Assistant Professor of Theatre - Theatre Education

James Madison University
Harrisonburg, VA

The School of Theatre and Dance at James Madison University (JMU) seeks a theatre educator and program director for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Theatre Education to begin fall 2021. The Theatre Education Program at JMU includes a track that leads to teaching licensure and a track that prepares students to be educators and teaching artists in community settings without a license. Candidates must demonstrate abilities to effectively and collaboratively teach and work with faculty, students, staff, and community members from diverse backgrounds.


With over 22,000 students, JMU is centrally located in Virginia’s beautiful and historic Shenandoah Valley, 120 miles southwest of Washington, D.C. JMU is the number two public university in the south, according to US News and World Report. The university has a nationally recognized commitment to undergraduate research and student entrepreneurship. The College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) brings together the Schools of Art, Design, and Art History; Theatre and Dance; and Music. Research centers include The Center for Inclusive Music Engagement; The Institute for Creative Inquiry; and The Lisanby Museum. The CVPA is a founding member of the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (A2RU). With over 98 full-time tenure-track faculty and 1,200 majors, the CVPA is a vital and collaborative artistic community.


The School of Theatre and Dance offers a Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in dance, musical theatre, and theatre. The School that supports over 280 students, emphasizes artistic collaboration, artistic excellence, and student-centered learning. A part of the College of Visual and Performing Arts and housed in the award-winning Forbes Center for the Performing Arts, the School of Theatre and Dance fosters a collegial environment and intensive, practical training within a liberal arts tradition.


JMU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Access employer. We seek candidates who will contribute to the climate and body of diversity in the school and the college. With directors of diversity, equity, and inclusion officers in all JMU colleges, JMU promotes access, inclusion, and diversity for all students, faculty, staff, constituents, and programs, believing that these qualities are foundational components of an outstanding education in keeping with our mission. The University is interested in candidates whose experience and qualifications support our ongoing commitment to these core qualities. The College of Visual and Performing Arts and the University strives to create an educational environment that inspires responsible citizenship in a diverse world.


Duties & Responsibilities:

Responsibilities include teaching theatre education methods at the primary and secondary levels, youth theatre, theatre for young audiences (TYA), advanced methods/professional issues, and overseeing student teaching and practicum placements in theatre as well as contributing to the immediate development and design of the Theatre Education area of the Theatre Major. Additional responsibilities include teaching courses including Equity, Access, and Inclusion in Education and Performance and supporting engagement programs such as Homeschool/Youth Theatre Class and/or Theatre in Our School’s programming. Other duties include advising licensure candidates through admission to the Teacher Education Program in the College of Education and serving as a member of the Professional Education Coordinating Council (an advisory council to the College of Education Dean ), overseeing adjunct student teacher supervisors, student advising, and recruitment for the School, as well as participation on departmental, college and university level committees. JMU’s Theatre Education program focuses on exploring critical pedagogy, culturally responsive teaching, and social justice education through drama and theatre pedagogy and practice. We are especially interested in candidates who have demonstrated a commitment towards building an equitable and diverse learning environment.


Qualified candidates shall demonstrate:

  • Teaching and/or teaching artistry experience in diverse PK-12 schools or other instructional settings.
  • National/international scholarly or creative profile.
  • Record of publication, research, or creative practice in disciplines of drama and theatre education, teaching artistry, youth theatre, TYA, theatre for social change, applied theatre, or community-engaged practice.
  • Commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion in teaching, artistic, and/or research practices.
  • Ability to articulate current trends in drama and theatre education and teaching artistry.
  • Ability to address issues of race and representation and have facility with culturally responsive teaching pedagogies and approaches.
  • M.F.A., Ph.D., Ed.D., or ABD from an accredited institution with emphasis in Theatre Education. ABD’s may apply but must show evidence that the degree will be completed by the time of appointment.

To apply, visit to reference posting number F1587 and complete a faculty application. Candidacy is not active until this step is completed. Additional work samples or references may be requested later in the interview process.  Review of applications will begin May 1st; applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Pay is commensurate with experience.


James Madison University is committed to creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive work and educational community that is free of all forms of discrimination. This institution does not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status. We promote access, inclusion and diversity for all students, faculty, staff, constituents and programs, believing that these qualities are foundational components of an outstanding education in keeping with our mission. The university is interested in candidates whose experience and qualifications support an ongoing commitment to this core quality. Anyone having questions concerning discrimination should contact the Office for Equal Opportunity: (540) 568-6991.