Assistant Professor of Communication, Film, and Theatre

The Department of Communication, Film, and Theatre at Allegheny College invites applications for a tenure-track theatre position beginning August 2021. An M.F.A. in Acting or Directing is required; professional experience is desired. Teaching responsibilities include all levels of acting and directing. Other areas of focus may include: community-based performance, devised performance, acting and directing for film, or script analysis.  The department is interested in candidates whose teaching, creative activity, and/or professional experience address social justice or questions of interest to historically underrepresented or underserved communities. Our new colleague will direct annually in the Gladys Mullenix Black Theatre, a technically sophisticated facility housed in the award-winning Vukovich Center for Communication Arts.

The department offers a BA in Theatre, situated within the college’s strong liberal arts curriculum. All Allegheny faculty participate in delivering college-wide first- and second-year seminars, in advising Senior Projects, and in shared governance through service to the campus community. Teaching load is 3/3 with an annual course release for directing; additional course releases are earned through Senior Project advising.

While primary teaching responsibilities will be in Theatre, Allegheny College has committed ongoing resources to build faculty cohorts with expertise in race, gender, and/or social justice who could contribute to the core curriculum in one (or more) of three interdisciplinary programs: Black Studies; Community & Justice Studies; and Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies. This position will be in the cohort program and applicants are asked to demonstrate how their teaching and creative activity intersects with one (or more) of these fields in their submitted materials. Faculty in the cohort program will be appointed in the Department of Communication, Film, and Theatre with clearly established guidelines and evaluation processes for contributions to other program(s). The cohort program will offer professional development opportunities and we welcome teacher-practitioners who are enthusiastic to collaborate with faculty colleagues and to mentor undergraduate students in the above interdisciplinary areas.

Allegheny College is a highly selective private liberal arts college in NW Pennsylvania with an increasingly diverse student body and a dedicated faculty of teacher-scholars. We take seriously our responsibility to increase the diversity of our dedicated faculty, recognizing that diversity is an integral aspect of high quality education. Allegheny College is deeply committed to creating an inclusive community that actively challenges racism, sexism, heterosexism, religious bigotry, and other forms of bias (see Allegheny College Statement of Community). Women, racial and ethnic minorities, and members of other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Please send letter of application, CV, diversity statement (describing how you incorporate diversity, equity, and inclusion in your teaching, research, creative activity, and/or service), and three letters of reference, to Mark Cosdon, Department of Communication, Film, and Theatre, Allegheny College at comft@allegheny.edu.  Receipt of materials will be acknowledged by the application deadline of January 15, 2021.

Posted: October 5, 2020