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Lecturer pool - Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

Position overview

Position title: Lecturer in Summer Session;
Salary range: The posted UC academic salary scales set the minimum pay determined by rank and/or step at appointment. See the following table for the salary scale for this position A reasonable estimate for this position is $64,329 - $81,490
Percent time: Range 11% - 67%
Anticipated start: July 3, 2023
Review timeline: Summer Sessions and/or Semester appointments considered on a rolling basis.
Position duration: Initial appointment of Summer Session or academic year semester or semesters.

Application Window

Open date: April 10, 2023

Most recent review date: Tuesday, May 30, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Tuesday, Apr 9, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies at the University of California, Berkeley seeks applications for Lecturer faculty positions in the areas of Acting and/or Public Speaking.

The Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies (TDPS) teaches performance as a mode of critical inquiry, creative expression, and public engagement. Through performance training and research, we create liberal arts graduates with expanded analytical, technical, and imaginative capacities. As a public institution, we make diversity, equity, and inclusion a key part of our teaching, art making, and public programming. Successful candidates for our design faculty positions will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to advancing equity and inclusion through their teaching, research, and service.

The Department maintains an open applicant pool for candidates who are interested in teaching one or more of the courses specified, in Summer Sessions and/or in the fall or spring semesters. It is expected that all courses will be conducted in person, and that instructors will be present in the classroom.

Courses include:

Public Speaking and Presentation Skills (Theater 5), a course in which students will learn to present themselves and material clearly, confidently, and persuasively, using age-old arts of oral communication. They will learn techniques for overcoming stage fright, developing clear enunciation, finding and using their natural, unaffected vocal register, varying tone and intonation to hold audience interest, controlling pacing, moving with assurance and purpose, using appropriate gestures, and eye contact as well as exploring methods to change behaviors that bar effective communication and structure speeches to maximize persuasiveness.

Fundamentals of Acting I (Theater 10), an entry level course for the acting sequence and focuses on releasing and cultivating the actor’s inherent creativity. Through exercises, improvisation, scenes, and monologues, the actor begins to develop basic techniques designed to stimulate the imagination, develop vocal and physical ability, increase awareness of self and others, introduce effective ways to analyze texts, think critically about the craft of acting, and enhance self-confidence and communication skills. This class is the essential beginning of the actor’s studies, which will ultimately allow her or him to effectively engage and explore work from a rich diversity of genres, styles, and backgrounds.

Fundamentals of Acting II (Theater 109), continuing working with and expanding upon basic concepts introduced in Fundamentals of Acting I (Theater 10). Through exercises, improvisation, scenes, and monologues, the actor works toward the goal of increasing range, depth, and flexibility; students work on more complex texts which require in-depth research and stronger imagination to inhabit.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Bachelor's Degree (or equivalent international degree) or a minimum of 3 years of professional experience.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

Minimum of 2 years of teaching in specified field at College/University or Secondary School level.

Preferred qualifications

MFA, or equivalent international degree, or extensive professional experience.
3-5 years' teaching experience in specified field at College/University level.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Statement on Contributions to Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired at Berkeley (for additional information go to

  • Misc / Additional - Website, Performance CV, or video links/submissions related to performance practice background.

Reference requirements
  • 2 required (contact information only)

References will be solicited from candidates who are under serious consideration, and will not be contacted without prior consent of the candidate.

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Campus Information

UC Berkeley is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. The excellence of the institution requires an environment in which the diverse community of faculty, students, and staff are welcome and included. Successful candidates will demonstrate knowledge and skill related to ensuring equity and inclusion in the activities of their academic position (e.g., teaching, research, and service, as applicable).

The University of California, Berkeley is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

In searches when letters of reference are required all letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality prior to submitting their letter.

As a University employee, you will be required to comply with all applicable University policies and/or collective bargaining agreements, as may be amended from time to time. Federal, state, or local government directives may impose additional requirements.

Job location

Berkeley, CA