Position Details: Gustavus Adolphus College invites applications for a one-year sabbatical replacement position of Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance to begin September 1, 2020.

Institution Information: Gustavus Adolphus College seeks employees who are committed to and will actively contribute to our efforts to celebrate cultural and intellectual richness and be resolute in advancing inclusion and equity. The Gustavus Acts strategic plan renews our commitment to equip students to lead purposeful lives, and to act on the great challenges of our time by diversifying and expanding the Gustavus community and delivering a distinctive and integrated liberal arts education. We are committed to fostering a community that embodies the value of a liberal arts education rooted in heritage and pluralism. We engage in this work at a coeducational, private, Lutheran (ELCA), residential, national liberal arts college of 2200 students.

The Gustavus Theatre and Dance Department’s mission emphasizes the value of performance as a vital means of working for social justice and personal transformation. The Department mentors students in explorations of the many ways theatre and dance artists interpret and affect society. Students and faculty collaborate on creative research projects designed to raise awareness, create community, foster self-expression, challenge stereotypes, evoke compassion, and represent diverse perspectives.

Major/Essential Functions: The annual teaching assignment will be 5 courses equivalents divided between the fall and spring semesters. Primary teaching responsibilities will include T/D 106 (Acting I), T/D 130 (Foundations of Western Theatre History), an intermediate-level acting technique course based on the candidate’s area of expertise, supervision of a showcase of student-generated work, and directing one mainstage production in the spring semester. The ideal candidate would be a passionate theatre maker who brings a unique perspective to our program.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • MFA in Directing or Acting (PhD or ABD also considered; preference will be given to applicants who will complete their degree by September 1, 2020);
  • Prior experience as a director or actor in either academic or professional settings;
  • Prior experience teaching; and
  • Evidence of a commitment to undergraduate teaching and student advising.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Evidence of an interest in teaching and directing in a liberal arts college setting;
  • Prior experience as a director or actor in both academic and professional settings;
  • Prior experience teaching beyond the TA level; and
  • Prior experience teaching voice and diction for actors; and
  • Experience working with people from diverse backgrounds and a demonstrated commitment to pedagogical methods that enable students across racial, ethnic, and socio-economic groups to reach their maximum potential.

Application Procedures: To apply, visit https://gustavus.edu/jobs and complete the online application. The documents that must be uploaded include the following:

  • Letter of application that addresses the position qualifications and includes a brief proposal for a directing project suitable for undergraduate majors and non-majors;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Link for website or online portfolio, if available;
  • Transcripts (scanned copies acceptable); and
  • The names and contact information for three professional references (at least one must be able to address teaching experience and effectiveness).

For full consideration, applications must be received by March 30, 2020. While applications may be accepted after this date, it is not guaranteed that they will be considered. Incomplete applications will not be considered by the search committee.

Gustavus Adolphus College is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. The College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, disability, or veteran status in its education or employment programs or activities.