The Department of Theatre Arts and Dance in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities invites applications for a full-time tenure-track faculty position in scenic design beginning fall semester 2017 (08/28/2017).
The department seeks an accomplished practicing theatre artist exploring design methods and research at the leading edge of the performing arts, and developing and/or sustaining a national or global profile as a performing arts scenic designer. This position includes both academic and production responsibilities in a department offering B.A., B.F.A., and M.F.A. degrees in a liberal arts setting.
Appointment will be 100%-time over the nine-month academic year (late-August to late-May), beginning academic year 2017/18 (08/28/2017 to 05/28/2018). This is a probationary (tenure-track) faculty appointment at the rank of assistant professor, consistent with collegiate and University policy.
1) M.A. or M.F.A. in Theatre Arts or Design/Technology (or a related field with an emphasis in Design/Technology), or equivalent professional experience as described below (*1).
2) At least one year of college- or university-level teaching experience or equivalent, as described below (*2).
3) Significant professional/academic experience as a scenic designer.
4) Computer assisted design proficiency in drafting and design software, 3-D modeling/rendering as well as traditional drawing and painting methods.
5) Demonstrated experience and effectiveness with instructional technology.
6) Demonstrated commitment to diversity and the needs of diverse learners.
7) Demonstrated experience and effectiveness in collaborative organization and project development.
EQUIVALENT PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AND RECOGNITION:
In Lieu of the M.A. or M.F.A. in Theatre Arts or Design/Technology (or a related field with an emphasis in Design/Technology), the following may be considered in determining professional experience and recognition in scenic design: (*1) Demonstrated professional distinction in scholarly research and/or creative/performance work in scenic design and evidence of continued such distinction; (*2) Demonstrated effectiveness as a teacher at the undergraduate or graduate levels, whose instruction reflects familiarity with the current state of disciplinary thought in scenic design.
1) Three years of teaching experience at the college- or University-level.
2) Demonstrated experience with multimedia technologies as they relate to projected scenery.
3) Demonstrated experience with scenic design across multiple genres (e.g. theater, dance and opera); also interested in candidates with experience in other areas including, but not limited to, performance art, installation art, museum exhibit design, architectural design, and industrial design.
4) Experience not only with standard design processes, but familiarity and experience with protracted, organic, collaborative design processes.
5) Experience designing for devised works.
6) Experience designing with a variety of production budgets and in a variety of venues (LORT to store front).
Candidates will be evaluated according to the overall quality of their academic preparation, their record of scholarly publication, the relevance of their research to the department's academic priorities, evidence of commitment to teaching and skills as a teacher, ability to attract first-rate graduate students, and strength of recommendations