Assistant Professor of African American Theatre & Performance

College of Charleston
Charleston, SC 29424


Shannon Horn

Job Details


Assistant Professor of African American Theatre and Performance 

COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON is accepting applications for a nine-month, tenure-track appointment for an Assistant Professor of African American Theatre and Performance in the Department of Theatre and Dance (THTR), which begins August 16, 2021. The Department of Theatre and Dance is NAST accredited offering BA and MAT degrees in Theatre and a BA in Dance. Housed in THTR, this line is affiliated with the African American Studies Program (AAST, School of Languages, Cultures and World Affairs). 

We are seeking a candidate with specializations in African American Theatre, Directing, and Acting.  Secondary areas of specialization are open, but may include: Musical Theatre, Movement, Voice for the Actor, African diasporic performance traditions (Caribbean, Afro-Latin cultures, Africa, etc.), Global Theatre, and other areas of expertise.

Responsibilities include teaching classes in African American Theatre, Directing, Acting, introductory theatre courses, and/or related areas; maintaining a record of creative, artistic, and/or scholarly achievements; serving as an academic advisor; assisting in recruitment activities; serving on departmental and college committees;  and participating and mentoring  in THTR productions as a director and in other capacities. The successful candidate may also teach the “Artist Practicum” or other classes in AAST. 


  • MFA or PhD required by August 15, 2021;

  • Professional experience in theatre directing and performance;

  • Prior undergraduate teaching experience strongly preferred.

Charleston, an arts and culture hub of the southeast, hosts the annual MOJA Arts Festival: African American and Caribbean Culture as well as the annual Spoleto Festival USA, America’s premiere international performing arts festival. The African American Studies Program befits its unique location and the history of the Lowcountry region for African descended people. AAST works with key institutions, including the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture, the program in the Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World (CLAW), and the newly established Center for the Study of Slavery in Charleston (CSSC) as well as 24 affiliated faculty.

The College is located in historic downtown Charleston in a coastal metropolitan area of 750,000. Additional information about the institution and the surrounding area is available at The College of Charleston is a nationally recognized public liberal arts and sciences university located in the heart of historic Charleston, SC. Since our founding in 1770, we have maintained a strong liberal arts curriculum. The College is a state-supported, comprehensive institution and ranks among the nation’s top universities in providing quality education in the arts, sciences, education, and business. No other university has the unique combination of our exceptional faculty, diverse programs, historic campus, coastal location, modern facilities and cutting-edge programs. The student body numbers over 10,000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs combined. The College of Charleston is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any individual or group on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, race, color, religion, national origin, veteran status, genetic information, or disability.

Apply online at JOBS.COFC.EDU. 

Submit online: letter of application, curriculum vitae, three reference letters, unofficial graduate transcripts, (official transcripts will be required for hiring), statement of teaching philosophy, and a statement regarding diversity, equity, inclusion, and access in higher education. Questions regarding the position can be directed to Janine McCabe, Department Chair, at [email protected].

Review of applications will begin on 1 February, 2021. 


August 9, 2021 –