Theatre | Assistant Professor, Theory & Criticism / Dramatic Literature

Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts (VCUarts)
Position F03210
Full-time 9-month tenure-eligible position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor. Position begins August 16, 2017
Review of Applications Begins:January 9, 2017, and continues until the position is filled.

The Opportunity:

The VCUarts Department of Theatre ( is seeking an energetic and dynamic Assistant/Associate Professor to teach in the areas of Theatre History, Theory, Criticism and Dramatic Literature, and lead the department’s graduate program. Located in Richmond, VA, the Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts (VCUarts) is ranked the #1 public university arts & design program in the country (by U.S. News & World Report). The Department of Theatre is one of the largest departments among the School’s 16 programs and has a long history and a distinguished reputation for training theatre artists. The department offers multiple degrees: a B.A in Theatre; B.F.A. degrees in Theatre with emphases in Performance, Scene Design and Technical Production, Costume Design and Technical Production, Lighting Design and Technical Production, and Stage Management; and M.F.A. degrees in Pedagogy, Scene Design and Costume Design.

The department is located in the Singleton Center for the Performing Arts which is shared with the Department of Music.  The Department of Dance and Choreography is housed in other facilities nearby. The greater Richmond area has a vibrant arts community and boasts two major ‘road houses’ and thirteen producing theatre companies.  The faculty, staff and students of Theatre VCU have an active and important presence in many of these.  The Department is located a very short distance from Virginia Repertory Theatre and the Richmond Arts District. Additionally, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is one mile from campus and the Singleton Center is located just a few blocks from VCU’s new Institute for Contemporary Art, poised to open in 2017. The department has a formal relationship with Virginia Repertory Theatre and is currently creating an exciting partnership with the Contemporary American Theatre Festival.  Many faculty work at Washington D.C.’s major theatres, only two hours away.

The department has an enrollment of 235 undergraduate students and 30 graduate students, and in addition to the Chair, is staffed with 15 dedicated full-time faculty, three staff members, a full-time academic advisor, and numerous adjuncts. This diverse and experienced group of industry and academic professionals are experts in their areas of expertise and create a plethora of exciting opportunities for the innovative training of theatre artists. In addition, the Department of Theatre has vital and exciting relationships and connections across the campus and with the larger community. Numerous continuing cross-campus and interdisciplinary networks thrive with the School of Medicine and the School of Business, among others.  These relationships offer our students opportunities and an atmosphere for truly interdisciplinary/ inter-media approaches to artistic studies.

Major Responsibilities:

This is a 9-month tenure-eligible faculty position in the areas of Theatre History, Historiography, Pedagogy, Theory and Criticism, Dramatic Literature, and Dramaturgy with an academic rank of either Assistant or Associate Professor. This position will develop and teach graduate courses in these areas and will mentor graduate students as they work towards completion of the MFA requirements. This position will serve as the director of graduate studies for the department and will be expected to foster and disseminate compelling ideas concerning the nature and future of theatre as an art form. In addition, as director of graduate studies, this position will have a portfolio of related responsibilities, including administering graduate policies and procedures, advocating for the program and its students, graduate advising, and recruitment.

The faculty member will have research expectations that include scholarly and creative activity that make a contribution to a body of knowledge within a related theatre discipline, reflect a high standard of quality of competence, and demonstrate excellence in the field. The faculty member will be required to have an established research agenda and a clear potential for external funding, as appropriate, and potential for scholarship or creative expression to complement and expand existing expertise in the department. If hired at the Associate professor level, the faculty member will be required to have a well-developed scholarly portfolio with evidence of multi-disciplinary applications and external funding appropriate to complement and expand existing expertise in the department.


  • PhD in a related Theatre discipline;
  • A strong record of teaching at the graduate level; minimum of four years of experience required;
  • Notable record of scholarly accomplishment disseminated through well regarded channels;
  • Applicants must have demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU.
  • Appropriate administrative experience is preferred;
  • Active membership in national professional organizations is preferred.

Application Instructions:

Submit the following application materials via VCU eJobs at to the attention of Dr. Aaron Anderson, Professor and search committee chair:

-Letter of Interest that conveys relevant academic and professional experience and describes experiences and/or professional service that inform world views and/or perspectives about minority group status, to include race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion, and disability;

-One-page statement of teaching philosophy;

-Current curriculum vitae; and

-List of five references familiar with the applicant’s record as an instructor, and/or professional colleague, including names, addresses, and phone numbers (references will not be checked prior candidates’ approval).

Only electronic applications submitted via VCU eJobs will be accepted. The Letter of Interest and Teaching Philosophy should be submitted as one document in the “Cover Letter/Letter of Application” section in eJobs; the CV should be submitted in the “Curriculum Vitae (CV)” section of eJobs; and the list of references should be submitted in the “Other Document” section in eJobs.

Review of applications begins January 9, 2017, and continues until the position is filled.

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