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Ohio University Assistant/Associate Professor of Instruction, Theater Performance in Athens, Ohio

Job Description:

Ohio University’s School of Theater seeks a teaching artist/educator who embraces and reflects a broad multi-cultural view. The candidate will work with the current faculty to reimagine a performance area curriculum to create a more inclusive environment. We value process-based methodologies that prepare students to be theater artists and innovators for the 21st century. As we answer the need for a theater that reflects this moment and carries us into the future, we encourage Black, Indigenous, and artists of color to apply.

Nine-month non-tenure track renewable position. Generous benefits: tuition for self and dependents, comprehensive insurance package, excellent retirement plan, parental leave, adoption reimbursement, wellness programs and facilities, and employee assistance program. Details: https://www.ohio.edu/hr/benefits/.

Responsibilities Include: • Teach acting at both beginning and advanced levels in OHIO’s long established MFA and BFA programs, and the new musical theater BFA; • Teach within candidate’s specialization and may teach classes including heightened text, acting for the screen, acting in song, and/or audition technique; • Recruit on the national level; • Direct School of Theater productions; • Act or direct with Tantrum Theater, our on-campus professional theater; • Potentially mentor Vibrancy Theater, a student-centered company established by BIPOC students; • Plan with on-campus student resource offices and allied communities to maximize a safe and respectful learning environment; • Determine, select, and organize facilities, equipment, and materials necessary for learning; • Prepare course syllabi, in-class activities, exams, class handouts, online materials, audiovisual materials, etc., as needed; and • Act as a mentor and advisor to students.

We are aware of the historical tokenization and exploitation of BIPOC faculty and staff in academia. OU School of Theater is committed to addressing this issue by providing specific care and resources to support the person in this role. Resources include but are not limited to on-campus support services, community centers, and grant opportunities.

Minimum Qualifications:

Education + Pedagogy • Possess an MFA or MA in relevant theater arts, a track record of community-based theater engagement, or equivalent professional experience; • Substantive experience in the teaching of theater performance of all types; • Demonstrate an ability to reimagine and decolonize typical “canonical” curriculum by engaging with new works that investigate perspectives beyond those of our predominately Western culture; • Demonstrate a commitment to recruiting and building relationship with pipeline schools; and • Demonstrate a commitment to self-education, cultural awareness, justice, and growth to solidify connections between faculty and students.

Anti-Racism + Equity • Demonstrate an awareness of the intersections and inequalities of the student body and is specific about how they care for students through resources and opportunities; • Demonstrate a willingness to join a community that’s committed to naming white supremacy culture in the workplace and to be part of a School of Theater that endeavors to dismantle it; • Demonstrate experience and/or a firm commitment to creating, implementing, cultivating, and maintaining a diversity of perspectives in theater training; and • Have a record of challenging existing hierarchical structures in theater by fostering collaboration across disciplines.

Innovation • Demonstrate an ability for research and the integration of technological advancements in the discipline of live theater in order to bridge the industry and educational gap for students; and • Proven record of prioritizing innovation to foster creative thought.

Lived Experience + Artistic Philosophy • Possess a personal, individual, and intentional style that’s approachable onstage, offstage, and in the classroom; • Possess clear goals in artistic practice; and • Demonstrate ways in which their experiences have shaped their view of the theater of the future.

Planning Unit: College of Fine Arts

Department: School of Theater

Applicants may contact this person if they have questions about this position: Steven Leffue; stevenleffue@ohio.edu

Employment Type: full-time term

Advertised Salary:

Minimum salary of at least $45,000 with the ability to negotiate based on education and experience credentials. Employees also enjoy a generous benefits package which includes health benefits, paid time off, and educational benefits for employees and eligible dependents.

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