Performing Arts (493700)

  • Fullerton
  • Fullerton, California
  • Nov 28, 2019
Full Time Museum and Arts

Job Description

College of the Arts
Department of Theatre and Dance
Assistant Professor
Fall 2020

The Department of Theatre and Dance in the College of the Arts at California State University, Fullerton, invites applications for a full-time tenure track Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre Performance, Directing and Acting with appointment to begin Fall 2020.

California State University, Fullerton is a minority-serving institution and an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer with a strong commitment to increasing the diversity of the campus community and the curriculum. CSUF fosters an inclusive environment within which students, faculty, staff, and administrators thrive. Individuals advancing the University's strategic diversity goals and those from underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply.

CSUF faculty are committed teachers and scholars who bring research and creative discovery to students in classrooms, labs, studios, and individually mentored projects. They teach broadly in the curricula of their departments, advise students, and serve on departmental and university committees. The primary responsibilities of the person in this position will include teaching a combination of undergraduate courses in musical theatre, acting, and directing. This person will also be responsible for producing creative/scholarly work commensurate with the requirements for tenure. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to and participate in the life and development of the department, advise students, serve on committees, and participate in their discipline and larger university communities.

The Department
The Department of Theatre & Dance serves approximately 550 Majors, with 23 Full-time and 28 Part-time Faculty and 14 Full-time Professional Staff and offers BFA Degrees in Acting and Musical Theatre; BA Degrees in Theatre, Design & Production, and Dance; and MFA Degrees in Directing and Design & Production. The yearly season consists of up to 10 main stage and 8 studio series productions (performed, designed, and staffed by students) including plays, musicals, dance, and opera, produced in 5 spaces, utilizing a variety of faculty directors, graduate student directors, and guest directors. The Department of Theatre and Dance at California State University, Fullerton, is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre and the National Association of Schools of Dance and is a member of University Resident Theatre Association and United States Institute for Theatre Technology. For more information about the department, please visit:

The primary professional responsibilities of this instructional faculty member are teaching a combination of undergraduate courses in musical theatre, acting, directing, along with other courses in the major, as needed. Duties include directing mainstage, studio series, showcases, and workshop productions of musical and non-musical (plays) works as part of the regular assignment. In addition, this position will be expected to participate in advising students; engaging in active peer-reviewed creative/scholarly activities; participation in department, college, university, and system-wide service including student recruitment; maintaining office hours; and working collaboratively and productively with colleagues. Positive tenure and promotion decisions require excellent teaching; a record of peer-reviewed creative/scholarly activity in the discipline; strong leadership contributions to school, college and university committees and to external professional organizations that serve the broader discipline's communities.

• MFA in Theatre with an emphasis in directing or acting in musical theatre
• Evidence of professional experience directing and or acting in musical theatre
• Evidence of successful university teaching experience in musical theatre
• Evidence of knowledge of musical theatre literature both classical and contemporary
• Evidence of current pedagogical trends in the fields of acting and musical theatre
• Evidence of the ability to balance excellent teaching, scholarship, and service
• Experience in working collaboratively with colleagues and communities
• Demonstrated commitment to and excellence in teaching diverse student populations, including first-generation college students

Application Procedure
A complete on-line application must be received by electronic submission in order to receive consideration. To apply, visit to view all job listings and select 493700 to begin the application process and provide the following required materials:
• Letter of application responding to your experience related to the required qualifications and discussing your teaching philosophy and pedagogical practices with both musical theatre students and non-musical theatre students
• Curriculum vitae
• Candidate Diversity Statement:
This statement provides the candidate's unique perspective on their past and present contributions to and future aspirations for promoting diversity, inclusion, and social justice in their professional careers. The purpose of the diversity statement is to help departments identify candidates who have professional experience, intellectual commitments, and/or the willingness to engage in activities that will help CSUF contribute to its mission in these areas.
• A list of three references with relevant contact information

Finalists will be asked to submit additional information:
• Digital Portfolio: links to recent recordings of musical theatre productions
o For each clip identify specifically what your role was with the production (e.g. stage director, acting coach, performer, etc.). Please provide YouTube links or access links to online storage (e.g. Dropbox, Google Docs.); do not send actual video files.
• Additional materials such as current course outlines, course assignments and rubrics may also be requested.
• Finalists invited for an on-campus interview will be asked to submit three letters of recommendation. Please have these ready for the referents to submit. On the References page of the online application, enter information and email addresses for three referents who will provide a confidential letter of reference for your application. A request via email along with information on uploading the letter will be sent. You will be able to verify that each letter has been received by CSUF by logging back in to the recruitment system.

Please do not send additional materials until requested to do so. The finalists for the position will be contacted when to submit and are required to submit all materials for full consideration.

Please direct all questions about the position to: Dale A. Merrill, Dean, College of the Arts at with "Musical Theatre Search" in the subject line or call 657-278-3256.

Review of applications will begin on September 30, 2019 and will continue until the position has been filled. The anticipated appointment date is August 17, 2020.

Additional Information
Multiple positions may be hired from this recruitment based on the strength of the applicant pool.

Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications, and is subject to budgetary authorization and any California State University System faculty contract increases. Summer research grants, moving expenses, start-up funds, and a reduced teaching load may be available. An excellent comprehensive benefits package is available that includes: health/vision/dental plans; spouse, domestic partner and dependent fee-waiver; access to campus child-care; and a defined-benefit retirement through the state system along with optional tax sheltering opportunities. For a detailed description of benefits, please visit

The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be formally offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose.

Application Review Begin Date: September 30, 2019
Job Number: 493700
Application Link:
Work type: Instructional Faculty - Tenure-Track
Location: Fullerton
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association
Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

Job Address

Fullerton, California 92831 United States View Map