Human Resources

Assistant Professor of Theatre: Artist/Scholar in Theatre Arts/History and Theory

Description and Qualifications:

The School of Theatre Arts (SoTA) at Illinois Wesleyan University invites applications for a tenure track position at the Assistant Professor level, to begin August 2020. The successful candidate will possess a terminal degree, PhD at the time of appointment preferred. We particularly invite applications from candidates who identify as a member of an underrepresented group(s). The successful candidate must demonstrate an ability to contextualize world theatre and storytelling for underserved populations. We welcome a teacher and artist with established connections with the professional theatre community who can also be committed to creating strong ties to our campus community. The School of Theatre Arts is seeking an individual who will provide strong leadership and stability to the BA Theatre Arts degree, aligning it with current best practices. This is a program that is designed for students with a wide range of interests and abilities. The successful candidate will provide future direction, vision, and growth to the BA in Theatre Arts degree in a manner that will allow the program to evolve and be
inclusive of the breadth of study within the theatre program as a whole. 

Our new colleague will contribute:

In Teaching: This position engages substantially with theatre curriculum and all students in SoTA by teaching core courses in Theatre History, Dramatic Literature, the evolution of theatre theory and in the delivery of writing pedagogy within the major at all levels, and providing mentorship and advisement of related practicums or degree projects. The person in this position may also have the opportunity to teach in individualised areas of expertise such as: performance, directing, theatre education, design, voice/speech, production management.

In Research: The Professor of Theatre Arts/History and Theory may participate in the creation of theatrical productions for SoTA’s co-curricular production program by directing on rotation. In addition, the successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to sustain active professional engagement as a scholar/artist nationally or internationally. These projects could include activity that includes collaboration with student scholar-artists. 

In Service: Leadership in the BA Theatre Arts degree, curriculum development, advising, and recruiting prospective students. Participation in faculty governance in the School of Theatre Arts and at the University is also expected. 

About the School of Theatre Arts and Illinois Wesleyan University
Our mission is to train well-rounded, entrepreneurial theatre artists prepared to work in professional settings, and to utilize creative problem solving, collaboration, and communication skills in contexts beyond the theatre. The School of Theatre Arts at Illinois Wesleyan University is a vibrant pre-professional program serving  approximately 100 majors. It is one of four professional schools at the university existing within a traditional liberal arts matrix. Theatre students may pursue a BA or one of three BFA degrees in Acting, Design/Technology or Music Theatre. 

The School of Theatre Arts seeks candidates whose research, teaching, or service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and inclusion in higher education. Diversity in our environment embraces the acceptance of a multiplicity of diverse backgrounds and worldviews, and diversity and inclusion in the arts. We translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies, as we believe that such experiences are both institutional and service imperatives. We encourage applications from individuals with demonstrated knowledge of and relevant abilities working with diverse communities and diversity in the arts.


About Bloomington/Normal, IL
Bloomington/Normal, Illinois has a metropolitan setting with a small town feel. Located in central Illinois, we are two and a half hours from three major cities (Chicago, St. Louis and Indianapolis). Travel is very easy with AmTrak, our local airport and major highways.


Application Instructions
Send application electronically, including in your cover letter a statement describing your perspectives on and, preferably, experience with promoting inclusion, curriculum vitae, graduate school transcripts, three letters of reference, and portfolio or Website address. Review of applications will begin December 15, 2019. Please send your application to:

Jean Kerr
Director, School of Theatre Arts
Illinois Wesleyan University
Bloomington, IL 61702-2900
jkerr@iwu.edu