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Assistant Professor of Voice and Acting

Apply now Job no: 502474
Work type: Faculty Full Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Theater
Union: MSP
Categories: Faculty

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.


Job Description

The Department of Theater at the University of Massachusetts Amherst invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Voice and Acting at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin September 1, 2020.

We are seeking a person with a passion and vision for undergraduate education to teach Voice and Acting classes in our B.A. program. The ideal candidate will demonstrate rigor and excellence in their work, as they join a dynamic team of faculty and staff in a department of about 150 theater majors and a growing minor. The department also has MFA programs in Design, Directing, and Dramaturgy, and the nation’s first certificate in Multicultural Theater Practice.

In addition to teaching Voice and Acting classes, the candidate will mentor MFA students in their teaching, take an active role in recruitment, and assist with vocal coaching on productions. Ideally, the candidate will also bring their own unique expertise or specialty to expand our program, with some potential areas of interest being LGBTQIA+ theater, musical theater, or innovative classes for non-majors. Participation in departmental and university service is also a responsibility.



  • MFA in Acting or related field by time of appointment
  • Certification in a recognized Voice pedagogy (such as Fitzmaurice, Laban, Lessac, Linklater, etc.)
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching voice and acting at the college level
  • Record of professional achievement as a theater practitioner at the regional or national level
  • Evidence of ongoing creative or professional achievement
  • An ability to collaborate and work with colleagues and students across disciplines


Additional Information

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience, and the University offers an attractive benefits package.


Application Instructions

To apply, please submit a cover letter; a Curriculum Vitae (or detailed professional résumé); a Statement of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion which describes your past, current, and anticipated contributions in these areas through research, teaching and service; and the Names and Email Addresses of three references.

Applicants should apply by the priority deadline of November 1, 2019 to ensure full consideration.


UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

We are seeking talented applicants qualified for an assistant professor position. Under exceptional circumstances, highly qualified candidates at other ranks may receive consideration.

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