Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts

Tacoma, Washington, United States
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Job description

Job ID: 4293

Location: Theatre

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Appointment: Department of Theatre Arts, full-time tenure-line Assistant Professor position; begins Fall 2019.

Responsibilities: The Department of Theatre Arts is seeking a tenure-track Assistant Professor to teach undergraduate courses in World Theatre, Dramaturgy, Playwriting, and offerings in the core curriculum. Other classes could include Fundamentals of Acting and first-year writing seminars. Part of the teaching load includes directing productions within the faculty rotation.

The University of Puget Sound is a small liberal arts college with class sizes ranging between 15-30 students and a standard teaching load of 3 courses each semester. Other duties include supervision of undergraduate research, student advising, participation in departmental and university governance, and continuation of professional development in the faculty member’s area of expertise.

Qualifications: Ph.D. (ABD considered) in Theatre and an active research and artistic program. The department is open to a wide variety of research focus, whether defined by concept, historical period, literary style, or mode of artistic practice. Strong commitment to liberal arts undergraduate teaching, to mentoring undergraduate research, and to on-going scholarship are also required. The ability to teach writing intensive courses is highly desired, as is the ability to teach World Theatre classes that fulfill the KNOW (Knowledge, Identity, and Power) area of the core curriculum. For more information regarding KNOW, please visit https://www.pugetsound.edu/academics/curriculum-courses/knowledge-identity-and-power/.

Compensation and Benefits:

Rank: Assistant Professor

Salary is commensurate with education and experience.

Puget Sound offers a generous benefits package. For more information, visit: http://www.pugetsound.edu/about/offices-services/human-resources/overview-of-university-benefit/

Puget Sound has a well-established Shared Faculty Appointments Policy, https://www.pugetsound.edu/gateways/faculty-staff/faculty-policies/shared-faculty-appointments/.

About Puget Sound: The University of Puget Sound is located in Tacoma, Washington, a vibrant, diverse mid-sized urban port city. Within, and near, Tacoma there is ready access to urban, rural, and natural areas as well as opportunities to participate in a wide variety of cultural activities.

Puget Sound is a member of the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC), Greater Washington State https://www.hercjobs.org/greater_washington_state/.

About the Department: Theatre Arts offers courses and creative activities in which students learn to make, understand, and evaluate theatrical events. In doing so, students acquire knowledge and skills that enable them to become collaborative, informed, imaginative, and engaged theatre makers, who – as artists, scholars, and citizens – will pursue paths after graduation in professional theatre, education, business, and other fields of endeavor.

The four world theatre classes share a common methodology focused on dramaturgical analysis and the exploration of tradition and innovation. The classes rotate by year, alternatively focusing on theatre of the African diaspora; Asian theatres from classic forms to contemporary plays by Asian American/Canadian authors; contemporary theatre from the Americas, north and south, including plays that speak to Latinx experience; and the representation and exploration of gender in contemporary theatrical form and content. These classes can evolve based on a candidate’s expertise, but this provides the framework for the world theatre offerings.

For more information, please visit the department webpage: https://www.pugetsound.edu/academics/departments-and-programs/undergraduate/theatre-arts/

Campus Diversity Statement

  • We acknowledge the richness of commonalities and differences we share as a university community; the intrinsic worth of all who work and study here; that education is enhanced by investigation of and reflection upon multiple perspectives.
  • We aspire to create respect for and appreciation of all persons as a key characteristic of our campus community; to increase the diversity of all parts of our University community through commitment to diversity in our recruitment and retention efforts; to foster a spirit of openness to active engagement among all members of our campus community.
  • We act to achieve an environment that welcomes and supports diversity; to ensure full educational opportunity for all who teach and learn here; to prepare effectively citizen-leaders for a pluralistic world.

Puget Sound is committed to an environment that welcomes and supports diversity. We seek diversity of identity, thought, perspective, and background in our students, faculty, and staff. To learn more please visit: http://www.pugetsound.edu/about/diversity-at-puget-sound/

About Puget Sound
Puget Sound is a selective national liberal arts college in Tacoma, Washington, drawing 2,600 students from 48 states and 20 countries. Puget Sound graduates include Rhodes and Fulbright scholars, notables in the arts and culture, entrepreneurs and elected officials, and leaders in business and finance locally and throughout the world. A low student-faculty ratio provides Puget Sound students with personal attention from faculty who have a strong commitment to teaching and offer 1,200 courses each year in more than 40 traditional and interdisciplinary fields, including graduate programs in occupational and physical therapy and in education. Puget Sound is the only nationally ranked independent undergraduate liberal arts college in Western Washington, and one of just five independent colleges in the Pacific Northwest granted a charter by Phi Beta Kappa, the nations most prestigious academic honorary society. Visit “About Puget Sound” (http://www.pugetsound.edu/about) to learn more about the college.

How to apply

For complete job description and application instructions, visit: www.pugetsound.edu/employment

Application Deadline: Search and selection procedures will be closed when a sufficient number of qualified candidates have been identified. Interested individuals are encouraged to submit application materials no later than October 1, 2018 to ensure consideration.

Required Documents:

Please submit curriculum vitae when prompted to submit resume. Additional documents can be attached within the application. Applications submitted without these documents requested below will not be considered:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letter of interest, including discussion of how the candidate might engage with the University’s diversity goals (see below)
  • Teaching statement
  • Research statement
  • Teaching evaluations
  • One print or reprint of a recent publication/dissertation chapter
  • Three (3) Letters of Reference. You will be asked to specify the email addresses of reference providers at the time of application and the system will email these providers on the next business day.

Diversity Goals. As a department and university, we are strongly committed to creating an inclusive and effective teaching, learning, and working environment for all. In their letter of interest, candidates should comment on their ability to contribute meaningfully to our on-going commitment to be informed and competent with regard to issues of diversity, equity, and individual differences. We encourage applicants to reference the University of Puget Sound’s current Diversity Strategic Plan (DSP) at http://www.pugetsound.edu/about/diversity-at-puget-sound/diversity-strategic-plan/ prior to writing this statement. While not an exhaustive list, the following are some ways candidates can express their qualification:

  • Your lived experiences and/or identities that speak to the department and university’s commitment to inclusion and diversity;
  • Demonstration of your awareness of inequities for underrepresented student populations in education, research experience, and other opportunities;
  • Brief insights on why diversity is important at institutions like the University of Puget Sound;
  • Infusion of diversity and diversity-related issues into your research, pedagogy, and/or service;
  • Previous and/or current activities involving mentoring underrepresented student populations;
  • Creative ideas or strategies you could enact as a member of the University of Puget Sound campus community to support the university’s DSP;
  • Brief insights on how cultural competency increases one’s effectiveness as an educator and department/university colleague.

All offers of employment are contingent on successful completion of a background inquiry.

The University of Puget Sound is an equal opportunity employer.

As a strategic goal and through our core values, University of Puget Sound is committed to an environment that welcomes and supports diversity. We seek diversity of identity, thought, perspective, and background in our students, faculty, and staff. EOE/AA

Puget Sound is a highly selective liberal arts college in the Pacific Northwest. It's a place where people come together to learn, to make lasting connections, to plunge into a sea of ideas, and to begin to scale the challenges of the world ahead. An intellectual atmosphere, an energized academic community, a beautiful campus in a vibrant city, and a depth of opportunities to reach out, connect, and explore, Puget Sound is the result of a unique confluence of the elements.