Visiting Teaching Assistant Professor, Department of Theatre

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Work type: Faculty Part-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Faculty
Division: Arts & Humanities/Social Sciences

As the University’s largest and most varied academic unit, the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CAHSS) is comprised of artists, learners, performers, scholars, scientists, and teachers across 21+ departments, programs, schools, and centers and acts as a central hub where many of the University's disciplines intersect. Nearly all 6,000 undergraduates at the University take liberal arts courses with us, and about one-third of these students declare a first major in a CAHSS program. Most of our departments, programs and schools offer master's or doctoral programs. CAHSS scholars, artists, instructors, staff, and students collaborate in a shared quest for knowledge about the human condition and the development of skills to improve our local and global communities. The diverse scope of CAHSS allows our students to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed at nearly any career in today’s global society.

Department Summary

The Department of Theatre within the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences is a dynamic department dedicated to comprehensive undergraduate theatre training via a program of study (BA in Theatre) defined by its commitment to breadth of understanding, hands-on experience, and demonstrated excellence in Acting, Directing, Design, Playwriting, Dramaturgy, History, Literature, and Management.

Position Summary

The Department of Theatre in the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at the University of Denver invites applications for a one-year Visiting Teaching Assistant Professor position for the 2024-2025 academic year beginning Fall 2024. This is a full-time, appointed, non-tenure track position, with benefits and a nine-month contract. The fall term begins in September and runs through mid June.

The department is looking for growth in the following areas – dramaturgy, tech, design, management, and courses that can increase our diverse offerings, including studies of drama in Indigenous, Latin American, Asian, African, LGBTQ, and other non-western canons. We are not looking for this position to offer courses in acting, directing, or movement.

Essential Functions

  • The successful candidate will teach four sections of lecture-based Page to Stage, designed to introduce non-majors to theatre concepts. This course is part of the University’s common curriculum.
  • The remaining four courses will be chosen to match departmental goals and the candidate’s particular scholarship and creative expertise, for a total of eight courses over three 10-week quarters. All courses will be taught in person and on campus

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Background and expertise in Theatre.

Required Qualifications

  • ABD or M.A. in Theatre or equivalent combination of academic and professional experience.
  • University-level teaching experience in Theatre

Preferred Qualifications

  •  M.F.A. or PhD in theatre or relevant field.

Work Schedule


While the University’s administrative offices are open Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm, faculty schedules vary from term to term and are based on courses taught, service commitments, and research agendas. The University’s academic calendars are posted on the registrar’s website:

Application Deadline

For consideration for the 2024-25 academic year, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. MST August 1, 2024.

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Rate

The salary for this position is $50,000.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information-but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.

For full consideration, please include the following documents with your application:

  1. CV
  2. Cover Letter that describes teaching interests and other qualifications
  3. 1-page statement of Teaching Philosophy, including commitment to diversity equity and inclusion in the classroom
  4. Names and contact information for three references who may be asked to provide a letter of recommendation.

Statement of Other Duties Disclaimer

This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change, or new ones may be assigned at any time with or without notice.

The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, age, religion, creed, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, military enlistment, or veteran status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the University's educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; the Americans with Disabilities Act; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; Equal Pay Act; Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act; the Colorado Protecting Opportunities and Workers' Rights ("POWR") Act; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For more information, please see the University of Denver's Non‑Discrimination‑Statement.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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