Visiting Assistant Professor (Acting) Theatre and Dance
Description Position Details: Gustavus Adolphus College invites applications for a one-year, full-time, sabbatical replacement position of Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance to begin September 1, 2021.
Institution Information: Gustavus Adolphus College seeks employees who are committed to and will be resolute in advancing inclusion and equity. We seek candidates whose experience has prepared them to help us realize our college-wide goal of engagement and inclusion of culturally and racially diverse audiences in liberal arts and sciences. The Gustavus Acts strategic plan renews our commitment to equip students to lead purposeful lives, and to act on the great challenges of our time by diversifying and expanding the Gustavus community and delivering a distinctive and integrated liberal arts education.
Minnesota is home to a vibrant African American community and growing communities of Hmong, Latinx, and Somali peoples, as well as significant numbers of Indigenous people. We believe that representation from all of these groups contributes positively to our student body.
We are committed to fostering a community that embodies the value of a liberal arts education rooted in pluralism. We engage in this work at a coeducational, private, Lutheran (ELCA) College of Swedish immigrant heritage that is a leading residential, national liberal arts institution of 2200 students.
The Department of Theatre and Dance's mission emphasizes the value of performance as a vital means of working for social justice and personal transformation. We mentor students in explorations of the many ways theatre and dance artists interpret and affect society. Students and faculty collaborate on creative research projects designed to raise awareness, create community, foster self-expression, challenge stereotypes, evoke compassion, and represent diverse perspectives.
Major/Essential Functions: The annual teaching assignment will be 5 courses. Primary teaching responsibilities will include T/D 106: Acting I (fall and spring), an intermediate-level acting technique course based on the candidate's area of expertise (spring), a barebones workshop production (fall), and directing one mainstage fully produced title in the spring semester. The successful applicant will also contribute to student advising and departmental recruitment efforts.
Application Procedures: To apply, visit https://gustavus.edu/jobs and complete the online application. The documents that must be uploaded include the following:
Letter of application that addresses the position qualifications
A brief (one page limit) proposal for a directing project suitable for undergraduate performers
A brief (one page limit) proposal for a workshop production (actor focus) with minimum to no technical support
Samples of directing/acting work; submit links to one to three short samples
Transcripts (scanned copies acceptable)
The names and contact information for three professional references (at least one must be able to address teaching experience and teaching effectiveness; please indicate the teaching reference in your letter of application). Please do not ask references to submit letters of recommendation; the committee will conduct reference checks by phone
For full consideration, applications must be received by April 9, 2021. While applications may be accepted after this date, it is not guaranteed that they will be considered. At this time, please only upload the required documents listed above. Incomplete applications will not be considered by the search committee.
Gustavus Adolphus College is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. The College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, marital status, disability, or veteran status in its education or employment programs or activities.
Prerequisites Minimum Qualifications:
MFA or PhD in Directing or Acting; we will consider candidates who have achieved ABD status and who will complete their degree by September 1, 2021
Prior academic and/or professional experience as a director and/or actor
Demonstrated effectiveness in teaching
Evidence of a commitment to undergraduate teaching and student advising
Experience working with people from diverse backgrounds and a demonstrated commitment to pedagogical methods that enable students across racial, ethnic, and socio-economic groups to reach their maximum potential
Prior experience directing academic productions
Prior experience teaching beyond the TA level
We are open to all areas specialization in Acting and Directing that will complement our current departmental offerings; however, we will prioritize candidates with expertise in at least one of the following areas: 1-Non-Western Performance Practice; 2-African American or Latinx or Asian American Performance Practice 3-Voice and Diction 4-Digital Performance Practice
Gustavus Adolphus College seeks employees who are committed to and will actively contribute to our efforts to celebrate cultural and intellectual richness and be resolute in advancing inclusion and equity. The Gustavus Acts strategic plan renews our commitment to equip students to lead purposeful lives, and to act on the great challenges of our time by diversifying and expanding the Gustavus community and delivering a distinctive and integrated liberal arts education. We are committed to fostering a community that embodies the value of a liberal arts education rooted in heritage and pluralism. We engage in this work at a coeducational, private, Lutheran (ELCA), residential, national liberal arts college of 2200 students.