Job Details

DeSales University
  • Position Number: 3632610
  • Location: Center Valley, PA
  • Position Type: Fine and Applied Arts - Theatre and Dance
Full Time Faculty: Assistant Professor of Theatre, Acting for the Stage and Screen

The Performing Arts Division at DeSales University, a Catholic, Salesian institution, seeks applications for a full-time, tenure track faculty member who is a committed artist, educator, and scholar in the area of Acting for the Stage and Screen and who possesses experience, interest, and the ability to develop and support curricula and programming related to diverse populations. The position requires candidates with a terminal degree in a directly related field or an outstanding professional career (Assistant Professor of Professional Practice). Candidates should also possess a wide skill-set and a recognized body of work as a stage and screen artist, and demonstrate a successful record of teaching experience. This position is an annual nine-month appointment. Salary is commensurate with experience, plus a strong benefits package. Appointment to begin August 2023.



Responsibilities include a 4/4 teaching load, concentrated in the following areas:

  • Directing one production per year. Directing qualifies as a single teaching load.

  • Teaching courses in the Acting for Stage and Screen Track.




Additional Job Requirements:

  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.

  • Ability to support the University's mission and core values.




Other Desirable Skills:

  • Ability to teach Movement for the Actor and Stage Combat.

  • Devised Theatre

  • Ability to teach additional courses in the Musical Theatre track.

  • Ability to create and teach special topics courses in your area of specialization.




The position also involves academic advising of Theatre majors, recruitment and service to the department, as well as serving on university committees. The ideal candidate will also support and promote diversity in the Theatre Department. Candidates from groups underrepresented in theatre are encouraged to apply.



DeSales University's Theatre Department offers a BA degree in Theatre with 110 majors in four tracks (Acting for Stage and Screen, Musical Theatre, Design and Technology, and Theatre Education) and 8 full time faculty members. There is also opportunity for collaboration with the Dance and TV/Film departments within the Division of Performing Arts. During the summer months the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival is in residence at The Labuda Center for the Performing Arts and is a possible venue for additional faculty development.

For more information about the Theatre Department, please go to: https://www.desales.edu/academics/academic-programs/detail/theatre

For more information about our course offerings, please go to:

https://catalog.desales.edu/content.php?catoid=10&catoid=10&navoid=202&filter%5Bitem_type%5D=3&filter%5Bonly_active%5D=1&filter%5B3%5D=1&filter%5Bcpage%5D=9#acalog_template_course_filter



For more information about our productions please go to:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eI6Q6Lx4QY4&list=PLidZqfw-wqH3gSxktINiFFHfCRqOn8m75



Applications need to be complete to be considered for review. To apply, please submit electronically (PDF preferred) the following material to Victoria Kopishke, Program Administrator of the Division of Performing Arts (victoria.kopishke@desales.edu). In the subject line of the email, please only include your Last Name-Acting for Stage and Screen:

  • Letter of Application (outlining interest and qualifications)

  • Diversity and Inclusion Statement*

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Three Professional Letters of Recommendation

  • Official Transcripts will be required for all finalists




Application deadline is January 10, 2023.



*As a Catholic, Salesian institution committed to creating and enhancing our diverse and inclusive campus environment, we request applicants to submit a diversity & inclusion statement: please share in one page or less, how you will add value to our diversity, equity and inclusion commitment at DeSales University by articulating examples of action based on incorporating diverse and inclusive practices in your professional engagements.



DeSales University, in Center Valley, PA, is a private, coeducational four-year liberal arts Salesian, Catholic university, under the leadership of the Oblates of Saint Francis de Sales. Founded in 1965, the 550-acre suburban campus is located 50 miles north of Philadelphia and about 90 miles southwest of

New York City. A total enrollment of nearly 3,500 includes undergraduate day and evening students, and graduate students. DeSales has approximately 135 full-time faculty members and offers more than 40 bachelor's degrees, twelve graduate programs, and over 20 certificate programs in a wide range of disciplines; many of these can be completed fully online. For further information, please visit our website, www.desales.edu. E.O.E.






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