Assistant Professor Of Theatre

Seattle Pacific University Seattle , WA 98113

Posted 3 months ago

About Seattle Pacific University:

Founded in 1891, Seattle Pacific University has a long and distinguished history in Christian higher education. Located just minutes from downtown Seattle, SPU seeks to be a premier Christian University fully committed to engaging the culture and changing the world by graduating people of competence and character, becoming people of wisdom, and modeling grace-filled community. Seattle Pacific University seeks applicants committed to its Christian mission. Due to our mission of cultural engagement, SPU is committed to building an excellent and diverse staff and faculty. People from historically underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply.

About the Department of Theatre:

The mission of the department of Theatre is to educate, train, and prepare theatre artists of competence and character who will engage and transform the culture through faithful use of their creative gifts and talents. Founded in 1960, the University Theatre presents 3 mainstage productions and 1 studio show each year, and graduates 10-15 BA Theatre majors annually, in performance, production, theatre studies, and education concentrations. SPU Theatre draws widely from the Seattle theatre community for adjunct instructors and guest artists who bring their expertise to our students. Recent alums are working for most of the theatre companies in the Seattle area, teaching theatre in high schools across the region, and pursuing careers and graduate education around the world. The theatre department is committed to equity and inclusion as a learning outcome which enhances the education of all students by increasing their awareness of historical and present inequities and developing tools of cultural respect and broad social responsibility.

Job Description:

Seattle Pacific University's Department of Theatre seeks a passionate and experienced theatre educator to join our community of artists. We care deeply about making excellent theatre while caring about and for each other. We seek someone who will, with us, welcome and include all people, drawing on every one's knowledge and experiences of the world, working for equity and justice in our classrooms, on our stages, and in our lives. We expect this educator to focus on analysis, history, writing, literature, and theory in a liberal arts environment where we are all strengthened as artists and as people by learning and teaching beyond our narrow specialties. Teaching load is 10-12 credits per quarter and includes course release for production work.

Teaching:

  • Analyzing & Interpreting Theatre; Theatre Literature & Theory; Dramaturgy; History of Theatre I & II;

  • Disciplinary Writing for general education students;

  • Collaboratively teaching Theatre as Vocation and Theatre Capstone;

  • Other theatre courses (performance, education, or production courses) as negotiated and matching experience and interest.

Production:

  • Direct at least one mainstage production;

  • Coach and supervise student directors and dramaturgs as needed;

  • Contribute to annual season selection process.

Service:

  • Academic and vocational advising of students, particularly in Theatre Studies;

  • Supervise student projects in directing and dramaturgy;

  • Involvement in program assessment, management, and leadership as appropriate.

Requirements:

  • PhD in Theatre History, Performance Studies, or related field

  • Minimum 5 years' university teaching and advising experience

  • University directing experience

  • Ability and willingness to teach disciplinary writing for general education students

  • Generalist training, experience, and attitude

  • Commitment to excellent learning and teaching with students from a range of cultural, ethnic, religious, and socio-economic backgrounds

  • Commitment to the University's ecumenical Christian mission

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Professional directing experience

  • Directing and teaching experience in youth theatre and/or theatre for young audiences

  • History of advising, directing, and teaching students from underrepresented groups

  • Skills for teaching courses in theatre performance, production, and/or education

Additional Information:

Salary:

Nine month salary of $75,000. Benefits include retirement, health, dental, vision, disability, and life insurance. Position will remain open until filled.

Application Instructions:

Applications should be completed no later than December 15, 2019. The online application includes an official SPU application form, a faith statement of approximately one page, a teaching philosophy statement of approximately one page, and other supporting documents. The University reserves the right to fill the position before the application deadline or to extend the deadline as circumstances may warrant. Address all inquiries to:

Richard Lorig, Search Committee Chair

Department of Theatre

College of Arts and Sciences, Division of Arts and Humanities

Seattle Pacific University
3307 3rd Avenue West, Suite 310

Seattle, Washington 98119
206-281-2145

rlorig@spu.edu


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