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Artist In Residence

Governors State University
Illinois, United States
Salary Not Specified
Start date
Jul 22, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Art, Other Arts, Performing Arts, Humanities, Other Humanities, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Arts Administration
Employment Type
Full Time
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Position Type Resource Professional Classification Title Artist In Residence Position's Functional Title Artist In Residence Position Start Date 08/16/2021 Position End Date (if temporary) Position Summary
Governors State University (University Park, IL) is a minority serving institution inviting applications for a one-year Artist in Residence to begin in the Fall 2021 semester. The position may be renewable on an annual basis for a maximum of two additional years pending budgetary approval and program need. The Artist in Residence will teach courses in the Division of Arts and Letters and, as part of their duties, also be assigned to work on cultural outreach and arts across the curriculum initiatives.

We seek an artist who is committed to enhancing our culture of diversity, equity and inclusion and who will complement existing strengths in the College of Arts and Sciences. We seek candidates with outstanding teaching skills, evidence of a distinguished record of creative activity/professional credits, as well as service to the institution, discipline, and/or community. Women, people of color, people with disabilities, and first-generation college graduates are especially encouraged to apply.

A successful candidate is an artist with teaching and professional expertise in theatre, television, and/or film. The successful candidate will teach at least 3 courses per year, including core and elective courses for Theatre and Performance Studies ( TAPS ) and Media Studies ( MST ), such as Theatre Appreciation, Intro or Advanced Acting, Acting for Stage and Screen, and other courses in the candidate’s area of expertise and interest. This position may also assist in delivering the general education courses, including First Year Seminar (an interdisciplinary humanities course). The candidate will also collaborate with the Center for Performing Arts ( CPA ) and Center for Community Media ( CCM ) in campus and community initiatives. During the academic year, the Artist in Residence is expected to participate in regular public engagement programs including, but not limited to, performances, workshops, critiques, guest lectures, etc. These responsibilities may include serving as an ambassador for arts across the curriculum; participating in CPA performances/events; planning, hosting, and supporting fundraising efforts/events; developing relationships with industry partners; collaborating with CCM staff to provide experiential learning opportunities for students; leading workshops for faculty, staff, students, and/or community members.

Governors State University is the only regional public comprehensive university in Chicago’s south suburban area, serving more than 5,500 students annually. Since its founding in 1969, GSU has offered accessible, high-value educational opportunities to a culturally diverse student body of first-generation students, returning adults, and veterans. With the lowest undergraduate tuition in Illinois, GSU offers accredited programs that have earned high praise from national accrediting agencies. In 2014, GSU accepted its inaugural class of first-year students as it transitioned from an upper-division and graduate institution into a regional comprehensive university with a state-of-the-art general education program. New faculty at GSU must demonstrate enthusiasm and ability to work with students at all levels, from first-year to graduate. Through its strategic planning GSU emphasizes excellence, access, and innovation. Students benefit from the university’s academic quality, range of convenient class times, increasingly numerous hybrid and online offerings, and outstanding educational value. Our innovative lower-division program uses high-impact practices to foster student engagement with ethics, citizenship, and innovative thinking. Every first-year class is taught by a full-time faculty member to ensure that students have a strong foundation for their studies. GSU is a national leader in successful transfer of community college students to universities, and is leading through the Kresge-supported Dual Degree Program, with features such as tuition lock-in at GSU for academically eligible community college students who commit to earn an Associate Degree and attend college full-time. GSU offers a wide variety of master’s programs and several applied doctoral degrees in health, counseling fields, and Interdisciplinary Leadership. GSU’s 750-acre campus encompasses the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park yet is conveniently located within easy reach of Chicago and surrounding communities with a wealth of cultural and natural attractions. The highly diverse region GSU serves has a number of high-performing schools and engaged communities as well as struggling urban, suburban, and rural communities. GSU serves as a public square, working to foster educational opportunities for all populations. It is the policy of Governors State University, in its role as educator, employer, and purchaser of goods and services, to provide equal opportunity and affirmative action. Discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status is strictly prohibited. Salary and benefits package are commensurate with education and experience. Minimum Qualifications
| 1. M.F.A. or terminal degree in Theatre, or a closely related discipline; candidates with 5 or more years as a working professional in Theatre and Performance Studies may also be considered.
2. Knowledge and ability to teach undergraduate courses in theatre and performance studies.
3. Documented record of success in the arts through academic/professional productions and credits. 4. Ability to complement the Theatre and Performance Studies program’s strengths. Preferred Qualifications
1. Experience with first-generation, culturally diverse, and non-traditional students and performers.

2. Demonstrated ability to infuse course content with scholarship related to underrepresented and marginalized groups.

3. Experience teaching courses in theatre appreciation and/or acting.

4. Ability and interest to teach the interdisciplinary humanities First Year Seminar course.

5. Experience mentoring students.

6. Evidence of teaching excellence.

7. Teaching and/or professional experience in multiple fields/subfields, such as Film and/or Media Studies. Posting Date 07/22/2021 Closing Date Open Until Filled Yes Posting Number AP0253P Type of Search External Quicklink for Posting Employee ID Department Special Instructions to Applicants
To apply, applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, cover letter, unofficial transcripts, and list of professional and academic references by August 1, 2021 for priority consideration. Supplemental Questions

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