Assistant Professor of Theatre: Acting & Directing

Position ID: 37050
Location
Institution: 
Georgia College and State University
College/Div/School: 
Arts & Sciences
Department: 
Theatre & Dance
Position Description
New Position?: 
Yes
Job Class: 
Assistant Professor
Job Description: 

 

Position Information
Business Title Assistant Professor of Theatre: Acting/Directing
Home Department Theatre
Employment Type Tenure Track Faculty
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time
Appointment Faculty (10-month)
Time Limited? No
Time-Limited Appointment Length Not Applicable
Work Schedule

Full-Time (40 hr work week) and some evenings and weekends for special events and when directing a play.

Work Hours per week 40
Travel Required? N
Primary Function of Organizational Unit

We seek to provide the best possible education in theatre and dance for our students, preparing them for careers in the professional and educational arenas both in and out of the performing arts. We cultivate imagination, passion, discipline and collaboration in the creation of art and artists. We emphasize interdisciplinary connections and a global perspective as essential components of a liberal arts education.

Our department serves approximately 70 Theatre majors, 30 Theatre minors, and 50 Dance minors with faculty and staff in performance, theatre as social change, technical and design fields, including a technical director, a light design faculty member, and a costume design faculty member. Our collegial faculty and staff typically also work in professional theatre. Our department recently received “Department/Program of Excellence Award” from the University and the “Inclusive Excellence Award” and excels in undergraduate research and community outreach. Winner of several NEA grants, our department supports a diverse group of guest artists in theatre and dance.

Facilities include a 940 seat proscenium theatre and a seven-year-old flexible space black box theatre, both with state of the art sound/light boards. Additional spaces around campus house smaller productions. We produce 3 mainstage shows and 3 senior capstone productions per year plus a touring children’s theatre. Our dance program features an annual community “Nutcracker” production, a Dance Minor Concert, and a Community Dance Concert, along with a Dance Minor Capstone production, all with professional guest artists. We host dance classes for young people through teens. We have recently hosted the ACDA Dance Regional Festival twice.

Encompassing the arts and humanities, social and behavioral sciences, sciences and mathematics, fine and performing arts, and select professional programs, the College of Arts and Sciences is the largest of the university’s four colleges. Approximately 190 full-time faculty in thirteen departments teach approximately 2,700 students with arts and science majors. Most of the core curriculum and many service courses to the other colleges are taught by Arts and Sciences faculty.

Georgia College is known for combining the educational experience of private liberal arts colleges with the affordability of public universities. The university’s main campus is a residential learning community focused on undergraduate education and a select number of graduate programs. Faculty and staff are dedicated to engaging students through high impact pedagogies that foster intellectual curiosity, reasoned inquiry, and critical thinking. We strive for excellence in the classroom and beyond. We nurture collaborative leadership and global citizenship. We value reason, respect and responsibility.

Georgia College seeks faculty and administrators who understand and embrace our public liberal arts mission and are dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through teaching, scholarship and service. All Georgia College faculty share the responsibility of teaching our core curriculum and providing foundation courses for majors and non‐majors alike. To carry out our public liberal arts mission, we seek faculty with the desire and ability to engage students as they launch their intellectual journey.

Georgia College is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative-Action Institution committed to cultural, racial, and multi-ethnic communities and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. It is expected that successful candidates share in this commitment.

Primary Purpose of Position

The Georgia College Department of Theatre and Dance seeks a dynamic Assistant Professor for Acting/Directing and stage director to teach acting and directing, direct in our performance season, and teach at least one general education (core) class, including Theatre for Social Change. The candidate will have an appreciation of African-American Theatre and ability to direct plays from the canon of African-American playwrights as well as the larger scope of playwrights throughout history. The Assistant Professor will work in an environment of artistic and academic excellence at one of the nation’s top public liberal arts universities. We seek a highly educated individual who is committed to theatre and teaching within the context of a strong liberal arts environment devoted to diversity, internationalism, community outreach, engaged learning, undergraduate research, and the free exchange of ideas. The Assistant Professor will direct one play per year, mentor a diverse population of students, and have expertise in teaching both acting and directing. The department is especially interested in candidates who can work collegially and effectively with individuals of diverse backgrounds and whose experience, research, teaching, and service can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.

Key Functions and Related Job Duties
Key Function Faculty - Teaching/Instructing
Job duties performed for the above function

Teaching Responsibilities 
– Prepare and teach acting and directing courses
– Contribute to the core curriculum by teaching general theatre core courses, which may include Theatre for Social Change
– Mentor theatre students, especially student actors and directors
– Mentor students for Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Georgia Theatre Conference, SETCs, and other conferences
– Direct plays
– Collaborate with the chair and artistic advisor and theatre faculty and staff

All Georgia College faculty share the responsibility of teaching our core curriculum and providing foundation courses for majors and non-majors alike. To carry out our public liberal arts mission, we seek faculty with the desire and ability to engage students as they launch their intellectual journey.
This faculty member may also contribute to the Georgia College core curriculum by teaching topical freshman (GC1Y) or sophomore seminar (GC2Y) courses.

Key Function Faculty - Scholarship and Creative Activity
Job duties performed for the above function

Faculty are expected to conduct research, work creatively and develop within the profession. The following list represents some research and professional development possibilities:

-Conduct research and publish in peer-reviewed venues
-Present at professional meetings
-Apply for grants
-Direct or act in professional theatre
-Attend professional training and development on campus and at conferences and workshops

Key Function Faculty - Service to Institution
Job duties performed for the above function

All faculty contribute service to the department, the college and the university. Service includes activities such as:

– Program and curriculum development
– Participation in special programs or projects
– Helping to select student directors and supervise those students. 
– Attending production meetings for shows you are directing
– Supporting Guest Artists and Community Outreach
– Serving on department, college and university committees.
– Directing, advising and participating in special theatre programs or projects such as the guest artist program and community outreach
– Mentoring students for Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, USITT, Georgia Theatre Conference, SETCs, and other conferences
– Other service in the institution

Key Function Faculty - Public Service
Job duties performed for the above function

Faculty contribute service beyond the institution that draws on their professional expertise and experience.

This position is expect to maintain
- Interest in community outreach and engagement
- Mentor and oversee students working in the community for social justice
– Hold membership and participate in professional organizations

Other Duties and Responsibilities
Other Duties and Responsibilities

All Georgia College faculty share the responsibility of teaching our core curriculum and providing foundation courses for majors and non-majors alike. To carry out our public liberal arts mission, we seek faculty with the desire and ability to engage students as they launch their intellectual journey.
This faculty member may also contribute to the Georgia College core curriculum by teaching topical freshman (GC1Y) or sophomore seminar (GC2Y) courses.

Equal Opportunity Statement

Georgia College is committed to the fundamental principle of equal opportunity and equal treatment for every prospective and current employee and strives to create a campus environment which understands, fosters, and embraces the value of diversity. No person shall, on the grounds of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or genetic information, be excluded from employment or participation in, be denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination, under any program or activity conducted by Georgia College.

Minimum Requirements
Proposed Minimum Experience/Education

Applicants must have a terminal degree in Theatre or Performance Studies, or related field and a record of excellence in teaching and artistic or scholarly activity, especially in the field of acting and directing.

Must meet SACSCOC accreditation requirements stated in C.S. 3.7.1 (www.sacscoc.org (faculty credentials))

Department Required Skills

Demonstrable understanding of Georgia College’s mission and enthusiastic about working closely with high-achieving students within an academic community dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through learning and scholarship.

Ability to work collegially with others in service to the University.

In keeping with the University’s mission we especially encourage applicants who will further our goal of cultural, ethnic, racial, and gender diversity.

Other Job Requirements

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Preferences
Preferred Years Experience, Skills, Training, Education

An M.F.A. in Acting or Directing is preferred.

Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrable professional acting and/or directing experience.

At least two years of academic experience; experience in general education; experience in acting and directing; experience integrating high impact, engaged pedagogies and new technologies into the curriculum.

Additional expertise in one area such as teaching social change theatre, theatre history, voice and movement, African-American theatre studies, or other field is a plus.

Evidence of methodological innovation and creative teaching strategies is highly desirable.

Evidence of interest and skill in directing African-American Theatre is preferred.

Ability to work collegially with others in service to the University.

In keeping with the University’s mission we especially encourage applicants who will further our goal of cultural, ethnic, racial, and gender diversity.

Hiring preference will be given to faculty who demonstrate an understanding of Georgia College’s mission and who are enthusiastic about working closely with high-achieving students within an academic community dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through learning and scholarship.

Posting Detail Information
Posting Number F0156
Desired Start Date 08/01/2018
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions Summary

Candidates should go online to gcsujobs.edu and fill out the online form and attach Cover Letter, CV, and 3 References. Portfolios are welcomed.

Application Procedure: 
Please see the below "Institution Employment Link" to view a complete job description, create an application, and apply for the position.
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CIP Discipline Code: 
Acting
Directing and Theatrical Production
Degree Levels: 
Doctorate
Masters
Position Type: 
Faculty
Dates
Application Deadline: 
Open Until Filled
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Position Starting Date: 
To Be Determined
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Status
Vacancy Status: 
ACTIVE

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