Assistant Professor of Theatre & Performance Studies: Production Management

Governors State University
Illinois, United States
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Posted Date
Oct 7, 2022

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Faculty, Tenure Track

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Assistant Professor of Theatre & Performance Studies: Production Management

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Position Summary

Governors State University (University Park, IL) is a minority-serving institution inviting applications for a tenure-track, Assistant Professor position of Production Management in Theatre and Performance Studies ( TAPS ), in the Division of Arts and Letters, to begin in the Fall 2023 semester. This position is a 10-month contract with a teaching load of 21 credit hours (7 courses) in the fall and spring semesters; summer teaching is available but not required.
The successful candidate will complement existing faculty strengths in our evolving Theatre and Performance Studies program by 1) teaching courses in production management, theatre appreciation, supervising practicum, and courses in area(s) of specialization; 2) overseeing a curricular focus in production management, including the creation of related coursework; and 3) managing the TAPS season (two mainstage productions and one dance concert, currently), which includes responsibilities such as coordinating all technical aspects of productions; collaborating with director and designers and program faculty; planning, facilitating, and attending production meetings and technical rehearsals; managing production budgets; running auditions; ongoing communication between director, crew, and cast; organizing students for tech positions; creating and implementing a schedule for tech week; organizing and running strike; and developing relationships with industry partners.
We seek a teacher-practitioner who is committed to enhancing our culture of diversity, equity and inclusion. 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, LGBTQ+, people with disabilities, and first-generation college graduates are especially encouraged to apply.
Governors State University is the only regional public comprehensive university in Chicago’s south suburban area, serving approximately 5500 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. Among 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 award-winning 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., Ph.D., or terminal degree in Production Management, Theatre Arts, or a closely related discipline by August 16, 2023; A.B.D. in the final stages of completion will also be considered.
2. Knowledge and ability to teach undergraduate courses in theatre and performance studies, specifically production management.
3. Documented record of success in production management through academic/professional productions and credits.
4. Ability to complement the program’s strengths.

Preferred Qualifications

1. Ability and interest to teach courses in adjacent areas, such as stage management, production design, and/or technical direction.
2. Experience with first-generation, culturally diverse, bilingual, and non-traditional students and performers.
3. Demonstrated ability to infuse course content with scholarship related to underrepresented and marginalized groups.
4. Evidence of teaching excellence.
5. Ability to successfully supervise and mentor undergraduate students.
6. Passion for the program’s socially conscious mission.
7. Experience teaching online.
8. Bilingual language proficiency (Spanish or Arabic preferred).

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Special Instructions to Applicants

To apply, applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, cover letter, teaching philosophy, sample syllabi, unofficial transcripts, and a list of professional references by February 10, 2023, to receive full consideration, although applications will be accepted until the position is filled. References will only be contacted prior to candidate interviews.

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  1. Do you currently have a Ph.D. or do anticipate defending your dissertation by the job start date?
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Required Documents
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  1. Cover Letter
  2. Transcripts
  3. Curriculum Vitae
  4. Teaching Philosophy
  5. List of Three Professional References
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