Job Information

University of Utah Assistant/Associate Professor of Musical Theatre in Salt Lake City, Utah

Position Information

Proposed Faculty Rank Assistant/Associate Professor

Department 00079 - Theatre Department

City Salt Lake City, UT

Track Tenure Track

New Position to Begin 07/01/2023


The University of Utah Department of Theatre invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty member (assistant or associate professor) to lead our nationally-recognized Musical Theatre Program. We seek candidates with expertise in directing and acting for musical theatre whose teaching and ongoing creative or scholarly research engages with inclusive, identity-conscious, or anti-racist theatre-making and/or culturally responsive theatre practices that address race, class, gender, sexuality, disability, or religion. The successful applicant will teach several classes per year in acting for musical theatre, serve as the Area Head for the Musical Theatre Program, and may have opportunities to direct in the main-stage season. This position requires active departmental participation, including curriculum development, recruitment, student advising, and season planning. In addition, this person must maintain a robust agenda of creative or scholarly research.

Professional Qualifications:

Terminal degree in theatre or an allied field, or an equivalent record of professional accomplishments in the field

The successful candidate must demonstrate the following:

  • Experience as a faculty member in higher education
  • Record of ongoing creative or scholarly research in musical theatre practice that is regionally or nationally recognized and shows potential for continued growth
  • History of supporting, teaching, and/or mentoring emerging artists in the classroom or the field

Preference will be given to candidates with

  • Experience of curriculum assessment and development
  • Minimum 3 years of experience as a full-time faculty member in higher education
  • Strong organizational and leadership skills
  • Evidence of commitment to participating in professional development opportunities that build effectiveness in areas of inclusion, intercultural communication, and advancing diversity

Salary range is $65,000-75,000, commensurate with qualifications and experience, and the position includes a full university benefits package.

Start Date: July 2023

Department Information: Housed in the newly remodeled Price Theatre Arts Building, the department’s mission is to prepare students to join the broader community of theatre practitioners and scholars, conduct research that is both innovative and rigorous, and to engage and serve our community in and through theatre. Our vision is to build a community that supports play and creative risk-taking and that honors different cultures, experiences, and perspectives. We engage in a continuous process of reviewing, revising, and developing curriculum, policies, and practices that support and advance our vision, including establishing consent-based practices in the classroom and rehearsal hall, developing transparent and equitable work-load policies for faculty, and adopting inclusive season selection and casting practices. Our performance spaces include a 125-seat black box, a 99-seat studio space, and, as of fall 2023, a state of the art 375-seat thrust that can be configured as a proscenium. Faculty and students frequently work at Pioneer Theatre Company, a professional theatre housed on the University of Utah campus. For more information, visit our website: .

Employer Information: The University of Utah is the state’s public flagship institution of higher education with an enrollment of approximately 23,900 undergraduate and 7,800 graduate students, and is classified by the Carnegie Foundation among the 115 research universities with the “highest research activity” in the nation. Forbes recently ranked the University of Utah as one of America’s best employers and U.S. News & World Report ranked it as one of the best national universities. The University has a number of campus-wide diversity initiatives that contribute to a rich campus climate, attract academic and professional talent, improve access to higher education for historically underrepresented groups, and strengthen the U’s ability to educate the next generation of leaders . The University is located in the Wasatch Mountain range foothills overlooking Salt Lake City, the Great Salt Lake, and the Great Basin’s west desert. In addition to an active arts culture, the area also offers unparalleled outdoor recreational opportunities within easy access from the city. Salt Lake City is currently ranked 7th in the nation for its vibrant LGBTQ+ community.

EEO/Non-Discrimination Information

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students, staff, faculty and patients from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education, employment opportunities, and quality healthcare for historically underrepresented groups.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ( OEO /AA)

135 Park Building

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


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The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“ URS ”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

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Special Instructions for Candidates

For priority consideration, please submit the following documents via the University of Utah’s applicant portal by November 13th, 2022:

  1. Cover letter (addressed to Search Committee Chair Professor Sarah Shippobotham) addressing your approach to teaching and directing in an undergraduate educational setting, professional and scholarly work trajectory, and engagement with diversity and inclusion and consent-based practice in your work in academic or professional theatre settings.
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Names and contact information for three professional or academic references (letters will be required of applicants who advance to the campus interview)

Open Date 10/19/2022

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Requisition Number PRN00940CF

Type Faculty