The Department of Theatre Arts at Kalamazoo College invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor of Theatre, beginning in fall 2020.
We seek a theatre scholar with experience as a director, playwright, or dramaturge working on projects that clearly resonate with culturally specific communities and voices in content and form. We are interested in a scholar excited to advance curricula in performance and social change, including dramatic analysis and theatre history, as well as develop new courses or directing projects in culturally specific theatre, which would connect with the arts, media studies, and the Arcus Center for Social Justice. Teaching expectation is six courses per year in three terms (2-2-2). This hire will be responsible for teaching theatre history, directing, and playwriting, as well as supervising and mentoring of student directors, dramaturges, and playwrights, and fostering undergraduate liberal arts students to transform their fields and society. In addition, the hire will contribute courses each year to the Shared Passages Program. Sample areas of desired specialization: Latinx theatre, Native American performance, African-American theatre, Asian American/Pacific Islander theatre, LGBTIQ theatre, hip hop theatre, Immigrant communities and public performance, emerging voices and new storytelling forms, devised, non-linear and community based structural forms that are immersive.
Candidates are expected to have high aptitude and interest in undergraduate teaching, a commitment to the liberal arts, and a desire to involve undergraduate students in scholarship both inside and outside of the classroom. The candidate will be expected to facilitate student success through active mentorship and innovative new learning experiences that prioritize access, inclusion, diversity and excellence in alignment with the mission of Kalamazoo College and the work of the Department of Theatre Arts. Our faculty is committed to delivering a curriculum which highly values theatre that addresses social and political issues, including issues of race and gender, and places emphasis on emerging voices and the creation of new work. The successful applicant will demonstrate a strong commitment to working with students, faculty and staff from diverse social, cultural, and economic backgrounds.
Required Qualifications • PhD in scholarly field, with a dissertation focused on theatre and culturally specific and community based voices and forms; • Experience as a literary and/or production dramaturge and/or director exploring new forms; • Experience educating first-generation students, working with diverse populations, and promoting equity. Desired Qualifications Demonstrated success in one or more of the following: • Record of publication in the intersectionality of dramaturgy and film/dance; • Experience with public programming and local community based projects; • Experience fostering new playwrights and/or devised work; • Collegiate teaching experience and/or professional experience as a director or sustained record of community projects.
Instructions to Apply: Applications should include, in PDF format: a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching experience and philosophy, a statement addressing commitments, content, and pedagogical approaches designed to foster the success of underrepresented students, undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial is acceptable), and contact information for three references to https://www.kzoo.edu/search/theatre/. Review of applications will begin June 17, 2019 and continue through September 3, 2019. Kalamazoo College especially encourages candidates who will contribute to the cultural diversity of the College to apply and to identify themselves if they wish. Equal Opportunity Employer.