Utah State University

Assistant/Associate Professor of Theatre Education & Theatre Arts

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 2 months ago(11/17/2022 6:29 PM)
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Caine College of the Arts
Theatre Arts
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits
Telework Eligible


Utah State University’s Department of Theatre Arts is seeking a full-time, nine-month tenure-track Assistant/Associate Professor of Theatre Education & Theatre Arts. The ideal candidate will have a strong record of teaching within a K-12 curriculum (or extensive, related experiences teaching these age groups), experience teaching in a university setting, and demonstrate a commitment to mentoring and student success. The position is defined as 50% creative activity or research, 40% teaching, 10% service. 


This is a tenure-track position beginning with the 2023-2024 academic year anticipated to start in August 2023. Review of applications will begin January 6, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled.


  • Teaching load to include: 
    • Methods of Teaching Theatre K-6
    • Drama Across the Curriculum K-12
    • Applied Theatre
    • Clinical Experience in Teaching
    • Student Teaching Supervision
    • Other areas as appropriate to department needs
  • Supervise student teaching and clinical field experiences, including regular contact with both the students and the mentor teachers.
  • Participate in the annual portfolio review of BFA Theatre Education students. 
  • Mentor undergraduate student projects and grants (research, creative, and/or pedagogical). 
  • Participate in recruitment and retention activities, including attending recruiting events in and/or out of state. 
  • Serve on department, college, and university committees.
  • Create and produce creative activity/research to remain current in the profession. 
  • Potentially head the BA Theatre Arts Program and the Theatre Arts Minor, which includes monthly cohort meetings and registration advising.
    Other duties as assigned. 


Minimum Qualifications for Appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor

  • Terminal degree (MFA or PhD) in theatre education, theatre for youth, or theatre with substantial K-12 education background/experience. 
  • At least 1 year of teaching experience at the university level. 
  • Experience teaching theatre with students grades K-12, preferably in public or private schools. 
  • Demonstrated ability to direct in a university setting.
  • Demonstrated ability to teach applied theatre.
  • Valid driver’s license and ability to travel locally/regionally to supervise pre-service student teachers.
  • Job offer is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check.

Minimum Qualifications for Appointment at the rank of Associate Professor

In addition to the minimum qualifications for appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor, initial appointment at the rank of Associate Professor shall require:

  • Current rank of Associate Professor in Theatre at an accredited institution,
  • A minimum of 6 years of effective teaching at the university level,
  • An excellent record as a creative artist or published researcher commensurate with appointment as an Associate Professor, and
  • A minimum of 6 years of significant university service.
  • Initial appointment at the rank of Associate Professor shall be without tenure, and a timeline to the tenure decision will be agreed upon at time of hire and documented in the offer letter and role statement.

Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD in theatre.
  • 2 or more years of teaching experience at the university level. 
  • Demonstrated passion and dedication to student success.
  • Valid teacher certification/licensure in theatre (K-12) and working knowledge of state licensing requirements, curriculum standards, and resources. 
  • Demonstrated ability to teach directing and/or playwriting.
  • Experience supervising and providing evidence-based, constructive feedback to pre-service student teachers. 
  • Experience advising/mentoring undergraduate students, especially original undergraduate research, creative projects, and educational initiatives. 

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

  1. Resume/CV to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”.
  2. Unofficial transcripts of academic work to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Documents 1-10”. Official transcripts will be required before hiring.
  3. Names and contact information of three professional references to be entered at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile. Please include their name, title/institution, phone number, and email address (we will contact your references if you are a finalist for the position).
  4. Cover Letter (no more than three pages, addressing how you fit the minimum and preferred qualifications) to be typed/pasted at the end of your application.
  5. Statement of teaching philosophy to be typed/pasted at the end of your application.

**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


Employees typically work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  

College/Department Highlights

The Caine College of the Arts is composed of three Departments: Art & Design, Music, and Theatre, with over 100 faculty and 900+ students in undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Degree tracks include masters programs in each department and undergraduate courses of study in over 30 different emphasis areas. The Caine College of the Arts provides a welcoming, collaborative culture in which a diverse community of the arts can thrive. The spirit of collaboration supports relationships in creative activity, research, and teaching, and fosters learning connections across artistic disciplines, as well as expanded outreach partnerships and possibilities across the University and the community. This culture of collaboration and outreach positions Utah State University as a national model for the "new land-grant university," where personal, professional, academic, and community enrichment through the arts is a significant institutional goal. The Caine College of the Arts positions students and faculty to engage in concentrated artistic study, within a liberal arts framework, at a research university.

The Department of Theatre Arts offers a BFA in Performance, Design/Tech, and Theatre Education; a BA in Theatre (general studies); and an MFA with concentrations in Costume, Set, and Lighting Design. With approximately 100 students in the combined programs and a faculty that is continually active in the profession, the Department offers a robust slate of productions during the Utah State Theatre academic season. The professional arm of the Department is the Lyric Repertory Company, which provides USU students the opportunity to transition their craft from the academy to the profession, with productions during the summer as well as the academic year. More information is available at: https://cca.usu.edu/theatre/.


Utah State University is an R1 university under the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education and is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST). 

Employment in this position is contingent upon a satisfactory background check. Utah State University is an AA/EO Employer and encourages gender and ethnic diversity. In recruiting for our team, we welcome the unique and diverse contributions that you can bring in terms of education, opinions, culture, ethnicity, race, sex, gender identity and expression, nation of origin, age, veteran’s status, color, religion, disability, sexual orientation and beliefs.

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is one of only 146 research institutions in the U.S. classified as R1 “very high research activity” by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU provides a high-quality education at an affordable price. With its main campus in Logan, the university serves approximately 27,500 students, including 24,255 undergraduates and 3,171 graduate students. USU Online has served students from all 50 states and 55 countries for 25 years.


USU’s statewide system features three residential campuses, 30 total campus locations, and 23 Extension education centers. The university employs 903 full-time faculty members, 124 executive administrators, and 1,649 full-time support staff. USU offers 115 undergraduate majors, as well as 91 master’s and 42 doctoral degrees. Learn more about USU.


A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah, a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.


USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.


USU endeavors to provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access in all aspects of employment to qualified persons with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the university’s ADA Coordinator in the Human Resource office at 435-797-0122 or submit a request at hr@usu.edu.


USU Land Acknowledgment

Please visit our website to learn about Utah State’s land acknowledgment of the eight tribes of Utah.


Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:


Executive Director of the Office of Equity Matthew Pinner, discrimination@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 401, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Matthew Pinner, titleix@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 404, 435-797-1266

Mailing address: 5100 Old Main Hill, Logan, Ut 84322

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov


*updated 11/2022


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