Visiting Assistant Teaching Professor, Scenic Design
School of Music, Dance and Theatre
Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University
The School of Music, Dance and Theatre in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University invites applicants for a one-year, full-time visiting assistant teaching professor of Scenic Design beginning fall 2023. The ideal candidate will have experience and model current modes of educating design and production students via culturally responsive approaches and inclusive practices. This position is on the Tempe, Arizona campus.
Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 80,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.
About the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts
Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts is the largest comprehensive design and arts school in the country, located within a dynamic research university focused on transformative change. Built on a unique combination of disciplines, the Herberger Institute comprises the Schools of Art; Arts, Media and Engineering; Music, Dance and Theatre; The Design School; The Sidney Poitier New American Film School, and the ASU Art Museum. The Herberger Institute is committed to redefining the 21st-century design and arts school through developing and scaling ideas that strengthen the role of designers and artists across all areas of society and culture, increasing the capacity of artists to make a difference in their communities. For more information on the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, visit herbergerinstitute.asu.edu.
About the School of Music, Dance and Theatre
The School of Music, Dance and Theatre is widely recognized for preparing artists, scholars, visionaries and entrepreneurs to become creative leaders who transform society through their creative work. Our internationally recognized faculty artists, scholars and guest artists are motivating and compassionate mentors who work with students to cultivate excellence and personal growth. Our nationally recognized programs feature a comprehensive range of degrees plus minors and certificates and more than 600 concerts, events, performances, productions and recitals each year. Located in the culturally rich Southwest in one of the most vibrant, expanding urban centers, our programs afford students access to a diverse environment and engagement in Phoenix’s flourishing arts community. Above all, we value the creativity, personal experience and voice each student brings to the school. For more information on the School of Music, Dance and Theatre, visit musicdancetheatre.asu.edu.
The theatre program, with its emphasis on new work and socially engaged practice, is a collaborative community of artists, scholars, students, faculty and staff who are shaping the future of theatre through inventive curricula and innovative programming. We foster creativity, community, collaboration, and collegiality in our classrooms and studios while supporting faculty research endeavors, public programming and community engagement. With over 250 undergraduate theatre majors and over 35 MA, MFA and PhD students, the theatre program is a dynamic teaching, learning and discovery environment in which production and curriculum are mutually supportive. Each year we present an extensive season of productions that push the boundaries of contemporary theatre. Our programming features hundreds of live events and presentations of student work, engaging over 10,000 community members in the metro Phoenix area. The Design & Production concentration is an expansive program with nine faculty members and a staff of seven exploring all areas of technology and design in live entertainment. The concentration seeks to embrace cutting-edge technologies and digital fabrication methods to prepare our students for the future of the industry. Central to our approach as educators is the emphasis on process as we facilitate learning outcomes through the execution of our selected season productions.
The Assistant Teaching Professor of Scenic Design will work to prepare graduates of the School of Music, Dance and Theatre to transform their fields and society. The candidate will be expected to facilitate the vision and voice of our students and their success through active mentorship and innovative new learning experiences that prioritize access and excellence in alignment with ASU and its charter. The ideal candidate is committed to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion professionally and in the classroom with a track record of working to achieve these.
We seek a professionally engaged, forward thinking, skilled, innovative Scenic Designer to engage with students across the disciplines of theatre, music theatre and opera and dance on topics of design, composition, communication and storytelling. The candidate should be prepared to develop a broad understanding of the educational and cultural needs of ASU’s student demographic. The ideal candidate must demonstrate a pedagogical and professional profile that is compatible with distinguished undergraduate training at a major research university, and a willingness to teach in person, online and hybrid courses. Responsibilities include teaching three courses per semester; mentoring and supervising design and production students through all phases of the production process, as well as individualized projects; and when necessary serving as scenic designer for school productions. The successful candidate will work collaboratively with colleagues across the School of Music, Dance and Theatre and the greater ASU community to impact the breadth and depth of new course offerings for major and non-major students in both in-person and online learning environments.
- MFA or MA in Scenic Design or related field.
- Demonstrated ability to advance equity, diversity and inclusion in the field and address the educational and cultural needs of all ASU students.
- Sustained professional experience in scenic design or related field, utilizing current production practices and technologies at a national level.
- Demonstrated teaching excellence and innovation at the university level and/or record of professional mentorship in the field of scenic design.
- Record of collaborative, professional and relevant industry experience working across a variety of mediums (e.g., theatre, dance, music theatre and opera, corporate, themed entertainment etc.) and in a variety of venues (e.g., proscenium work, non-proscenium based work, devised work, socially engaged performances).
- Record of collegial approach to working across disciplines and solving complex production problems as part of a team.
- Experience in installation design, production design and/or art direction.
- Ability to teach introductory and advanced design topics, computer-aided design, artist and digital rendering techniques, model making, scenic painting, and/or properties design.
- Demonstrated understanding of higher education production processes.
- Ability to design and implement curriculum and programs in theatre, dance, and music, for both online and in-person courses.
- Interest in expansive approaches to design and production processes and practices and their impact outside traditional arts media (e.g., architecture, engineering, research sciences, etc.)
- Membership in United Scenic Artists.
Instructions to Apply:
Please submit the following materials:
- Letter of interest addressing how the candidate uniquely meets the qualifications for the position, in particular: work experience, mentorship, and innovative teaching. Curriculum vitae.
- A one-page statement addressing the candidate’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.
- A one-page statement addressing the candidate’s teaching philosophy and how it will serve the ASU student population. A digital portfolio of no more than 10 produced designs (e.g. a complete drafting package for a recently designed production, images of a scenic model or rendering, production photos, paint elevations, and/or prop design and research packets) or a Website (Link submitted in PDF format). For detailed instructions on how to create a document with live hyperlinks, please click here. Names and contact information for three references.
All applications must be submitted electronically via http://apply.interfolio.com/117082
The application deadline is June 7, 2023. Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool. Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled.
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