The Bates College Department of Theater and Dance invites applications for a full-time tenure track position as assistant professor of theater to teach acting and directing, and to direct departmental productions beginning August 1, 2013. The teaching load is five courses a year. Bates is an undergraduate liberal arts institution in Lewiston, Maine offering a major and minor in both theater and dance.
The requirements for this position include: an M.F.A. or Ph.D, a minimum of three years of college-level or equivalent academic teaching experience, and a firm commitment to the values of a liberal arts education. Teaching experience in a department that houses both theater and dance is preferred, as is an interdisciplinary approach to the performing arts as a whole. We seek a candidate with a firm grasp of the principles of the Stanislavski approach to acting and directing, as well as a demonstrated command of one or more of the following: non-Western and cross-cultural theater; contemporary and physical performance techniques; or new media. The successful candidate will be well versed in the history and literature of the theater and have the ability to relate theater and drama to their wider intellectual, cultural, and social contexts. An established record of professional achievement and evidence of ongoing creative and/or scholarly research in the field of theater is required and is given substantial weight in tenure decisions.
Specific classroom and campus responsibilities include: teaching beginning and advanced levels of acting; teaching beginning and advanced levels of directing, including directing theory and styles of play production; directing at least one departmental production annually; advising students and mentoring student independent study projects and theses.
Additional responsibilities and priorities include supporting departmental or institutional ventures such as recruiting and working with visiting artists, engaging in interdisciplinary projects, and participating in events involving the wider community. Occupants of this position will also sit on campus committees and show an ability to serve in leadership roles within the department and across campus.
Bates and the Department of Theater and Dance are committed to enhancing the diversity of the campus and the curriculum. Candidates who can contribute to this goal are encouraged to apply and identify their strengths and experiences in this area. Bates is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. For more information about the college, please visit the Bates website: www.bates.edu. The Department of Theater and Dance encourages applications from scholar artists with knowledge, skills and/or experience that will augment the department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. Bates College welcomes applications for shared positions.
Interested applicants should submit electronically in PDF format, a letter of interest, a concise statement of applicant’s teaching philosophy and view’s of the role of theater in the liberal arts, curriculum vitae, two sample syllabi, and examples of directing and/or other performance events created by you on a website link to Nancy LePage, Project Specialist, 207-786-6480 at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please arrange with recommenders to send three letters of recommendation, also in PDF format. College transcripts will be requested of finalists. When emailing, please include your last name and Theater R2068 in the subject line. Review of applications will begin Nov 1, 2012