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California State University, Fullerton is a large, comprehensive, urban university with more than 4,100 full-and part-time faculty and staff members, and a diverse student body of 40,235 enrolled in Fall 2016. The university offers a broad spectrum of degree programs in liberal arts and sciences as well as applied and professional fields with 57 at the baccalaureate level and 52 graduate programs including a doctorate in education and doctor of nursing practice. Learning is preeminent at Cal State Fullerton. We combine the best qualities of teaching and research universities where actively engaged students, faculty and staff work in close collaborations to expand knowledge. Research and other creative activities are enhanced by the proximity of the campus to nationally recognized business, cultural, and educational institutions. Faculty members were awarded more than $21.4 million in grants and contracts for research and scholarly activities in 2015-16. The university has a longstanding tradition of collegial governance. Cal State Fullerton is strongly committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. CSUF is a designated Hispanic Serving Institution (the only one in Orange County) and an Asian American and Pacific Islander Serving Institution. We are ranked 6th in the nation in terms of baccalaureate degrees awarded to minorities. In addition to meeting fully its obligations under federal and state law, Cal State Fullerton 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, national origin or cultural background, political views, sex or sexual orientation, disability or Veteran's status or other personal characteristics or beliefs.

Theatre History/Dramatic Literature

The Department of Theatre and Dance in the College of the Arts at California State University, Fullerton, invites applications for a full-time Assistant or Associate Professor tenure-track faculty position in Theatre History and Dramatic Literature with appointment to begin in Fall 2019.  The Department strives to further CSUF’s identity as an institution that welcomes and embraces diversity. We strongly encourages applications from candidates who can demonstrate through their teaching, research/creative activities, and service that they can contribute to the diversity and excellence of our community.

The Department of Theatre & Dance serves approximately 600 Majors, with 23 Full-time and 28 Part-time Faculty and 14 Full-time Professional Staff, and offers BFA Degrees in Acting and Musical Theatre; BA Degrees in Theatre, Design & Production, and Dance; and MFA Degrees in Directing and Design & Production.

The yearly season consists of up to 10 main stage and 8 studio series productions (performed, designed, and staffed by students) including plays, musicals, dance, and opera, produced in 5 spaces, utilizing a variety of faculty directors, graduate student directors, and guest directors.

The Department of Theatre and Dance at California State University, Fullerton, is fully accredited by NAST (National Association of Schools of Theatre), NASD (National Association of Schools of Dance), and is a member of URTA (University Resident Theatre Association) and USITT (United States Institute for Theatre Technology).  For more information about the department, please visit:

The primary professional responsibilities of this instructional faculty member are: teaching combination of undergraduate and graduate courses in Theatre History, Dramatic Literature, Theory, Criticism, and Research Methodologies, along with other courses in the major, as needed. These responsibilities generally include: advising students; engaging in an active and successful program of scholarly research and publication in the discipline; participation in Department, College, University, and system-wide committees; maintaining office hours; working collaboratively and productively with colleagues; participation in traditional academic functions; and contribution to the regional and national organizations of university theatre educators.

Positive tenure and promotion decisions require excellent teaching; a record of scholarly research and publications in the discipline; strong leadership contributions to Department and University committees and to external professional organizations that serve the broader disciplinary community.



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 application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

Rank and Salary
The position will be at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor, tenure-track.  Salary is commensurate with rank, experience, and qualifications.  Moving expenses, start-up funds, and a reduced teaching load may be available. An excellent comprehensive benefits package is available that includes health/vision/dental plans; spouse, domestic partner and dependent fee-waiver; access to campus child-care; a defined-benefit retirement through the state system, along with optional tax sheltering opportunities. For a detailed description of benefits, go to 

Appointment Date
August 2019

Application Procedure
A complete on-line application must be submitted in order to receive full consideration.  To apply, please go to: to view all job listings and select 10561BR to begin the application process and provide the following materials:

Applicants will submit

  1. Cover letter (relating your experience to the required and preferred qualifications) addressed to Theatre History/Dramatic Literature Search Committee
  2. Current Curriculum vita/professional resume
  3. Undergraduate and graduate transcripts
  4. List of three professional references: name, best telephone contact number, email address
  5. Teaching Philosophy Statement
  6. A statement about your teaching experiences, successes, and challenges as well as your commitment to working with a diverse student population, faculty, and community

Competitive Candidates contacted by the Search Committee will be required to submit:

  1. Three letters of recommendation (see submission instructions below)
  2. Digital Portfolio of Scholarly Research and Publications
  3. Examples of specific course materials, syllabi, handouts, PowerPoint/Keynote presentations

On the References Page of the online application, enter information and email addresses for three referents who will provide confidential letters of reference for your application.  Each referent will immediately receive a request via email along with information on uploading the letter.  You will be able to verify that each letter has been received by CSUF by logging back in to the recruitment system.

Please direct all questions about the position to: Dale A. Merrill, Dean, College of the Arts at, with the subject line “Theatre Search” or call 657-278-3256.

Application Deadline
Review of applications will begin immediately.  All applications received by November 5, 2018, are assured full consideration.  Position will remain open until filled.  Multiple positions may be hired from this recruitment based on the strength of the applicant pool.

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 Revised July 21, 2017 as a condition of employment.

California State University Fullerton celebrates all forms of diversity and is deeply committed to fostering an inclusive environment within which students, staff, administrators and faculty thrive. Individuals interested in advancing the University’s strategic diversity goals are strongly encouraged to apply. EEO employer. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose.

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 Last Published 4/5/19