Associate or Assistant Professor or Instructor in Residence of Acting

  • Full Time
  • Temporary
  • Anywhere


The University of Connecticut (UConn) is pleased to invite
applications for a faculty position in the Department of Dramatic Arts
at the rank of Associate or Assistant Professor in Residence of
Acting, or Instructor in Residence of Acting.

The Department of Dramatic Arts seeks a renewable, nine-month faculty
appointment in a non-tenure-track position beginning Fall 2022. We
seek a candidate with strong skills in actor training and industry
preparation, appropriate to teaching at both the BFA and MFA levels.
The teaching load is 3/3 with potential course release if performing
or directing in Connecticut Repertory Theatre productions. The ideal
candidate will have a substantial record of creative work at the
professional level, be passionate about teaching and collaboration,
and demonstrate the ability to foster an inclusive and diverse
teaching and learning environment. Applicants who hold a terminal
degree in acting or a closely related field may be appointed at the
Assistant or Associate Professor in Residence rank. Applicants who do
not hold a terminal degree would be appointed at Instructor rank.

The University of Connecticut’s Department of Dramatic Arts offers BFA
degrees in Design/Technical Theatre, Acting, and Puppet Arts, and a BA
degree in Theatre Studies. The Department offers an MFA in Theatre
with concentrations in Scenic Design, Costume Design, Lighting Design,
Technical Direction, Acting, Puppet Arts, and Arts Leadership and
Cultural Management. There are twenty-six members of the full-time

The Connecticut Repertory Theatre (CRT) prepares students by blending
education and industry. Created as a training ground, and modeled on a
stand-alone LORT/regional theatre, CRT produces four Main Stage
productions per academic year (two in the 486-seat, proscenium-stage
Harriet Jorgensen Theatre and two in the 241-seat, thrust-stage Nafe
Katter Theatre) and two Studio productions in the 116-seat Studio
Theatre. The CRT has a professional staff of ten, several of whom also
teach periodically.

Also housed within the School of Fine Arts are the Department of Art &
Art History, the Department of Music, the Department of Digital Media
and Design, the William Benton Museum of Art, the Jorgensen Center for
the Performing Arts, and the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry.

Founded in 1881, UConn is a Land Grant and Sea Grant institution and
member of the Space Grant Consortium. It is the state’s flagship
institution of higher education and includes a main campus in Storrs,
CT, four regional campuses throughout the state, and 13 Schools and
Colleges, including a Law School in Hartford, and Medical and Dental
Schools at the UConn Health campus in Farmington. The University has
approximately 10,000 faculty and staff and 32,000 students, including
nearly 24,000 undergraduates and over 8,000 graduate and professional
students. UConn is a Carnegie Foundation R1 (highest research
activity) institution, among the top 25 public universities in the
nation. Through research, teaching, service, and outreach, UConn
embraces diversity and cultivates leadership, integrity, and engaged
citizenship in its students, faculty, staff, and alumni. UConn
promotes the health and well-being of citizens by enhancing the
social, economic, cultural, and natural environments of the state and
beyond. The University serves as a beacon of academic and research
excellence as well as a center for innovation and social service to
communities. UConn is a leader in many scholarly, research, and
innovation areas. Today, the path forward includes exciting
opportunities and notable challenges. Record numbers of undergraduate
applications and support for student success have enabled the
University to become extraordinarily selective.

The UConn Storrs campus is in a beautiful area of New England, with a
moderate cost of living and proximity to major cultural, recreational,
and urban centers of the Northeast. The University community provides
residents with a rich diversity of cultural, artistic, athletic, and
historic experiences. UConn is ranked as the top public university in
New England, and among the top 25 public universities nationwide.


The candidate will teach acting courses in the MFA and BFA Acting
programs, as determined by the needs of the Program and the
candidate’s specialties. The candidate may also teach acting for
non-majors. Other duties include student advising, committee work,
service to the Department, and potentially directing and/or acting for
the CRT season. The ideal candidate will demonstrate the ability to
mentor talent in the early years of professional development. The
position requires the ability to understand, communicate and
effectively interact with people across cultures both inside and
outside the classroom.

Our faculty and staff are expected to understand and embrace our
commitment to respecting and representing diverse ideas, races,
genders, sexualities, abilities, cultures, religions, and traditions.
We seek someone who will promote our work toward anti-racism and
interrupt behaviors that undermine our ongoing efforts toward a
diverse and inclusive community. Members of historically marginalized
groups of all held identities are encouraged to apply.


* MFA, BFA, or commensurate professional experience. Applicants who
hold a terminal degree in acting or a closely related field may be
appointed at the Assistant or Associate Professor in Residence
rank. Applicants who do not hold a terminal degree would be
appointed at Instructor rank.

* Demonstrated excellence in teaching acting.

* Extensive professional experience as an actor and/or director.

* Creative experience that centers the voices of historically
marginalized communities.

* Demonstrated capacity to apply diversity, equity and inclusion
principles in the classroom, production, and academic community.


* Demonstrated capacity to mentor and prepare actors to enter the
changing professional world.

* Demonstrated ability to teach classes from amongst the following:
non-western actor training methods and styles, heightened
contemporary realism, comedy, period styles, naturalism, acting
for the camera, new media, audition technique, theater of the
oppressed, and improvisation.

* Memberships in AEA, SAG-AFTRA, and/or SDC.

* Demonstrated capacity to recruit and support diverse, talented,
and creative students.

* Ability to engage in consensus-based collaboration with students,
staff, and faculty.

* Capacity to mentor and teach students through acting and/or
directing for the Department of Dramatic Arts and Connecticut
Repertory Theatre.


This is a full-time, 9-month, renewable, faculty appointment in a
non-tenure-track position with an anticipated start date of August 23,
2022. The successful candidate’s academic appointment will be at the
Storrs campus. Faculty may also be asked to teach at one of UConn’s
regional campuses as part of their ordinary workload. In addition to a
robust benefits package, the salary will be commensurate with
qualifications, ranging between $60,000-66,000.


Employment at the University of Connecticut is contingent upon the
successful candidate’s compliance with the University’s Mandatory
Workforce COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. This Policy states that all
workforce members are required to have or obtain a Covid-19
vaccination as a term and condition of employment at UConn, unless an
exemption or deferral has been approved.

Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the
successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.


Please apply online to Academic Jobs Online and submit the following
application materials:

* A cover letter,

* Curriculum vitae,

* Teaching statement (this 1-2 page statement should address your
approach to teaching acting, including methodologies, influences,
and learning goals, and what draws you to the classroom);

* Commitment to diversity statement (this 1-2 page statement should
address your knowledge, experience, and plans for integrating
diverse perspectives and voices on stage and in the classroom);

* Contact information for three (3) letters of reference who can
speak to your work and teaching.

Evaluation of applicants will begin immediately. Preference will be
given to applications received by February 27, 2022. For more
information regarding the Department of Dramatic Arts please visit the
Department website at ( For questions, please
contact Search Chair Kristin Wold (

At the University of Connecticut, our commitment to excellence is
complemented by our commitment to building a culturally diverse

This position will be filled subject the budgetary approval.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics
which may be found at

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting
a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff.
The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as
does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians
who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research
centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research,
diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of
the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are
the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant,
multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative
Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages
applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and
members of traditionally underrepresented populations.


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