The Department of Theatre Arts at the UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN – LA CROSSE invites applications for a full-time, tenure track, Theatre Performance position beginning Fall 2017.
The Department of Theatre Arts at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, with 7 tenure track faculty, 2 instructional staff, and approximately 80 undergraduate majors/minors, strives to put quality student education and support of all department members first. We are committed to enriching our educational and artistic environment and culture through diversity in our staff, students, and faculty. Persons with experience and willingness to help us achieve goals relative to diversity and inclusion are especially encouraged to apply.
We see the following as our strengths: a commitment to telling the story; a collaborative environment; the care and help we offer each other and our students; the emphasis we place on the student experience rather than ego; and our dedication to growth, learning, and trying new things.
We are searching for a teaching theatre artist who, through their specific experience and background, can contribute to the array of classes we can teach and the range of stories we can tell from the stage, adding to the diversity of our students’ and our region’s theatrical experiences. The ideal candidate will have a very strong background in acting, directing and movement pedagogy. UWL and the Department of Theatre Arts support opportunities for professional development of its faculty and staff.
Primary responsibilities will include:
Teaching performance classes such as Voice and Diction, Movement, Stage Combat, Directing, and advanced acting topics;
Teaching Theatre Appreciation;
Peer-reviewed creative activity and/or scholarship, including directing one production each semester;
Advising student academics and capstone projects;
Providing service in recruitment of new undergraduate students;
Participation in department activities;
Teaching or developing courses such as Multicultural-, African-American-, Latino-a, Asian-American, Native-American, or World Theatre, or the History of Musical Theatre.
Candidates for the appointment should have or be near to completing an MFA, doctorate, or equivalent degree in Theatre Performance or a related field by the employment start date. Degree must be earned by the first personnel review, no later than May 15, 2018;
A commitment to and/or experience with achieving goals relative to diversity and inclusion;
A diverse portfolio of successful directing experience;
Professional experience in acting and/or directing;
Demonstrated ability to teach a diverse array of classes in higher education or other relevant setting.
Training and experience in one or more of the following: stage combat, movement, voice and diction, and classics/styles;
A strong interest in developing a broad cultural perspective in courses and performances;
A collaborative and open-minded approach to working with students and colleagues.
Submit electronic application including cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching philosophy, digital portfolio and contact information for three references. Applications accepted until position filled; first review begins January 15, 2017. Visit http://www.uwlax.edu/theatre-arts to learn more about UW-La Crosse Theatre.
Note: Electronic submission of application materials is required. For additional information about this position and to apply, please visit https://employment.uwlax.edu
Please contact the Search and Screen Chair if you have a special need/accommodation to aid your participation in our hiring process.
The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UW–La Crosse) provides a challenging, dynamic, and diverse learning environment in which the entire university community is fully engaged in supporting student success. Grounded in the liberal arts, UW-La Crosse fosters curiosity and life-long learning through collaboration, innovation, and the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge. Acknowledging and respecting the contributions of all, UW-La Crosse is a regional academic and cultural center that prepares students to take their place in a constantly changing world community.
UW-La Crosse's diversity and inclusion efforts are guided by our adherence to Inclusive Excellence. We define Inclusive Excellence as “... our active, intentional and ongoing commitment to bridge differences with understanding and respect so all can thrive." The goals of Inclusive Excellence are to increase the retention of diverse faculty, staff and students while encouraging a campus climate that is inviting and welcoming to all. UW-La Crosse strives to promote acceptance of all facets of diversity from racial/ethnic diversity to diversity of thought and experience. UW-La Crosse is a 2014 recipient of the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. UW-La Crosse is proud to be one of only 83 recipients of this national honor recognizing our commitment to diversity and inclusion.
UW-La Crosse has appeared prominently on the U.S. News & World Report list of “America’s Best Colleges” for more than a decade and is ranked consistently as one of the top institutions in the Midwest. With a student population of roughly 10,500, the university offers 91 undergraduate programs in at least 30 disciplines and 26 graduate programs in three colleges: Liberal Studies, Science and Health, and Business Administration, including the School of Arts & Communication and the School of Education. There are 502 full-time faculty and instructional academic staff, 76 percent of whom hold terminal degrees. UW-La Crosse boasts a retention rate (freshmen returning as sophomores) of 86 percent, graduation rate (degree within six years) of 70 percent, and is among only 12 institutions cited nationally by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities for its success in linking campus culture and university leadership to outstanding graduation rates.
The UW-La Crosse campus is nestled in a residential area of the City of La Crosse (pop. 52,000) located in western Wisconsin. The area, known as the 7 Rivers Region, is famous for its exceptional natural beauty which includes the Mississippi River on one side, majestic bluffs on the other, and views of rolling farmland and forested valleys in between. Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top ten “Best Places to Live” in 2009, La Crosse is one of the most scenic places in mid-America. Abundant water, woodlands and varying terrain provide ample opportunities for year-round outdoor recreation. Only a couple of hours from Minneapolis or Madison, La Crosse enjoys the affordability and charm of small town living with larger city benefits. Three colleges, two world-class medical institutions, the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, a restored nineteenth century downtown business district, and a number of galleries and art centers have made La Crosse a regional center for culture, entertainment, medical care, shopping, sports and recreation.
UW-La Crosse is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We strive to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool, and we encourage applications from persons with varied backgrounds and perspectives. In support of the Wisconsin Veteran Employment Initiative we encourage veterans and veterans with disabilities to explore employment opportunities at UW-La Crosse.
As a prospective UW-La Crosse employee, you have a right to obtain a copy of campus safety and security information (Clery Act) for this institution. You may review this information at http://www.uwlax.edu/Police/Annual-Security-Report/.
Employment will require a criminal background check. A pending criminal charge or conviction will not necessarily disqualify an applicant. In compliance with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, UW-La Crosse does not discriminate on the basis of arrest or conviction record.