Visiting Assistant Professor of Acting/Performance - 15939BR

Visiting Assistant Professor of Acting/Performance

Department: 
Theatre and Dance
Location/Division: 
University of Kansas - Lawrence
Reg/Temp: 
Regular
Employee Class: 
F-Faculty

Position Overview

The Department of Theatre & Dance at the University of Kansas invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre & Dance (https://theatredance.ku.edu/) in the area of Acting/Performance, to begin August 18, 2020. This is a full-time, non-tenure-track, limited term appointment for two years, with the possibility of a third year, based on funding and departmental needs. This position carries a 2:2 teaching load as well as research and service obligations (see below). Applicants are expected to have an MFA or PhD in Theatre or an allied field, and should be able to teach a selection of required and elective courses in performance.

In addition to acting (all levels), a strong candidate will have a secondary specialty such as voice and speech, movement, musical theatre, and/or improvisational, applied, or devised theatre methodologies. The successful candidate will be an accomplished and active artist who maintains a creative practice in public theatre performance, subject to critical review. The successful candidate will also demonstrate a commitment to training students and engaging with current developments in theatre pedagogy. The capacity to contribute across the curriculum and provide active mentoring of students in various stages of their education will be valued in a department that offers programs from an undergraduate minor up to the PhD in Theatre and MFA in Scenography. Members of the performance faculty are also encouraged to participate in the productions of the University Theatre, which mounts a season of 6-10 productions each academic year. In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, the University of Kansas actively encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups in higher education.

The successful candidate must have appropriate authorization to work in the U.S. before employment begins.

Job Description

Duties and responsibilities

Teaching: (40%)
Teach four courses per academic year (2:2 teaching load) in undergraduate and/or graduate programs in the Theatre & Dance department. Develop assignments, administer tests, evaluate student work, provide feedback to students, and assign grades. Hold regular office hours for students involved in classes taught.

Research: (40%)
Maintain an active and productive program of creative research in field of specialization or in collaboration with others, including but not limited to work with KU’s University Theatre and/or University Dance Company; may also include directing, performing, fight choreography, or vocal coaching for theatre, film, and television, publishing in peer-reviewed journals, and/or presenting workshops or papers at professional conferences. The Department of Theatre & Dance is committed to ensuring that visiting faculty have the opportunity and support to continue to fulfill a creative research agenda.

Service: (20%)
Service to the Department, the College, the University, and the profession of Theatre & Dance exists in many forms, and may include reviewing submissions to journals, developing curriculum, supporting recruitment activities, and serving on various types of committees.

Collegiality:
All faculty members are expected to act in a manner that promotes collegial relationships and shows respect toward students, staff, and colleagues. Faculty members are expected to meet satisfactory standards of performance in all three areas of responsibility and to carry out those responsibilities in accordance with the Faculty Code of Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct.

Required Qualifications

Evaluation of the following requirements will be made through (a) descriptions of research agenda and teaching philosophy in letter of application, (b) record of accomplishments and productivity addressed in CV, c) teaching statement that includes a list of courses you have taught previously and could teach in the future, and (d) information provided from professional references:

1. MFA or PhD in Theatre & Dance or an allied field, with significant experience in one or more areas of theatre performance, by the start date of the appointment.
2. Commitment to teaching courses at the Undergraduate or Graduate levels in Theatre & Dance as evidenced by curriculum vitae.
3. Dedication to high-quality teaching and research/creative activity, as evidenced by letter of application, curriculum vitae, and recommendations.

Additional Candidate Instructions

A complete application package includes: 1) a letter of application that addresses teaching philosophy and a creative research agenda; 2) record of accomplishments and productivity addressed in the curriculum vitae; 3) a teaching statement that includes a list of courses you have taught previously and could teach in the future; and 4) the names, email and contact information for three professional references.

In addition to the materials above, learning about each applicant's contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important part of KU's mission. As a result, applicants will be presented the following questions at the time of application. Each response must be within 4,000 characters or less.
1. Please describe your experience, approach, or methodologies to create and implement inclusive teaching and advising practices, pedagogical techniques, and course materials to create an inclusive classroom environment.
2. In your current and/or previous role, please provide an example outlining how you demonstrate your ongoing commitment in working with diverse groups/populations.

Initial review of applications begins on December 6, 2019 and will continue until no longer needed.

Contact Information to Applicants

Dr. Mechele Leon
Professor & Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Theatre & Dance
mleon@ku.edu

Advertised Salary Range

Commensurate with experience

Application Review Begins

06-Dec-2019

Anticipated Start Date

18-Aug-2020

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Posting Information
Posting ID:
15939BR
Department:
Theatre and Dance
Location/Division:
University of Kansas - Lawrence
Reg/Temp:
Regular
Employee Class:
F-Faculty
Application Review Begins:
06-Dec-2019