]

  • Millikin University's Department of Theatre and Dance seeks an Assistant Professor (tenure-track) in theatre history and literature beginning August, 2011. Teaching responsibilities include play analysis, dramatic literature, theatre history, directing, and/or other courses depending on expertise. There is also the potential to direct. The successful candidate will be capable of providing coordination and leadership for a vibrant BA curriculum within a production-oriented program.
  • Completed Ph.D. or MFA required, as well as evidence of strong potential or achievement in scholarship and/or production. Teaching experience preferred. Commitment to collaboration with a highly engaged faculty is essential within the department and across the university.
  • Review of applications will begin January 15, 2011 and continue until position is filled.
  • Phone interview request (2/7) (x2)
  • Offer made and accepted (2/5)
    • 3/5, right?
    • Well whoever made this post stole my moment of joy, dadgummit! Yes, offer made and accepted. Sincere best wishes to everyone else on the market right now. (3/7)
    • Congrats Doc. I hope this is a great position for you for a long time!
    • Add my congratulations to the hopper. Just out of curiousity, could the person who received the position tell a little about himself/herself? Experience, publications, etc. Trying to get a feel for what is successful!!!! Thanx much.
    • Completed Ph.D., two publications, multiple conferences, lots of production experience as a director, 4 years of teaching with 7 different courses, employment at three different colleges/universities. But a year of being on the market plus watching friends on the market reveals that there really is no magic formula--it's totally different what each school is looking for.

Mineral Area College (Missouri)- Theatre Instructor/Director of Theatre[]

  • Qualifications: Master of Arts or Master of Fine Arts degree required; at least two years of teaching experience preferred. Ability to work in a collegial manner with a diverse group of faculty, staff and students. Proficient knowledge of teaching practices, methods, and techniques. Proficient use of instructional technology.
  • Responsibilities: Teach from the following list of courses Intro to Theatre, Playwriting, World Drama and other theatre courses; evaluate and revise course materials; advise students; participate in innovative curriculum development; recruit students; serve on college committees; participate in college governance; supervise student organization; participate in program development. Director of Theatre is responsible for all aspects of all theatre productions. Deadline: October 20, 2010.

Morehead State University- Chair- Department of Music, Theatre and Dance[]

  • The Chair of the Department of Music, Theatre and Dance provides academic, artistic and administrative leadership for the Department and its programs and promotes excellence in teaching, advising, creative endeavor, scholarship and service to the University and to the profession.
  • APPLICATION: To apply, complete an online application for employment at In addition, attach the following items to the application: 1) a letter of application describing qualifications and experience that addresses the responsibilities and qualifications of the position, 2) a current curriculum vitae and the names, position titles, mailing and email addresses, and telephone numbers of five (5) references. Other materials may be requested at a later date.
  • Review of applications will begin on January 3, 2011 and will continue until the position is filled.

Nebraska Wesleyan University Assistant or Fixed Term, Musical Theatre[]

  • ASSISTANT PROFESSOR or FIXED TERM MUSICAL THEATRE - Nebraska Wesleyan University invites applications for a tenure track assistant professor or a Fixed Term position with expertise in Musical Theatre, beginning August 2011. The position requires a terminal degree in Theatre (MFA or PhD) or an MA with significant experience in teaching and musical theatre. Other desired credentials include: piano proficiency, computer skills, a knowledge of all aspects of musical theatre, and professional or educational experience in the following areas: performance, directing, music direction, and/or choreographer. 
  • Review of materials will begin February 2, 2011 and will continue until the position is filled. See the theatre website: for more information on the program.
  • Snail mail rejection letter (2/28)

Newman University[]

  • Invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant /Associate Professor and Director of Theatre. This is a 9-month position beginning August 1, 2011.
  • Requires a Master's of Fine Arts in Directing/Acting, with evidence of three years successful college directing and teaching experience required.
  • Ability to teach Acting, Directing, Intro to the History of Theatre, and other courses as needed and to serve in the capacity of producer/director as part of the department season. The university is positioned to expand its theatre program in a state-of-the-art facility housing a 400-seat performance hall and a 150-seat Black Box theatre. This position will serve an active role in shaping the department's future, effective teaching skills, strong commitment to student recruitment, academic advising, mentoring, and faculty service required.

New School (NY) - Performance Studies[]

  • Ad in Chronicle
  • tenure-track Assistant Professor of Performance Studies in the University's signature Bachelor's Program in which approximately 700 non-traditional students, adults, and transfer students pursue self-designed degrees in the liberal arts.
  • Review of applications will begin Dec. 1, 2010 and will continue until the position is filled.

interviews start this week.

  • Could the person who wrote the cryptic msg. above provide a few more details, e.g. what week?

The week of January 17th. Pretty sure they have made it through first round interviews. Rumor had it the pool was 8-10. Campus visits will be announced shortly. Didn't mean to be cryptic.


they put up two full professor positions a week or so ago, maybe this search is killed becuase they didn't like anyone. i didn't hear of anyone stellar getting a first interview.....

  • I am generally opposed to people expostulating on what they consider "proper" wiki behavior to be. Suffice to say that if I was not, I would have something to say about the close of the above comment.


  • No, you are not! Congrats for your progress and good luck!

yes, lets try to act like the smart people we are! anyone go on an actual visit yet? any offers?

campus visits?

  • I had long ago let this one go, but finally received a rejection email today (4/11).
  • weird! i interviewed, was told that i was still under consideration and then heard nothing!
  • rejection email today (4/18) (X2)
  • folks who have gotten rejection e-mails, were you judt interviewed on the phone/skype or did you do a campus visit?
  • I haven't heard anything either. I wonder why I haven't gotten a rejection e-mail?

Northern Kentucky University- Generalist[]

  • broad range of experience in the Theatre Arts. Education and training in the areas of Theatre History, Directing, and Techniques of Acting are required, along with some knowledge and experience in web-based teaching. Directing experience is preferred.
  • Deadline: Nov 1
  • Letter with materials received. (x2)
  • Really? I sent my materiasl early last week and I haven't heard a thing. When did you send? (X1)
  • No idea. A couple of weeks ago maybe? I could have gotten one faster because my letters hadn't arrived from Interfolio and they were letting me know they were missing?
  • Snail mail letter stating materials received (x4)
  • Hard copy semi-brusque rejection letter received. (12/18) (x2)
  • Snail mail letter rejection that was poorly worded and had typos (Dec.)
  • Thought my rejection letter was very polite. (Dec.)
  • Odd, I haven't gotten a rejection letter, nor have I heard anything from them. Anyone else in this boat?

Northwestern University, Evanston, IL - Assistant Professor of Theatre/Directing[]

  • Seeks applications from scholars specializing in the history, theory, and literature of theatre. The successful applicant will teach in the undergraduate major, MFA programs in Directing and Design, and Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Theatre and Drama.
  • Applicants should describe how they can contribute to both the Directing program and the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Theatre and Drama.
  • For full consideration, send application materials by 10/1/2010
  • RESPONSES for this job below (Please keep it organized)
  • Email with the survey about race, gender, etc. I think this is confirmation of materials received? x3
  • As close as you're likely to get from most places.
  • No need to shout. But what does "seem to be" mean?
  • Campus visit invitation yesterday 10/20.
  • Oh wow they moved fast. I wonder how many applications they received? They report 110.
  • Rejection email. Bummer, but I am seriously impressed by the organization and speed of this search. Wish they all were like this (except the rejection, obviously) . x5
  • To the person who got the rejection email (sorry)- was this the first you heard from them? To the person who noted they were inviting finalists- any updates?
  • No, I also got that email confirmation of materials. Thanks for the sympathy, hopefully something else awesome will work out! They wrote a very kind rejection letter at any rate. Good people there.
  • Well I have only received the confirmation/survey email so far. But I haven't heard anything else yet. This could either mean A) I am on some list, or B) They just are slow at getting back to people with the rejection emails. It seems that invites have happened (or so it is reported above). So not sure what to make of it.
  • Rejection email was personalized and sent by an administrator, I think. So it could be they're going out in batches, or that you are on a back-up list. I will keep fingers crossed for you!
  • Thanks for keeping your fingers crossed, but womp womp.... I got the rejection letter. You are all right. It was very nicely written and it helped make the rejection feel at least pleasurable. I hope that future committees take this into account.
  • Waiting for my rejection email. I was not invited to campus but still have not received official "no" status.
  • Same here, no word from them yet, but surely the "no" will come shortly.
  • Updates? Still waiting to hear something.
  • My guess is that you're on a backup list of options, and so nothing will occur one way or the other until the campus visits have concluded. Could be a bit. Obviously they move fast when they can.
  • Campus visit scheduled 2 1/2 weeks ago. Sorry for late reporting.
  • I think campus visits are over. Someone should get an offer very soon.
  • Any word yet?
  • Nope - nothing.
  • Kind rejection via phone from SC Chair (12/13).
  • Anyone know if an offer has been made?
  • I haven't heard anything yet.
  • So any offers?
  • offer made and accepted (secondhand)

Northwestern University, Evanston, IL - Theatre/Performance Studies[]

  • Northwestern University School of Communication seeks a scholar in performance/theatre history, criticism and theory. Specialization in Diaspora studies, as it intersects African, Caribbean, Latina/o or Asian performance/theatre practices.
  • The successful candidate will be expected to teach courses for the doctoral programs in performance studies and theatre and drama, as well as the undergraduate program in theatre. The appointment will either be in the Department of Performance Studies or Theatre.
  • Qualifications: PhD in performance studies, theatre, or allied disciplines; teaching experience; promising record of research and publication.
  • For full consideration, send application materials by 12/10/2010.
  • EEO form received by e-mail (12/16)
  • Friend contacted for campus visit! They really move fast!
  • Congratulations to your friend. Too bad for the rest of us. But seriously congrats!
  • job offer accepted.

NYU- Assistant Professor in Drama[]

  • The Department of English New York University invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor to start September 1, 2011. We seek a candidate in any field of English, American, or Anglophone drama before roughly 1890, with a preference for applicants working in the medieval period, the Restoration, or the nineteenth century. The ideal candidate will have completed the PhD in English, Theater, Performance Studies, Comparative Literature, or any other related field, and will be prepared to teach surveys of Western drama as well as courses in his or her field. The successful candidate will demonstrate scholarly excellence and a commitment to both graduate and undergraduate teaching, and must have the PhD in hand by September 1, 2011.
  • Nov. 1 deadline
  • Also posted at Medieval 2011 & Drama, Speech, Film & New Media 2011
  • MLA Interviews have been set.

Oakland University- Assistant Professor of Theatre - Directing / Acting[]

  • Oakland University's Department of Music, Theatre and Dance seeks a colleague for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Theatre - Directing/Acting.
  • Responsibilities: teach directing and acting courses and others in areas of expertise; direct productions in the season; advise theatre students and help graduating students pursue their career objectives.
  • Qualified candidates must possess an MFA or PhD in Theatre or comparable professional experience, and experience as a teacher and director.
  • To insure highest consideration, applications should be received by January 15, 2011, but will be accepted until position is filled.
  • Hard copy letter confirming receipt of materials/employment form. (1/18)
  • Request for phone interview (2/23)
  • Phone interview scheduled for next week (2/28)**not the poster above
  • Pleasant phone chat (3/3); nice folks. Informed that on-sites would be decided soon.
  • Decline received 5/10.

Pace University- Assistant Professor, Acting[]

  • Candidates must hold a terminal degree (MFA or equivalent), a strong knowledge of Stanislavski and at least two of his American disciples, Artaud and Growtowski. The preferred candidate will have professional experience, knowledge of Shakespeare, and college-level teaching experience.
  • Review of applications will begin February 1, 2011 and continue until the position is filled.

Princeton University[]

  • Assistant Professor in English Renaissance Literature, 1500-1660
  • Department of English invites applications for a tenure-track position in English Renaissance Literature, 1500-1660, with a preference for drama.
  • Interested applicants should apply online at by November 1, 2010.
  • A Ph.D. in hand or expected by September 1, 2011 is essential.
  • Cross-posted at Renaissance 2011
  • They have chosen a short list for interview at MLA. I received what can only be described as the most genuine, sincere rejection e-mail I have ever gotten from someone I did not personally know. Thank you to the search committee for the class with which you handled this search.

Providence College- Assistant Professor of English[]

  • Department of English at Providence College invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor specializing in drama, with expertise in modern and contemporary.
  • Ability to teach drama in periods from the Restoration to the present preferred.
  • Mail complete dossier (curriculum vitae, 3 letters of recommendation, official graduate transcripts, and writing sample of no more than 20 pp.) to Dr. Suzanne J. Fournier, Search Committee Chair, Department of English, Providence College, Providence, RI 02918-0001, postmarked no later than November 1, 2010.
  • request for MLA interview (12/14) (x2)
  • Also posted at Drama, Speech, Film & New Media 2011, Modern British 2011 & 20-21 c. American 2011
  • Email confirming receipt of materials (11/19) (x5)
  • Has anyone heard anything post-MLA interview?
  • I interviewed at the MLA - haven't heard anything
  • Got my post-MLA interview rejection via e-mail today (2/7).

Rancho Santiago Community College- Assistant Professor of Theatre[]

  • The Rancho Santiago Commnity College District in Orange County California has an opening for Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts. Please go to our website at Employment page to view the detailed job announcement and to apply online.
  • Deadline March 4th
  • Received very polite email rejection 4/8

Roger Williams University[]

  • Performing Arts Tenure Track: Assistant Professor of Performing Arts (Theatre/Music) at Roger Williams University.
  • Review of materials begins Nov. 30

Saginaw Valley State University, MI[]

  • Tenure track Assistant Professor position starting Fall 2011, with the possibility of beginning as early as July 1, 2011.
  • Teaching experience at the University level preferred as well as evidence of competence in stage direction and at least one other area of production related activities. Educational theatre experience at the high school, community theatre and/or professional theatre level is desirable. The department seeks a theatre generalist to teach Departmental Services Courses such as Intro to Theatre, Theatre in Performance in addition to advanced courses in Acting & Directing, direct plays in rotation with other departmental faculty, and contribute in at least one other area to the department's production program.
  • Required Qualifications: PhD or MFA in theatre required, ABD may be considered.
  • Had a phone interview with them at end of November; have heard nothing since.
  • Posting went out today looking for adjuncts to teach Intro to Theatre, Theatre in Performance, Intro to Performance Studies, and Stagecraft. Maybe the funding for this line fell through and they're filling with adjuncts? (1/4)
  • Rejection email received (1/18) (x2)
  • Saw this one was reposted on Chronicle (3/5)

San Diego State University - Assistant Professor (Head of Acting) LINK[]

  • Application review will begin September 20, 2010.
  • Position Start Date: Fall 2011
  • acting teacher with a specialization in Movement and / or Voice and Speech
  • Contacted for preliminary phone interview (not with entire committee) 10/16
  • Any news here?
  • Received polite rejection letter via snail mail 2/22, x2

San Diego State University- Assistant/Associate Professor of Expressive Cultures[]

  • The Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies (CCS) at San Diego State University invites applications for a tenure-track position in Expressive Culture at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor to begin Fall 2011.
  • The department seeks candidates who have a well-developed research agenda and/or professional projects in the arts or who show promise of sustained scholarly and/or professional productivity. Applicants with a strong background in sexuality studies, alternative research methodologies, and a demonstrated strength in community-based service-learning strategies that link theory with applied work are especially sought. Those who will have completed their MFA or PhD by the start of the term of appointment will be given priority. Applicants without an MFA or PhD currently in-hand should include in their letter of interest a statement of progress for the Assistant level, indicating reasons to expect completion in a timely fashion.
  • The search committee is looking for candidates who can contribute to the departmental practicum, theory, and methodological approaches to the expressive arts and culture. It welcomes all relevant teaching, research, and/or performance emphases and specializations including culture, literature, folklore, theatre, art, identity formation, relationships of power and other aspects of popular culture involving the study of cultural forms, sites, and contexts.
  • Please consult the department website for more information on our program:
  • Applicants should send a completed file including: a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, graduate transcripts, teaching evaluations, sample syllabi, samples of academic writing, and three letters of recommendation to: Norma Iglesias-Prieto, Department Chair, CCS Expressive Culture Search Committee, Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies, San Diego State University, 5500 Campanile Drive, MC 6034, San Diego, CA 92182-6034.
  • Review of materials begins November 15. Open until the position is filled.

San Francisco Community College- Theatre Arts Instructor[]

  • Teach courses selected from Acting/Directing/Dramatic Literature/Make-Up and Costume/Vocal Production/Audition Techniques/Physical Comedy/Improvisation/Introduction to Theatre/Multi-Cultural Theatre/Set and Lighting/Player/Playwrighting.
  • Deadline Nov 1

Shenandoah Conservatory- Assistant Professor in Theatre (Generalist & Theatre Historian)[]

  • Duties: Teach, direct, advise, and recruit BFA theatre students, giving special attention to academic courses in Shakespeare, medieval theatre, and theatre history, but also teaching specialized performance courses such as movement, period styles, and/or musical theatre.
  • Maintain professional career as a scholar or performer at a national level, serve on committees, and contribute to an innovative and highly collegial Theatre Division. Additional teaching or directing according to applicant's expertise and interests.
  • Open until filled.

Shenandoah Conservatory- Assistant/Associate ProfessorVoice and Vocal Pedagogy[]

  • Shenandoah Conservatory at Shenandoah University seeks an exceptional artist-scholar to contribute creatively to dynamic MM and DMA Vocal Pedagogy degree programs. (Mezzo/Baritone preferred.)
  • The applicant must hold a Ph.D. or D.M.A., have a record of successful voice teaching, and have a record of scholarship at the regional or national level. Job description and responsibilities: The successful candidate will oversee Masters and Doctoral research documents in vocal pedagogy; teach courses in vocal pedagogy, vocal techniques, and repertoire; teach graduate and undergraduate voice students; serve on Conservatory and University committees; participate in departmental and conservatory meetings, recruitment activities, auditions, and juries; and continue scholarship development at a regional/national level.

Sheridan College (WY)- Instructor, Technical Theater and Humanaties[]

  • Sheridan College of the Northern Wyoming Community College District is seeking applicants for an instructor in Technical Theater and Humanities. The hire will demonstrate evidence of a strong commitment to teaching the technical aspects of theater as a part of an academically rigorous undergraduate liberal arts education. Courses taught will include Stagecraft, Introduction to Theater Design and Introduction to Theater. Areas taught outside of theater will be based on expertise, but could include history, philosophy, communications or English.
  • Applications should be submitted using the Human Resources Office Web Site: Applications should include a CV, Teaching Philosophy and cover letter.

Skidmore College- Assistant/Associate Professor Theatre[]

  • SKIDMORE COLLEGE DEPARTMENT OF THEATER is recruiting applicants for a full-time tenure track position to teach key undergraduate courses in Western and non-Western theater history, theory (performance, criticism, dramaturgy), and directing. There may also be opportunities to direct departmental productions. The position will begin in Fall 2011 and will be for either Assistant Professor or Associate Professor, with title and salary commensurate with experience.
  • Any word?
  • Has anyone received communication from Skidmore?
  • Nothing so far!
  • 2/19: still nothing
  • 2/23: Committee is meeting this week to determine candidates for initial phone interviews - will contact them next week. They hope to bring 3 to 5 candidates to campus in mid to late March.
  • THANK YOU for the update! I hope they can move's getting late and many schools are done or almost done with hiring.
  • Any lucky (read: worthy, talented, great) souls hear from Skidmore this week?
  • Now that it's late March, are we to assume that the "3 to 5 candidates" they said they'd invite to campus are people who don't read this Wiki? (3/24)
  • Had a phone interview earlier in March and was told I'd hear about campus interviews by the end of the month. Didn't hear anything today (3/31) so was checking to see if anyone else did...

South Dakota State University- Assistant[]

  • The position requires a generalist with an MFA or Ph.D. in the area of Directing, Acting or Musical Theatre. Primary duties may include instruction in Acting, Directing, Dramatic Literature, Script Analysis, and History of the American Musical and/or other courses in the candidates area of expertise
  • Application deadline is February 10, 2011. Contact J.D. Ackman, Search Chair for additional information at 605-688-4387. To apply, visit, search for the position, and follow the electronic application process.

South Dakota University- Theatre Generalist[]

  • Department of Communication Studies & Theatre is accepting qualified applicants for a tenure-track position as Director of Theatre.
  • Primary duties will include the artistic and administrative supervision of the theatre programs within the department. Additional duties may include instruction in Acting, Directing, Dramatic Literature, Script Analysis, and History of the American Musical and/or other courses in the candidates area of expertise.
  • Requirements include an earned MFA or Ph.D. in Directing, Acting, Musical Theatre or Theatre Arts Management.
  • Applications due November 7
  • Very impersonal rejection email
  • Very personal response to an inquiry

Southern Methodist University- Acting Teacher- Tenure track[]

  • Seeking an experienced acting teacher for a tenure-track position in its nationally regarded BFA and MFA programs. We seek individuals with: (1) demonstrable skill in teaching young actors to bring challenging texts to life with bold, fully embodied choices; (2) expertise in dramatic texts from Ibsen and Chekhov to the playwrights of the twenty-first century; and (3) the ability to balance demanding teaching responsibilities with a professional artistic career. The primary responsibilities for this appointment will be teaching acting in the BFA and MFA curricula.
  • Postmark January 3, 2011

Southern Oregon University (Ashland, OR) - Assistant Professor of Acting[]

  • Phone Interview. 4th week in October.
  • Rejection email. Respectful.
  • Campus interviews in November.
  • Offer made and accepted (secondhand).

Southern Utah University- Director of Arts Administration and Utah Center for Arts Administration[]

  • Southern Utah University invites applications for the position of Director of Arts Administration and Utah Center for Arts Administration. This is a full-time, 12-month position to start July 1, 2011. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience; excellent benefits. The Director reports to the Dean of the College of Performing and Visual Arts.
  • Applicants must apply online at or use the direct link at Individuals are asked to attach, electronically, the following required documents: a cover letter, resume/CV, statement of leadership philosophy, and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three professional references. Unofficial copies of your transcripts are optional. Official transcripts will be required, if hired. First consideration of applications will begin February 7, 2011; the position will remain open until filled.

Southern Utah University (Director of the Center for Shakespeare Studies)[]

  • Southern Utah University invites applications for the position of Director of the Center for Shakespeare Studies (CSS). The Director is a professional staff member. Academically qualified candidates will be considered for appointment at the appropriate faculty rank. The CSS Director supports scholarship, research, and dramaturgy in Shakespeare Studies and Renaissance Studies presented and sponsored by the Center. The CSS is a source for significant research, publications, and media and educational programming that is designed to be accessible to all learners. The director teaches courses in support of an interdisciplinary minor in Shakespeare Studies. The Director reports to the Dean of the College of Performing and Visual Arts. This is a full-time, 12-months/year position to start July 1, 2011. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience; contingent on funding; excellent benefits.
  • General Duties and Responsibilities: 1. Provide leadership and direction for the Center's programming and sponsored activities designed to fulfill its mission and vision in support of the educational goals of Southern Utah University and the Utah Shakespeare Festival (USF). 2. Facilitate and promote interdisciplinary and integrative programs designed to support the work of the departments of Theatre Arts, English, Sociology & History, and other academic programs on campus. Work with the Education Department of the Utah Shakespeare Festival and develop educational partnerships with K-12 schools in the region.3. Direct the day-to-day activities of the Center for Shakespeare Studies including, but not limited to, programming, workshops, symposia, publications, and educational content for the CSS website. Manage the Center budget and a schedule of events. 4. Teach classes each semester in support of the minor in Shakespeare Studies. Supervise and advise students engaged in special projects and internships related to the programming and activities of the CSS and the academic departments. 5. Engage in research, scholarship and professional development in support of the CSS as appropriate for Director's academic and/or professional credentials. Serve on relevant academic department and campus committees as needed. Work in cooperation with the Gerald Sherratt Library faculty and staff to ensure relevant books, journals, and other appropriate research materials are available to students and faculty in working in the field of Renaissance Studies. 6. Work in cooperation with the Education Department of the Utah Shakespeare Festival on programming relevant to the Center and USF, assist with the coordination and promotion of the Wooden O annual scholarly symposium, and promote and develop ongoing partnerships and programming with the USF. 7. Assist with securing additional operating resources for the CSS through special projects and programs, fundraising, and grants.8. Perform other reasonably related duties as required.
  • Qualifications: 1. Excellent communication and presentation skills required and the ability to formulate, articulate, and advocate a clear vision of the role of Shakespeare Studies and integrative and interdisciplinary learning in an educational setting is highly desired. 2. Applicants are expected to provide evidence of expertise, experience, and recognition of their scholarly and/or creative work in the field of Shakespeare, Shakespeare Studies, and/or Renaissance Studies. MA/MS, or MFA in Theatre, English, Dramaturgy, Renaissance Studies or closely related fields required; PhD preferred. Equivalent professional experience in related fields will be considered. 3. Administrative experience coordinating activities at a programmatic or department level in an academic setting and/or professional setting such as an arts organization or a theatre company is highly desired. Experience managing budgets in organizational settings desired. 4. A record of three to five years of successful teaching in a university setting or an education department of a producing theatre company or arts organization is expected. 5. Experience securing external funding in support of programmatic activity is desired. 6. In accordance with Utah State Code 53A-3-410, appointment to this position is contingent upon the successful passing of a background check.
  • Applicants must apply online at or use the direct link at ?quickFind=51353 Individuals are asked to attach, electronically, the following required documents: a cover letter, resume/CV, a statement of philosophy (no more than 3 pages) about the role of Shakespeare Studies on the 21st Century campus, copies of unofficial transcripts, and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three professional references.
  • Deadline: First consideration of applications will begin March 25, 2011; the position will remain open until filled.

Spring Hill College (Mobile, AL)- Assistant Prefessor of English in Twentieth Centurty Drama[]

  • Spring Hill College invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor in Twentieth Century Drama. PhD required. Standard 4/4 teaching load includes composition, introductory literature, genre courses, and upper level courses for the major. Founded in 1830, Spring Hill College is a private, Jesuit, liberal arts institution of 1,300 students.
  • November 15 deadline
  • Anybody have a link for this? I can't find the posting.
  • Look under the "Drama, Speech, Film, & New Media" Wiki thread. It is posted there with more detail. It says that it comes from the MLA job listing site.
  • rejection letter via snail mail (12/13)
  • Also posted at Modern British 2011 & 20-21 c. American 2011

Stanford University, CA - Open Rank (Asian and African performance traditions and/or Global Shakespeare Studies) LINK[]

  • Deadline: October 15th, 2010
  • phone interviews conducted
  • where does the above info come from? the job title/description for this position are odd.
  • any news here?
  • heard (secondhand) they hired a tenured professor in asian performance.

Stanford University, CA - Open Rank (African-American Drama) LINK[]

  • Expertise in African-American drama and in race and performance broadly construed.
  • Some undergraduate courses will be cross-listed with Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity and African & African American Studies programs.
  • Home department for promotion/tenure review will be Drama "in collaboration with" CSRE.
  • Deadline: October 15, 2010
  • Has anyone heard anything? I received the affirmative action survey, but no other word.
    • If past experience is a guide, you won't hear anything unless you are short-listed. (x2)
  • Nothing on this one yet? Now that's a slow going one!
  • Had skype interview back in November. Haven't heard a word since.
    • So sorry. They have in the past brought candidates to campus after more than one phone interview and then never notified the candidate that the search had concluded with someone else. Not the best communicators.
  • Sorry you haven't heard anything, but I wonder if you know what this posting means about Harry Elam's future at Stanford. Has anyone heard why they're searching for someone to teach the same material he does? Is he leaving? Retiring? Moving into administration?
  • To the above: the posting doesn't mean anything about Harry Elam's future at Stanford. Elam is Vice Provost of the University; he has moved to administration. I think he'll be there for a while, just in that capacity.
  • Offer made

State University of New York at New Paltz- Assistant Professor Theatre[]

  • The Department of Theatre Arts seeks an outstanding teacher of theatrical movement for a full-time, tenure-track theatre position, beginning Fall 2011.
  • Qualifications to include: Terminal degree in theatre performance with an emphasis in theatrical movement. Certification in a recognized movement discipline, including but not limited to Laban Movement, Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais, SAFD, is required. Mask work, clowning, period dance or other theatrical movement specialty also highly desirable. Professional experience required as a performer, director, choreographer and/or movement coach.
  • Electronic submissions are encouraged. Please note Movement Search #F10-xx on all materials submitted. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, priority will be given to applications received by December 15, 2010.
  • Phone interviews scheduled. (2/8)
  • Campus visits scheduled (2/18)

Stephen F. Austin State - Texas[]

  • Because of the simultaneous retirements of our two most senior professors, the School of Theatre at Stephen F. Austin State University invites applications for two full-time, tenure-track faculty positions to begin August 2011.
    M.F.A. or Ph.D. plus demonstrated excellence in both college-level teaching and professional artistic work required. Applicants should provide evidence of expertise in two or more of the following areas: 1) acting, 2) musical theatre/music direction, 3) film studies/history, 4) K-12 theatre education, 5) creative dramatics/theatre for young audiences, 6) American theatre history, or 7) movement/choreography/stage combat. One or more of the following also desired: 1) AEA or other relevant union membership, 2) instrumental and computer music proficiency, 3) specialized certification, 4) juried scholarship, or 5) secondary-level teaching experience.
  • Terminal degree in the field in which the individual will be teaching is required. ABD candidates may be considered if Ph.D. is earned prior to start date.
  • Open until filled.
  • References contacted week of 2/14.
  • Phone interview w/ committee scheduled for week of 2/21.
  • Campus visit scheduled week of 3/21.
  • Offer made and accepted for one of two positions. (3/30)

Stevenson University, MD - Assistant Professor (Scenic Design) LINK[]

  • Deadline: 01/31/2011

St. Thomas University- Assistant Professor[]

  • Department of English Language and Literature seeks a successful candidate who is a scholar of dramatic literature and will have substantial professional experience in theatre production. The candidate will teach introductory and advanced courses in dramatic literature and dramatic production.
  • A PhD or imminent completion, or equivalent professional experience, is required.
  • Applicants are to submit a curriculum vitae; samples of scholarly work; evidence of theatre experience and of teaching effectiveness (teaching portfolio preferred), and arrange to have three letters of reference (preferably one for each of the following areas: scholarship, teaching, theatre production) sent directly to Dr. Kathleen McConnell, Acting Chair, English Department, St. Thomas University, Fredericton NB, E3B 5G3.
  • LINK
  • Closing date: November 19, 2010, or when position is filled.
  • Also posted at Drama, Speech, Film & New Media 2011
  • Does anyone know anything about this position? I have tried looking but can't get an answer to the following question: this position is in an English Dept, but they ask for theatre experience. Will there be the possibility to direct/work on shows?
  • Short, polite rejection letter via regular mail (2/23) -- ditto (2/24)
  • This one's been offered and accepted by a friend and colleague here in Canada.
  • For the record, in case others are interested in applying North of the border, the Canadian university system is sort of a weird hybrid without the clear public/private distinction that exists in the US. All receive government funding from both the provincial and federal budgets, there is a legal obligation to give preference to applicants who are citizens or permanent residents of Canada. Which isn't to say that they don't hire U.S. and other foreign applicants, but the U must both sponsor the applicant for a Visa (which is usually a snap process, but does take time and cost some money and occassionally get complicated) and file formal justification for why the non-Canadian was clearly the best choice.

SUNY Purchase- Assistant Professor Voice/Speech[]

  • The Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Purchase College, SUNY, seeks candidates for a full-time, tenure track Assistant Professor, specializing in Voice and Speech for actors.
  • The Conservatory of Theatre Arts is looking for a colleague who is professionally active in the theater and has a deep and detailed understanding of how to prepare our students for professional success. Our ideal candidate will be an established teaching artist with strong training and extensive experience in current teaching modalities in voice and speech and a demonstrated ability to participate in the development and delivery of an integrated curriculum of training for the professional actor.
  • Appropriate terminal degree (MFA) or commensurate experience and demonstrated effectiveness in teaching are also required. Responsibilities include teaching and academic advising of students within the BFA program, teaching of at least one course per year to non-specialists outside the program.
  • Review of applications will continue until January 8, 2012.
  • Preliminary interviews taking place March 7 & 8 2012.

SUNY Purchase- Assistant Professor Acting/Directing[]

  • The Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Purchase College, SUNY, seeks candidates for a full-time, tenure track Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts.
  • We seek an artist/scholar with significant professional experience in acting, directing, and/or performance composition and practice, with additional expertise in an aspect of world theatre history and practice, or theatre and performance theory. Successful candidates will demonstrate their commitment to student learning and success, and to liberal education.
  • An advanced degree (Ph.D., M.F.A.) is preferred. Responsibilities include teaching core and elective courses within the major, offering a general education course, and supervising senior projects in acting, directing, playwriting, and/or criticism/theory/history. Candidates may also be asked to direct mainstage productions in both the Conservatory's B.A. and B.F.A. degree programs.
  • Deadline December 6

'SUNY Purchase- Assistant Professor Theatre History'[]

  • The Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Purchase College, SUNY seeks candidates for a full-time, tenure track Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts, with appointment beginning in the fall of 2011 (subject to budgetary approval).
  • The Conservatory seeks an artist/scholar with expertise in theatre history and practice as well as theatre and performance theory. The ideal candidate should be able to teach theatre and performance theory, dramatic literature, and theatre practice of Europe, the U.S., Asia, or Latin America. Sub-specialties in dramaturgy, dramatic literature, gender and performance, and history of acting and directing are welcome. Successful candidates will demonstrate their commitment to student learning and success, and to liberal education.
  • Qualifications: Advanced degree (M.F.A., Ph.D.) and teaching experience required. Professional experience in acting, directing, and/or performance composition and practice is desirable; demonstrated effectiveness in teaching in the candidates field is essential. Responsibilities include teaching core and elective courses within the major, teaching a general education course, and supervising of senior projects in acting, directing, playwriting, and/or criticism/theory/history. Responsibilities also include academic advising and community service (which encompasses committee work as well as College, School, and Board of Study governance).
  • Deadline December 6.
  • I thought this closed Jan. 8??
  • The voice position (listed above) is Jan. 8; this theatre history position was listed with a 12/6 date and is no longer viewable on the HR website.
  • Yeah, from what I saw this position got re-listed a couple of times with slightly tweaked requirements and dates. Not sure, but I heard at 2nd hand from somebody I work with whose partner is a post-doc in the SUNY system that they may be obligated to hire folks from the Albany closure anyway - not that I didn't apply, but something to be aware of.
  • I contacted a friend I have who is an adminstrator in an affiliated arts-related program, and this person confirmed a that state-wide, there has been a general sense of the SUNY colleges trying to absorb some of the layoffs (seems understandable). These theatre searches, this person guessed (though does not absolutely know), are legitimate searches, but there is a larger context to be factored in that might have an impact.
  • They probably are legit searches that would be ongoing even if it wasn't for the Albany situation; what my colleague's wife had heard was that they might be willing (or even obligated under NY state law) to regard previous SUNY experience as a desirable trait or to hire over the pay-grade advertised, if somebody impacted by the department closures were to apply. Even as a job seeker who is in as much of an existential panic as any, I have to say I wouldn't begrudge somebody who'd been laid off within the system getting preference here.
  • Skype interview scheduled (2/4) (x3)
  • Request for campus interview! (Scheduled for mid-March)
  • Had campus interview but passed on this job, accepted another.
  • Rejection e-mail rec'd 5/18.
  • Probably old news but this has been accepted (by someone not previously in the SUNY system).

Tarleton State University- Assistant/Associate Professor of Theatre-Tenure-Track[]

  • Education: Terminal degree
  • Application Date: Until filled
  • Specialization: Technical Director/Theatre Generalist needed to teach technical courses in the areas of lighting/sound design, scene construction, and other courses as needed. Direct one production annually.

Texas Tech University[]

  • Department of Theatre & Dance seeks applications for a tenure track appointment, at rank of Assistant Professor. Primary responsibilities are teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in movement and voice for the actor as well as introductory dance techniques. A further proficiency in musical theatre is highly desirable.
  • Candidates must show significant academic research and/or creative activities and productive involvement in professional associations.
  • Apply online at under job opportunities. Requisition number 82395.Application deadline: December 1, 2010 for full consideration; position open until filled.
  • Contacted by email to submit full references. (12/15)

Tougaloo College- Assistant Professor of Speech and Drama[]

  • Tougaloo College is seeking a dynamic and committed professor for its Department of English who will be responsible for teaching courses in speech, creative writing and drama.
  • Application due December 23

Trinity College Dublin (University of Dublin) - Lecturer in Drama[]

Lectureship in Drama, University of Dublin, Trinity College - School of Drama, Film and Music/Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Post Status: 5-year contract (Full-time)
Location: Samuel Beckett Centre, main campus
Salary: This appointment will be made on the Lecturer Salary Scale in line with current government pay policy.
Closing Date: 12 noon, Wednesday 11th May 2011

Post Summary
This is a key appointment for the School of Drama, Film and Music. The School seeks a scholar with a PhD and a strong research background in Drama and Theatre Studies, with a particular emphasis on theatre practice as research. This is a major developing area of research and teaching for the School. In addition to teaching at undergraduate and master's degree level the successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the School's culture of postgraduate research and supervision in this area.

The Academy of Dramatic Arts is about to be launched in 2011, and in addition, the School of Drama, Film and Music has been recently successful in receiving major funding for a structured Ph.D. programme in Digital Arts and Humanities, making it an exciting time to join Trinity College Dublin, and help build on our reputation as a university of global consequence.

The post is tenable from 1st September, 2011. Candidates must apply through e-recruitment.

For further information candidates should visit

Tufts University, Medford, MA - Assistant Professor (Non-Western Theatre) LINK[]

  • Areas of expertise may include East Asian, South Asian, African, Latin American, Middle Eastern, Caribbean, or Native American theatre.
  • A PhD and the promise of excellence in scholarship and teaching are required. Experience in college-level teaching and directing plays with student actors is strongly preferred. Ability to teach acting technique or styles of acting (performative and/or historical) in area of specialization and to teach dramatic and/or performance theory also is preferred. Responsibilities include teaching and advising undergraduate and graduate (PhD) students and directing a departmental production every two or three years.
  • Screening of applications will begin November 1, 2010 and will continue until the position is filled.
  • This job (as well as the other Assistant Professor in Pre-Modern) doesn't appear in Tufts' own job search page. Does anyone know if this position got filled or dropped? There is no possibility for online application...
  • A: The Pre-Modern Theater position below is still being advertised. (perhaps the other one is too?). The Pre-Modern ad doesn't ask for an on-line application. I wouldn't read too much into its absence from the Univ. Job Site, as I have noticed some schools are less-than-efficient about posting active searches on these pages. It very much depends on the institution . . .
  • It was just re-posted to one of the Theatre job sites, but I can't remember which one. I'm planning to send an application.
  • How many people are applying to this position?
  • 12/15: Email from committee saying search is delayed, but still on. (x2)
  • Campus invite.
  • Congrats!! When did you hear?
  • Also congrats! I thought the search was delayed (got an email as well saying that they would resume at end of January. I guess they worked fast. Were there any phone interviews?
  • At this point in the game, let's just leave the comments to the job search updates and congratulate those who got invites. HOORAH!!
    • I didn't apply for this job, but I must disagree with the above post. Some applicants who are not successful at a given school are very interested in how the process went down. This is a particularly interesting case - less than a month ago the search was "delayed" and now they have campus visits. Another school on the wiki issued campus invites within 10 days of their deadline, which should prompt everyone to wonder about the nature of the search.\
  • Not that its much of a loss, but someone has deleted a long thread of discussion from this section discussing the Tufts theater department and how the vacancy arose, and then arguing about whether people on this wiki should mention people by name. A worthy concern, but I guess someone took it on themselves to answer by way of censoring the whole conversation. Is that appropriate?
  • I noticed that too and wondered if it was appropriate, but the thread is visible in the "history" of the page, so it's there if anyone wants to review.
  • Wow, there are a lot of gossiping people on this site. Let's keep it to the facts of the job. All the posts before were about faculty who have nothing to do with the search and the conversation seemed to be more about intimidating people from applying than sharing news about the search. Maybe the people who are complaining and wanting the gossip should focus on their own searches and materials rather than just use this site to complain. I bet if you were the one who received the campus invite you would not be complaining about anything. I was not invited, and I am very happy for those who did. Grow up people! Are we to act like colleagues or like our own freshmen students? As for the timing of the search, the posts indicate a delay email was sent on 12/15. That was very curteous of the search committee since the deadline was 11/1. How many other committees just keep us waiting without word and never update us? Frankly, I think two weeks is plenty of time to come up with an invite list. Remember the original call also requested a writing sample, so I am sure they have been working since 11/1 to get through all the applications. I don't know why people complain about efficiency. Northwestern was praised for their quick process and now people suggest something wrong with Tufts coming up with a list 2 weeks after it announced a delay. People, all the instututions want to hire their preferred candidate. They have to work fast to do that. I bet we all wish that all the other search committees were as efficient and quick as Tufts seems to be. I bet they worked hard over break to make sure they still got their invites out in a timely fashion. People people people! Why so much complaining?!
    • Why are you adding to it with your needlessly hectoring and uncharitable post?
  • I completely and respectfully disagree. No one knows what "the facts of the job" are - we are here to fill each other in on what we might now. We are all educated people and many of us have gone through this experience many times, and we know that the process can be difficult and complex and varies from place to place. We're all mature enough to decide what is "gossip" and what is relevant information and context for ourselves: and we should all be free to express our admiration or frustration with a particular search, just as we should be free to disagree. I didn't apply for this job (it's not my area), but I don't think a single person removing an entire thread, because they feel it is unproductive or irrelevant, is conducive to the open sharing of information. Since the entire history is viewable, it's not a permanent loss, and I do agree that the discussion probably isn't germain to the search at this point in time. If you don't like people complaining, as the poster above indicates, then we can express that; but I don't think it's cool that someone has decided to remove the discussion, nor am I comfotable saying that we shouldn't complain if we have a complaint. Perhaps if people have strong enough complaints they can post them on the Universities We Hate page and that would be more appropriate, but if we're going to share our enthusiasm and support for each other (as we often do), then we should also be able to point out when things on the other end don't make sense or move the way we expect it to, as well as speculate as to what we might now about the potential employers or the search.
  • Snail-mail rejection in a proper tone. 1/9 (x3)
  • Any more campus invites besides the one who posted above? Any more details from the one who got invited? Such as, when?
  • Campus invite as well. Scheduled for end of month. So I guess that makes 2 of us so far! (Now there are three of us)
  • Hm. Neither an invite nor a rejection so far. (1/18) Anybody else in this boat?
  • Out of curiosity, was the "now there are three of us" comment due to an interview invite that came in late January? or just a later posting of an earlier invite?
  • I know a colleague of mine at another school turned down this campus invite because of understandable reasons. Maybe a reschedule with someone else on the short list?
  • offer made (1/28)
  • and accepted?

yes and accepted (2/2)

  • Congrats to you or whomever landed this gig!

A kind post-interview rejection email (2/17), and, I must say, a really great interview experience..

Tufts University, Medford, MA - Assistant Professor (Pre-Modern Theatre, Classical-1750) LINK[]

  • Areas of expertise may include classical, medieval, Renaissance, or Baroque theatre.
  • Research in foreign languages and ability to teach pre-modern dramatic theory also are preferred.
  • Screening of applications will begin November 1, 2010 and will continue until the position is filled.
  • Also posted at Medieval 2011, Renaissance 2011 & Drama, Speech, Film & New Media 2011
  • Campus visits have been scheduled
  • Did campus visits happen or is this one for the spring?
  • Rejection letter received 12/18
  • Campus visits have happened, and I hear (second hand) that an offer has been made.

University of Alabama- Assistant Professor of Modern Drama[]

  • The Department of English at the University of Alabama invites applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor in Modern Drama. The successful applicant will be expected to establish and maintain an active scholarly research agenda, to teach both graduate seminars and lower to upper-division undergraduate courses, and to provide appropriate service to the Department.
  • Deadline October 29
  • Also posted at Drama, Speech, Film & New Media 2011
  • Cross-posted at 20-21 c. American 2011 & Modern British 2011
  • MLA interviews scheduled, 12/8 (x4)
  • Any post-MLA campus visits scheduled?
  • I still haven't heard back after MLA as of 2/16. Anyone else?
  • I have not heard either, surely they must have moved on.
  • Heard that campus visits have already happened (3/14)

University of California - Irvine[]

  • The University of California, Irvine Drama Department invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position of Assistant Professor of Stage Directing. Join a dynamic faculty team training graduate directing students in a three-year professional degree program and also teaching undergraduate students. Candidates for this position must have outstanding professional credits in theatrical directing, with a strong commitment to teaching, training, and working in a university environment. An MFA degree or equivalent professional experience is expected. The successful candidate is also expected to maintain a professional career while teaching in this top-tier research university.

University of California - Berkeley - Open Rank Dance Studies[]

  • The Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies is conducting an open rank search for a tenure-track or tenured professor in dance studies to begin July 1, 2011. Candidates should have expertise in one or more of the following areas of dance studies: dance criticism, dance ethnography, history, transnational dance, or intermedia theory. Candidates will be expected to teach core courses in performance studies for both undergraduate and PhD students, serve as an arts administrator who can assume leadership of the dance program, and participate in other departmental service.
  • Deadline November 1st
  • Faculty Survey link received.
  • Interviews January/Feb, rejection call soon after.
  • Who got this?

University of California, Los Angeles- Assistant Professor Performance Studies[]

  • a tenure-track or tenured position in transnational, intercultural, postcolonial or diasporic studies: historical or regional specialization unspecified. We seek a promising scholar and an excellent teacher to participate in the undergraduate theater major, the MFA program, and the Ph.D. program in Theater and Performance Studies.
  • December 1 deadline
  • Sue-Ellen Case intimidates me! Should I still apply? lol
  • Why does an intense female in academia with an amazing mind and a forthright presence get a reputation for "intimidation"? What I love about SEC: what you see is what you get...I'd take 20 like her over the kniving-back-stabbing-fence-sitting-slime-balls ...
  • Sue-Ellen Case is brilliant. She would make a wonderful colleague. I would not be intimidated. You do need to have it together and I would assume you would if you think you can be competitive for a job at UCLA. I would not be so anxious about personality. You be simply motivated by the intellect.
  • Don't be intimidated by Sue-Ellen. Her reputation for being intimidating is way overblown. When she has a personal/collegial relationship with people, she's great.
  • Any person with such a reputation for nastiness to and about others will eventually be nasty to and about you. It is truly only self-flattery to believe otherwise.
  • request for writing sample, letters of recommendation, and portfolio 10/29; ditto, 11/15
  • What's the point of a deadline if schools start contacting folks beforehand?
    • No kidding. Last year I had a phone interview for a job before the deadline. Not a good feeling, even then. Lesson learned - don't wait until the last moment to send in your materials.
    • This is probably a very basic first cut. I've seen this in other searches where the committee asks for just a letter and CV up front, and then immediately asks a full dossier from everyone whose credentials are above some minimum. Not a bad strategy-- saves a lot of waste on both ends. But, sadly, not such big news either for those of us invited to send more.
    • Why all the complaining? Let the search committees do what they need to do. As long as they look at all applications, what is the big deal with filtering them as they come in? I see it as efficient.
  • Confirmation of materials recieved.
  • Request for writing sample and references 12/6. (x4)
  • I heard a rumor they are hiring from within. 12/16
  • And where do such rumors come from????
  • This truly sounds like gossip. I doubt they would hire one of their own. Anyone on a visiting there?
  • Query asking whether I'm planning on attending MLA (12/15) (x5)
  • Email saying they're so swamped by applications that they don't have time to interview at MLA (12/28) (x2) -- They should have anticipated hordes of job-seekers this year and set an earlier deadline if they wanted to use MLA. Poor planning.
  • Request for a Skype interview. They say it's a "first round." 1/8
  • Skype interview as well (x2)
  • E-mail rejection 2/3, 2/7
  • Any campus visits scheduled yet?
  • anyone else get an MLA querry, no Skype invite, and no rejection letter? Yes. I imagine we are on the longer short list (2/11)
  • Campus interviews in progress.
  • Rejection email -- candidate selected. Congratulations!
  • Internal email to current students declared the search "inconclusive." No elaboration. We hadn't previously been told that a candidate had been officially selected, although the search committee had issued a recommendation. I sort of assume this means either a consensus couldn't be reached, or that the first choice candidate turned down the position and no one could agree on another. In any case, it looks like the position will be vacant next year.
  • Email anounced they are re-opening the search for next year. Curious to know if you were short listed earlier?
  • No, I was not. Also curious: Were you?
  • No, but I applied the last time and presumably received the same email as you. Anyone else?
  • In regards to SEC being a wonderful colleague. A failed search in one of the best markets from a hiring standpoint? A department in receivership? This isn't the first SEC headed search to fail either. Good luck next year.
  • Anyone know who was on the short list last time around?
  • I understand someone was offered the job but ultimately declined because a position was not forthcoming for the person's spouse, who eventually landed a position elsewhere. In response to above, I suggest we keep this anonymous.

University of California, Los Angeles-- TT in Costume Design[]

  • Department of Theater-- a tenure-track or tenured position in Costume Design. We seek a designer of superior creative accomplishment and an excellent teacher to participate in the undergraduate theater major and the MFA program.
  • In addition, we seek a designer prepared for interdisciplinary collaboration with the various areas of the Department of Theater; the Department of Film, Television and Digital Media; and across the College and professional schools. Appropriate academic credentials, an MFA, or equivalent professional experience required. Appointment at Assistant Professor or Associate Professor Level.
  • Deadline: December 1, 2010

University of California, Los Angeles- Post Doc Fellowship[]

  • "Cultures in Transnational Perspective"
  • The Division of Humanities at UCLA is accepting applications for the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Humanities "Cultures in Transnational Perspective." We expect to appoint two or more fellows for a 1-year term renewable for a 2nd year beginning in the fall of 2011. Fellows must have earned their doctoral degree between January 2005 and June 2011. The Mellon Fellowship provides a stipend of $53,000, plus benefits, a moving allowance of $1,500, and a research budget of $3,500. All Fellows will be housed in home departments for which they teach two courses. Designed to explore the emerging field of Transnational Studies, the Mellon Program at UCLA aims to broaden the study of minority cultures from its national focus to global and comparative perspectives. To apply, please visit our website at The program is co-chaired by Professors Françoise Lionnet and Shu-mei Shih. All application materials are due by December 01, 2010.*
  • Cross-posted at Humanities and Social Sciences Postdocs 2010-11
  • Any word on this? The website has a different look to it. Even though I can log in, I cannot access my application status.
  • Rejection letter are out.

University of California, San Diego[]

ASSISTANT OR ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR. The Department of Theatre and Dance within the Division of Arts and Humanities at UC SAN DIEGO, Department of Theatre and Dance ( is committed to academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body. The department seeks an experienced theatre professional to teach in our MFA professional actor training program. Preference will be given to scholars at the Assistant or Associate level, but applicants with extraordinary experience or qualifications may be considered at another rank. Applicants with considerable professional experience who have also taught in academic or professional studio settings are strongly preferred. Applicant should have significant experience in contemporary genres, including new plays. In addition to having demonstrated the highest standards of scholarship and professional activity, the preferred candidates will demonstrate strong leadership or experience in diversity, equity, and inclusion in an academic setting.

  • Rejection email (3/30). Hire made: "Because it takes some
    time for a candidate's file to wend its way through the university
    appointment system we are not yet announcing who it is, but I can say
    that this is someone who has taught extensively, has a high profile
    career as an actor in the theatre and whose experience and skills are
    ideal for our department."

University of Findlay- TT Theatre[]

  • The University of Findlay ( invites applications for full time tenure-track faculty position in theatre/scenic and lighting designer to begin in August 2011 in the College of Liberal Arts.
  • Responsibilities include teaching undergraduate courses in stagecraft/design, designing set and lights for four major productions per year, technical direction, recruiting, and other routine faculty duties.
  • An M.F.A. in design is required. Preferred candidate will have substantial background in technical theatre, including: sound production, scene painting, make-up, computer literacy and Web site maintenance. Salary is commensurate with qualifications.
  • Preference will be given to applications received by January 1, 2011.

University of Georgia- Lecturer in Theatre/Dramatic Writing[]

  • Department of Theatre and Film Studies seeks a lecturer in theatre / dramatic writing beginning in mid-August 2011. Primary teaching responsibilities will include courses in theatre appreciation, writing for stage and screen, and script analysis. The successful candidate will teach additional courses depending on his or her expertise; possible areas include acting, directing, topics in theatre or film history, or digital media. The academic year salary is $50,000 with a four-course teaching load each semester. This non tenure-track position is renewable on a yearly basis subject to satisfactory performance and the continued availability of funding.
  • Applications must be received by January 21, 2011.

University of Hartford- Assistant/Associate Professor of Theatre[]

  • The Hartt School of the University of Hartford seeks a highly qualified actor and director with considerable and significant experience in both musical and non-musical work to teach and direct in its Theatre Division.
  • Application deadline: January 15, 2011
  • A friend had a phone interview, now they have requested add'l materials be sent 3/7/11.
  • Kevin Gray got this job.

University of Hawaii at Monoa- Assistant Professor[]

  • Youth Theatre/Puppetry.
  • Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in youth theatre and puppetry including construction, design, performance, directing, history and literature, K-12 education; serve as Director of Youth Theatre Program including curricular development, grant writing and recruitment; advise/mentor undergraduate and graduate students; direct annual youth theatre production; contribute to field via scholarly/creative endeavors; develop and supervise community outreach activities; supervise Youth Theatre Coordinator position; other duties assigned by chair. Details:
  • Review of applications will begin November 30, 2010 and continue until filled.
  • 12/7 Received snail mail confirmation of materials received.
  • Phone interviews scheduled (mid-feb)

University of Kentucky-- Lecturer[]

  • The University of Kentucky Department of Theatre seeks applicants for a three-year renewable appointment, at the rank of Lecturer, to teach Introduction to Theatre and related classes as assigned, beginning Aug 15, 2011. Required: terminal degree and college-level teaching experience. Applicants should submit letter of application, C.V., and names of four references to Nancy Jones, Chair, Department of Theatre, 114 Fine Arts Building, UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY, Lexington, KY 40506-0022. Review of application begins November 15, 2010. EOE/AA.
  • Responses:
  • I'm assuming no one else has heard, but I haven't received any kind of confirmation even - anyone have any news?
  • Phone interview scheduled for week of 1/10.
  • Any more news here? Is the previous poster advancing in the search?
  • I have not heard since my phone interview; but after I was told some of the details for the job, I was honest with them and told me it was likely that this job would be a plan B (I am currently at the same rank and this position would in some ways represent a half-step "down" in my career). They seemed to be ready to move fairly quickly, so I wouldn't be surprised if they have moved forward with others. When I hear officially I promise to post. UPDATE: Polite, personalized rejection letter via snail mail. 2/7
  • Thanks for the update! Sadly, I got a rejection letter via snail mail today. (2/7)

University of Louisville- TT Assistant Professor in Transnational Studies (preference for drama)[]

  • Department of English invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Transnational Studies. We seek applicants with expertise in transnational theoretical concerns and approaches, transatlantic/transoceanic literary or cultural studies, cosmopolitan studies, and/or diaspora studies.
  • Genre and period are open, but the department particularly invites applicants with further expertise in poetry (late 17th c - 19th c); early American studies; or, modern and/or contemporary drama.
  • Evidence of superior scholarship and excellence as a teacher required. Teaching load appropriate to a research institution; salary competitive. Ph.D. required by date of appointment. Applications must be postmarked on or before November 11, 2010.
  • request for writing sample and dossier yesterday (11/8)
  • request for MLA interview (12/2) (x2)
  • According to Comparative 2011 page, campus invitations have been issued.
  • post-MLA interview rejection e-mail received (2/7)
  • Cross-posted at Comparative 2011, Early American 2011 & Anglophone 2011

University of Maryland-Baltimore County — Directing/Acting[]

  • Tenure-track position at the rank of Associate Professor to begin in fall 2011. The department seeks a director/acting teacher for the BFA/BA acting programs. Salary is commensurate with experience.
  • Qualifications: terminal degree in theatre with at least five years full-time university teaching or equivalent; administrative and leadership experience; a substantial directing resume.
  • Application deadline Nov. 12
  • I added "Baltimore County" to the heading for this listing, as it might be important (for those who don't already know) to realize that "University of Maryland" (as someone originally listed it) usually refers to the College Park campus, the "main" campus of UofM, in a northern suburb of Washington DC, and UMBC is a smaller institution located (as the name indicates) just south of metro Baltimore. Good things could be said of both theater departments, but the UofM in College Park is (I'm fairly sure) much larger, and attached to the substantial Clarice Smith Center for the Performing Arts (where you'll find a lot of the more adventurous programming in the DC area). Hope that's helpful info to anyone planning to apply for this. [UMCP does have an open position in Voice and Acting with a deadline of December 1st: if someone else wants to dig into that and post a listing here, as I gotta go now]
  • Grapevine confirmation that this job has been offered and accepted 3/22)

UMass Amherst[]

  • Deadline - Dec. 1
  • The Department seeks a Theater Scholar of promise, who will be able to teach key Theater Repertory courses in the Undergraduate and Graduate curriculum, as well as teach the Department’s large General Education courses.
  • The candidate should have scholarly specialties that complement the expertise of the current faculty.
  • preferred area of expertise is Theater by Women, Feminism or Gender Studies. The candidate should also have a successful track record in some aspect of Theater Practice.
  • confirmations of materials snail mail 11/15 (x5)
  • Request for campus visit 1/11
  • Congrats on invitation. How did they contact you? Answer: via phone
  • Campus visit 2/9 & 10
  • rejection letter received 3/14 by post informing me I didn't make next round (I was not interviewed) x2 on 3/15 - impressed by a clear, concise letter that didn't try too hard to be sympathetic without being UNsympathetic...
    • Also felt the letter was well-written and sincere.
  • Any other news re: offers?
  • Anyone else not get a rejection, but also not receive any interest, interviews, etc?
  • My rejection just came yesterday with a postmark on the 18th, so it appears there's no definitive cluster of the kind you'd expect if they were all mailed at once. If it helps, tell yourself that you made a "long short list" or something, but in all likelihood it's that these things are such low-priority items compared to everything else that goes into running a department that the large quantities of them that have to be signed and mailed get done in haphazard batches in no particular order.
  • Offer made and accepted :)

University of Miami- Professor in Acting/Director[]

  • The University of Miami's Department of Theatre Arts seeks applications for a tenure-track appointment at the Assistant Professor level to begin August 15th, 2011.
  • The department is seeking an experienced acting teacher with substantial professional directing experience who will work with BA and BFA theatre majors as well as non-majors.
  • A successful candidate will be versed in a variety of acting and directing styles with the ability to teach at all levels.
  • Please send a letter of application, professional resume, teaching philosophy and contact information for 3 references to: Acting Teacher/Director Search Committee; Henry Fonte, Chair; University of Miami Department of Theatre Arts, P.O. Box 248273, Coral Gables, Florida 33124-4820. Review of applications will begin January 15th and continue until position is filled.
  • Anything?
  • EO Survey Request Received 2/16.

University of Michigan, Flint[]

  • Department of Theatre and Dance seeks a dynamic, long-term, collaborative colleague with primary responsibilities in music theatre, performance, and directing.
  • Ability to inspire students and model excellence, a terminal degree in pertinent field, two years successful university teaching.
  • Open until filled.
  • phone interview 12/12

University of Minnestoa, Twin Cities- 2 positions[]

  • Department of Theatre Arts & Dance seeks two full-time, non-tenure-track instructors to begin work fall 2011, one in ACTING, the other in VOICE/VOCAL COACHING
  • Deadline: November 30

University of Mississippi[]

  • The Department of Theatre Arts, at the University of Mississippi, invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor in Theatre History beginning August 2011. Teaching responsibilities will include Theatre History, Dramatic Literature, Dramatic Theory, and Musical Theatre History in an exclusively undergraduate program. PhD in Theatre History is required at the time of appointment. Applicants who are ABD will be considered if they demonstrate they will have the degree in hand by the beginning of the fall 2011 contract. The individual hired would also have the opportunity to contribute artistically to the Ole Miss Theatre production season.
  • The department currently enrolls 150 majors with 12 full time faculty and offers a BA and BFA degree in Acting, Musical Theatre, and Design/Technology, with opportunities to study directing, film production and dance. The mission of the Department of Theatre Arts is to offer professional level training in all areas of study. Applicants should complete the University's online application form AND submit a cover letter, curriculum vita and provide reference letter information Questions concerning the position may be sent to Carey Hanson, Search Committee Chair, 110 Isom Hall, University, MS 38677. The University of Mississippi is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title XI/Section 504/ADA/ADEA employer. Deadline for application submission is January 15, 2011.
  • Is this search still happening? I wasn't able to find it on the OleMiss HR website (
  • It was cancelled two years ago. Wouldnt be stunned if they cancelled it again.
  • Yep, cancelled.
  • This dept. lost its chair mid-semester and is re-grouping.
  • Re: previous post: Do you know what happened to the chair?

University of Missouri - Assistant Professor Scenic Design[]

  • nine-month, full time tenure track appointment. Responsibilities will include designing three productions during the academic season, teaching classes in design and theatre technology, mentoring technical/ design students, supervision and scheduling of student crews and graduate teaching assistants assigned to the Scenic Construction Lab. Additional production assignments may be available with the MU Summer Repertory Theatre.
  • MFA or MFA/ PhD required. Professional achievement in design and participation in national organizations preferred. Expertise in sound design considered an asset.
  • For further information see:[1]
  • To apply, send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, three current letters of recommendation and a representative portfolio [digital images or website acceptable]. An official transcript must be made available upon request.
  • Please submit your electronic application to: The review of applicants will begin on January 15, 2011, and continue until the position is filled. Direct questions to: Professor Clyde Ruffin, Search Committee Chair, (573) 882-2021.

University of Missouri, KC - Assistant, Alexander and Voice[]

  • "seeks a talented, collaborative Alexander and Voice teacher to join its nationally recognized Professional Actor Training Program (MFA). This appointment is a tenure track position and seeks an individual with extensive teaching and performance experience. The requirements for the position are a Masters of Fine Arts in Theatre as a terminal degree and professional experience as a working theatre artist. The candidate should have certification in Alexander technique as well as certification or special training in Fitzmaurice VoiceworkÃ?, Linklater, or Rodenburg voice methodologies. Our ideal candidate will be an established teaching artist who has an active professional career as a performer, coach or director. The position will teach all levels of MFA Voice classes, collaborate on department artistic and professional projects and teach courses in the undergraduate (BA) acting progression. This individual will also be called upon to serve as a voice and text coach on assigned projects."
  • "Applications will only be accepted online. To apply, please go to: Please attach Cover letter, Curriculum Vitae and three references as one document for the "Resume" attachment. You will need to use 00052635 to call up this position for application. Applications will be accepted through February 21, 2011, or until position is filled."

University of Montana[]

  • Production-oriented school seeks movement/acting teacher with specialty in movement training from fundamental to advanced levels, including period styles.
  • Specific teaching assignments, to be selected from the full range of physical performance and acting classes offered in BFA and MFA programs, will be determined by the candidate's demonstrated experience and expertise.
  • An interest in and ability to direct a variety of production styles/genres from contemporary to classical periods is very desirable.
  • M.F.A. in Theatre or Ph. D. required, with experience in acting and movement.
  • Demonstrated ability to teach a four-semester sequence of stage movement courses, including Alexander technique, stage combat, and other recognized movement styles.
  • Ability to teach the full range of acting classes offered in B.F.A. and M.F.A. programs, as well as ability to teach in a secondary area, such as performance studies, dramatic literature, and/or theatre education.
  • Evidence of excellence in teaching with a minimum of 5 years within a tenure-track research university environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to act, and/or serve as fight choreographer/stage movement coach at the university level.
  • Demonstrated ability to direct diverse production styles in a professional training program.
  • Ability to relate to students and colleagues in a research university environment.
  • Review will begin November 1, 2010, and continue until position is filled.
  • anybody know if they're still taking applications?

University of Nevada, Reno - Assistant Professor of Acting[]

  • The Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Nevada, Reno is seeking applicants for a tenure-track faculty position as an assistant professor of acting.
  • Position duties include: lead instructor in a growing undergraduate acting program, curriculum development, academic advising, and directing responsibilities with the Nevada Repertory Company, as well as conducting other creative activity appropriate to a research university.
  • Candidates selected for campus interviews will be asked for three confidential letters of recommendation.
  • For full consideration applicant materials must be received by November 30, 2010.
  • Short, impersonal rejection email - December 15 (x2)

University of Nevada, Reno - Assistant Professor of Theatre History & Criticism[]

  • The Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Nevada, Reno is seeking applicants for a tenure-track faculty position in theatre history and criticism.
  • Position duties: teach classes in theatre history and seminars in significant historical periods or movements, Introduction to Theatre and Introduction to Acting, plus direct one show per year with the Nevada Repertory Company. An active program of research/creative activity is expected.
  • Candidates selected for campus interviews will be asked for three confidential letters of recommendation.
  • For full consideration applicant materials must be received by November 15, 2010.
  • Phone interview schedule for week of 12/6 (11/30) (X1...? 2? Me too, essentially).
  • Campus visit scheduled for late January (12/22) (x3)
  • impersonal rejection via e-mail, 1/4 (x7)
  • offer made and declined- I would have loved to work here were it not for my wife's career needs and aspirations. Best of luck to the candidate who get this gig.
  • offer made and accepted.
  • it appears the department is no more:
  • Oh my gosh. That is just horrible.
  • The department's not gone yet; faculty vows to fight closure, is gathering letters of support. Think good thoughts for them.
  • withdrew from position. many great faculty here, hope the department pulls through.

University of New Mexico- Assistant Professor of Dramatic Writing []

  • The Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico invites applications for a full-time faculty position in Dramatic Writing. This is a probationary position leading to a tenure decision.
  • The candidate selected will teach in the undergraduate and graduate dramatic writing curriculum, will mentor and advise dramatic writing students, assist in the leadership and further development of the Dramatic Writing Program including the MFA Graduate degree, assist in the organization and operation of the annual new play festival, supervise students in the producing of the annual new play festival, liaise with development office and donors to the dramatic writing program, and promote connections between the program and the professional theatre world. Three courses per semester in dramatic writing and literature courses on both the undergraduate and graduate level with release time for professional activities.
  • M.F.A. or Ph.D. by appointment date or equivalent professional experience.
  • Online application due January 14, 2011
  • On-campus interviews were conducted in April - Playwright w/MFA from Brown was offered position and accepted.

University of New Mexico- Assistant Professor of Acting/Voice[]

  • Teach all levels of undergraduate acting, plus have some specialty area such as Shakespeare, Period Styles, Non Realism, etc. Ability to teach voice, speech, singing for actors is also desirable. Other areas of interest will also be considered such as movement techniques. The candidate is likely to direct in the rotation of mainstage shows and mentor student directed projects. Three courses per semester or release time for directing assignments.
  • Artistic/Scholarly Activity: The candidate should have and maintain a national/ international presence as a theatre professional in the areas of directing and/or acting and/or coaching.
  • Online application due January 14, 2011.
  • anybody hear anything? rejection? confirmation of materials? invite/ etc?
  • Search was 'tweaked' and department decided to hire someone with experitise in Voice only. None of the original applicants were notified of this change this past Spring.

University of North Carolina, Charlotte-- Asst. Professor Theatre[]

  • Department of Theatre is seeking a tenure-track Assistant Professor beginning August 2011. Teaches 5 courses per year, including dramaturgy, general education, and playwriting courses with the opportunity to participate in the departmental season.
  • Required qualifications: MFA in Theatre or PhD in Theatre or English.
  • Desired qualifications: Teaching experience preferred. Dramaturgy and playwriting credits or other theatre work also significant.
  • Screening of applicants begins January 15
  • E-mail notification of short list. Written questionnaire received in lieu of phone interview. (1/21) (x5)
    • Those contacted with the questionnaire -- anyone heard any more? I got a sense that Feb. was when they were planning to bring people to campus.
    • The email I received after I submitted the answers to the qestionnaire stated that they wanted to inform people by last week (the week of Jan 31-Feb 4) for visits in February. I have not heard anything since, though.
    • Contacted for upcoming campus visit.
      • Congrats! Did you hear this past week or earlier? Good luck.

-- rejection email received 4/15

University of North Carolina, Charlotte-- Asst. Professor Costume Design[]

  • Department of Theatre is seeking a tenure-track Assistant Professor beginning August 2011. Teaches 2 courses/semester including Costume Design and Costume History and designs costumes for 4-6 productions/year. Also responsible for supervising associated student labs each semester and ongoing development of the undergraduate curriculum.\
  • Required qualifications: M.F.A. in Costume Design and college-level teaching experience or equivalent professional experience.
  • Screening of applicants begins January 15

University of North Carolina[]

  • The Department of Theatre at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro invites applications for a full-time (nine-month) renewable Lecturer position beginning August 1, 2011.
  • Candidates must have an MFA in Theatre and a North Carolina Standard Professional II License. Duties emphasize the training and supervising of undergraduate students planning careers as professional theatre educators in the Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Theatre Education track. This position also involves supervision of working professionals seeking the Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Theatre Education and managing the Summer Institute for Theatre Education (SITE) program (an intensive 16-day summer session for working teachers) that supports progress toward the M.Ed. in Theatre Education.
  • Review of applications begins December 1

University of Northern Colorado-- Assistant Professor of Acting[]

  • The University of Northern Colorado School of Theatre Arts and Dance invites applications for a full-time Assistant Professor of Voice and Stage Speech, non-tenure track, renewable faculty position. Required: MFA in Theatre (acting or voice emphasis). Minimum, three years of university and/or professional teaching experience. Assignment includes teaching Stage Speech I, Stage Speech II, Dialects, Advanced Vocal Production, Acting Styles (Greeks and Shakespeare), and vocal coaching for university productions. Review of applications begins immediately and continues until position is filled. Visit for complete details and to apply online.

University of Oregon, Eugene[]

  • We seek a dynamic individual, with expertise and experience to teach Graduate and Undergraduate courses in Theatre History, Dramatic Literature and Playwriting, with potential assignments in Directing, Musical Theatre and Pre-19th-century/World theatres. Direct or contribute in Dramaturgy/New Play Development and Playwriting, annually, for University Theatre and maintain an active research agenda; direct dissertations and theses; and, serve in departmental governance.
  • Deadline: Dec. 1
  • received confirmation of materials arriving to their offices (x9)
  • Exchanged emails with the department administrator who said they are just beginning to review applications and probably won't be in touch with anyone before February. (1/4)
  • Any news on this? February is almost over!
  • They are running late -- they said to expect short list in March and visits thereafter (possibly into April)
  • Request today (3-1) for phone interview mid-March. Email said that there is a short list of 7 candidates.
  • A colleague was offered and accepted this position last month.

University of Pittsburgh - Assistant Professor, Scholar/Artist (TT)[]

  • The University of Pittsburgh seeks a Director / Scholar at the Assistant Professor level to teach undergraduate courses in directing and performance and an occasional seminar for graduate students.
  • Applicants must have a terminal degree (MFA or PhD) and substantial acting/directing experience on the NATIONAL level. A record of published scholarship is desirable. Three years of teaching at the university level also required.
  • Pending budgetary approval, the position will begin September 1, 2011.
  • Applications accepted through December 10, 2010.
  • Phone interview
  • In response to an email query about the status of this search, I received a cordial email informing me that someone was hired (or at least selected) about a week ago (around 3/24) — who knows whom? — and that the rest of us should receive letters of decline (or whatever you want to call them) in the near future.
  • Decline received 4/5 (x2).
  • Asst Professor hired was previously at Whitman College

University of Plymouth (UK)[]

  • Invitation to campus (11/09)

University of Puget Sound-- Assistant Professor - Theatre History and Theatrical Experience[]

  • Tenure track.
  • Teach undergraduate courses in Theatre History and Theatrical Experience (Fine Arts core for non-majors). Other classes could include Shakespeare, Advanced Acting, Playwriting, and World Theatre. Part of the teaching load will include directing productions within the faculty rotation.
  • Standard teaching assignment is three courses per semester. Other duties include continuation of professional development, advising students, and participation in departmental and university governance.
  • Ph.D. in Theatre History or related field and a commitment to undergraduate teaching and liberal arts education.
  • Interested individuals are encouraged to submit application materials no later than December 15, 2010 to ensure consideration.
    • Have any applicants had any contact from here? Just wondering about their timeline.
    • I haven't heard, but they just started classes on Tuesday, so it's entirely possible they haven't had their search committee meeting(s) yet.
    • Does anyone have an update about the timeline for this job search?
    • I e-mailed an update to my application file about two weeks ago and got an e-mail back acknowledging receipt and saying that they were "in process." Don't know if that's helpful or not.
  • just got email for phone interview - 2/5 (x2)
    • Congrats to those with phone interviews. Just crying in my beer here a bit. Would you all mind giving sense of your backgrounds and your current status--ABD, PhD, Adjunct, Asst. Prof? (x2--yes, very curious about what qualities/qualifications are getting search committees' attention)
    • --- To answer your question: Asst Prof
    • As a fellow beer-crier, I'd like to second that request. It would be very helpful, and thanks for letting us know about the phone interviews. (Myself = PhD, Adjunct)
    • I don't know that the info would be helpful. I didn't get a phone interview here, although I have taught all of the things they ask for. I did get several other interviews at other places, so my qualities/credentials must be ok. I've not gotten anything from a job that sounds like it was written for me, and gotten an interview at a job where I thought I was a "stretch." It all seems like a mystery in many ways and each committee is made up of individuals.
  • campus visit scheduled for early March. To answer question above, Phd with no current institutional home.
  • Email today (4/1) notifying position filled. Not by me, obviously. (x2)
  • I too got the 4/1 rejection email and it probably was among the most impersonal of these letters I've received. Not only is the sender's email address: "" (how extra cold that "no reply" seems in this context). It is signed not by any individual but only: "University of Puget Sound Human Resources." Certainly doesn't make it go down any easier...

University of Richmond- Latin American & Iberian Studies: Assistant Prof. of Latin American Literature & Cultural Studies []

  • The Department of Latin American and Iberian Studies (LAIS) invites applications for a tenure-track, assistant professor position in Latin American Literature and Cultural Studies, beginning August 2011. We are particularly interested in candidates specializing in theatre, poetry and/or post-colonial approaches to Latin American literature prior to independence. A focus on gender studies is also desirable. Possible geographic areas of expertise include Colombia, Mexico, the Southern Cone, and Brazil.
  • The successful candidate will be expected to maintain an active program of research and scholarly engagement and teach a broad range of undergraduate courses in literature, language, and culture. A commitment to undergraduate education, academic advising, and service is also expected. Candidates should be on course to have completed the doctoral degree with specialization in Latin American Literature and Cultural Studies by the August 2011 start date and must meet all other required criteria by the time a candidate is selected for the position.
  • Review of applications will commence November 1, 2010 and continue until the position is filled.

University of San Diego- Associate Professor of Voice/Speech[]

  • The Old Globe Theatre/University of San Diego Graduate Theatre program is seeking a nationally recognized theatre artist in voice and speech to prepare graduate students for the professional stage. Candidates should have considerable experience with teaching/coaching students in dialects, IPA, support of breath, resonation, pitch range, articulation, clarity and precision. Familiarity with current techniques in the field (Skinner, Linklater, Fitzmaurice, Lessac, Berry, Rodenburg) is required to assist actors from varied training backgrounds.
  • The professional actor training program, which enjoys an excellent national reputation, is a two-year, year-round graduate acting program with a special emphasis in classical drama. Experience coaching classical texts, especially Shakespeare, is required.
  • This is a full-time, tenure-track position. Application deadline: January 15, 2011.
  • Interested candidates should go to (job IRC1509) for instructions on how to apply.

University of Southern Indiana- Assistant Professor of Acting/Directing/Musical Theatre, College of Liberal Arts[]

  • Rapidly-growing program with professional theatre affiliation seeking individual with professional and educational experience for tenure-track teaching position. Possibility exists for additional summer directing contract at the New Harmony Theatre. Academic year teaching duties include beginning and advanced acting, musical theatre, Introduction to Theatre, with release time to direct two productions per school year. Movement, Combat, Voice or other sub-specialty and/or Musical Director experience desirable. MFA or Ph.D. required.
  • December 15 deadline

University of Washington - Associate or Full, Acting and Directing[]

  • Open Until Filled - posted 1/28
  • "seeking an artistic leader and master teacher with a national reputation as director and/or originator of work to fill a 100%, tenure-track position to start in either September, 2011 or September, 2012. This person will join the faculty of the UW's highly-ranked MFA professional training programs in Acting, Directing, and Design."
  • For priority consideration, submit cover letter, three reference letters, and resume, including professional achievements and record of recent teaching experience. Materials may be sent via e-mail to or to: Acting & Directing Search Committee University of Washington School of Drama Box 353950 Seattle, WA 98195-3950

University of Western Sydney[]

  • Research Lecturer in Literature (equivalent to Assistant Profesor)
  • Applications are invited from early career researchers (within 5 years of award of PhD) with an established track record in literary studies.
  • Particular areas of interest include: Shakespeare and modern drama, the modern novel, Comparative Literature, World Literature, and Literary Translation.
  • See for submission information.
  • Closing Date: 31 October 2010
  • Also posted at Renaissance 2011

University of Wisconsin- Assistant Professor of Communication & Theatre Arts- TT[]

  • Department of Communication and Theatre Arts invites applications for an Assistant Professor on its University of Wisconsin-Marinette campus.
  • QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. or M.F.A. (terminal degree) and evidence of teaching excellence required. Candidates will need to demonstrate practical theatre experience in direction and technical production as well as the ability to teach Public Speaking courses. Applications from terminal degree candidates will be accepted with the expectation that the terminal degree will be completed by August 2011. RESPONSIBILITIES: Normal teaching load is 12 credit hours per semester. As this is a tenure-track position, scholarly activity in the discipline and participation in institutional and community service are expected as is a commitment to expanded outreach through the utilization of alternate delivery modalities such as streaming media, blended and/or accelerated-blended courses, as well as the incorporation of service learning.
  • Depending on the background and qualifications of the successful candidate, these courses might include Introduction to Acting, Introduction to Film, Popular Culture in Media, Interpersonal Communication or other courses that fall within the curriculum of the Communication and Theatre Arts Department. The opportunity could also include the directing of summer productions, if desired.
  • DEADLINE: To assure consideration, applications must arrive or be postmarked by December 15, 2010.
  • APPLICATION: Please mail or e-mail the following materials: a letter of application describing your qualifications with reference to our needs, a one-page statement of teaching philosophy, a curriculum vitae (include contact information for references), three letters of reference from those familiar with your teaching, and official transcripts of all university studies. Documents submitted by email in pdf format are preferred. Email to: Chase Janisch,
  • Offer made and accepted :)

University of Wisconsin- Stevens Points[]

  • Department of Theatre & Dance, Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre
  • Instructional Responsibilities: Teaching private voice to Musical Theatre Majors, Teaching and accompaniment for Musical Theatre Performance Labs, Teaching Survey of Musical Theatre History
  • Non-Instructional Responsibilities: Music direction for musical theatre productions, Academic advising and student recruitment, Scholarly/creative activity and service in the department and university
  • Screening of applications will begin November 1st, 2010

Utah State University- Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts: Acting/Head of BFA Acting Program[]

  • The Department of Theatre Arts, a unit of the newly formed Caine College of the Arts at Utah State University, seeks a skilled acting teacher to function as Head of the BFA acting program and to teach a range of acting classes in a tenure-track, full-time academic year position, beginning August 2011.
  • Duties: organization and administration of the BFA acting program, responsibility for curriculum development and recruitment on a local and national level, teach all levels of classes in acting and a class in a secondary area of specialization. May contribute to Utah State Theatre by directing for mainstage season.
  • Minimum Qualifications: MFA or equivalent, demonstrated excellence in university teaching, strong record of professional activity in performance or directing, evidence of ability to teach in a secondary area that may include directing, voice, musical theatre, stage combat or collaborative and devised theatre.
  • Review of applications will begin Jan 1, 2011.
  • Phone Interviews made (1/7/11)
  • Campus Visits Scheduled (1/24/11)

Vanderbilt University - Assistant Professor[]

  • Seeks applications from scholars to teach theatre history and dramatic literature in our active undergraduate department. This tenure track Assistant Professorship will begin Fall 2011. Teaching duties will include courses in the Theatre department, and depending on the interests of the candidate, may also include courses in a related discipline. The successful candidate will have a PhD in theatre history and dramatic literature and the promise of excellence in teaching and scholarship. Some teaching experience at the university level is preferable. Applications should include a letter highlighting qualifications for the position and research interests, a curriculum vita, an article length writing sample, and three letters of recommendation.
  • Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2010.
  • Asked for missing letter of rec (11/11).
  • Email confirming application and asking for the return of an anonymous "Faculty Survey Form" by snail mail. 11/19 (x2); and 11/22 (x2) and 11/23 (x3)
    • I haven't gotten this yet. Is the "Faculty Survey Form" the same deal as the EEO surveys many jobs send out?
    • Yes
    • Thanks. Just got it.
  • Skype interview scheduled (12/6 and 12/7)
  • I *love* the idea of Skype interviews. They should become the norm.
  • Campus visit scheduled (late December). (x2)
  • Updates?
  • A kind, lovely rejection after campus visit.
  • Does anyone know if an offer has been made? I still haven't heard anything either way...
  • Yes, and accepted (second-hand)
  • Snail mail rejection letter 2/28. Nice letter. (x2--and I appreciate the practice of announcing who they hired)
  • Also received the letter - not sure if I agree that the letter was "nice." Did I need to be reminded that it's a tough market out there at the same time as being reminded I didn't get the job? Did a hiring committee that took the, frankly, inconsiderate line of asking for full documentation, dossiers, and hard copies of publications with the initial letter of interest really need to remind us how expensive and trying the application process is? Sorry, I know I'm venting a bit, but honestly I'd feel more consoled by knowing that people are realizing how glutted the market is and taking steps to make the process more humane and less costly (allowing digital submissions, starting with a review of cvs and cover letters before soliciting substantial documents only from a short-list of candidates) than by hearing "we know how horrible it must be out there" from somebody with a secure job...
  • I agree with the last comment and let's hope that some search committee members are reading this and taking it to heart.

Ventura County Community College District- Theatre Arts Instructor[]

Virginia Commonwealth University - Acting[]

  • Assistant / Associate Professor in Acting, Department of Theatre, School of the Arts
    Virginia Commonwealth University, Position # F00470

  • Has anyone heard anything? This search was canceled last year; I fear it may happen again.
  • Job filled with internal candidate.
  • Virginia Tech- Voice and Acting (TT)
  • *Virginia Tech, Department of Theatre and Cinema, invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Voice and Acting proficient in one or more approaches to actor voice training. Full-time, academic year, beginning August 2011.

          • Required qualifications: MFA in Theatre, certification or specialized training in one or more voice and/or speech techniques, continuing engagement in the profession, proven ability to teach collaboratively and across disciplines, and demonstrated success working with diverse populations.
          • Review of candidates begins Jan. 10, 2011. On-line application only. For a complete description and to apply, go to and reference posting number 0100733.

          • Has anyone heard anything from VA Tech regarding his/her application? I am still waiting to hear SOMETHING.
  • Washington University (St. Louis)-Assistant, Early Modern Literature[]

        • Department of English
        • Ph.D. expected by 15 August 2011, with expertise in at least two of the following three subfields: Shakespeare; Tudor and pre-Restoration Stuart drama; sixteenth-century literature.
        • Send letter of application, dossier and précis of dissertation to Joseph Loewenstein, Chair of the Search Committee, Department of English, Washington University in St. Louis, One Brookings Drive, Box 1122, St. Louis, MO 63130.
        • Priority given to applications received by November 1, 2010, but the search will continue until the position is filled.
        • Also posted at Renaissance 2011
        • Very nice rejection letter, Nov. 22.

    Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan (Assistant Professor - Introduction to Theatre Course Director) [IDX=28018 LINK] []

        • Review begins on January 10, 2011
        • New Position
        • Has anyone heard anything about this?
        • Nothing yet (2/26)
        • snail-mail rejection letter (3/4) saying I didn't make cut. so second round now begins, I assume
        • Have heard campus interviews are scheduled.
        • Appointed an internal person

    Wayne State University / Hilberry Repertory Theatre, Detroit, Michigan (Assistant Professor - Voice and Movement) LINK[]

        • Review begins on November 23rd, 2010
        • New Position
        • Position has been filled (5/27)

    Weber State University- Assisatnt Professor Theater[]

        • The Theatre Area in the Department of Performing Arts invites applications for a tenure-track position.
        • The successful candidate will be expected to coordinate, advise, and supervise students in the Theatre Education program as well as teach theatre history and literature. Additional expertise is beneficial in one or more of the following areas: playwriting, design, acting, directing. Other responsibilities may include production work in directing and/or design areas and working with student organizations. This individual will also be expected to fulfill committee assignments and be visible and active in professional associations.
        • Master of Fine Arts Degree in Theatre required. Preferred qualifications: earned Doctorate; evidence of superior teaching ability; strong production background; excellent written and oral communications skills.
        • Review of applications begins December 10, 2010 and continues until the position is filled.
        • Anyone heard anything from this one?
        • Phone interview scheduled (1/13)
        • Campus visit scheduled (1/26)
        • Offer made and accepted.

    Webster University - St. Louis[]

        • Academic Year 2011-2012, (begins August 2011) PhD with teaching experience preferred; professional theatre experience desired. This appointment is at the Assistant Professor level. The candidate should have a passion for scholarly activities associate with theatre and experience in dramaturgical studies. The candidate should also have an understanding of and sympathy with the processes of producing live theatre. Teach multiple sections of key Theater Literature and History courses in the undergraduate curriculum, advise students, participate in faculty meetings and governance, lead a new BA program in Theatre Studies / Dramaturgy. School: The Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University, a four-year undergraduate professional program located in St. Louis, MO Applicants should forward: (1) a letter of interest which addresses the identified qualifications, (2) an expanded resume or curriculum vitae, including dates, (3) references, (4) an electronic portfolio of scholarly work samples and syllabi. Please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for those materials you wish returned. Review of applications will begin March 1, 2011 and will continue until the position is filled. It is anticipated that the successful candidate will assume the position Fall 2011 (August). Please mail application materials to: Faculty Search, Conservatory of Theatre Arts, WEBSTER UNIVERSITY, 470 East Lockwood Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63119-3194. We are proud to be an equal opportunity affirmative action employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.
        • Posted to the school's employment site 2/18 with review beginning in 10 days and submission by snail-mail - anybody have any idea if there's already a candidate and this one's just going through the motions for a dean's benefit or similar?
        • Can't speak to the above, but I did exchange e-mails with the search chair this weekend. If you have an online portfolio with writing samples, syllabi, etc. (the stuff they ask for in #4 above) you can simply provide a link to the site rather than mailing a CD. Thought this might be useful for some of you folks out there.
        • I notice the ad doesn't say this is a tenure-track position. Anyone know?
        • "Assistant professor" TENDS at most institutions to designate someone on the tenure track but not yet tenured...but I guess it might be worth asking if anybody is lucky enough to get an interview.
        • Talked to someone there, there is no search chair, per se. They are starting the review of applications (and have received a ton, of course) after Spring Break. They allowed me to email in my stuff and it was printed off. Very kind person.
        • Confirmation of materials by snail mail, asked to send a postcard back. 3/23
        • Phone interviews occurred 3/30-4/1. Campus visits anticipated "in April."
        • Rejection letter received snail mail. 5/16
        • Offer made and accepted.

    Western Kentucky University- Assistant Professor Theatre History[]

        • Western Kentucky University seeks applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor of Theatre History/Generalist, starting August 2011.
        • Minimum requirements: terminal degree in theatre and a strong, demonstrated commitment to undergraduate teaching in a department with a proven record of student engagement and success that places high value on collaborative, experiential learning, firmly rooted in a liberal arts context.
        • Primary responsibilities include teaching the Theatre History and Drama curriculum, directing in our intensive, professionally oriented production program, and full participation in departmental administrative activities (including student advising and committee service.) Secondary expertise in teaching acting and/or children's theatre highly desirable.
        • Application review begins January 24th, 2011, and continues until position is filled.
        • Committee is reviewing apps and checking refs. No interviews scheduled yet (as of 2/14).
        • Thanks for update!
        • any updates on this? 3/3
        • Search has been canceled !!
        • Just curious, how did you find out the search was canceled?
        • Yup, I just got an email from the Dean, saying search was canceled.
        • Just got email from search chair -- search is re-opened. Purpose of email was to ask if I was still interested -- told them I am. They called me a "finalist" but didn't define what that meant. Will update as I know more. 4/14 (x3)
        • Campus visit scheduled (for May 5-6).
        • Offer made and accepted. Michelle Dwoskin hired.

    Westminster College- Assistant Professor Theatre[]

        • Westminster College seeks an assistant professor in Theatre for its new majors in Theatre (BA), Performance (BFA) and Technical Theatre (BFA).
          • Responsibilities include teaching theatre courses (e.g., Acting, Voice and Diction, Movement for the Theatre, Auditioning for the Theatre, and Musical Theatre). directing departmental productions, and advancing the academic and professional reputation of the College.
          • The successful candidate will have an MFA in Acting, professional experience in Theatre Arts, and college-level teaching experience.
          • Review of applications will commence on December 1. For a complete job posting including application instructions, please navigate to our online job board at
        • RESPONSES:
          • request for more materials to complete application (12/4)
          • I've heard nothing from them as of 1/14... I trust this search is complete?
          • It's hard to tell. Searches often halt during Winter Break. Seems that no one on this list has an update, so far. I haven't heard anything. (1/15)
          • Offer made and accepted (not by me) 3/23

    Whitman College- Assistant Professor[]

        • Tenure track position in Theatre with expertise in Scenic and Lighting Design at the rank of Assistant Professor.
        • The successful candidate will offer courses in Scenic and Lighting Design and Introduction to Theatre, design scenery and/or lighting for at least two productions per year, mentor design students, and participate in the recruiting of guest artists and the development of the design program.
        • The Search Committee has begun review of materials and will accept submissions through December 3, 2010.

    Virginia Tech- Voice and Acting (TT)[]

        • Virginia Tech, Department of Theatre and Cinema, invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Voice and Acting proficient in one or more approaches to actor voice training. Full-time, academic year, beginning August 2011.
        • Required qualifications: MFA in Theatre, certification or specialized training in one or more voice and/or speech techniques, continuing engagement in the profession, proven ability to teach collaboratively and across disciplines, and demonstrated success working with diverse populations.
        • Review of candidates begins Jan. 10, 2011. On-line application only. For a complete description and to apply, go to and reference posting number 0100733.


        • Shall we provide links this year? Let's not stress about SCs posting here. More info is more info, which is a good thing, right? Let's aim for a drama-free year. 'Cause I say so.

        • Is it just me or is the job market sloooooooooow this year? Very few jobs out there compared to last year.

        • I feel like there are a lot of jobs this year. More than I expected. But this wiki is slow. Maybe because no one has posted something controversial yet?

        • By my count the market seems slower than last year, but I still think that we'll see job ads trickling in until November.

        • There are several of us in the ABD category. How many of you are planning on definately being done by the end of the spring semester (May)? Or are people going on the market ABD with plans to finish during the first year on the job?
        • I plan to defend by May, but job hunting (and other things) are slowing me down. I plan to finish just to increase my chances of getting a job.
        • I am planning on defending in April. I, too, am getting slowed down by the application process. But I need to finish this year since my funding is running out. I am not sure if my ABD status will hurt me on the market, even if my cover letter and letters of recommendation say that I will have my defense in the spring.
        • No defense date set- but I am on the market. Probably not a good move.
        • So can we try tyo break this down: how many of us are ABD with defense date set? How many will have completed all requirements for the PhD by the end of the winter term? By the end of spring? By the end of summer? How many of us are ABD and on the market with expectations to finish the PhD while on the job?
        • I am ABD- will have degree in hand by end of May.
        • Honestly, if you can't finish (and, perhaps more importantly, demonstrate in all your application materials that you will finish) before the job start date you're out on a wing and a prayer. Unless your resume is red-hot, like to the tune of multiple peer-reviewed shorter publications in top journals or directing Off-Broadway or at a major regional LORT theater, I doubt you'll even get a nibble. Not to be a downer, but I was Grad Student rep to a hiring committee last year - we hired an ABD, but only because the letter from his advisor was crystal clear about a time-frame for finishing in June.
        • I'm an ABD and I can defend by the summer, so I'm applying to anything I can, which is still not much. But I can get one more year of funding in my PhD program if I needed it. I will only defend this year if by miraculous chance I get a job. Otherwise I'll stay in my program one more year and try to position myself better for the next application rounds. BTW: There's an article on the Chronicle of Higher Education about the unlikelihood of ABDs to get a job in this market.
        • Do you think this article applies to people in Theatre? I have heard that the whole ABD bias is greater in fields like English, History, and the Social Sciences where there are far too many graduate students each year. I am curious to know how many theatre PhDs come out of the academie every year?
        • I think one of the problems is that applicants from other areas (English, Comp Lit, Classics) can in essense compete with us for Theatre jobs. I know this is very elitist of me to say, but I wish that people who trained in theatre departments would get preference since we develop in these departments and are products of them. A person trained in theatre studies should be more prepared to contribute to a theatre department than a person with only an English or Comp Lit background. Is this too controversial?
        • In reponse to "does this ABD bias apply in theatre" I can only speak from personal experience, but that experience is an "absolutely." During my last year ABD I applied for many many jobs, and didn't get a single phone interview. That summer (after I had the degree in hand and kept sending things in) I got several phone and campus interviews, and was very lucky and ended up in a TT spot. Now that I'm on this side, its very clear that (at least where I am) it makes a big difference. The question for a search committee could be: why take a risk on someone who might not finihs on time (even if there is a 90% chance they will) when they can get someone else (and like it or not, there are plenty of others just as qualified as us, albeit different) who is guaranteed to already have the degree? So, I suppose the optimistic side of my point is, at least in my experience, it will get better for those who are frustrated about not making a lot of progress (job-wise) while ABD. Finish the dissertation. Do creative or research projects that appeal to you and will help build your CV, and (if you believe in such things) have faith!
        • Thank you for the story and advice!
        • I got my job two years ago when I was ABD, but it happened to be an ideal fit (it's a non-TT position). I did, however, get a handful of second interviews and 3 campus visits as an ABD, so it's not impossible, particularly for "smaller" jobs (lecturer, etc). Of course, this was two years ago, so things probably have changed somewhat.
        • Regarding the "ABD-thing," just had dinner with 8 ABDs who all went into the job market in greater or lesser degree this year including myself. Some are imminently finishing, some may have been a bit optimistic; on profile and accomplishments I'd rate us from "all right" to "really really outstanding" (for the record I'm probably somewhere in the middle of the pack). Between the 8 of us we sent out, we figured, around 100 applications - some sent only 1 or 2 to "dream jobs," others hit the market quite a bit harder. All told, we have so far had exactly ONE phone interview, and that was somebody who probably isn't the best profile but has experience as a professional tech director (seemingly much in demand this year) and a defense date scheduled for early March (the earliest of any of us). The moral of the story seems to be that the slow years have left plenty of people without jobs who have completed their degree, and aren't one episode of writer's block or cranky committee member away from not finishing on the timeline they intended. As terrific as all of us ABDers are, the homeles PhDers are just as awesome and less of a retrospect we probably should have clubbed together and used the money that went to application expenses buying junk bonds or lottery tickets.

        • It seems that in contrast to previous years there are more specific jobs. In the past, there have been a lot of generalist jobs, but there are less of these. There are very few jobs over all. There are a ton of really great people on the market, many of whom have been on the market for several years post-degree, accruing publications, presentations, and experience, and there are simply not the jobs for them, and the new graduates, and those on the tenure track wanting to move. While I am striving to present myself as best I can in applications, I have also gone into this year with zero expectations. I expect to stay where I am, and am creating new projects here I am excited about. In my opinion, I think people should be spending as much time finding non-academic paths as applying to academic jobs. If not more. Which, you know, is not a new or enlightening position to take. :)
        • Good for you for going on the market, but bad for you for the zero expectations! You should always feel like something is possible.
        • Do you already have your degree in hand? ABD?
        • I have my degree. To each his/her own, I suppose. We were, in fact, counselled by our faculty not to have expectations but to send the applications out and forget them. It's not that I don't think something is possible, but that I refuse to dwell on any particular possibility. Like I said, I do the best I can to present myself and all my wonderfulness. :) But I also know that it is healthier for me to put the job market to the side and focus on my artistic work, teaching, and research and what may be may be. There are not jobs for everybody, this is a fact. But people are more than the particular job they have.
        • Also, I revise my initial statement. A lot of job postings have popped up in the last week. I think there's about as many as there were last year-- and actually many more I'm excited about this year. And the applications seem, in general, to be more humane. No transcripts, no reference letters unless you make it to the next level, etc. This saves a lot of money, and I really appreciate it. Thank you search committees if you're reading!
        • I'm a scholar/artist and I have a list of about 20 jobs I'm applying for or have applied for (granted, not all are in the USA). I'm essentially a generalist and some of the posts I'm applying for are ridiculous long shots, but still, that's not a terrible tally. Chin up!
        • How many other people on here are scholar/artists? It would be nice to be able to come up with a classification system to know how we define ourselves (scholar/artists, pre-modern, modern and contemporary, directors, acting teachers, theory/crticism, non-western, etc).

        • Would you mind adding jobs to the list above even if they are not in the US. I know this is like helping the competition, but that's how the jobs that are already up there got online in the first place.
        • Non-U.S.? Wow, where are those?
        • I applied for jobs in the UK (I know, their HE system is about to implode wth the new austerity measures, but a job's a job) and Oz.

        • How is everyone doing so far with the job search and getting materials out? It looks like from what is out there, I will be applying to 22 jobs this year. What about everyone else? Is this average, low, high? My first time on the market.
        • I have been on the market since the 2005-2006 year, when I was ABD. I received the Ph.D. in 2006. I have had two visiting positions, but no TT job. My first year (2005/2006) I sent out over 70 applications. Last year I was down to only 15. This year is already looking up as I have sent out 18 and have 7 more to do this week! I have published a book, and I have several chapters in books published, and am currently editing an anthology for a major press. It's a tough market out there, but I think it's looking up. I know how easy it is to become discouraged. I know at times I have felt like giving up, but I worked really hard, as I'm sure so many others here have, to get my degrees, and I'm just not ready to throw all of that work away. Besides, the non-academic job market hasn't exactly been the greatest either! Keep plugging away everyone! I know how hard it is, but I still believe that in the end it will pay off. I never dreamed it would take me six years on the TT search, but I'm still here!
        • I'm first year on the market and applying to 14 jobs. From my end it looks like being able to apply to 22 jobs is great. good for you.
        • I'm a lecturer on a renewable OYO but looking for TT job. I've been pleasantly surprised at the number of generalist jobs that I seem suited for (I actually want to be a generalist and like teaching large classes). Thus far I have 9 positions I am applying for. I was on the market as ABD for two years - and each year I applied for about 30 positions (07 and 08); I had six interviews (plus three campus visits) in year one, and two finalist interviews (including the job I got) in year two.
        • I'm a lecturer on a renewable OYO but looking for TT job. I've been pleasantly surprised at the number of generalist jobs that I seem suited for (I actually want to be a generalist and like teaching large classes). Thus far I have 9 positions I am applying for. I was on the market as ABD for two years - and each year I applied for about 30 positions (07 and 08); I had six interviews (plus three campus visits) in year one, and two finalist interviews (including the job I got) in year two.

        • I am applying to 15 jobs, and 8 postdocs so far. First year on the market.
        • what post docs? I'm guessing they're general humanities???
        • To question re postdocs: they are in the "Humanities and Social Science Postdocs" section of the wiki. The applicant pools are insanely large, but if you have good materials, you never know!

        • The activity is really picking up!

        • Who ever took the jobs for UN-Reno, Beloit College, and College of the Holy Cross off the page, please put them back on. It looks like it happened while someone was tidying up the page, which is much appreciated. But please be careful.

        • University of Pittsburgh is looking for a Director/Scholar. Legit search.

        • I've been reading this site last year and this year. I have both MA and MFA in theatre and have worked professionally. I also consider myself a scholar since I have published and received an award for a paper submitted. This is my second year teaching adjunct. I've applied for approximately 20 positions both years. Last year I did receive two phone interviews and requests for campus visits, but one was withdrawn because of funding. This December I've had three phone interviews, one campus visit, request for a second campus visit and a third request for more materials. I've accepted the position from the visit. Two of these were small schools not listed on this web site. Small schools give good experience and often pay very well. Keep looking and building your resume. The jobs are there. Happy New Year and good luck to all.

        • Congrats on the job. I'm wondering what "small schools" means to you. Could you tell us the names of those two whose searches were not posted here? Thanks
        • In what area is your MFA? Design, Acting, etc?
        • It already says here that 2 people have accepted positions. Any chance they can let us know where?

        • Hope its ok to vent slightly - I'm getting frustrated with all the searches that don't seem completely legit (VAP or Adjuncts who had the job description written for them). I know most universities have to do a national search, but I'm wasting my time here. I had an on-campus interview awhile back for a small department - great gig- I was very excited. I got there to find the search com. distant at best. I found out later that they hired the Dept Chair's spouse! Did I really have a shot? Do we have the right to inquire about other finalists before we commit to traveling?
        • I appreciate the frustration. I've seen several different hiring processes both as a candidate and a faculty member. Particularly in the last couple of years, when funding has been problematic for most departments, I've seen a lot of streamlining and effort to save time and hours. Here's a scenario that seems very likely for some of these 'quick' searches. A school had a retirement 2-3 years ago. Because of budget concerns, they fill the position with lecturers, adjuncts, VAPs, etc. - but they clearly recruit those teachers to fill the specific course requirements. Then, after some budget things get sorted out, they get to do a TT search - which has to be a national search - but it's very likely they need a candidate much like the person they already have. Personally I wish these searches would not ask for too much material if it were that kind of situation, so it is not such a burden on us to apply (and they can still see "what is out there" in case they have any doubts about their current appointment). As far as "asking" goes, I personally would be wary of that. I've asked before how many people they are planning on inviting to campus (if I get a phone / short-list interview), just to indicate to them that I'm curious about how their process will work, and if they offer a bit of information ("Well, we're talking to ten and we'll probably invite three,") then that's a bit of added information, although it has little bearing on the outcome. I strongly advise against asking about who the other candidates are: in my experiene, some faculty are very loose-lipped about this once you get to the campus, but others are very, very strict, as there are a lot of confidentiality issues regarding EEOC, etc. I also wish there were some kind of industry-wide standard that would speed up the process, which I think would help all concerned. I once waited seven weeks after a campus visit to get a snail mail letter saying they had declared it a failed search; and this year there are a couple of schools on this list with early November deadlines that have not contacted me aside from receipt of materials info. It shouldn't take a committee more than a month to put together a shortlist (even if it is of 15-20) and send a note to the other 100 people that they can quit dreaming about relocating their lives to Westfield County, Kansas, or wherever.
        • Sing it. While a campus visit is nice, it may require breaking commitments or changing plans to make possible and if there's no chance I'm going to be hired, I'd rather not spend the time away from my job or my family. As for VAPs, I would add these thoughts: since as many of these searches are legit as are not, you just have to apply if you can afford to and try to forget about your chances. Also, the VAPs had to apply to get their jobs to begin with, so it's hard for me to feel badly about losing out to someone who already beat the competition to get where s/he is. Which is to say, if your situation allows it, apply for the VAPs when you can! They don't seem to hurt. Good luck everyone.
        • I understand the issues that the people above raise. Sure - it can be frustrating to go through the process and then find out you never really had a chance. I've been one of those people, and I was really, really annoyed to learn that a department hired a long-term VAP. But in retrospect, I'm really glad it happened. Every interview I did made me better, and by the time I interviewed for the job I currently have, I was (aparrently) pretty strong at interviewing. Even if you've done 15 campus visits, the 16th probably will offer you something to learn from. Plus, you get free meals and frequent flier miles.
        • Regrading searches where there are VAPs that seem to have a "job description written for them," these aren't always as rigged as they seem. I've been at an institution where this seemed to be the case, and where the VAP was in fact considered, but the other candidates on the short list were absolutely taken just as seriously, and in some instances offered the positions.
        • Saw that somebody had fixed the wonky formatting in the discussion section, and did the same for several of the individual listings. Would respectfully suggest that a few folks who understand the formatting principles of the wiki consider doing the same for remaining listings that have been weirdly formatted or duplicated - if we all pitch in on a few it'll look as good as new in no time! And, with all due deference, if you're confused about how to do the formatting maybe better to do nothing at all...

        • Just deleted second of all the double-posted "W" listings. Like poster above, have noticed that some folks seem to do really wonky things to the formatting whenever they post. Maybe if you're an experienced user and you see that someone has done this you could undo their revision, cutting and pasting the text they meant to add and saving us all from confusingly disorienting double redundancy.
        • Gets on soapbox*

        • I just received the tackiest rejection--and I've received plenty--ever: an email stating "Please see the attached letter" and an attachment with absolutely no personalization of any form. For a school that required a cover letter, CV, graduate transcripts (which cost money), letters of recommendation (which cost money), and a teaching philosophy from me (the broke, out-of-work Ph.D. with $100,000+ in student loans), while I don't necessarily expect the cost of a stamp to send me a personal letter, at least type my name into the email!
        • Steps off of soapbox and returns you to your regularly-scheduled day of job-hunting
        • Woohoo- a new low, rejected from a job that I never applied for. It even beats the lengthy email rejection detailing how they enjoyed our convesations and talking about my research but that they "decided to go another way" for a job that I never had an interview for. You just gotta laugh and think "bullet dodged", if they're that disorganized now what will they be like later.
        • Just curious about what happened with a few jobs that were never listed here: The Yale Performance Studies Post-doc, the VAP position at LSU, and the three-year position at University of Denver? Anyone have any info? I assume they're filled by now.
        • 2011 - 2012 page is now up!