The Department of Theatre and Dance at Union College in Schenectady, NY, invites applications to fill a one-year contract beginning September, 2023 as Visiting Assistant Professor in the area of Theatre History, Dramatic Literature, Performance Criticism, and Script Analysis.
The successful candidate should have the ability to work with, mentor, and support all students and their diverse backgrounds. A commitment to engaging with a collaborative learning environment at Union College and in the Theatre program that promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion is expected. We especially welcome applications from candidates traditionally underrepresented in Theatre academia.
Responsibilities and qualifications
The applicant should show evidence of an appropriate background to teach courses in theatre scholarship, dramatic literature, theatre theory and criticism, and theatre history courses; including the ability to offer courses in the candidate’s areas of specialization. Applicants with teaching experience outside the usual Western dramatic canon will be given strong consideration. The candidate will be expected to teach a 6 course load, generally arranged as 2 courses taught in each of three ten-week terms. The experience and ability to direct one of the department’s faculty-led theatre productions, lead a reading series, or workshop a new play with students is highly desirable, and would offer one course release. The preferred candidate shall hold a doctorate or ABD with degree conferred no later than August 2023 in Theatre History / Dramatic Literature / Performance Criticism or another closely allied field of Theatre Studies. Candidates with an MFA/MA and extensive experience will be considered.
About the Department
The Theatre and Dance Department at Union College encourages community engagement, academic excellence and guiding student inquiry and experiences to develop artistic exploration, collaborative skills, and critical thinking. We offer our students hands-on training with a foundation of scholarly investigation, supported by the integration of a liberal arts education and an anti-racist global perspective of their artistry.
The department fully supports 3 faculty- or guest artist-directed theatre productions in each academic year, 1 faculty-directed dance concert, 2 faculty-led dance showcases, and a number of presentations of student-led performances as part of the production season in both dance and theatre (3-6+ in each academic year). The department regularly invites guest artists to campus for performances, workshops, master classes in theatre and dance, and produces a yearly Dance Residency with a co-produced performance at The Egg Center for the Performing Arts in Albany, NY. The department organizes and conducts two mini-terms abroad: the London Theatre Mini-term and the Bali Mini-term (this in conjunction with the Music Department).
More information may be accessed at https://www.union.edu/theater-dance
About Union College and Schenectady
Union College is a four-year liberal arts institution that provides a blend of intellectual, social, and cultural opportunities to facilitate the integrated academic, social, and personal development of a diverse community. Union College is an equal opportunity employer and strongly committed to student and workforce diversity. Union provides a blend of intellectual, social and cultural opportunities to facilitate the integrated academic, social and personal development of a diverse community. We value and are committed to a host of diverse populations and cultures including, but not limited to, those based on race, religion, disability, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin and veteran status. Increasing diversity on campus is a critical priority for Union, one that is integral to our mission of preparing students for a globally interconnected world. Our goal is not only to increase diversity but also to support a diverse environment in which people from varied backgrounds can succeed and thrive.
Union College is committed to helping students think across boundaries of disciplines, connecting and integrating their studies in order to make broad contributions to humanity for social change on a local or global scale. In the service of this goal, Union has a vibrant set of interdisciplinary programs to which the ideal candidate might also contribute. These include: Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies; Film Studies; Africana Studies; Asian Studies; Latin American and Caribbean Studies; Jewish Studies; World Music and Cultures, and more.
Please submit by February 6th, 2023 through PageUp: (1) a cover letter outlining artistic and teaching experience. (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) evidence of teaching effectiveness including experience working with and mentoring diverse student populations and/or ability to contribute to a diverse community; a class observation report if available; or other relevant materials. Please provide names and contact information for three references when you complete the online application. Each will automatically receive an email message requesting that they upload a letter of recommendation to our system. For questions, please contact: Theatrescholar@union.edu.