Emerson College — Assistant, Associate Professor, or Artist-in-Residence in Scene Study / Acting

Assistant, Associate Professor, or Artist-in-Residence in Scene Study/Acting

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The Department of Performing Arts invites applications for a position in Scene Study/Acting at the level of Assistant Professor (tenure track), Associate Professor (eligible for tenure transfer), or Artist-in-Residence. The Department seeks candidates who can contribute to the excellence and diversity of the academic community through ongoing engagement with students both inside and outside of the classroom, in addition to significant creative work, teaching, and service. The appointment begins August 24, 2023 with a mandatory 2-day orientation August 24 & 25, 2023.

Primary Duties, Responsibilities, and Tasks:

Primary responsibilities for this position include teaching Scene Study and Advanced Acting courses to our BFA Theatre and Performance and BFA Acting students. Our ideal candidate is Stanislavsky driven and informed, but with an anti-racist and inclusive lens. Candidates whose approaches include other traditions or methods are also encouraged to apply. Directing productions for Emerson Stage – the producing organization for the Department of Performing Arts – is also a requirement of this position. As such, candidates should have experience directing at the collegiate or professional level. Additional responsibilities include academic advising, mentoring students, assisting in the admission audition process, advising on Emerson Stage productions, and serving on department and college committees.

Candidates should be able to address issues of race and representation in all of their courses. The department is engaged in identifying and removing barriers to admission and casting for working-class students and students of color. The successful candidate will bring expertise to this dialogue. Our ideal candidate will also possess a keen and developed awareness of the issues around diversity, inclusion, and equity within the classroom, and within the profession. The candidate should have facility with culturally responsive acting pedagogies and approaches, and possess a fluid overall pedagogy that is able to adapt and expand as the cultural conversation around representation, privilege-based difference, and inclusive excellence continues to evolve.

We encourage applications from candidates who use theatre and/or film to expose power relationships and oppressive practices that are normalized in dominant culture and who explore race, gender, sexuality, and class dynamics through their work. Candidates must have demonstrated ability to work effectively with faculty, students, and staff from diverse backgrounds. An ability to work and teach collaboratively, and a strong commitment to undergraduate education beyond the classroom are essential. Members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.


The ideal candidate will have an MFA degree in Acting or professional credits equivalent to an MFA, as well as previous experience teaching acting within a diverse learning community on the college level or in a professional studio setting. This candidate will also have experience directing professionally or on the collegiate level.

Description of College and Department:

Emerson College believes the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a campus climate where everyone can thrive is only possible in an authentically inclusive, diverse, equitable, accessible, sustainable and socially just environment. As a community of storytellers, we continually strive to cultivate a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values.

Emerson College enrolls over 5,800 graduate and undergraduate students from all 50 states and more than 70 countries. Its main campus is located in the dynamic, multicultural city of Boston. The college also has campuses in Los Angeles and the Netherlands. Emerson's commitment to inclusive excellence is supported by a range of resources such as the Office of Internationalization & Equity, the Social Justice Center, and the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning.

The Department of Performing Arts is home to one of the nation's leading programs in theatrical performance, design, stage management, and theatre education. With a team of 90 full and part-time faculty and theatre staff members, the department enrolls 530 students in nine distinct undergraduate programs and one graduate program. The department offers BFA degrees in Theatre, Theatre Education, Theatre Design Technology, Stage & Screen Design Technology, Stage & Production Management, Musical Theatre, Acting, Theatre & Performance, and Theatre Education & Performance; general education courses in theatre studies; and an MA/MFA degree in Theatre Education and Applied Theatre. Emerson Stage, the production organization within the department, produces eight to ten fully staged major productions annually in five theatres, with additional production opportunities available to our students through curricular projects, student theatre organizations and ArtsEmerson— the College's professional presenting company.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please submit the following:

  • cover letter
  • please include a paragraph on recent or notable directing projects
  • curriculum vita
  • support materials/links to professional work
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  • Anti-Racism / Diversity and Inclusion Statement that addresses how the candidate works to achieve inclusive excellence within their classrooms
  • contact information for three references (not to be contacted without applicant's written approval)

Important Note: In the job application where there is the “CV/Cover Letter/Additional Documents” drop box, you must include all of the required materials listed above. You can upload each document separately or as a combined PDF. Your application will not be complete without these documents.

If you are having issues uploading, please email facultycareers@emerson.edu.

Priority will be given to applications received November 8, 2022. The position will remain open until filled.

To apply, please visit: https://emerson.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/Emerson_College_FT_Faculty/job/Boston-Campus/Assistant–Associate-Professor–or-Artist-in-Residence-in-Scene-Study-Acting_JR004380

About Us
Emerson College is the nation’s only four-year institution dedicated exclusively to majors in communication and the arts in a liberal arts context. Its main campus is located in the center of the dynamic multicultural city of Boston, in close proximity to major publishing houses, arts institutions, and research centers. The college also has campuses in Los Angeles and the Netherlands. Emerson College enrolls over 4,300 graduate and undergraduate students from more than 70 countries and all 50 states.

Diversity Statement
Emerson College believes diversity enriches the educational experience by providing students with the opportunity to learn from individuals who may have different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. Engagement with diversity in the curriculum, in our co-curricular offerings, and all other aspects of the College enhances the personal and intellectual growth of all members of our campus community. Emerson is committed to strengthening communities, including our workplace, by fostering the development of the intercultural competencies necessary for meaningful citizenship in an increasingly complex, pluralistic society. Emerson College does not discriminate on the basis of sex/gender in its educational programs or activities. Emerson has designated the Associate Vice President, Title IX, and Clery Coordinator to respond to inquiries regarding the College Sexual Misconduct Policy. The Title IX Coordinator may be reached at 8 Park Plaza, Transportation Bldg, Room 230 Boston, MA 02116; Telephone: 617-824-8999; email: titleix@emerson.edu

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