Professor of Theatre Arts (Open-Rank, Tenure Track)
Ouachita Baptist University
Location: Arkadelphia, Arkansas
Type: Full Time
The School of Performing Arts at Ouachita Baptist University invites applications for a full-time, residential position in Theatre Arts to begin August 2024.
The successful candidate will be an experienced theatre artist and exhibit excellent teaching in the context of a liberal arts education; scholarly activity in the field; a collegial commitment to professional, university, departmental, and community service; and a Christian commitment consistent with the university’s vision, mission, and values. A terminal degree in theatre, along with evidence of successful teaching and creative activity in theatre performance, musical theatre, and stage direction, are essential. Additional experience in voice, movement, dance, and theatre education is preferred. This position includes a teaching load composed of three-quarters teaching and one-quarter production responsibilities. Rank and salary are dependent on qualifications and experience.
To apply, complete the Faculty Application for Employment and electronically forward a letter of application, curriculum vitae, graduate transcripts, and contact information for three references. Submit all materials as one PDF to Dr. Caroline Taylor (firstname.lastname@example.org), Chair of the Theatre Search Committee. Review of applications will begin on January 20, 2024, and will continue until the position is filled.
The Department of Theatre Arts is active in theatre education and performance production, including a yearly performance season of four fully produced shows. Ouachita offers degrees in Musical Theatre (BFA), Theatre (BA), and Theatre Education (BA). Teaching and performing resides in the 1,500-seat Jones Performing Arts Center and the 200-seat Verser Theatre.
Consistent with our mission as a Christ-centered learning community, Ouachita Baptist University seeks to develop a diverse faculty for the benefit of our students and stakeholders. Ouachita is a Christian liberal arts university founded in 1886. Of its approximately 1,800 students, more than 1,500 undergraduates attend the university’s highly residential campus; the university also offers graduate and fully online degrees to serve students with a variety of educational programs. Ouachita’s beautiful 200-acre campus is situated on the Ouachita River, is minutes from DeGray Lake Resort State Park, and is in the foothills of the Ouachita National Forest. To learn more about the university, see the opportunity profile and visit obu.edu/jobs
Ouachita Baptist University, a private liberal arts university in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, is entering its 138th year as a Christ-centered learning community. Ouachita continues to experience considerable institutional momentum, reporting its highest enrollment in 57 years with a Fall 2023 total headcount of 1,815 as well as a 99% job or grad school placement rate within six months of graduation.
Residential undergraduate enrollment is 1,581, and there are 81 students enrolled in Ouachita’s six graduate programs – more than doubling the number who enrolled when graduate programs were reintroduced in 2020. Of last year’s freshmen, 83% returned for their sophomore year – a retention rate 22% higher than the average most recently reported for all 4-year colleges and universities in Arkansas. Among this year’s 469 first-time freshmen, there are two National Merit finalists and 33 Arkansas Governor’s Distinguished Scholars. The cohort earned a collective high school grade point average of 3.8 out of 4.000; almost half earned a high school GPA of 4.0 or higher.
Arkadelphia, a city of 10,258, is the seat of Clark County. It’s located in the foothills of the beautiful Ouachita Mountains, a...n hour southwest of Little Rock and four hours northeast of Dallas, Texas. Ouachita’s tree-lined campus sits on a bluff overlooking the Ouachita River, with easy access to more than 10 miles of hiking and biking trails winding in and around town. Surrounded by two million acres of national forests, Arkadelphia is a 10-minute drive from DeGray Lake Resort State Park and close to many other lakes, rivers and trails.