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Senior Lecturer

Spelman College
Georgia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Apr 29, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Art, Other Arts, Performing Arts, Communications, Media Studies, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Arts Administration
Employment Type
Full Time
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Position Information

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Senior Lecturer

Area of Study


Spring 2023 (January)

About the College

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Spelman College seeks teacher/scholars dedicated to excellence in teaching and to the continued enhancement of the academic environment for students and colleagues. Founded in 1881, Spelman College is a private four-year liberal arts college located in Atlanta, GA. The oldest historically Black college for women in the United States, Spelman is a member of the Atlanta University Center Consortium and Atlanta Regional Consortium for Higher Education.

Position Summary

The Department of Theatre & Performance in the Division of the Arts at Spelman College seeks a visionary to serve as the Inaugural Distinguished Artistic Director of the LaTanya Richardson & Samuel L. Jackson Performing Arts Center. They will also serve as Chair of the Department of Theatre & Performance, and lead its growing B.A program beginning January 2023. The Provost appoints the Inaugural Distinguished Artistic Director/Chair to a five-year term that is renewable and is subject to administrative review as outlined in the College’s Faculty Handbook. The rank of the position is Senior Lecturer.

The Department of Theatre & Performance prepares the next generation of African American women and men from Spelman College and Morehouse College as thought leaders in theater and performance by offering an interdisciplinary academic education at a premiere HBCU (Historically Black College and University). For more information about the program, visit .
Centered in an exemplary liberal arts College, The Department of Theater & Performance offers the creative and inquisitive student an opportunity to explore theater and performance, writing, and design through experimentation and exploration. The department is preparing actors, writers, directors, and technicians to inhabit the worlds of the works of a range of contemporary, modern, and classical playwritings and original works at a level that prepares them for the top graduate schools and industry careers. Students are encouraged to experiment with performance modalities featuring text, film, songs, and site-specific installations to develop, create and share original stories. In addition, students engage with African American cultural forms, classic theater texts, international creative methodologies, contemporary performance practices, and critical analysis of social activism. There are seventy majors, five full-time faculty, including a technical director, and four part-time faculty.

The department is located in the Division of the Arts, which includes the departments of Art & Visual Culture, Dance Performance & Choreography, Music, the Digital Moving Image Salon, and the Arthur M. Blank Innovation Lab.

We welcome applications from outstanding candidates who have a strong, strategic vision for 21st-century theater and performance and knowledge of emerging trends in the area of artistic direction, financial and budgeting, faculty development, curriculum development, and management of performance spaces.

The Inaugural Distinguished Artistic Director/Chair provides academic and artistic leadership for the Department’s faculty, students, and staff. They advocate and articulate the vision of the Department within the Division of the Arts, the College, and the professional theater and performance community. They are responsible for creating a season of innovative programs that will expand the traditional boundaries of theory and practice in theater and performance, develop relationships in graduate programs and in the community, and seek funding for the Department through grant writing.

The Department will have three new theater and performance spaces: the LaTanya Richardson & Samuel L. Jackson Performing Arts Center, a renovated space with a proscenium stage that will be completed in the summer of 2023; a turnkey black box space; and a performance space in the Center for Innovation in the Arts scheduled to open in fall 2024. Applicants with experience opening new facilities should indicate this in their CVs.

Primary responsibilities include:
· Advocate and articulate the vision of the Department within the Division of the Arts, the
College, graduate programs, and the professional theater community
· Lead the B.A. program
· Produce a three to four show season
· Provide platforms for student-driven work
· Shape the curriculum to create a spectrum of theatrical career opportunities for majors
· Oversee faculty/staff hiring, development, and evaluation
· Exercise fiscal oversight of annual budget and endowed funds
· Teach one course a semester in area of expertise
· Grant writing
· Management of theater and performance spaces
· Identify high performing theater and performance artists to visit as guests


Applicants should be proven leaders with artistic and intellectual vision who are accomplished professionals or scholars from academia, non-profit or commercial theater. They should have strong artistic, administrative and teaching skills and demonstrate a commitment to a diverse and well-rounded theater education. They should have a desire to help shape and lead the Department’s next stage of development in artistic and academic curricular innovation, faculty and staff development, professional collaborations both national and local, facilities management, and engagement with graduate programs.

The requested unofficial transcript(s) should represent your highest completed level of education.

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Special Instructions to Applicants

Any correspondence regarding the position or your application will be relayed to you by our Faculty Support Team. Please do not reach out to any department faculty regarding the position or status of your application. We appreciate your interest and consideration.

EEO Statement

Spelman College is an EEO /Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran/Title IX Employer and we participate in E-Verify. We are a smoke-free campus

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Documents Needed To Apply
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  1. Cover Letter of Interest
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Transcripts (unofficial)
  4. Research Statement
  5. Teaching Philosophy
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