Faculty Vacancy – Ouachita Baptist University



POSITION:                                    Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts (Directing, Musical Theatre, Performance)


RESPONSIBILITIES:                    Teach courses in directing, performance, musical theatre and theatre appreciation.  Direct 1-2 shows a year with additional oversight of student performance/directing projects.  Coach musical theatre barrier recitals. Work with Division of Music faculty to oversee and implement Musical Theatre BFA degree.  Collaborate with theatre faculty in creating shows, recruiting, and empowering theatre arts students.  Participate in the larger campus community through faculty committees, student advising and supporting university arts and events.


QUALIFICATIONS:                      The successful candidate will be an experienced theatre artist and instructor with a commitment to liberal arts education.  A terminal degree in theatre, along with evidence of successful teaching and creative activity in theatre performance, musical theatre, and stage direction are necessary.  Additional experience in movement and theatre education a plus. Applicants must support the mission of the university, www.obu.edu/about/vision-mission-and-values.


APPOINTMENT:                           This is a tenure track appointment, beginning in August of 2018. The position salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Academic load is figured as three quarters towards course work and one quarter towards production responsibilities.


APPLICATION:                             Applicants should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy including teaching theatre in a Christian liberal arts environment, graduate transcripts, and contact information on three references.

Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.



Submit all materials as a PDF file to:


Eric Phillips

Chair, Theatre Arts Search Committee

Ouachita Baptist University



APPLICATION DEADLINE:         Screening of applicants will begin on February 1, 2018.


The Department of Theatre Arts is a part of the School of Fine Arts at Ouachita Baptist University.  The department is active in theatre education and performance production.  It has approximately 70 majors in Musical Theatre (BFA),Theatre (BA) and Theatre Education (BA).  Teaching and performing takes place in the 200 seat Verser Theatre and the 1500 seat Jones Performing Arts Center. The Department of Theatre Arts produces an active yearly performance season of four fully produced shows and two smaller one acts/ten minute shows with a full time faculty of four and an adjunct faculty in dance.


Ouachita Baptist University is a private, liberal arts, church-related institution with approximately 1,500 students.  The University is located in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, half way between Texarkana, Texas and Little Rock, Arkansas on Interstate 30.  Faculty members are expected to share the institution’s commitment to both academic and Christian excellence.  The University is dedicated to the principle of academic freedom.  For further information: www.obu.edu