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Assistant Professor of Theatre History

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Location: Bellingham, WA
Categories: College of Fine & Performing Arts

Position Title Assistant Professor of Theatre History
About the University Western Washington University, with over 16,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 90,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master's-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2019 U.S. News & World Report rankings.
About the Department

The College of Fine and Performing Arts and the Department of Theatre and Dance supports Western’s mission, which states that together with our students, staff, and faculty, we are committed to making a positive impact in the state and the world with a shared focus on academic excellence and inclusive achievement.  We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.

The College of Fine and Performing Arts is comprised of the departments of Art/Art History, Design, Music, and Theatre and Dance, housed in eight buildings with five performance spaces, including a Performing Arts Center overlooking Bellingham Bay. The College also is home to the Music Library and Western Gallery and Public Art Collection, one of the top ten outdoor sculpture collections in the country.  

The Department of Theatre and Dance serves 200 undergraduate majors annually and offers a BA in Theatre, a BA and BFA in Dance, as well as minors in both concentrations. The Department is comprised of twelve full-time faculty and approximately fifteen part-time faculty.   Our department strives to graduate theatre artists with the knowledge, pre-professional skills, and experience to succeed in top graduate programs and professional theaters, and who possess the writing, devising, and entrepreneurial skills to express their own artistic voice in the creation of inclusive and innovative theater.  In addition, we commission and premiere new and innovative works from a diverse range of artists, as well as producing works from a wide range of historical periods, genres, and forms.   To learn more about the Department visit our website.

About the Position

The Department of Theatre and Dance invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Theatre History position beginning September 16, 2022.

Position Duties/Responsibilities:

We are seeking a dynamic, collaborative, energetic, creative, and empathetic artist-teacher who wants to be part of an undergraduate-focused theatre department which combines the strengths of a liberal arts program with the rigor of professional preparation. The successful candidate will share in our department and university’s strong commitment to creating inclusive and equitable learning and creative environments.

The responsibilities of this position include teaching the theatre history series. In addition, the person will be teaching a series of courses that explore a range of topics in dramatic literature. The teaching load is between 24 and 27 credits in the academic year and may include directing within our mainstage season.

The successful candidate will have a demonstrated record of creative activity in theatre which may include dramaturgy, theatre for youth, or the production of new works.

Our candidate will be passionate about working with undergraduate students in a liberal arts environment and will be expected to fulfill recruiting, advising, teaching, and mentoring responsibilities that provide equitable and inclusive learning environments for all students.

They will participate in service activities for the department, college, and university, and will maintain an ongoing practice of creative and/or scholarly activity in the discipline.

Required Qualifications
  • A Ph.D. in Theatre at time of application
  • Demonstrated ability and commitment to cultivating learning [and/or working] environments that are equitable and inclusive of students and employees with diverse cultural backgrounds and social identifies with a record supporting the success of systemically underrepresented students.
  • Evidence of successful teaching experience in higher education.
  • A demonstrated record of creative activity or scholarship.
  • Ability to effectively mentor undergraduate students in production and academic advising.

All employees must comply with our Immunization policies, including COVID vaccination by time of hire and Proof of Rubeola Measles Immunity within 60-days of hire. Please reach out to if you need information regarding medical or religious exemption and applicable accommodations.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Additional demonstrated expertise in an area such as theatre education, applied theatre, dramaturgy, or the production of new works.
  • Evidence of creative activity in professional venues and/or scholarship in national publications or conferences.
  • Evidence of successful experience in directing theatrical production at the university and/or professional level.
  • Evidence of teaching with Learning Management Platforms and online communication systems (eg, Slack, Canvas, Blackboard, etc.).
  • The ability to work and collaborate across disciplines, outside the arts, across campus, and in the community.
  • Experience in curriculum development and assessment.
  • National/international recognition in creative activity and/or scholarship.
  • A dedication to a liberal arts educational model compatible with the mission of WWU.


Commensurate with experience and qualifications, including an excellent benefits package, which is detailed on our Human Resources website.

Bargaining Unit

 United Faculty of Western Washington

Application Instructions

Application materials must be submitted via WWU’s PageUp system and include the following: 

1. Cover letter addressing how you meet the required and preferred qualifications;

2. Curriculum vitae;

3. Statement of teaching philosophy and interest;

4. Statement discussing your demonstrated ability and commitment to work effectively with underrepresented students and to foster and promote an environment of accessibility, diversity, equity, and inclusion; you may draw upon your personal as well as professional experience in developing this statement.  For more information about Western’s commitment to and work on accessibility, equity, inclusion, and diversity, please see Western President’s page on Advancing Inclusion and Diversity;

5. Word document or PDF containing hyperlinks to media materials of recent performances (YouTube, personal website, etc.); and

6. Names and contact information for three professional references.

Inquiries may be directed to the Theatre and Dance Search Committee Chair, Mark Kuntz, at

Closing Date Notes

Position closes on November 12, 2021; applications must be received by this date. Screening interviews are expected to take place via videoconference in January of 2022. Finalist interviews are expected to be conducted on campus in January and February.

Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU’s Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Office of Civil Rights and Title IX Compliance, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay);

Annual Security and Fire Safety Report: This report is provided pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act ("The Clery Act"). It includes statistics for the previous three calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on Western's campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Western; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. You can obtain a copy of this report in printed or alternate formats by contacting the Office of the Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services at The report can be found at: Annual Security and Fire Safety Report.

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).

All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires.

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