Non-Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Theatre - Generalist (Fall 2023)

Truman State University

Kirksville, MO

ID: 7117153
Posted: December 2, 2022
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Job Responsibilities
Position: The Theatre Department in the School of Arts and Letters at Truman State University invites applications for a non-tenure track Assistant Professor of Theatre – Generalist. This is a nine-month, full-time appointment that will begin in August 2023.

Required Responsibilities:
● Teach in the Theatre History-Literature sequence
● Teach acting classes in rotation, to include: Acting 1, Acting 2, Acting 3, Voice and Movement, Acting for Musical Theatre, and courses related to the Master of Arts in Education (MAE) in Speech and Theatre
● Teach a Play Direction course
● Teach a course in the Dialogues (Truman’s general education program)
● Direct in the Truman Theatre season
● Actively recruit new students into the major and minor
● Committee service as assigned
● Advising and mentoring students as assigned

Desirable duties:
· Teach Senior Theatre Seminar and/or Freshman Theatre Seminar
· Production service (designing, supervision of: box office / ticketing, publicity, recruiting, the theatre tour, one-act festival, social media coordinators, production managers, etc.)

Salary: Salary is commensurate with experience and education. The benefits package includes life, health and disability insurance, retirement contributions, and reimbursed assistance for moving expenses.

The Theatre Department: The Theatre Department offers the degree Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, plus minors in Theatre and Musical Theatre. With four full-time faculty, the department currently enrolls approximately 40 majors. As part of the School of Arts and Letters, along with visual arts and music, the department provides liberal arts experiences for non-theatre majors as well.

The University: Truman State University is home to a vibrant educational community. The approximately 4,000 students who make up its student body are well prepared for the challenging academics in a supportive environment. More than 20 percent engage in significant undergraduate research and creative projects. Most gain leadership experience and nearly half go on to graduate or professional school within a year of earning a degree. Founded in 1867, Truman is known for its focus on student learning and outcomes and places an emphasis on high-impact experiences such as internships, research and study abroad opportunities. Truman has the highest overall graduation rate among the state’s public colleges and universities. For more than two decades, Truman has been recognized as the No. 1 public university in the Midwest regional category by U.S. News & World Report, and Washington Monthly consistently ranks Truman as one of the best master’s universities in the nation. For more information regarding additional rankings and acknowledgments, visit

The Community: Located in northeast Missouri, Kirksville is a cultural and economic hub in the region. In addition to Truman, it is home to A.T. Still University, the world’s first osteopathic medical school, as well as a dental school and a community college. The Kirksville School District is among the best in the state, and the community takes pride in several annual events including the Red Barn Arts and Crafts Festival, the Scottish Highland Games, and the Red, White, and Blue Festival, among many more. Just a few minutes outside of town is beautiful Thousand Hills State Park, with hiking and biking opportunities surrounding the 700-acre Forest Lake. Due to its location, Kirksville offers easy access by car to Kansas City, St. Louis, Chicago and Des Moines. Daily flights from Kirksville regional airport to St. Louis allow for quick access to one of the Midwest’s major metropolitan areas. Find more information about Kirksville at
Required Qualifications
Required Qualifications:
· Terminal degree (MFA or PhD) in Theatre or closely related field (ABD considered). For PhD candidates, the degree must be completed by August 2024.
· Strong training and/or experience in generalist areas: theatre history and literature, acting, and directing
· Directing experience
· Strong communication and collaboration skills
Commitment to the public liberal arts mission of Truman State University
A commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Preferred Qualifications
Preferred Qualifications:
Demonstrated expertise or interest in one or more of the following areas of high demand and desirable areas of program growth:
· An active professional in the industry
· Successful university-level teaching experience
· Experience advising and mentoring students
· Desirable areas of specialty: Shakespeare, voice and movement, and/or musical theatre; experience and training in playwriting.