Tenure Track Faculty - Race in Set Design and Technology/Scenography

California State University, Sacramento
California, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Jan 11, 2021
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

As part of our antiracism initiatives, we seek to hire one new tenure-track faculty in Race in Set Design and Technology/Scenography at the rank of Assistant Professor, whose creative practice and research are centered on antiracism and the role of designers as purveyors of cultural representation and material practices, beginning in the Fall Semester 2021. 

The California State University, Sacramento Department of Theatre and Dance provides a broad and thorough foundation of the history, theory, literature and the practice of theatre and dance to students who wish to pursue post graduate studies or join the profession. As a teaching institution, our department offers a collaborative, artistic environment that reflects a richly complex and diverse global perspective complimented by national and international faculty and staff experience. Each year we offer six to eight major productions and minor productions of one-acts, originals, and other shows, all of which provide an excellent showcase for the students of Theatre and Dance at Sacramento State. Physical facilities for these productions include the University Theatre for proscenium productions, the Playwright’s Theatre for original and experimental productions, the Solano DanceSpace used as a black box theater for dance productions, and the Studio Theatre for student-directed productions. The Sacramento State Theatre and Dance BAs are committed to training in studio practice, theory, performance, and all areas of technical theater including set, costume, lighting, sound, makeup and hair design. Included in the program are Black, Indigenous, and Chicanx/Latinx Theatre productions that make this department unique in the State University System.

The Department of Theatre and Dance, California State University, Sacramento is committed to ongoing antiracism initiatives and work around racial reckoning to decolonize pedagogies, season planning, curricula, and community engagement. Our Antiracism Action Plan (Living Document) can be found on our website: https://www.csus.edu/college/arts-letters/theatre-dance/action.html.

For more information about this department: https://www.csus.edu/college/arts-letters/theatre-dance.
WhySacState: https://www.csus.edu/academic-affairs/faculty-advancement/why-sac-state.html

Essential Duties
The Department aims to expand cross curricular and university-wide expertise in the areas of race, postcoloniality, and cultural representation in design for performance and the set design/scenography faculty will combine critical, creative, and material practices that engage Black, Indigenous, People of Color (B.I.P.O.C.) epistemologies to address the institutional, systemic structures, and power relations that have shaped our disciplinary practices and representations in design for performance. Our new designer is expected to have the ability and flexibility in designing for performances that include underrepresented bodies/skin colors/ethnicities/etc.; and who understands the issues of race and representation in design (i.e., designing space, makeup/hair, lighting, costume, sound, with a wide knowledge-base, acuity, and emersion in cultural traditions, and cultural competencies with diverse groups of people).

- Teaching will include 12-units per semester. Faculty are expected to be passionate about teaching and mentoring a new cohort of student-designers in pedagogy and departmental productions, and who can respond to our ever-changing field in the 21st century to provide a multifaceted design education and career opportunities. Teaching units include Production Design; lower division Stagecraft, Lighting, and Dance Production; upper division courses in Scenic Design, Lighting Design, and Practicum in Technical Production; general education courses such as Introduction to Theatre and First Year Seminar; student mentorship in independent projects. Three (3) additional units per semester will be assigned for Academic Advising, service to campus and community, and scholarship, as required.

- Assist in maintaining our National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST) accreditation and is essential in achieving our accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD) through providing design training and mentoring.

- Assist in development of a future Certificate in Performance for Social Justice by creating, implementing, and delivering innovative approaches.

- Network across the University community, for example in the Center on Race, Immigration, and Social Justice (C.R.I.S.J.), or other centers across campus.

- In support Sacramento State’s Anchor University Initiative, foster outreach and collaboration to the Sacramento community for example, with Celebration Arts, Ballet Folklórico de Sacramento, Teatro Espejo, Sacramento Theatre Company, and others.

- Maintain professional affiliations related to the field and industry.

- Provide student mentorship for regional and national conferences such as the United States Institute for Theatre Technology, Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, American College Dance Association, and the International Association of Blacks in Dance, and other Black theatre festivals, among others.

- Participate in special events and department/college outreach and student recruitment.

- Assist with development of curriculum specifically in areas of Cultural Representations in Media and Design or other innovative design studies courses

- Work as a cooperative, collaborative, and collegial member of faculty within the teaching institution.

Required Qualifications
- Education: M.F.A. or Ph.D or equivalent. ABD considered. If ABD, degree must be completed by time of appointment.

- Teaching experience at the University/Junior, Community or City College level, including guest artist-in-residence and part-time appointments.

- Evidence of teaching practical/theoretical, technical theatre, and/or theatre design courses.

-2+ years of Professional Design Experience (Including Graduate work) for a variety of theatrical productions.

-Demonstrated Skills in theatre technology via a portfolio/file.

-Experience teaching a diverse student body.

-Evidence of/strong interest in cross-cultural themes, social justice, and/or cultural representation in theatrical design and/or in creative/scholarly research.

Preferred Qualifications
- Demonstrated evidence of a professional body of work on the regional or national level.

- Ability to teach 60+ person classes in General Education.

- Experience in designing, mentoring, and producing for faculty and student productions.

- Experience collaborating with BIPOC Theatre and/or Dance performance groups.

- Possess certificates and/or licenses applicable to technical theatre.

- Expertise in set design/scenography with specializations in lighting design, and/or sound design, and a working knowledge in costume design, and/or makeup/hair. Demonstrated expertise in design skills should include renderings, model-making, drawings, hand drafting, hand rendering, computer-generated designs (Vectorworks, AutoCAD, QLab, and Photoshop), scenic painting, projections, digital media, etc.

- Artistic career trajectory might include innovative intersections in techno-culture, digital media, and design that reach beyond the Western canon to include decoloniality in representation in design, global technologies, and local histories.