Lecturer/Technical Director (67392)

Florida, United States
Salary Not Specified
Nov 25, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time

Position: Full-time, 12 month, promotion accruing faculty
Date of Expected Hire: July 1, 2021
Salary: Competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience

The School of Theatre + Dance in the College of the Arts seeks a 12 month Lecturer to serve as the School’s Technical Director. The Lecturer/Technical Director will participate broadly in The School of Theatre and Dance’s community of learning and research, overseeing the management of and actively participating in the scenic builds for a vibrant and challenging production season. The season has historically included 7 theatre productions, 3 dance productions, and 2-4 lightly produced student showcases over a 12-month production season. This position leads a team of staff (Scenic Carpenter/Props Master and Assistant Scenic Carpenter) and Graduate Student Assistants in the successful completion of scenic builds, balancing the educational and artistic goals of the School and developing safe and effective operating systems.

The University of Florida College of the Arts intends to be a transformative community, responding to and generating paradigmatic shifts in the arts and beyond. As artists and scholars, we embrace the complexity of our evolving human experience and seek to empower our students and faculty to shape that experience fearlessly through critical study, creative practice, and provocation. We seek a colleague who identifies as a change-maker. We seek a colleague who will prepare students to access and unsettle centers of power in a radically changing world. We seek a colleague who will position emerging artists and researchers as catalysts for equity on local and global levels.

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty, seeking faculty of all races, ethnicities, genders, backgrounds, experiences and perspectives.

THE 4945/6955 Summer Repertory Theatre (Summer), THE 4950 Production and Performance (Fall, Spring, Summer), and TPA 2202C Stagecraft (Fall and Spring). Additional courses and teaching duties may be assigned, as well as Independent Studies and Senior Projects.

The Lecturer/Technical Director will also play a leading role in adapting our season to reimagined settings and circumstances brought about by the global pandemic—specific circumstances will include virtual and non-traditional spaces, but may include additional innovations. This position coordinates with multiple stakeholders in the safe operation of our spaces, allowing for use by external parties (such as the Friends of Theatre and Dance Board for the annual fundraiser Splendor) as needs arise and circumstances allow.

Participate in shared governance through service to the School, College and University.

SCHOOL OF THEATRE + DANCE: The light-filled, state-of-the-art Nadine McGuire Theatre and Dance Pavilion is home to the School of Theatre + Dance (SoTD). The School’s international full-time faculty of 27 recognized artists and researchers, complemented by adjunct and guest faculty and staff, including full- and part-time professionals. The School offers MFA curricula in acting and in design/technology, which includes scene design, lighting design and costume technology; BFA programs in acting, musical theatre, scene design, lighting design and costume design; and a BA in general theatre. The School features two degree programs in dance designed to develop the individual voice of the dance artist, a BFA and a BA. Approximately 200 students major in the artistically diverse curricula of the School of Theatre + Dance. Through its production program, outreach and innovative programming, the School of Theatre + Dance provides multiple cultural opportunities annually to thousands of members of the University and the greater community. The University of Florida is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Dance and the National Association of Schools of Theatre. For more information, visit www.arts.ufl.edu/theatreanddance .

THE COLLEGE OF THE ARTS: The mission of the College of the Arts is to be a transformative community, responding to and generating paradigmatic shifts in the arts and beyond. We achieve the university’s mission by training professionals and educating students as artists and scholars, while developing their capacities for critical study, creative practice, and provocation. The College offers baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degrees. Approximately 1,700 students are pursuing majors in degrees offered by the College of the Arts under the direction of 130 faculty members in its three accredited schools— the School of Art + Art History, the School of Music and the School of Theatre + Dance, and in the Center for Arts in Medicine, the Digital Worlds Institute and the Center for Arts, Migration and Entrepreneurship. In addition, the college comprises the University Galleries, and the University level of the New World School of the Arts in Miami.

The University of Florida: The University of Florida is a comprehensive learning institution built on a land grant foundation, ranked one of the top six best public universities in the nation in U.S. News & World Report. We are The Gator Nation, a diverse community dedicated to excellence in education and research and shaping a better future for Florida, the nation and the world. Our mission is to enable our students to lead and influence the next generation and beyond for economic, cultural and societal benefit. UF is a graduate research institution with more than 50,000 students and membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities. Gainesville, which is consistently ranked as one of the nation’s most livable cities, is located midway between the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. Together, the University and the community comprise the educational, medical and cultural center of North Central Florida, with outstanding resources such as the University of Florida Performing Arts (Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, the Squitieri Studio Theatre, the Baughman Center, University Auditorium), the Harn Museum of Art, the Florida Museum of Natural History and in the community, the Hippodrome State Theatre and Dance Alive National Ballet.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • MFA in Technical Theatre or related field, or equivalent professional experience
  • Proficiency in AutoCAD, welding, woodworking, and rigging
  • Professional experience in both theatre and dance
  • Previous teaching or instructional experience in technical theatre
  • Evidence of success in promoting an environment that advances access, equity, and inclusion

Preferred Qualifications : The successful candidate will bring to the position:

  • Five or more years as a technical director in a professional setting, managing shop schedules and scenic budgets.
  • Demonstrated capacity to revise systems to improve safety, efficiency, and effectiveness
  • Experience revising and developing new production-related policies
  • Strong orientation toward collaboration, team work, and team building
  • Demonstrated commitment to education as a vehicle for personal and social transformation
  • Strong evidence of successful, student-oriented teaching in technical theatre at the undergraduate level
  • Experience introducing new theatre technology to production

Application Deadline: Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until an applicant pool is established. To ensure full consideration, all application documents must be submitted by January 4, 2021. Applications received after this date may be considered at the discretion of the committee and/or hiring authority.

Application Process: Applications must be submitted via the University of Florida’s online application system. Online applications must include the following: (1) a detailed letter of application that explains how you match the particular qualifications of this position and how your work and perspective will contribute to and enhance our transformative community; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) links to research, production and/or teaching samples; and (4) names and contact information of three professional references. The Search Committee may request additional materials at a later time, including letters of reference.

Nominations and Inquiries may be sent to:
Jing Zhao
Chair, Technical Director Search Committee
Email: jzhao@arts.ufl.edu

Final candidate will be required to provide official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at http://www.naces.org/ .

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff.

The University of Florida is An Equal Employment Opportunity Institution. If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352/392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800/955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law.


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