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Chair, Theatre and Dance (Theatre), Tenure-Track Faculty

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Work Type: Tenure-Track
Location: Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Categories: Liberal Arts

Job Title

Chair, Theatre and Dance (Dance), Tenure-Track Faculty


Dean Liberal Arts

University Expectation

MTSU seeks candidates committed to innovative teaching, robust research/creative activity, and meaningful service. We also seek to attract culturally and academically diverse faculty who value working with diverse students.


Salary is commensurate with education and experience.

Job Summary/Basic Function

The College of Liberal Arts at Middle Tennessee State University invites applicants for the chair position (#130005) of the Department of Theatre and Dance. Applicants must have a record of teaching, research or creative activity, and service for appointment at the rank of Associate or Full Professor. Expedited tenure upon appointment is possible. The start date for the position is August 1, 2024.

The successful candidate will have a distinguished record of scholarship or creative activity, service to the profession, dedication to quality instruction and effective mentorship, a commitment to student success initiatives, a collaborative leadership style, and the ability to inspire faculty, staff, and students across the dance and theatre disciplines. The successful candidate will demonstrate the skills to manage operation details while focusing on long-range plans to sustain the growth and excellence associated with the department. Teaching responsibilities will be in the theatre program and determined by the candidate’s academic background and skills.

Required Education

A terminal degree in theatre or a closely related field is required by the appointment date.

Other Desirables

Applicants with administrative, fundraising, and NAST or NASD standards/processes experience will receive special consideration.

Documents Needed to Apply

To successfully apply, applicants must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, statement of research or creative activities (as appropriate to the discipline), and a statement of leadership philosophy as separate attachments at the time of online application.

Special Instruction to Applicants 

For more information about serving as a faculty member at Middle Tennessee State University, please visit our faculty recruitment webpage at

If you need help applying, please contact Mitzi Dunkley, Faculty Recruitment Specialist, at (615) 898-5128. If you have position-specific questions, please contact Karla Barnes at

MTSU offers a comprehensive benefits package, including but not limited to the following:  

  • Sick Leave
  • Vacation Leave for Administrative/Classified Staff/12-month Faculty
  • 13 paid University holidays
  • Medical, dental, vision, and life insurance
  • Retirement plans
  • Optional 401K and 403B Deferred Compensation Plans
  • Educational benefits for the employee and their spouse and dependents
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MTSU is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer that values diversity in all its forms. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Proof of U.S. citizenship or eligibility for U.S. employment is required before employment (Immigration Control Act of 1986). Clery Act crime statistics for MTSU are available at or by contacting MTSU Public Safety at (615) 898-2424.

MTSU is a Tobacco & Drug-Free campus.

This position requires a criminal background check. Therefore, you must provide information about your criminal history to be considered.

For individuals requiring reasonable accommodation to apply: In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA), if you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation to apply for a position with MTSU, please call 615-898-2929 or email

Application Review Date: 11/09/2023

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