Department of Performing Arts
Assistant or Associate Professor in Theatre Education
The Department of Performing Arts invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position or tenured Associate Professor position based on tenure-transfer into Theatre Education at Emerson College. The Department seeks candidates who can contribute to the excellence and diversity of the academic community through ongoing engagement with students both inside and outside of the classroom in addition to scholarship, creative work, teaching, and service. The appointment begins August 19, 2021.
We encourage applications from candidates who use theatre to expose power relationships and oppressive practices that are normalized in dominant culture and who explore race, gender, sexuality, and class dynamics through their work. Candidates must have demonstrated ability to work effectively with faculty, students, and staff from diverse backgrounds. An ability to work and teach collaboratively, and a strong commitment to undergraduate education beyond the classroom are essential. Members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.
Emerson College is committed to an active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity—in people, in the curriculum, in the co-curriculum, and in the College's intellectual, social, cultural, and geographical communities. Emerson endorses a framework of equity excellence, which recognizes that institutional excellence comes from fully engaging with diversity in all aspects of institutional activities. Emerson is committed to strengthening communities, including our workplace, by fostering the development of the intercultural competencies necessary for meaningful citizenship in an increasingly complex, pluralistic society.
The Department of Performing Arts is home to one of the nation's leading undergraduate programs in theatrical performance, design, stage management, and theatre education with 90 full- and part-time faculty members and staff and 530 students studying in nine distinct undergraduate areas and one graduate area. The department offers BFA degrees in Theatre, Theatre Education, Theatre Design Technology, Stage & Screen Design Technology, Stage & Production Management, Musical Theatre, Acting, Theatre & Performance, and Theatre Education & Performance; general education courses in theatre studies; and MA and MFA degrees in Theatre Education. Emerson Stage, the production organization within the department, produces eight to ten fully staged major productions annually in five theatres, with additional production opportunities available to our students through curricular projects, student theatre organizations and ArtsEmerson, the College's professional presenting company.
Emerson College is the nation's only four-year institution dedicated exclusively to majors in communication and the arts in a liberal arts context. It is located in the dynamic multi-cultural city of Boston in close proximity to major arts institutions, performing art venues, and research centers. The college enrolls 4,446 undergraduate and graduate students from 52 countries and all 50 states.
Qualifications for the Assistant Professor position:
The ideal candidate will hold a terminal degree in Theatre Education or a related field, teaching experience within a diverse college community, and familiarity with current Massachusetts and national curriculum frameworks, theatre standards, and licensure requirements.
Qualifications for the Associate Professor position:
Candidates for the Associate Professor position should hold a terminal degree in Theatre Education or a related field, have evidence of six years of full-time teaching experience within a diverse college community, and have a current appointment at the Associate Professor rank. The candidate should have a recognized body of scholarship that meets or exceeds the expectations for promotion to the Associate Professor rank in the Department of Performing Arts: https://www.emerson.edu/departments/academic-affairs/faculty/promotion-tenure/promotion-tenure-standards/december-2017-6. The candidate should be familiar with current Massachusetts and national curriculum frameworks, theatre standards, and licensure requirements.
Candidates for either rank should have a background and college-level teaching experience in teacher training and several of the following areas: applied theatre and devised work in diverse community environments; urban and multicultural education; drama/theatre arts curriculum design and implementation grounded in diverse traditions, pre K-12; contemporary theories of teaching/learning; authentic assessment; student teacher supervision; and contemporary national and international practices in process drama and drama-in-education.
Candidates should be able to address issues of race and representation in all of their courses. Our ideal candidate will also possess a keen and developed awareness of the issues around diversity, inclusion, and equity within the classroom, and within the teaching profession. The candidate should have facility with culturally responsive teaching pedagogies and approaches, and possess a fluid overall pedagogy that is able to adapt and expand as the cultural conversation around representation, privilege-based difference, and inclusive excellence continues to evolve.
The position includes teaching five courses per year in drama and theatre education from the following options, including courses in education required for Massachusetts licensure of teachers of theatre. Potential courses with an emphasis on equity, inclusion, and social justice include Drama as Education I and II, Contemporary Issues in Education, Student Teaching Practicum and Seminar, Puppetry, Theatre for Young Audiences, Devised Theatre, Theatre of the Oppressed, Theatre and Community, and supervision of MFA Thesis Projects in Theatre Education and Applied Theatre.
In addition to teaching, all faculty members advise and mentor students and participate in the college's system of shared governance. This position includes service to the theatre education program by supervising student teaching practica, assisting with the direction and administration of the undergraduate and graduate programs, participating in curriculum development, and helping to recruit new students.
Applicants must fill out an online application form and submit a current curriculum vita, a letter of application describing your point of view on the philosophy and structure of theatre education at both undergraduate and graduate levels, and contact information for three references. Click here to apply.
Priority will be given to applications received by November 15, 2020 and will continue until an appointment is made.
To apply, please visit:https://emerson.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/Emerson_College_ft_faculty/job/Boston-Campus/Assistant-or-Associate-Professor-in-Theatre-Education_JR002238
Emerson College is the nation’s only four-year institution dedicated exclusively to majors in communication and the arts in a liberal arts context. Its main campus is located in the center of the dynamic multicultural city of Boston, in close proximity to major publishing houses, arts institutions, and research centers. The college also has campuses in Los Angeles and the Netherlands. Emerson College enrolls over 4,300 graduate and undergraduate students from more than 70 countries and all 50 states.
Emerson College believes diversity enriches the educational experience by providing students with the opportunity to learn from individuals who may have different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. Engagement with diversity in the curriculum, in our co-curricular offerings, and all other aspects of the College enhances the personal and intellectual growth of all members of our campus community. Emerson is committed to strengthening communities, including our workplace, by fostering the development of the intercultural competencies necessary for meaningful citizenship in an increasingly complex, pluralistic society. Emerson College does not discriminate on the basis of sex/gender in its educational programs or activities. Emerson has designated the Associate Vice President, Title IX, and Clery Coordinator to respond to inquiries regarding the College Sexual Misconduct Policy. The Title IX Coordinator may be reached at 8 Park Plaza, Transportation Bldg, Room 230 Boston, MA 02116; Telephone: 617-824-8999; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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