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San Francisco State University
  • Position Number: 3514796
  • Location: San Francisco, CA
  • Position Type: Fine and Applied Arts - Theatre and Dance

Assistant Professor, Theatre Studies and Directing, School of Theatre and Dance

Job No: 519336
Work Type: Instructional Faculty - Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: San Francisco
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Fine/Performing Arts, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time

San Francisco State University, School of Theatre & Dance offers an exciting opportunity for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Theatre/Performance Studies with a secondary expertise in Theatrical Stage Direction beginning August 2023. We seek a colleague whose primary assignments will include teaching in the undergraduate theatre history/literature sequence, teaching core requirements of the Theatre Arts MA program, and directing main stage productions as needed, while maintaining an active research program in their area(s) of expertise and/or an active professional directing presence. We are especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, through diversity, to the excellence of the academic community.

The School of Theatre & Dance offers a comprehensive program of practical and theoretical courses for undergraduate and graduate students whose interests center in various aspects of educational and professional theatre and/or dance. As a center for the training of future theatre artists the School of Theatre & Dance is committed to introducing a diversity of theatrical traditions and cultures to students. The School of Theatre & Dance is one of the most historically significant programs in the nation. Our school currently has approximately 250 undergraduate students. The National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST) accredits the theatre degree within the School of Theatre & Dance.

The mission of San Francisco State University is to create and maintain an environment for learning that promotes respect for and appreciation of scholarship, freedom, human diversity, and the cultural mosaic of the City of San Francisco and the Bay Area; to promote excellence in instruction and intellectual accomplishment; and to provide broadly accessible higher education for residents of the region and state, as well as the nation and world. To fulfill its mission, the University is committed to the following goals:
  • Attracting, retaining and graduating a highly diverse student body
  • Providing disciplinary and interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional education that is academically rigorous and intellectually challenging
  • Providing curricula that reflect all dimensions of human diversity, and that encourage critical thinking and a commitment to social justice
  • Recruiting, retaining and supporting a diverse faculty whose teaching demonstrates an active engagement with their individual fields of study and whose creative and scholarly work is an extension of the classroom, laboratory or studio
  • Employing a staff and administration reflecting the diversity of our student community and the values of the campus;
  • Fostering a collegial and cooperative intellectual environment that includes recognition and appreciation of differing viewpoints and promotes academic freedom within the University community; and
  • Serving the communities with which its students and faculty are engaged.


The position's primary assignment is undergraduate teaching in Theatre Studies, mentoring and advising undergraduate and graduate students, some graduate teaching, developing an active ongoing scholarship program or program of creative work in one's area of specialty, and ongoing committee and service assignments. Detailed position description is available at


  • Ph.D. in Theatre History, Performance Studies, or a related field from an accredited institution. Terminal degree must be completed by the first day of employment.
  • Two or more years of successful university-level teaching in the area of Theatre/Performance Studies.

  • Record of teaching contributions in the areas of theatre history, literature, criticism and/or theory, and theatrical direction.
  • Active in national theatre associations
  • Active record of scholarship/creative activity related to specialty area and evidence of external support or the potential for external funding of these activities.
  • Professional theatrical direction credits at regionally, nationally, or internationally recognized companies.
  • Demonstrated ability to incorporate inclusion, diversity, and educational equity in teaching, and/or scholarship/creative works
  • Experience teaching and working closely with students from diverse communities
  • Record of contributing to collegial, supportive and collaborative work environments

Rank and salary

Assistant Professor. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. The California State University (CSU) provides generous health, retirement and other benefits.


A complete online application must be submitted to receive consideration. To apply, please upload the following materials:
  • letter of intent/interest which includes a description of research interests
  • a current CV
  • a statement on how your teaching philosophy and scholarship/creative work align with the commitment of the School of Theatre & Dance to foster an inclusive and diverse academic community, and
  • Names and contact information of three references who will provide letters of recommendation upon request.
    Optional submission: sample of a scholarly paper. Application review begins October 15, 2022; and continues until filled.

    CSU is a state entity whose business operations reside within the State of California, and
    prohibits hiring employees to perform CSU-related work outside of California, with very limited
    exception. While this position may be eligible for occasional telework, all work is expected to
    be performed in the state of California, and this position is assigned to on-campus operations.

    CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized
    against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates
    advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this
    requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at questions may be sent

    San Francisco State is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, National origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting the Senior Human Resources Manager.

    Thank you for your interest in employment with California State University (CSU). CSU is a state entity whose business operations reside within the State of California. Because of this, CSU prohibits hiring employees to perform CSU-related work outside of California with very limited exception. While this position may be eligible for occasional telework, all work is expected to be performed in the state of California, and this position is assigned to on-campus operations.

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