Assistant Professor of Department of Theatre and Drama; Applied Theatre, Tenure-Track Faculty

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Dec 6, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Music, Other Arts
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

ABOUT THE SCHOOL OF MUSIC, THEATRE & DANCE. As a comprehensive performing arts school set in one of the world’s finest public institutions of higher education, the School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD) is deeply engaged in the creation, practice, scholarship, and pedagogy of music, theatre, and dance. We aim to provide leadership, nationally and internationally, in all three fields. We assert and celebrate the value of the arts to the mission of the University of Michigan. SMTD is strongly committed to diversity and inclusion as means of achieving and sustaining excellence.

The Department of Theatre and Drama seeks a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor with public-facing scholarship and creative work in Applied Theatre. The ideal candidate will bring to the community a deep commitment to, and extensive experience with, anti-racism and social justice as central to theatrical practice. A departmental goal is to prepare our Theatre Studies students to be critically competent and conscious artistic citizens in multiple contexts (e.g., professional, industrial, community, educational).

Duties: Teach four undergraduate courses annually in Theatre Studies, including but not limited to: Theatre Pedagogy, Teaching Artistry, Community-Based Theatre, Devised Theatre, Forum Seminar, Dramaturgy, and possibly Playwriting or Theatre for Youth. Create an innovative curriculum for a broad range of students of varied identities and backgrounds who seek to explore a range of educational opportunities and career pathways. It is expected that the appointee will engage in innovative collaborations both on campus and in local communities, particularly in Detroit. The appointee will be expected to: demonstrate a strong commitment to teaching excellence, develop and maintain a visible national and international profile as a practitioner, teaching artist, and/or teacher trainer, recruit and retain students of exceptional promise, participate in faculty governance, attend faculty meetings, and serve on departmental and/or university committees as appropriate.

Qualifications: Advanced degree (MFA, DFA, PhD) or commensurate experience in Applied Theatre or a related discipline; ability to teach courses in Theatre Pedagogy, Teaching Artistry, Community-Based Theatre, Devised Theatre, Forum Seminar, Dramaturgy, and/or Theatre for Youth; professional experience in community-based theatre, community engagement, teaching artistry, and/or teacher training. Demonstrated ability to empower, advocate for, and value a broad range of students of diverse identities and experiences, as shown through theatrical practice, pedagogy, mentoring, and related activities.

Preferred: Teaching experience at the undergraduate level; the ability to teach courses in playwriting and/or dramaturgy.

Rank: Assistant Professor, Tenure-Track

To Apply: Please note that the School of Music, Theatre & Dance situates diversity as a core value and is dedicated to promoting access, equity, and inclusion for all individuals. To apply, please visit Interfolio at Materials are only being accepted via Interfolio. Required documents to be uploaded are letter of interest, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, evidence of applied theatre practice (ex: links to work, professional website, portfolio), a statement describing how your research, creative activities, teaching, and/or service in the past, present, and/or future will advance the School's commitment to anti-racism and anti-oppression, and a list of at least five current references with contact information.

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