Responsibilities will include teaching courses in acting for the camera and media acting as well as possible courses in acting for animation, acting with green screen and/or motion capture, movement and/or vocal approaches to media acting, media direction for actors, or other courses related to applicant’s expertise, while continuing to refine and expand media acting courses based on current industry trends. The successful candidate will teach courses within the thriving BFA and MFA acting programs including teaching in the College of Arts and Letters’ Center of Integrative Studies inthe Arts and Humanities.
Michigan State University is a Tier I Research institution that places high value on research and creative activities. Successful candidates must be able to continue professional creative activity in media acting/direction or create a rigorous research agenda related to current and future trends in media performance. Additional responsibilities to include participating in recruitment activities and regular university, college and departmental service and assigned responsibilities as well as directing in the department’s season or similar approved media projects, teaching foundational theatre and acting courses and fostering collaborative film and media partnerships and networking opportunities on and off-campus. Pursuit of grants/external funding desirable.
Persons with disabilities have the right to request andreceive reasonable accommodation.
The College of Arts & Letters recognizes that only an academic and organizational culture, which actively seeks out and strengthens diverse voices and perspectives among its members, results in true excellence. We arean equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. The College of Arts &Letters is particularly interested in candidates of all backgrounds who arecommitted to the principle that intellectual leadership is achieved through open access and pro-active inclusion. The Department of Theatre has a strong institutional commitment to diversity in all areas and encourages candidates from under represented groups including the LGBTQIA community. We favor candidates who can contribute to the College of Arts & Letters’ distinctive educational objectives, which promote interdisciplinary perspectives, intercultural understanding, and values diversity and inclusion as essential toachieving excellence.
MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. MSU iscommitted to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities.
MSU enjoys a park-like campus with outlying research facilities and natural areas. The campus is located in the city of East Lansing, adjacent to the capital city of Lansing. The Lansing metropolitan area has a diverse population of approximately 450,000. Local communities have excellent school systems and place a high value on education. The University is proactive about its obligations under the ADA, and provides individual accessibility plans to students and employees with disabilities. Michigan State University is proactive in exploring opportunities for employment for dual career families, both inside and outside the University, and respects all family forms. Information about MSU’s dual career support can be found athttp://miwin.msu.edu/. Information about WorkLife at MSU can be foundhttp://worklife.msu.edu/. Information about the Academic Advancement Network can be found http://aan.msu.edu/. Information about MSU Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives, including the Diversity Research Network can be found http://www.inclusion.msu.edu/.
The College of Arts and Letters employs 250 full-time faculty with 3300 undergraduates and 175 graduate students enrolled in 24 majors, 38 minors, and 9 graduate programs that are housed in 8 departments and 22 research centers and interdisciplinary programs. These include such outstanding programs as African and African American Studies, American Indian and Indigenous Studies, Jewish Studies, the Center for Gender in a Global Context, and the Center for Interdisciplinarity. The College also has a vibrant mentoring program at the College and Departmental levels. It works closely with MSU’s five international centers that receive Title VI funding and is also along-time leader in international education sponsoring 70-80 programs each year. In 2016, faculty of color made up 25% of the College faculty and students of color made up 28% of its entering undergraduate class.
Doctorate -MFA in Acting
MFA in Acting or commensurate professional experience. A minimum of one year of teaching in higher education or professional venues. Professional film, television, or new media acting and/or directing experience. Membership in SAG-AFTRA or related professional organizations. Excellent teaching, communication, and collaborative skills. The ideal candidate will also have experience directing for the stage and/or screen, experience with film production, experience working with diverse student populations, and an interdisciplinary perspective.
Required Application Materials
Review of applications will begin December 6, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. Applications must be submitted electronically to the Michigan State University Human Resources web site http://careers.msu.edu/. Qualified applicants should submit a) a cover letter b) current curriculum vitae c) a statement of teaching philosophy that highlights your alignment with some of our desired qualifications d) a written summary of your experience with diversity in the classroom and/or in your past or planned research endeavors, any experience mentoring diverse students or community outreach initiatives, and an explanation of how you will advance our goals of inclusive excellence and the names and e) the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of 3 potential references.
For more information, contact the Chair of the Search Committee, Dr. Deric McNish, email@example.com or 517-884-7788. For more information about the Department of Theatre go to theatre.msu.edu
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