School/Unit: School of the Arts
Rank: Assistant Professor
Purpose of Position:
This position is a tenure-eligible nine-month faculty position in Scene Design with the academic rank of Assistant Professor. This position will have undergraduate and graduate teaching responsibilities in the area of Scene Design. This position will take an active role in mentoring students; perform service to the school and department and serve on university committees as designated by the chair; and work collaboratively with theatre faculty, students and guest artists. This faculty member’s scholarly and creative activity should make a contribution to a body of knowledge within the theatre discipline of Scene Design, as it relates to the Theatre curriculum and reflect a high standard of quality of competence while being consistent with and supporting the mission and initiatives of the department, School, and University. The faculty member will be expected to continue professional work in the area of Scene Design.
The faculty member is required to have professional scene design experience on a national level. The faculty member will preferably maintain membership in United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829, the labor union and professional association of Designers.
The faculty member will develop and teach all scene design related courses in the BFA and MFA curricula, in conjunction with the fellow design faculty, and mentor and coach design students and will educate, organize, and mobilize student designers and/or crew members which are essential to the realization of Mainstage productions and other performances. Courses taught each semester will support the undergraduate and graduate curriculum requirements of the programs, could change as demand requires, and will be at the discretion of the Chair.
The faculty member will be required to maintain a professional design career on a national or international level that reflects a high standard of quality of competence in at least two noted professional venues from Broadway, Off-Broadway, regional theatre (LORT), or Opera. Professional membership in United Scenic Artists Local 829 is preferred. The faculty member will be required to have an established research agenda and a clear potential for external funding, as appropriate, and potential for scholarship or creative expression to complement and expand existing expertise in the department. The faculty member's creative activities will be related to the program’s curriculum and be consistent with and support the mission and initiatives of the department, School, and University.
The faculty member will serve on departmental, school, and university committees as designated by the chair and is expected to maintain professional service in their field, e.g. reviewer, presenter at professional conferences, etc. Faculty member is expected to be active in recruiting students for the undergraduate and graduate programs and to support departmental advising in collaboration with the department's Academic Advisor, and other duties as assigned by the Chair.
The faculty member may design Mainstage productions, attend special events, etc., and will serve on graduate thesis committees.
Required Qualifications:Applicants must have an MFA in Scene Design, or an equivalent combination of training and professional experience;
Appropriate teaching experience beyond graduate school;
A minimum of five years of professional experience as a scenic designer in at least two of the following venues: Broadway, Off-Broadway or noted regional theatres (LORT);
Applicants must have demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU.
Preferred Qualifications:Professional membership in United Scenic Artists Local 829.
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