College of Arts & Letters


Department of Theatre and Dance

Assistant Professor

Starting Date:

August, 2020

Minimum Qualifications:

1) An earned terminal degree (PhD or MFA) in Theatre (or other closely-related disciplines, including but not limited to Creative Writing, Performing Arts, English, Film) from an accredited institution (or equivalent) is required; however, applicants nearing completion of the terminal degree may be considered. The terminal degree must be completed by the date of appointment (8/20/2020).
2) Evidence of successful teaching experience at the College or university level.
3) Evidence of professional playwriting experience.
4) Evidence of professional work in Devised theatre and/or Theatre-for-Social-Change.
5) Demonstrated experience in working effectively with students from diverse backgrounds.

Preferred Qualifications:

1) Evidence of successful teaching experience at the graduate level.
2) Evidence of sustained relationships with community partners, including with arts and/or social justice organizations.


The primary professional responsibilities of instructional faculty members are: teaching, research, scholarship and/or creative activity, and service to the University, profession and to the community.  These responsibilities generally include: advising students, participation in campus and system-wide committees, maintaining office hours, working collaboratively and productively with colleagues, and participation in traditional academic functions.

The successful candidate will teach undergraduate and graduate level classes in script analysis, playwriting, dramaturgy, community-based theatre, and devised theatre. The Department is committed to helping students to discover and develop their own unique voices, and to create new material for live performance. Working with the faculty, the successful candidate will organize the biennial John Lion New Plays Festival, in which original student plays are taken from the classroom (undergraduate and graduate) through a process that includes readings and workshops and then culminates in a full production in the festival.  

The successful candidate will be committed to the academic success of all of our students and to an environment that acknowledges, encourages, and celebrates diversity and differences. To this end, the successful candidate will work effectively, respectfully, and collaboratively in diverse, multicultural, and inclusive settings. In addition, the successful candidate will be ready to join faculty, staff, students, and administrators in our University’s shared commitment to the principles of engagement, service, and the public good.


Initial salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The University:

California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State LA) is one of 23 campuses within the California State University system.  The University is the premier comprehensive public university in the heart of Los Angeles. Cal State LA is ranked number one in the U.S. for the upward mobility of its students, and is dedicated to engagement, service, and the public good.  We offer nationally recognized programs in science, the arts, business, criminal justice, engineering, nursing, education, ethnic studies, and the humanities. Our faculty have a strong commitment to scholarship, research, creative pursuits, community engagement, and service.

Our 240,000 alumni reflect the City and County’s dynamic mix of populations.  The University has one of the most diverse student populations of any college or university in the nation.  As a federally recognized Hispanic-Serving Institution, and Asian-American, Native American, and Pacific Islander-Serving Institution, Cal State LA recognizes the transformative power of education and embraces its duty to identify and serve the needs of all of its students. The University is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can live, work and learn in an atmosphere of civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual.  

The College:

The Cal State LA College of Arts & Letters transforms lives and sustains thriving communities and cultures. We develop and amplify our students’ unique talents, diverse life experiences, and intellects through the study and practice of the Arts and Humanities so that they can tell meaningful stories, forge their professional pathways, and inspire their communities.

The Department:

Studying Theatre at California State University, Los Angeles offers students the opportunity to discover and develop their own unique artistic voices in a collaborative and enriching learning environment. The Department of Theatre and Dance offers a BA in Theatre degree (with options in Performance and Design & Production), and two Minor Programs (Minor in Theatre and Minor in Dance).  Also offered is the MFA in Television, Film and Theatre, a joint degree program, shared with the Department of Television, Film and Media Studies, with options in Acting, Writing and Content Creation. The Department of Theatre and Dance produces 6-8 theatre and dance events each academic year, offering students and audiences an array of contemporary, experimental, and original productions.

Cal State LA is located in the center of the entertainment industry. Students engage with Los Angeles’ rich artistic community as well as across disciplines within the University. Innovative and wide-ranging production and performance opportunities promote student learning within the creative process. Through coursework and performances, our students have the opportunity to explore the theatrical world from many different perspectives.

Required Documentation:

Please submit the following to the Search Committee Chair at the email address below:
1) A cover letter specifically addressing minimum and preferred qualifications.
2) A curriculum vitae.
3) A narrative statement describing your commitment to working effectively with faculty, staff, and students in a multicultural/multiethnic urban campus environment with a substantial population of first-generation students.
4) A list of three professional references.
5) A University Application for Employment Form

Finalists will be required to submit:
1) Official transcripts.
2) Sample of creative writing related to the position.

Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States. 


Review of applications will begin November 1, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled.

Please email all application materials in a single PDF to: Please type “Theatre and Dance Playwriting Tenure-Track Application” in the subject line.

Please address all questions to the search committee chair Seonagh Kummer at: or 323-343-4110.

Note: The person holding this position is considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

In addition to meeting fully its obligations under federal and state law, Cal State LA is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can live, work and learn in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual. To that end, all qualified individuals will receive equal consideration without regard to economic status, race, ethnicity, color, religion, marital status, pregnancy, national origin or cultural background, political views, sex, sexual orientation, gender identification, age, disability, disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran status.


Upon request, reasonable accommodation will be provided to individuals with protected disabilities to (a) complete the employment process and (b) perform essential job functions when this does not cause undue hardship.