Berry College — Visiting Assistant Professor, Theatre

Located on more than 27,000 acres in northwest Georgia in a setting of great natural beauty, Berry College has an enrollment of about 2,200 undergraduate and graduate students. The college is located in Rome, Georgia, 75 miles northwest of Atlanta and 75 miles south of Chattanooga, Tennessee. As a comprehensive liberal-arts college with a distinctive mission and purpose, Berry unites a challenging academic program with practical work experience in a context that nurtures spiritual and moral growth, including significant service to others.

We seek faculty who are committed to excellence as teachers-scholars-mentors and staff who are also committed to serving as mentors and supervisors for students who work on campus. Although not required, more than 90 percent of our students participate in our premier student work program. Employee benefits are competitive.

The Fine Arts Department at Berry College invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor to join our small, energetic, student-focused, program in theatre. In our new Sisters Theatre, we stage three shows each academic year as majors and non-majors alike explore theatre arts with our faculty and staff of four, including this position. This is a three-year appointment, renewable for an additional three years.

The Visiting Assistant Professor will support the vision and energy of departmental colleagues as together they work to grow a vibrant undergraduate theatre program in a college with a liberal arts foundation. This support includes recruiting and mentoring students, maintaining a professional production environment, and fostering a culture of belonging. The Visiting Assistant Professor should demonstrate the ability to nurture a collaborative team that includes paid undergraduate student employees.

As a faculty member, the Visiting Assistant Professor will also provide high quality teaching with a primary emphasis in the areas of Musical Theatre and Theatre History and Literature. The teaching load is typically three courses each semester in which a play is directed, and the successful applicant will direct at least one or two student productions, including a musical theatre production, each year. In addition, the Visiting Assistant Professor will demonstrate an established record of peer-reviewed scholarship and/or professional artistic production. Other duties may include supervising the student Public Relations and Marketing team. The Visiting Assistant Professor reports to the reports to the Director of Theatre and the Chair of the Department of Fine Arts.

Minimum qualifications include an earned terminal degree in a theatre discipline (preferably not overlapping with current faculty-staff in costume and scenic design), with experience in musical theatre, from an accredited institution.

The college provides benefit options with no employee costs for medical, dental, disability, and life insurance, including spouse and dependents at a reduced rate. An Equal Opportunity Institution, Berry complies with all applicable laws and provisions prohibiting discrimination in its educational and employment policies. Berry respects the essential dignity of all individuals and accordingly hires and promotes employees without regard to matters of personal identity such as ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, and political affiliation.

Berry College is committed to ensuring facilities, programs, services, and activities are accessible to everyone, including those seeking employment at Berry College. Inquiries about interview or workplace accommodations are welcomed and can be directed to Wayne Phipps, Director of Human Resources, at 706.290.2698.

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae and a cover letter containing a summary of creative or scholarly work and teaching interests at The cover letter should also discuss the candidate’s vision for supporting a vibrant theatre program, including how to assist in recruiting and retaining talented theatre students and growing our musical theatre program. Applicants should also submit a teaching statement, describing the candidate’s teaching approach and experience, as well as a statement regarding how to foster an inclusive and diverse theatre program.

Review of applications begins April 19, 2021.

Specific questions may be sent directly to Professor Alice Bristow