Department of Theatre Arts - Assistant Professor (520214)

  • California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB)
  • San Bernardino, California
  • Oct 13, 2022
Full Time Education and Training Museum and Arts Public Health

Job Description


California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) is located in San Bernardino in the Inland Empire, 60 miles east of Los Angeles and operates a satellite campus in Palm Desert located in Coachella Valley. CSUSB serves approximately 20,000 students, of which 81% are first-generation college students and graduates about 5,000 students annually. As a designated Hispanic Serving Institution, CSUSB reflects the dynamic diversity of the region and has one of the most diverse student populations of any university in the Inland Empire, and the second highest Hispanic enrollment of all public universities in California. CSUSB employs 467 full-time faculty and offers 48 undergraduate, 35 graduate, and one doctoral degree programs and 14 academic programs with national accreditation.

At CSUSB, diversity, equity and inclusion are values central to our mission. We recognize that diversity and inclusion in all its forms are necessary for our institutional success. By fully leveraging our diverse experiences, backgrounds and insights, we inspire innovation, challenge the status quo and create better outcomes for our students and community. As part of CSUSB’s commitment to hire, develop and retain a diverse faculty, we offer a variety of networking, mentoring and development programs for our junior faculty. We are committed to building and sustaining a CSUSB community that is supportive and inclusive of all individuals. Qualified applicants with experience in ethnically diverse settings and/or who demonstrate a commitment to serving diverse student populations are strongly encouraged to apply. CSUSB has received the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification, which recognizes CSUSB’s ongoing commitment to service-learning, a high-impact practice that combines classroom instruction with meaningful volunteer service and correlates strongly to student success.


California State University, San Bernardino Department of Theatre Arts seeks an accomplished theatre artist/director with a primary focus in Educational Theatre for a full time, tenure track position beginning August 2023. We seek a Theatre Generalist with strong Performance based skills in addition to an extensive background in Drama education, TYA, and applied drama. We particularly seek a candidate to further develop Youth theatre and collaborate with CSUSB’s Education Department on California’s newly reinstated Single Subject Credential in Theatre.


Successful applicant will demonstrate expertise in developing performance and production skills. For example: TYA, contemporary and classic acting styles, movement, voice, theatre-for-social-justice, devised theatre. Strong resume in directing will be desirable. All faculty teach general education courses such as Introduction to Theatre, Acting for All Majors, Dramatic Literature, and Oral interpretation.

Qualified candidates must demonstrate a commitment to excellence in teaching and mentoring a diverse student population and to working effectively with faculty, staff and students across a wide range of disciplines.

  • A terminal degree (MFA or PhD) in Drama, Theatre or Theatre for the Young Audiences completed no later than August 2023.
  • Present Evidence of teaching excellence.

  • A minimum of three years of experience teaching in higher education,
  • Administrative experience in an academic or arts organization,
  • A track record of creative work and/or publishing in conventional and non-traditional forums, and
  • Experience in mentoring students for careers in performing arts fields including evidence of scholarly activity, publication, and innovation is valued.
  • Evidence of exemplary graduate-level teaching and leadership experience at program level is preferred and should be noted in application.


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.

Following a conditional offer of employment, a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate may start work with CSUSB. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may result in the withdrawal of the offer of employment. Note: CSUSB cannot deny an applicant a position solely or in part due to a criminal conviction history until it has performed an individualized assessment and linked the relevant conviction history with specific job duties in the position being sought.

Please note: Current employees who are offered positions on campus will be required to undergo a background check for any position where a background check is required by law or that CSUSB has designated as sensitive. Sensitive positions are those requiring heightened scrutiny of individuals holding the position based on potential for harm to children, concerns for the safety and security of people, animals, or property, or heightened risk of financial loss to CSUSB or individuals in the university community.

For health and well-being, CSUSB is a smoke & tobacco-free campus. The university is committed to promoting a healthy environment for all members of our community.


The Department of Theatre Arts is composed of artist educators with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We are dedicated to continuing to diversify our faculty. The commitment to diversity extends to the production program. Our seasons of past productions have been selected to represent a variety of plays. Works presented include the classics (Shakespeare, Brecht, Moliere, Miller etc.), Outside the European Canon (Calderon De La Barca, Carlyle Brown, Kirsten Greenidge etc.), Plays for Young Audiences (A Wrinkle in Time, Jackie Robinson Story and others) Puppet works, Touring Shows, New plays, Student plays and Devised works.

The Department of Theatre Arts grants an undergraduate BA in theatre. The degree allows students to develop expertise within an area (Musical Theatre, Theatre Education, Technical Theatre, and Performance). Our students work as Professional Artists, Educators (at all levels) and in a variety of other careers. Construction has begun for a new Performing Arts facility that will add a 500-seat theatre and rehearsal/studio spaces.

The current faculty includes a strong mix of expertise to support the degree. The department has worked over twenty years with the California Arts Project and the California Subject Matter Projects developing State and National Standards and Frameworks in Theatre and Dance. Recently California approved the teaching credential in theatre. This opportunity to develop and support skilled teachers to our region, combined with recent retirements, has provided the opportunity to reinforce and extend our program in education. This is a growth area for the university and especially our region.

To find out more about the Department of Theatre Arts visit our website

For more information regarding the position, please contact:

Recruitment Chair

Professor Kathryn Ervin

(909) 537-5892

Department Chair

Professor Terry Smith

(909) 537-5797


Please submit:
Curriculum Vitae Cover Letter that includes:
a. A statement of your teaching interest/philosophy

b. A statement of your research experience/plans
If available, evidence of teaching effectiveness such as teaching portfolios, reports on teaching observations, and/or student evaluations of teaching. Unofficial copies of all postsecondary degree transcripts (official transcripts may be required prior to appointment). Reference List - names, telephone numbers, and email addresses of three (3) referees whom we may contact to obtain letters of recommendation. Confidential letters of recommendation may be solicited from those listed as references on the application if the applicant is moved forward in the recruitment process. Non-confidential letters of recommendation can be uploaded by the applicant during the application process. Diversity Statement, which may include your interpretation of diversity, equity and inclusion, and must include specific examples of how your background and your educational and/or professional experiences have prepared you for this role at California State University, San Bernardino (maximum 1,000 words).
Formal review of applications will begin November 1, 2022 and continue until the position is filled.

If you are interested in this opportunity, we invite you to apply by using this CSU Recruit Hyperlink at:

Salary is commensurate with experience.

Assistant Professor (Range 3) - $5,405 - $11,994

Associate Professor (Range 4) - $6,190 - $13,172

Professor (Range 5) - $7,794 - $13,797

CSU Salary Schedule:

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.

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.

California State University, San Bernardino is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status. This position adheres to CSU policies against Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Violence, including Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking. This requires completion of Sexual Violence Prevention Training within 6 months of assuming employment and on a two-year basis thereafter. (Executive Order 1096)

This position may be “Designated” under California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. This would require the filing of a Statement of Economic Interest on an annual basis and the completion of training within 6 months of assuming office and every 2 years thereafter. Visit the Human Resources Conflict of Interest webpage link for additional information:
Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

Job Address

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