Assistant Professor of Performance at MSU


Minnesota State University, Mankato

Theatre Teacher/Director/Movement Specialist, Assistant Professor (AA20046)

Salary: Depends on Qualifications
Location: Minnesota State Mankato, MN
Job Type: Probationary
Department: Academic Affairs
Job Number: 01061
Position: Tenure-Track (Probationary*)
Date of Appointment: August 19, 2019
Application Deadline: Review of applications will begin on April 5, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.


This position will serve as a member of the Performance Faculty, teaching classes in Dance, Movement, Theatre Speech, Acting. This position will also serve the Department of Theatre and Dance as its Choreographer and direct at least one main stage production per year.

  • This position will advise undergraduate majors.
  • This position will supervise/advise graduate students.
  • The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching undergraduate courses in Theatre Arts and Dance.
  • A typical faculty workload responsibility may include up to twelve (12) credits per semester of instruction.
  • The successful candidate may need to teach in other areas as assigned and qualified.
  • May be expected to develop and deliver face-to-face, hybrid, and on-line instruction at the Mankato campus, online, and/or at the university's additional locations, as assigned.
  • The successful candidate will collaborate with colleagues in curriculum design, instruction and evaluation, conduct research productively and mentor students in research, help create innovative strategies for student recruitment, retention, and completion, and may be expected to develop external grant funding opportunities.
  • All faculty members are expected to engage in scholarly or creative activity or research, in continuing preparation and study, in contributing to student growth and development, and in providing service to the university and community (see Article 22 and Appendix G of the IFO Master Agreement).

Required Qualifications

  • MFA or PhD in Theatre Arts or relevant area. (Conferred on an official transcript and received in Human Resources prior to August 19, 2019.)

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering a diverse working and learning environment.
  • Demonstrated effective written, oral communication and/or presentation skills.
  • Three (3) years of collegiate teaching experience.
  • Five (5) years of dance experience.
  • Five (5) years of theatre production experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to teach in the following areas: Tap Dance (all levels); Jazz Dance (all levels); Movement for Theatre; Musical Theatre Dance, Theatre Speech, Acting, Directing, Audition Methods.
  • Experience advising and mentoring students.
  • Demonstrated ability to incorporate experiential learning into coursework.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with faculty and staff in a collegial and cooperative manner.
  • Demonstrated commitment to department, college, university, discipline, and community service.
  • Demonstrated commitment to continued professional development.
  • Willingness to contribute to the department's strong participation and involvement with the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival and the American College Dance Association.
  • Demonstrate potential for research, creative or scholarly activity.
  • Demonstrated ability to be strongly involved in the creative processes of the department, including the directing and choreographing of productions.

Additional Information

The Department of Theatre and Dance is dedicated to two primary goals: to provide students with the highest caliber of training in theatre and dance that will allow them to create performances of any kind at any level, and to provide the southern Minnesota region with a multifaceted, high quality theatrical experience. These goals interweave to provide entertainment and education to those on both sides of the curtain. For more information about our department at Minnesota State University, Mankato please visit our website at: 

University Demographics

Founded as a Normal School in 1868, Minnesota State University, Mankato is a regional comprehensive university with a tradition of combining big-ideas with real-world thinking to find solutions for pressing problems in the state, region, and global society. Mankato, Minnesota, is a community of nearly 53,000 people, about 85 miles southwest of the twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Serving ~18,000 students annually, the University is an applied research institution, with >200 academic programs, from bachelor's through doctoral degrees. The University is a diverse and global campus with 18+% students of color and 1,300+ international students from 95 countries, cutting-edge information technology solutions, 3 additional locations, and extensive partnerships.  With ~1,700 faculty and staff, the University has an annual budget of $216 million, and generates $781.5 million in economic impact per year. Minnesota State University, Mankato is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities.

Noteworthy facts include: specialized accreditation, certification, or recognition, by more than 24 accrediting bodies; designation as a Non-Land Grant College of Agriculture, by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) in 2015; selection among the top 10% of American Association of State Colleges & Universities (AASCU) institutions for the Re-imagining the First Year of College (RFY) project; and an Intercollegiate Athletics program that has ranked in the top 5 nationally within the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings for 7 of the last 10 years.

We seek to attract teaching and research-active, culturally and academically diverse faculty members, with a demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment. Minnesota State University, Mankato, is student-centered and focuses on applied research that expands knowledge; improves learning; and serves the region, state, and nation

Additional information about Minnesota State Mankato can be found at

APPLICATION PROCEDURES: To apply for this position, please continue the process via this website, select the job title, and click the green "Apply" button at the top of the job posting page. A complete online application will include the following attachments. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed by the search committee.

  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Contact information for three(3) references
  • Unofficial Transcript(s) of candidate's relevant graduate degree(s)
  • Cover Letter
  • A brief (no more than one-page) diversity statement presenting a commitment to or experience working in an equity-minded environment

Paul J. Hustoles, Ph.D., Chair
Theatre and Dance
201 Earley Center for Performing Arts
Mankato, MN  56001
TTY: 800-627-3529 or 711
Email: [email protected] 

*Employment for this position is covered by the collective bargaining agreement for the Inter Faculty Organization which can be found at:

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Opportunity Opens

Wednesday, Apr 3rd 2019

Opportunity Closes

Tuesday, Apr 30th 2019, 11:45pm

Application Location

External Site
MN Artists