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Open Rank - Professor of Theatre, Directing/Acting (Faculty FTE)

Employer
University of South Carolina - Department of Theatre and Dance
Location
USC, Columbia Downtown Flagship Campus
Salary
We offer a competitive salary and benefits package
Start date
Dec 6, 2023

The Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of South Carolina is seeking applications for an Open Rank, full time (9-month), tenure-track position in Directing/Acting. The position will commence August 16, 2024.

MFA or PhD in Theatre required along with university-level teaching experience.

We seek an outstanding artist/scholar/teacher with primary expertise in directing and acting. Successful candidates will have expertise in theatre methodologies and approaches such as (but not limited to): Black and Afrocentric Acting Methods; Lecoq pedagogy; Devised Theatre; Stanislavski; Meisner; Michael Chekhov; Chicano, Latin American, Indigenous, and/or Asian performance practices or other practices/traditions outside the Western canon.

Successful candidates will demonstrate excellence in teaching, directing, and mentoring students, as well as significant creative accomplishment in the field. Experience working with diverse student populations at the undergraduate and/or graduate level is highly desirable, along with a demonstrated commitment to inclusive excellence and culturally responsive pedagogy. Candidates must be dedicated to building a diverse and equitable learning environment through their teaching, creative inquiry, and collaboration.

Responsibilities include serving as head of the MFA Directing Program; teaching courses in directing and acting for both undergraduate and graduate students; and teaching in other theatre performance areas as qualified. The normal teaching load is 3/3. Contribution to the Department’s production program as a director is expected. Additional duties include mentoring students, assisting in student recruitment, and supervising students as teaching assistants and in creative projects. Service on departmental and university committees is expected, as is contribution to program design and curricular development to prepare students for contemporary directing and performance practice.

The Department of Theatre and Dance is a dynamic, collaborative community that includes two of the University’s most vibrant and visible programs. Students pursue a strong liberal arts undergraduate education or highly specialized graduate degrees in Acting, Theatre Design and Technology, Theatre Education, and Directing. Students gain practical experience and develop artistic skills through annual public performance seasons, educational conservatories, workshops, film projects, and community-engaged performances.

The Theatre program is committed to high quality productions as an essential component of preparing students for work in the profession. Our students perform in a range of unique venues, from historic, arena-style Longstreet Theatre to our intimate black box, all located across the University’s downtown Columbia campus. Our venues include Longstreet Theatre (312 seat arena stage), Drayton Hall (404 seat proscenium theatre), Booker T. Washington Lab Theatre (90 seat flexible black box), and 707 Catawba Studio Theatre (60 seat flexible space).

The Department of Theatre and Dance is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST), National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD) and is a member of the University/ Resident Theatre Association (U/RTA). The department offers the MFA (directing, acting, and design emphasis in scenery, costume, or lighting), MA, MAT, and BA degree programs.

USC Columbia is one of only 56 public universities in the United States to earn both the top research classification (R1) and the top community engagement classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University places a priority on inclusion and active engagement with all the communities that we serve.

Founded in 1801 and located in the heart of the capital city, the Columbia campus is one of the oldest public universities in the country. Home to more than 35,000 students, USC Columbia offers 314 degree programs, including a dozen top-25 programs, according to U.S. News & World Report.

USC Columbia’s scholars, researchers, artists, and teachers are the heart of the University. Some 922 tenured faculty, 270 tenure-track faculty, and 621 professional-track faculty are employed full-time and represent a wide range of disciplines and experiences. Faculty at USC Columbia earn numerous accolades, placing the University within the top 5% of public universities in the nation for the number of national faculty awards. The University places a high priority on providing the resources and opportunities for promoting faculty scholarship, research, and creative achievement.

Preferred Qualifications

Expertise in theatre methodologies and approaches such as (but not limited to): Black and Afrocentric Acting Methods; Lecoq pedagogy; Devised Theatre; Stanislavski; Meisner; Michael Chekhov; Chicano, Latin American, Indigenous, and/or Asian performance practices or other practices/traditions outside the Western canon. Demonstrated excellence in teaching, directing, and mentoring students, as well as significant creative accomplishment in the field. Experience working with diverse student populations at the undergraduate and/or graduate level. Demonstrated commitment to inclusive excellence and culturally responsive pedagogy. Dedication to building a diverse and equitable learning environment through their teaching, creative inquiry, and collaboration.

Review of applications begins January 15, 2024, and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should submit the following materials:
• Letter of Application (cover letter)
• Curriculum Vitae
• Statement of Teaching Philosophy (1 page max)
• Diversity Statement that addresses how the candidate works to achieve inclusive excellence (1 page max)
• Contact information for three references (letters of recommendation will be solicited after initial review) Application materials should be submitted online to: https://uscjobs.sc.edu/.


Inquiries about the search and/or the position may be directed to the chair of the search committee, Dustin Whitehead dw27@mailbox.sc.edu.

This position is open until filled. Should review of your qualifications result in a decision to pursue your candidacy, you will be contacted by phone or email. HR Recruiter - Endreka Cornelius

TO APPLY FOR THIS POSITION: https://uscjobs.sc.edu/postings/158497

EEO Statement

The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities or decisions for qualified persons on the basis of age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, disability, ethnicity, familial status, gender (including transgender), gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDs status, military status, national origin, pregnancy (false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy, childbirth, recovery therefrom or related medical conditions, breastfeeding), race, religion (including religious dress and grooming practices), sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other bases under federal, state, local law, or regulations.

 

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