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Assistant Professor of Theatre - Emphasis in Directing and Performance

The Department of Communication, Media and Theatre at Northeastern Illinois University invites applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Theatre to begin Fall 2018. We seek applicants who demonstrate the ability to teach introductory theatre courses as well as advanced courses in performance such as Directing and Acting as well as courses related to the candidate’s area(s) of specialty.

The successful applicant will be expected to collaborate with technical/artistic staff, direct at least one main stage show per year, and to take on leadership roles in the Theatre area such as Managing Artistic Director or leading the Children’s Theatre Workshop. This hire will be an enthusiastic contributor to a vibrant department with a strong commitment to program development, teaching excellence, and the desire to work with both undergraduate and graduate students. Preference will be given to candidates who are prepared to teach in a diverse educational setting and who can demonstrate successful community outreach.

MFA in Theatre, or Ph.D. in Theatre with significant directing experience is required. Please visit Working Here for a full description, application requirements, and additional information.


  • M.F.A. in Theatre or Ph.D. in Theatre with significant directing experience
  • Primary strength in directing
  • Secondary strength in acting, theatre management, dialects, or other areas of performance
  • Evidence of artistic achievement in professional directing or acting
  • Evidence of excellence in teaching
  • Evidence of continuing creative work and/or research commensurate with earning tenure at NEIU
  • Demonstrated success working in highly collaborative environments
  • Demonstrated ability to build interdisciplinary and community partnerships


Please email a letter of application, transcripts, curriculum vitae (including production experience), statement of teaching philosophy, a production portfolio (web link, scanned, etc.), sample student evaluations, and three confidential letters of reference (at least one addressing teaching effectiveness and one addressing production experience) to Please include “Theatre Search” in the subject line of the email.

Review of applicants will begin Feb. 26, 2018, and continue until the position is filled.

About Northeastern Illinois University

Northeastern Illinois University’s Main Campus is located on 67 acres in a residential area on the Northwest Side of Chicago. The University has three additional locations in the metropolitan area: the Jacob H. Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies, El Centro and the Center for College Access and Success. Northeastern also is a founding member of the University Center of Lake County consortium campus in suburban Lake County, north of Chicago. Regarded as the most diverse university in the Midwest, Northeastern offers more than 40 undergraduate degree and certificate programs and more than 50 graduate degree, certificate, licensure and endorsement programs.

Northeastern Illinois University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and invites applications from Women, Minorities, Veterans and Persons with Disabilities, as well as Other Qualified Individuals. Northeastern Illinois University's positions are contingent upon the University's receipt of its State of Illinois appropriation.

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