Assistant/Associate Professor, Head of Scenic Design
Work type: On Campus
Location: Normal, Illinois
Title: Assistant/Associate Professor, Head of Scenic Design
Division Name: Academic Affairs
College/Unit: Wonsook Kim College of Fine Arts
Department: School of Theatre and Dance
Campus Location: Normal, IL
The School of Theatre and Dance invites applications for a tenure-track position as Head of the Scenic Design program. This position will teach, mentor, and recruit undergraduate and graduate students and lead the MFA in Scenic Design.
Responsibilities include scholarly research and/or creative activity, effective undergraduate and graduate teaching, and service. The normal teaching load is nine credit hours (3 courses) per semester and mentorship of graduate students.
The School of Theatre and Dance and Wonsook Kim College of Fine Arts are committed to increasing faculty who promote equity, diversity and inclusion in their teaching, research, and service. ISU recognizes that a diverse faculty, staff, and student body enriches the educational experiences of the entire campus and greater community. Candidates must have a demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion in teaching, research/creative activity, and service. ISU is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women, veterans, persons with disabilities, people of color, and members of underserved/underrepresented communities are encouraged to apply.
The School of Theatre and Dance is one of three schools within the Wonsook Kim College of Fine Arts, which also includes the Program in Creative Technologies. The School has 35 faculty, 12 staff, and 370 students enrolled in the B.A./B.S. (Acting, Dance, Dance Teacher Education, Film and Digital Media, Musical Theatre, Production Design and Technology, Theatre Studies, and Theatre Teacher Education), M.A./M.S. (Theatre Studies), and M.F.A. (Directing, Costume, Lighting, and Scenic Design) degrees. Its current production season consists of eight theatre productions and two dance concerts in two facilities, a 525-seat proscenium space and a flexible space that can be adapted to a 125-seat thrust or 150-seat arena. The School is also home to the Illinois Shakespeare Festival and maintains membership in URTA, with programs accredited by NAST. See https://finearts.illinoisstate.edu/theatre-dance/.
Illinois State University: Illinois State University http://www.illinoisstate.edu, founded in 1857, is the oldest public university in Illinois. There are approximately 21,000 students in the six colleges of Illinois State University. In our most recent strategic plan Educate ∙ Connect ∙ Elevate, we have committed our resources to realizing seven core values: Learning and Scholarship, Diversity and Inclusion, Respect, Collaboration, Individualized Attention, Civic Engagement, and Integrity. By acting on these values, we create a learning environment that results in our University being the first-choice public university in Illinois for high-achieving, motivated students who seek an individualized educational experience combined with the resources of a large university. Also visit the University’s metrics of excellence at (http://illinoisstate.edu/pointsofpride/).
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Salary Rate / Pay Rate
Commensurate with experience and qualifications
1) Hold an MFA or another terminal degree with a focus in Scenic Design or a related field.
2) Have demonstrated professional experience in scenic design at the regional, national and/or international levels.
3) Have demonstrated teaching and/or mentoring experience.
4) Have a demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion in their teaching, research/creative activity, and service through: a) the ability to work with, and be sensitive to, the educational needs of students from a diverse population including prior experience teaching and/or mentoring students from diverse cultural backgrounds; b) intellectual/creative contributions in the areas of diversity, inclusion and education of culturally diverse and underserved populations; c) demonstrated ability to work collegially in a community from diverse cultural backgrounds.
5) Be able to demonstrate oral proficiency in the English language as a requirement for this position, as mandated by state law.
Proposed Starting Date
August 16, 2024
Required Applicant Documents
1) Letter of application
2) A 1-2 page statement on how your teaching, research/creative activity, and/or service demonstrate a commitment to EDI based on ISU’s definitions of equity, diversity, and inclusion; examples might include creative/scholarly work, mentoring or leadership experience for underrepresented artists/scholars in educational or industry settings, or other contributions to diverse communities;
4) Curriculum vitae
5) The names and contact information for 3 references
Please Note: These documents are required to be submitted online in order to complete the application process. Please have these documents ready prior to clicking on "Apply"
Special Instructions for Applicants
Review of applications will begin November 12, 2023, and continue until the position is filled.
Given ISU’s commitment to EDI, candidate screening will begin with the evaluation of EDI statements to concentrate the applicant pool on those that align closely to our institutional values.
Contact Information for Applicants
Ann Haugo, Director, School of Theatre and Dance
Important Information for Applicants
This position is subject to a criminal background investigation and if applicable, an employment history review, based on University Policy 3.1.30 and any offer of employment is contingent upon you passing a satisfactory criminal background investigation and/or an employment history review. You may not begin work until the criminal background investigation results have been received and cleared by Human Resources.
Illinois State University 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, or status as a protected veteran.
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