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Jun 29 2024

Faculty Assistant or Associate Professor of Theater

St. Olaf College Northfield, Minnesota, United States

Assistant or Associate Professor of Theater


The Department of Theater at St. Olaf College invites applications for a full-time, tenure track position in Theater (Generalist) at the Assistant or Associate Professor level to begin August 2025.

This position, as a Theater Generalist, includes teaching a wide range of both theater studies and performance-based courses, at levels ranging from introductory surveys to advanced seminars. Required areas of interest and demonstrated expertise include directing, theater history and theory, dramatic literature and text analysis, acting, and the ability to offer courses in a liberal arts context, relevant to students pursuing careers in theater and the performing arts as well as film, media, communications and others. Desirable areas of specialization include an emphasis on directing and producing theater in an educational environment, historically underrepresented populations, and musical theater. On an annual basis, the position will routinely include teaching four courses and directing one mainstage production for the St. Olaf Theater.

A completed Ph.D. and/or M.F.A. in Theater, Performance Studies or related field with evidence of outstanding teaching and directing experience is required.

About the Department
St. Olaf Theater takes for its subject matter all aspects of making theater. We think of the program as a kind of laboratory for a serious and productive life. We produce a diverse and ambitious season of new and existing works in two well-equipped theaters. Theater at St. Olaf benefits from its proximity to the Twin Cities, which, only 45 minutes away, have more theaters per capita than nearly any city in the nation. Each year, our classes see a variety of shows in the Cities, at theaters such as the Guthrie Theater, Penumbra Theater and Mixed Blood, and are visited by prominent guest artists from the local scene. Our departmental curriculum challenges students to become well-rounded artists and scholars by requiring courses in acting, directing, writing and design, as well as history, theory and literature of theater and performance. As a department, we are rigorously interdisciplinary and collaborate regularly with colleagues in the fine arts as well as others across campus. We welcome new voices and visions that expand the notion of what theater is and what is possible with it. For more information about the department, visit

At St. Olaf, we are committed to equity and inclusion. We strive to be a campus of welcome where students, faculty, and staff thrive by bringing their full humanity—gender identity, sexuality, race, ethnicity, national origin, socioeconomic class, disability, religion, spirituality, and age—to the Hill each day. Our goal is to generate conversations and processes that over time create greater clarity, transparency, trust, cooperation, consensus, respect, and measurable outcomes. Practices that support this goal include listening, cultivating a growth mindset, respecting those with different views, being informed by data, and understanding that the work is ongoing, collaborative, organic, and ever evolving. We encourage applicants to familiarize themselves with our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion website to learn more about our commitment and to identify how you might contribute to these efforts.

How to Apply
A complete application includes the following:

References: Provide contact information for three professional references who can speak to your abilities in teaching and scholarship.

Supporting Documents and URLS:

  1. Cover letter outlining your qualifications and why you are interested in this particular position
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Portfolio: Provide a link to your professional portfolio showcasing a selection of your directing work.

Miscellaneous Documents:

  1. Diversity statement (500 word limit): Describe how you would contribute to the development of a diverse and inclusive learning community at our college through your teaching, research, and/or service. Include examples of your contributions when possible.
  2. Graduate transcripts (unofficial)
  3. Statement of teaching philosophy: Describe your pedagogical goals in teaching undergraduate Theater students in the classroom.
  4. Writing sample: Submit a writing sample that demonstrates your ability to write analytically, coherently, and clearly.
  5. Statement of research and interest: Describe your research accomplishments, your current work, and the future direction and potential of your research.

Review of applications will begin on September 23, 2024, and will continue until the position is filled. Applications received by that date will receive fullest consideration. Finalist interviews are expected in December. Questions about the position, department, or College may be directed to Elaigwu Ameh, Search Committee Chair, at

About Us

Who We Are:

Founded in 1874, St. Olaf College is a residential, coeducational liberal arts college with approximately 3,000 students and 800 faculty and staff. The college is located on a picturesque 300-acre campus in Northfield, Minnesota, a vibrant, historic river town of 20,000 located 45 minutes south of culturally rich and diverse Minneapolis and St. Paul.

The college offers an academically rigorous, nationally ranked liberal arts education that fosters the development of the whole person in mind, body, and spirit and emphasizes learning in an inclusive and globally engaged community. We encourage applications from candidates committed to multicultural understanding and the enrichment of our diverse community.

The college offers a comprehensive benefits package, including a 9% retirement match, monthly contributions to a retirement healthcare account, contributions to eligible employees’ health savings accounts, a significant tuition discount (up to an 80% reduction) at ACM and ELCA colleges and universities for employees’ children, and generous paid time off. For a full review of the college’s benefits, please see the summary of our benefits here:

To provide a safe and secure educational environment, St. Olaf College verifies the accuracy of all credentials presented by applicants and conducts a criminal background check on every new hire.

A summary of the Flexible Work Policy for staff:

A link to our DEI page:

A virtual campus tour:

An overview of Northfield:

An overview of the Twin Cities:

The college strongly recommends that incoming students and new employees complete the primary COVID vaccine series before beginning their studies or work on campus, and that all members of our campus community remain up to date with COVID vaccines, per CDC guidance.
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Nondiscrimination Policy St. Olaf College does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, creed, national origin, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, marital status, veteran status, or status with regard to public assistance. St. Olaf College prohibits discrimination and harassment based upon these and any other legally protected status in any education program or activity that it operates, including in admissions and employment.
Inquiries about this nondiscrimination policy may be referred to St. Olaf College’s Director of Equal Opportunity, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights or both. St. Olaf’s Director of Equal Opportunity (who serves as the College’s Title IX, Title VI, and Section 504 Coordinator) is Pamela McDowell, Tomson Hall,, (507) 786-3465.

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