Assistant Professor

Job #356

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Job Type Full Time
Location Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Field Education
Post Date 22 October 2019
Summary

The Department of Theatre and Dance at The University of Alabama invites applications for a nine-month tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor.  The selected candidate will join 33 faculty and staff members and over 350 students as part of nationally accredited undergraduate and graduate training programs offering BA, BFA, and MFA degrees.  Design and Technical Production area includes individual faculty in Scenic Design, Lighting/Sound/Projection Design, Production Management, this Technical Direction position, and a staff Scene Shop Supervisor.

Responsibilities: Teach 2-3 courses per semester in Technical Direction and associated areas for undergraduate or graduate students.  In coordination with Scene Shop Supervisor, monitor, instruct, and participate with graduate and undergraduate scenic construction and load-in crews that are responsible for fabrication and installation of department productions.  Serve as faculty mentor for undergraduate and graduate Technical Direction students.  Assist in administering Design and Technical Production activities associated with the position.  Position will typically serve as Technical Director for one production per semester.  Possible opportunities at SummerTide, the department’s professional summer theatre in Gulf Shores, Alabama.  Participation in recruitment, advising, committee work, and service to the university will also be required.  Vigorous pursuit of external creative/research activities at the national and/or international level will be expected.

 

 

Review of applications will begin December 2, 2019.

To apply, go to http://facultyjobs.ua.edu/postings/45888 and complete the online application.  Attach a curriculum vitae and a letter of application specifically addressing applicant’s qualifications, training, and experience that meet the stated needs of the position.  Please email, upload, or send three current letters of recommendation and other supporting materials such as DVD/CD or online portfolio link to: F. Randy deCelle – Search Committee Chair – Department of Theatre and Dance – The University of Alabama – Box 870239 – Tuscaloosa, Alabama – 35487-0239 – (205) 348-6253 – Fax: (205) 348-9048 – rdecelle@ua.edu – http://theatre.ua.edu/

The University of Alabama is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action employer.  Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Additional Position Information:

The Department of Theatre and Dance consists of 33 faculty and staff members covering Dance, Theatre Performance, Musical Theatre Performance, Theatre Direction, Arts Management, Costume Design and Technology, Scenic Design, Lighting Design, Technical Direction, Stage Management, and associated areas offering BA, BFA, and MFA degrees.  Design and Technical Production area includes individual faculty in Scenic Design, Lighting/Sound/Projection Design, Production Management, this Technical Direction position, and a staff Scene Shop Supervisor.

The Department of Theatre and Dance has approximately 360 students, where 40 are MFA students in Theatre Performance, Management, Directing, Design, or Technical Production.  There are approximately 165 undergraduate Dance majors.  There are approximately 155 Theatre majors.  This includes approximately 50 students studying Musical Theatre and approximately 30 students studying Design and Technical Production.  The remaining undergraduate students are in Theatre Performance.

Each year the Department of Theatre and Dance produces three mainstage theatrical productions, four studio theatrical productions, four mainstage dance productions, and one offsite summer production.  There are also other miscellaneous productions that are produced externally by student groups.

The Department of Theatre and Dance at The University of Alabama operates a total of three theatres.  The Gallaway Theatre is a 305-seat proscenium space with double-purchase fly system, primarily used for mainstage theatre productions.  Morgan Auditorium is a 622-seat proscenium space primarily used for mainstage dance productions.  The Allen Bales Theatre is a 149-seat three-quarter thrust, studio style space primarily used for MFA Directing student theatre productions.  Primary shops are offsite and include professional style power tools, pneumatic tools, cordless tools, and multi-station MIG welding capabilities.

Requirements

MFA or PhD in Theatre.  Preference is for an MFA in Technical Direction with significant Technical Direction experience and a record of successful teaching at the college and/or university level.  Experience in scenic carpentry, rigging, and welding preferred.  Ability to communicate effectively with students and colleagues in a collaborative environment.  Candidates must demonstrate a clear commitment to multiple pedagogical and design approaches, and a record of work of an inclusive, multi-cultural perspective.

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