Assistant Professor in Theatre History, Literature and Theory -- University of Nevada, Reno

Job Description

The Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Nevada, Reno invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Theatre History, Literature and Theory beginning the fall semester of 2019.

The UNR Department of Theatre and Dance is an energetic, supportive, and exciting community of professionals with a deep commitment to excellence in research and teaching as well as to leadership in the Department, the University, and the diverse northern Nevada community. We particularly welcome applicants with diverse experiences and outlooks. We are seeking candidates who can demonstrate their experience and interest in inclusive teaching or working with diverse student populations.

We seek candidates to teach all levels of theatre history, seminars in significant periods or movements, and a broad range of undergraduate classes in the theatre and dance curriculum including, but not limited to: dramaturgy, script analysis, musical theatre history, and/or related courses in the candidate’s area of specialty.

We are interested in candidates with areas of specialization including, but not limited to: Asian theatre, African American theatre, Latinx theatre, queer theory/performance, Theatre of the Oppressed, Theatre of the Americas, Native American Theatre, and other multicultural/ transnational/global perspectives.  The successful candidate will engage in an active and promising research agenda, demonstrate potential as an excellent teacher, undertake service roles, and actively participate in our production season.

Required Qualifications

Ph.D. in Theatre or related Field completed by August 1, 2019

Professional Production Experience (Directing/Acting/Design/Dramaturgy etc.)

An active and promising record of research/creative activity

Two years of University Teaching Experience

Preferred Qualifications

Applicants who have additional expertise in Acting, Directing, Play writing, or Design are encouraged to apply.

Compensation Grade/Rank

Assistant Professor/Rank II

Department Information

The Department of Theatre and Dance offers the Bachelor of Arts degree with majors and minors in Theatre and Dance and anticipate the addition of a major in Musical Theatre in Fall 2019. We believe that artistic exploration is integral to a liberal arts education. Participation in the process and product of theatrical production engages the mind, the body, and the spirit, and serves as a creative catalyst for further artistic, scholarly, and socio-cultural exploration across and within a variety of disciplines. Performance is the liminal space between form and meaning; it is the space of stories and the canvas of storytellers. The study of dance and theatre is the study of culture, of human emotion and intellect, of things felt and seen, and of the body, the voice, and the unknown. These linkages between exterior life and interior existence drive and unite our community of artists, scholars, and educators.

The College of Liberal Arts at the University of Nevada, Reno is central to the intellectual and artistic life of the University of Nevada, Reno. We contribute to the university's efforts to provide undergraduate students with general and specialized education that will prepare them for advanced study, careers and citizenship in a diverse world.

The College of Liberal Arts is also home to the School of the Arts — an epicenter for the University’s booming arts scene. The School of the Arts encompasses three departments: art, music, and theatre and dance. We are driven to help teach students and help them blossom into thriving artists. Students and faculty create work, which we showcase to the community to inspire and encourage imagination.

The University of Nevada, Reno recognizes that diversity promotes excellence in education and research. We are an inclusive and engaged community and recognize the added value that students, faculty, and staff from different backgrounds bring to the educational experience. The University of Nevada, Reno is a land-grant campus of the Nevada System of Higher Education with a student population of approximately 22,000 students with significant and growing numbers of first -generation students and students of color. The University offers 70 M.A. and Ph.D. programs in nine colleges. Reno is a vibrant, growing city of 300,000 located on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada, about 200 miles east of San Francisco. Reno is only 30-45 minutes from Lake Tahoe and major ski resorts. Reno is rated as one of the top locations in the US for living and outdoor recreation. The University and its metropolitan area enjoy a flourishing and diverse intellectual, artistic, and cultural community. For more information about the city and the surrounding area, please visit and

Total Compensation

The total compensation package includes a negotiable competitive salary, moving allowance (if applicable), a rich retirement plan, health insurance options that include dental and vision, life insurance, long-term disability, along with many other benefits. Additionally, there is a grant-in-aid educational benefit for faculty and dependents.  For more information, please visit:

Faculty Dual Career Assistance Program

The University of Nevada, Reno recognizes the importance of addressing dual-career couples’ professional needs. We offer a dual career assistance program to newly hired faculty spouses/partners that provides resources and assists them to identify career opportunities in Northern Nevada.

Contact Information for this position

Search Chair – Ann M. Archbold,

Search Coordinator – Maria Cabangon,



Full-Time Equivalent


Required Attachment(s)

Please attach the following documents to your application.  Please contact, the day you apply, if assistance is needed with attachments:

Curriculum vitae/Resume

Cover letter outlining qualifications and teaching philosophy

Contact information for 3 professional references

A diversity statement that addresses the way in which you would further the College’s goal of building an inclusive educational environment and how you raise issues of representation in your teaching, scholarship, and/or creative activity

A statement outlining your future plans for research/creative activity

This posting is open until filled

Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply immediately. This search will close without notice when a sufficient number of applications are received or a hiring decision has been made.

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