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Visiting Assistant Professor Theatre / Graduate Program Director

About the University: Point Park University is a vibrant, urban campus located in the Golden Triangle, downtown Pittsburgh with an enrollment of approximately 4000 full and part-time students in more than 40 areas of academic study.  The University is known for providing its students with an education that combines the liberal arts with career education, and offers associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees.  To learn more about Point Park University, its academic programs and achievements, please visit its webpage at http://www.pointpark.edu.

The Position:  The Theatre Department in the Conservatory of Performing Arts at Point Park University is seeking a temporary full-time, Visiting Assistant Professor, who will serve as the Director of the MFA in Acting Program.  This will be a two-year appointment beginning in the Fall of 2012.  The theatre department is one of three departments in the Conservatory of Performing Arts.  In addition to the MFA in Acting, the Theatre Department offers undergraduate programs in Musical Theatre, Acting and Design/Tech/Stage Management in a rigorous, nationally recognized training program.  Distinguishing the Conservatory is its integrated association with The REP, an AEA resident company, housed in the historic Pittsburgh Playhouse.  The graduate acting program is a three year, full-time sequence of studies focusing on individual artistic development and acquiring credentials to teach at the university level.  The program provides a stimulating, varied and flexible curriculum to meet the needs and interests of advanced, creative students.  The current class is composed of five artists who represent diverse backgrounds.  The successful candidate will serve as Director of the MFA in Acting program, teach in that program, and if applicable, in the undergraduate theatre program.  In addition to instruction, responsibilities also include student advising and committee service.

Requirements: Only applicants with an MFA or Ph.D. degree in Acting and/or Theatre and extensive experience in the professional and/or academic theatre will be considered.  The ideal candidate will have a record of successful teaching at the university level, and have experience in academic administration.

Application Procedure: Qualified candidates should submit a letter of application, resume, statement of teaching philosophy, and list of 5 references with contact information to:  Office of the Dean, Attention:  THEATRE FACULTY SEARCH, Head of Graduate Program, Conservatory of Performing Arts, Point Park University, 201 Wood Street, Suite 625 LH, Pittsburgh, PA  15222 or by e-mail to:  conservatory@pointpark.edu.  If submitting your application by e-mail, please note that the subject line MUST STATE:  THEATRE FACULTY SEARCH, Director MFA Acting.  Salary is commensurate with credentials and experience.  Position is subject to approval of funding.  Review of candidates will begin on February 27, 2012, and will continue until the position is filled.  The Theatre Department is committed to building a diverse academic community.  Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.  Point Park University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.