Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Approaches to Performance

North Carolina School for the Arts

United States

December 23, 2021

Description

Posting Details

Position Title Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Approaches to Performance

Position Number 035216 School/Department Information

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts School of Drama, recently ranked the 4th best Drama program in the world by The Hollywood Reporter, seeks to create an equitable and diverse training environment for the entertainment industry where each individual student feels a strong sense of belonging while on campus, and fully prepared to enter the industry as an artist and as a business person upon graduation. With equal emphasis on working on camera, scripted and devised stage work, and intensive preparation for the business of entertainment, graduates leave positioned for both artistic and professional success.

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender expression, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability or status as a protected veteran.

Position Summary

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts School of Drama invites any individual to fill a full-time position as Assistant/Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Approaches to Performance, beginning in the academic year 2022-2023. At UNCSA, we strive to create a safe environment, one that allows people from all walks of life to thrive. Education and art-making can be transformational forces for change and we are working so that change leads toward justice. UNCSA's top priority is to foster a sense of trust between students, faculty and staff that encourages everyone to bring forward their most authentic selves and therefore their most authentic art. We are committed to creating safe spaces that do not silence or repress any individual or community. UNCSA Drama is fundamentally changing aspects of the program that perpetuate discriminatory behavior, through such acts as the excavation of internalized biases as well as assessing the revered systems and techniques of theatrical training that cater to privileged, white, cis, male, abled bodies.

Description of Responsibilities and Duties

This multi-year contract faculty position will contribute to the UNCSA School of Drama in three categories: Teaching, Creative Activity/Research, and Service.

  • Teaching- Duties will in part be assigned according to the strengths and interests of the person appointed to the position. Classes may include undergraduate acting and/or directing classes. A strong foundation in physical acting techniques is highly desirable, as the school seeks to de-center the dominant pedagogies of American acting training in its curriculum and create a more world focused view of how to train the student actor. In teaching directing, a candidate experienced in deconstructing/reimagining existing works and creating highly conceptual projects that experiment with form and traditional theatrical vocabulary is preferred. In conjunction with the UNCSA Administration's directive for more trans-disciplinary work on campus (see newly-installed Chancellor Brian Cole's Strategic plan), this full-time faculty position aims to help lead the School of Drama, in collaboration with other Drama faculty members, in its contributions to the expansion of trans-disciplinary arts practice on campus in conjunction with UNCSA's four other art schools (Dance, Filmmaking, Music, Design and Production) as well as with the Division of Liberal Arts and the High School Academic Program. One example of a program that is still growing, and with which this position will intersect, is the Studio For Creative Practice. Housed in the Division of Liberal Arts at UNCSA, using Responsive Pedagogy as a core principle, the Studio brings students together from all the arts schools in a course designed to promote Inquiry into the creative process, with the opportunity to create new works of art from their research. The ideal candidate will have a track record of emphasizing equitable creative inquiry and responsive pedagogies over traditional teacher-centered pedagogical practices. Facility in multiple disciplines (theater, dance, music, film, design, augmented/virtual reality and other new media) and knowledge and experience in non-Western performance methods of performance are also highly desirable
  • Creative Activity/Research- Continued professional activity and creative research within the entertainment industry, as well as dedicated research in reimagining pedagogical structures
  • Service- Mentor and advise undergraduate students majoring in Acting or Directing; serve on various internal and University-wide committees to further initiatives in shared governance, direct and/or supervise student work in the School of Drama production program.
  • Required Qualifications

    The UNCSA School of Drama recognizes that not all teaching is done in a traditional classroom setting and we are able to hire artists based on their work experience; therefore, we encourage all that are interested to apply.

    Faculty teaching undergraduate level courses must possess: Earned doctorate/master's degree in the teaching discipline or a related discipline or earned master's degree with a minimum of 18 graduate semester hours in the teaching discipline OR Equivalent professional/experiential qualifications OR Equivalent combination of education and professional experience

    Preferred Qualifications Tenure Information UNCSA utilizes a multi-year contract system in lieu of tenure. Instructions to Candidates

    More information about the school can be found online at www. uncsa.edu/drama and information about Winston Salem can be found at www. winstonsalem.com.

    Classification Code

    Posting Number F64P

    Open Date 11/22/2021 Close Date Open Until Filled Yes Recruitment Range, if applicable Commensurate with education and experience Special Instructions to Candidates

    An EHRA Faculty application is required in order to be considered for a faculty position. Please note, EHRA applications do not have an employment entry section. Instead, a resume/CV will be required to be uploaded by the applicant, along with any other documents the Department or assigned Search Committee deem relevant for the review process. Applications will be treated confidentially until the final stages of the search process.

    The following documents are required to be uploaded with the application;

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • UNCSA follows the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) guidelines for faculty credentialing. The successful candidate will be required to submit a curriculum vitae, official transcripts of earned degrees, and/or substantiating documentation of experiential qualifications as a condition of employment.

    Pursuant to UNCSA policy, as a condition of employment the University must obtain a criminal background report and determine that the nature and seriousness of any criminal offenses do not render employment with the University inappropriate.

    UNCSA is committed to equality of educational opportunity and does not discriminate against applicants, students or employees in offering access to its educational programs and activities or with respect to employment terms and conditions based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or political affiliation.

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    Documents Needed To Apply

    Required Documents

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of Recommendation 1
  • Letter of Recommendation 2
  • Letter of Recommendation 3
  • Optional Documents

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