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Assistant/Associate Professor (Acting/Movement)
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Date Posted Oct. 23, 2019
Title Assistant/Associate Professor (Acting/Movement)
University University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, IL, United States
Department Department of Theatre
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Aug. 16, 2020
  • Assistant Professor
    Associate Professor
  • Drama/Theater/Theater Education

The Department of Theatre at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor (Acting/Movement) to begin August 2020. Candidates with terminal degrees are strongly preferred, but those with equivalent professional experience may also be considered. We seek candidates with a demonstrated ability to teach MFA and BFA stage combat, movement, and related acting courses. Applicants should be Certified Teachers with the S.A.F.D., possess expertise in teaching body dynamics and physical expressiveness, have potential for developing a 21st century movement curriculum that is inclusive of all bodies and abilities. Desired additional training may include (but is not limited to): Alexander Technique, Clowning, Feldenkrais, Intimacy, Laban, Lecoq, Michael Chekhov, Motion Capture, Suzuki, Viewpoints, and/or other movement expertise. Duties include a teaching load of generally 2 classes/semester as well as committee work, advising, and (as appropriate) coaching or directing in support of the departmental curriculum and mission. Applicants should have a record of professional movement directing, acting, directing or other practice-based arts research commensurate with an appointment to and indicative of current or future tenure and promotion at a Tier I Research Institution.

The Department of Theatre’s mission is to model radical inclusion in our classes and productions as well as our faculty, staff, and students. We are invested in creating new artistic work as well as adapting and translating classic texts for contemporary audiences. We prepare students for professions in the theatre and related fields by fostering a deep understanding of traditional approaches paired with rigorous training in emerging professional practices. We are looking for colleagues who can share this mission through a coherent and innovative movement curriculum, pedagogy, and research/creative work.

This position is a full-time, nine-month, tenure-system faculty appointment with an anticipated start date of August 16, 2020. Salary is commensurate with experience.

To apply, please submit a cover letter outlining your qualifications for and interest in the position; CV; and three confidential letters of reference at To ensure full consideration, the applications should be received by January 1, 2020. Please contact search committee chair J.W. Morrissette at with questions.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

  • The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit

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  • JW Morrissette
    Department of Theatre
    University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
    Urbana, IL


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