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Visiting Artist in Playwriting
Amherst College

Date Posted Jun. 7, 2018
Title Visiting Artist in Playwriting
University Amherst College
Department Department of Theater and Dance
Application Deadline Jan. 1, 2019
Position Start Date Jul. 1, 2019
  • Amherst, MA
    United States
  • Visiting Professor
  • Drama/Theater/Theater Education

The Department of Theater and Dance at AMHERST COLLEGE invites applications for a three-year position as Visiting Artist in Playwriting, beginning July 1, 2019. Given Amherst’s commitment to cultivating a challenging and inclusive educational environment, we seek candidates who demonstrate a commitment to teaching, mentoring, and inspiring students representing a broad range of classes, genders, races, ethnicities, nationalities, sexual orientations, and religions. Today, nearly one-quarter of Amherst’s students are Pell Grant recipients, and 44 percent are U.S. students of color. The successful applicant will join a student-oriented department that emphasizes collaboration and the interdisciplinary nature of scholarship and artistic practice in a liberal arts setting.

We seek applicants with intellectual curiosity, and who have a wide-ranging knowledge of dramatic literature. An MFA in Playwriting and a record of professional experience are expected. The teaching load is two courses per semester. Primary responsibilities include teaching a progressive sequence of courses in playwriting, and courses in modern and contemporary drama. Additional duties include advising honors student theses in playwriting, and requisite service responsibilities (advising, departmental meetings and serving on departmental committees). The successful candidate will have an interest in working with colleagues across the Five College Consortium and at Amherst to promote new playwriting and the study of dramatic literature among a broad range of students.

Consideration of applications will begin on January 1, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. Applications received by January 1 will be assured of full consideration. Please submit an electronic application to including a cover letter, CV, three confidential letters of recommendation, sample syllabus, teaching statement, and representative examples of playwriting.

Amherst is a private undergraduate liberal arts college for men and women, with 1,800 students and more than two hundred faculty members. Located in the Connecticut River Valley of western Massachusetts, Amherst participates with Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts in the Five-College Consortium. Amherst College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women, persons of color, and persons with disabilities to apply. The College is committed to enriching the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff to ensure that full participation and inclusion are an integral part of the culture of the institution.

  • Amherst College does not discriminate in admission, employment, or administration of its programs and activities on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin, color, religion, sex or gender (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender expression, and gender identity), age, disability, genetic information, military service, or any other characteristic or class protected under applicable federal, state, or local law. Amherst College complies with all state and federal laws that prohibit discrimination, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, Title IX, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Equal Pay Act and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. Inquiries should be addressed to the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Amherst College, P.O. Box 5000, Amherst, MA 01002-5000.

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  • Human Resources
    Department of Theater and Dance
    Amherst College
    PO Box 5000
    Amherst, MA 01002
  • 4135422372


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