Professor of Practice – Acting

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Professor of Practice – Acting

SMU Position #06362

The Division of Theatre, Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University seeks an outstanding specialist in acting for a full-time, non-tenured Professor of Practice in its nationally regarded BFA and MFA programs. Located in the heart of Dallas, Texas, SMU is a long-time leader in the field of actor training. With a faculty of working professionals and a long-standing partnership with the Tony-award winning Dallas Theater Center, we work to make and teach theatre that celebrates the human spirit and deeply engages with the larger world.

Anticipated Start Date: August 2022

Candidates should evidence:

  • experience with a wide range of performance techniques with special emphasis on embodied pedagogies; on-camera experience also a plus.
  • a strong background in heightened language-both classical and contemporary 
  • commitment to principles of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Belonging and Accessibility and experience with the application of these principles in a diverse classroom
  • demonstrable skill in effectively engaging students across the range of training levels from BFA to MFA
  • the ability to balance teaching responsibilities with a continued commitment to their own artistic practice
  • an MFA or commensurate professional experience in the field

The primary responsibilities for this appointment will be teaching acting in both undergraduate and graduate curricula with possible opportunities for departmental directing. Service may include academic advising, recruiting, student mentoring, departmental service as needed, and will be negotiated based on teaching load and departmental needs. Salary competitive and commensurate with rank and experience. Benefits competitive. Candidates from underrepresented groups in higher education are especially encouraged to apply.

Candidates should submit materials via Interfolio at and should include (1) a cover letter, (2) CV, (3) sample syllabus (4) teaching statement, and  (5) Three letters of recommendation. Questions regarding the search may be directed to Stan Wojewodski, Search Committee Chair, at  Review of applications will begin December 15, 2021. To ensure full consideration for the position, the application must be received by December 15th, 2021, but the committee will continue to accept applications until the position is filled. The committee will notify applicants of its employment decisions after the position is filled. Hiring is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a background check.

SMU will not discriminate in any program or activity on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression.  The Executive Director for Access and Equity/Title IX Coordinator is designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies and may be reached at the Perkins Administration Building, Room 204, 6425 Boaz Lane, Dallas, TX 75205, 214-768-3601,