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The University of Vermont’s School of the Arts in the College of Arts and Sciences ( CAS ) invites applications for an Associate Professor or Full Professor of Theatre to serve as Program Head of Theatre & Dance and Associate Director of the School of the Arts.
All candidates should have professional experience/rank to warrant appointment at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor. Successful candidates will also have demonstrated significant experience in university program/department leadership and administration. They share a clear passion for the Liberal Arts and a commitment to undergraduate-focused production practice, education, and mentorship.
This incoming Associate Director and Program Head will join the SoA in support of a small community of existing Theatre & Dance artist-scholars and highly skilled staff. This team is in an ongoing process of developing and implementing a sustainable and innovative strategic vision for a young joint-program formed of two longstanding previously separate theatre and dance departments, each with its own distinct curricular, pedagogical, and production needs.
Ideal candidates are committed to excellence in teaching and research, collaborative environments, transparency in team-based planning, and ensemble-based creation processes. Those with scholarship, practices, aesthetics, and pedagogies emphasizing social justice, sustainability, inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility are of particular interest.
Enthusiastic candidates with the relevant administrative background, professional rank, and academic theatre expertise are encouraged to apply regardless of practice specialty. Candidates with multihyphenate and/or interdisciplinary expertise and teaching capabilities are encouraged to speak to each of those areas of practice/scholarship in their applications.
The Program Head of Theatre & Dance will serve as a liaison between program faculty, staff, students, and SoA administration and CAS leadership. The Program Head oversees budget management, identifies and helps address capital projects/improvements, manages the program’s curriculum planning, among other administrative responsibilities. In their role as Associate Director, they will be part of the executive team of the School of the Arts, and work directly with the Executive Director of the School, with a specific portfolio of responsibilities that will advance the mission and goals of the SoA.
As Program Head, duties include support of a robust Theatre & Dance production season as an integral extension of our Liberal Arts curriculum. As such, this faculty member is expected to contribute season programming selections/aesthetics that are in conversation with innovative themes and content and offer dynamic and diverse opportunities for students. We are deeply committed to labor equity in an anti-racist, anti-sexist, anti-ableist, gender-affirming, body-positive, and consent-forward environment. The methodologies of this incoming faculty collaborator should also be reflective of such contemporary sensibilities in casting ethics, rehearsal and production practices, and communication strategies.
The candidate will also teach in their area of Theatre as part of the liberal arts-based undergraduate Theatre program. The standard teaching load in the College is 3-2, but course releases are given for administrative work as well as work on productions, in agreement with the Executive Director of the SoA and the Dean of the College.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS : $80-100,000, commensurate with experience, $50,000 start up funds, course releases, and an excellent benefits package.
ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA & MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS :
• Terminal degree (PhD, MFA , or equivalent terminal degree) in theatre, performance studies, an area of theatrical
design/technology, and/or technical direction.
• Demonstrated success as a department chair, program head, or equivalent area of administrative leadership in a university or college setting; the candidate will have had sustained responsibility overseeing faculty/staff workload, budget management, curriculum planning and innovation, and student advising.
• Minimum of ten years of experience teaching at the
university/college level (at least 7 of which should be as full-time faculty).
• Demonstrated record of professional excellence as an artist and/or scholar; professional experience/rank to warrant appointment at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor.
• Outstanding collaborative, organization, and communication skills.
ADDITIONAL PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS :
• Committed engagement with contemporary discourse and practices re: inclusion, diversity, equity, and access (I.D.E.A.) in creative arts infrastructures, aesthetics, and scholarship.
• Experience in and enthusiasm for implementing I.D.E.A. initiatives in curriculum design, pedagogy, collaborative methodologies, program policies, and leadership strategies.
• Multihyphenate/interdisciplinary expertise and teaching capabilities.
• A commitment to the value of original performance creation and supporting new work.
• Enthusiasm for team building, positive collaboration, and mentorship of early career faculty and undergraduate scholar/artists.
HOW TO APPLY :
Please submit a complete application packet via www.UVMjobs.com.
Application review begins on December 15, 2022.
Cover letter addressing:
• Administrative and leadership experience at the university/college level
• Philosophical and practical approaches to leadership and professional collaboration
• A summary of the candidate’s additional accomplishments and subject areas of interest
• Teaching statement
• Diversity Statement
• Curriculum Vitae (5 pages maximum)
• List of three professional references and current contact information
• Samples of scholarly and/or creative work
• Contact information for three professional references
For more information or questions, please contact:
Kelley Di Dio, Executive Director of the School of the Arts, Kelley.firstname.lastname@example.org (Kelley.email@example.com.)
Pablo Bose, Chair of the Search Committee, Pablo.Bose@uvm.edu
Established in 1791, the University of Vermont is considered a public-ivy and consistently ranked as one of the top public universities in the United States. Our academic programs combine faculty-student relationships most commonly found in a small liberal arts college with the resources of a land-grant research institution. UVM’s tradition of equity and social justice extends not only to faculty, staff, and students, but also is reflected in a commitment to environmentally sound and sustainable practices.
In the College of Arts and Sciences ( CAS ), students experience the connectedness and accessibility of a small liberal arts college within a high caliber public research institution. Whether students are pursuing the Fine Arts, the Humanities, Natural Science and Mathematics or Social Sciences, they have a place here, in the College of Arts and Sciences’ academic ecosystem.
The College of Arts and Sciences highly values the excellence that results when people from different backgrounds and perspectives work, interact, and learn together. In this way, commitment to diversity fosters our educational mission. For our students, it prepares them for life and work ahead: it recognizes that we are a culturally, ethnically, and racially diverse nation, one that is also situated in an increasingly global environment. For our faculty, scholarship and research are increasingly cooperative activities-often crossing national borders-requiring the abilities and skills to work with others often from very different backgrounds. For both our students and faculty, diversity enhances our curriculum, enriches the classroom experience, and fosters the exchange of ideas. As our society, economy, politics, and global interactions become increasingly diverse, so too must our intellectual community of students, faculty, and staff.
The School of the Arts
The UVM School of the Arts is a welcoming community of students, faculty, and staff members in the areas of Music, Theatre, Dance, Art, and Art History, the Lane Series (our world music program), and affiliated programs in Film and Television Studies and Creative Writing and the Fleming Museum, dedicated to creating a home for learning, discovery, collaboration, inclusivity, innovation in creative practice, and above all to giving voices to future artists. We train and mentor our students to prepare them for real world challenges as makers, cultural producers and consumers, and informed global citizens. We integrate artistic practices and a diversity of creative voices into the academic mission of the University through mobilization of resources, faculty and student support, collaborations with other disciplines, programs and academic units, and through partnerships and outreach to our community and beyond. At the UVM School of the Arts, we believe in the power of the arts and of an arts education. We believe in the student’s potential and support their artistic values.
UVM is located in Burlington, Vermont, which is rated as one of the best small cities in the country. The greater Burlington area has an increasingly diverse population of about 125,000 and enjoys a panoramic setting on the shore of Lake Champlain, between the Green Mountains of Vermont and the Adirondack Mountains of New York State. The surrounding area provides an environment rich in cultural, civic and recreational activities. Vermont has a deep history of social activism and political participation. It offers many opportunities for collaborative partnerships in community and state-wide human service and social change organizations in multiple fields of practice, including state agencies.
Establishing a diverse and inclusive culture is a priority at the University of Vermont. In fact, UVM holds that diversity and academic excellence are inseparable. Read UVM’s Why Diversity Statement (https://www.uvm.edu/sites/default/files/Top%20Tier%20files/UVM_Board_Why_Diversity_Strategic.pdf) and Our Common Ground values. (https://www.uvm.edu/president/our-common-ground) The University of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other category legally protected by federal or state law. The University encourages applications from all individuals who will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the institution.
UVM is especially interested in scholars who can contribute to the College of Arts and Sciences diversity plan, which was designed in part to ensure faculty, students, and staff members from underrepresented and marginalized populations are an integral part of the life and governance of the institution. Applicants are requested to include in their cover letter information about how they will further this goal.
Burlington, Vermont is located in the beautiful Lake Champlain region, surrounded by the Green and Adirondack Mountains. It is a great place for families, with excellent public schools and yearround recreational opportunities. It is home to the University of Vermont and three independent colleges that provide an academically stimulating and culturally rich environment. Montreal, Canada and Boston are within easy driving distances.
Job Open Date 10/21/2022
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Posting Number F2420PO
Department School of Arts/52370
Advertising/Posting Title Associate or Full Professor of Theatre/Associate Director of the School of the Arts
Position Number 004677
Employee FTE 1.0
Employee Term (months) 9
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