Assistant Professor of Theatre, Performance - Acting (Tenure Track)
Southern Oregon University
Location: Ashland, Oregon
Internal Number: 11630
Ability to successfully interact with a diverse population is a must.
The School of Arts & Communication (ACO) at Southern Oregon University (SOU) is seeking candidates for a full-time, nine-month, tenure-track, Assistant Professor in Performance, Acting. The Theatre Performance, Acting faculty member is responsible for providing courses in Acting at all levels, including introduction to acting, as well as other courses that support the Theatre major and in their areas of expertise. These courses might include Musical Theatre, Dance, Singing for Musical Theatre, Shakespeare, Film Acting, Devising, African-American Theatre, Asian-American Theatre, Latinx Theatre, Intimacy and Consent, World Theatre, Theatre History, Dramatic Literature, or others. They are also the academic advisor for many undergraduate performers and other students. This position may provide support for our active production season in their area(s) of specialization. Candidates with professional and/or academic directing experience and interest are encouraged to indicate that in their submission materials. Teaching responsibilities may include online or large lecture-style courses. Other responsibilities include advising, curriculum development, research, professional affiliations as appropriate, and other responsibilities as assigned. Faculty will engage in the administration of the program and production season, and make active contributions to departmental committees, curriculum development, student advising, and recruitment. As a tenure track member of the faculty, they will be expected to maintain their creative activity and scholarship. This can be achieved through continued professional engagement such as outside performance and coaching work, publishing, conference attendance, workshop presentations, and involvement in professional organizations. The Southern Oregon University Theatre Program, located in Ashland, Oregon, is a large and busy undergraduate-only program serving approximately 200 majors. We are a BFA-only degree program, mounting between 3-6 full productions as well as many workshop and showcase presentations each year. Our performance faculty serve a conservatory-style cohort, as well other Theatre students and the general SOU student population. We work closely with other programs in the School of Arts and Communication, such as Digital Cinema, Music, Art, Emerging Media/ Digital Arts and Communication. The Oregon Center for the Arts, a component to the School of Arts & Communication, produces and presents the work of professional and student artists from the university and throughout the world through performances, exhibitions, festivals, concerts, special events and partnerships with arts organizations at the university and in the community. The Center encourages artistic development, contextual understanding, and explorations of creative expression. The School of Arts & Communication is actively engaging in addressing and serving the needs of the growing diversity of its student body and welcomes applicants from a diversity of backgrounds including groups historically underrepresented groups in higher education. This appointment requires a terminal degree in the discipline taught (e.g.MFA in Performance) or ABD. We offer excellent comprehensive health and retirement benefits. The start date is September 2024 and the position will be open until filled with priority deadline of December 1, 2023. Southern Oregon University is a public liberal arts institution of approximately 4,000 undergraduate and 1,000 graduate students. The surrounding area is known for cultural offerings such as the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Ashland International Film Festival, and the Britt Music Festival. The region is noted for its unparalleled biodiversity and the university lies in close proximity to the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. The Rogue Valley is renowned for outdoor activities such as hiking, skiing, and biking.
Active AEA and/or SAG-AFTRA membership;
Ability to teach courses in another area of performance expertise such as: Musical Theatre, Dance, Singing for Musical Theatre, Shakespeare, Film Acting, Devising, African-American Theatre, Asian-American Theatre, Latinx Theatre, Intimacy and Consent, World Theatre, Theatre History, Dramatic Literature, or others.
Two or more years of professional teaching experience;
Eagerness to work collaboratively on creative projects outside of traditional Theatre;
A truly collaborative and collegial temperament with students, faculty, and staff on all aspects of the position.
Evidence of sensitivity to and an understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, LGBTQ, and ethnic backgrounds of staff and students;
Preference will be given to candidates with experience teaching and supervising students from diverse backgrounds.
All Listed Duties:
Professorial: Teaching, scholarship, professional development and service.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Must be willing to travel and attend training programs off-site for occasional professional development.
Must be able to work additional hours and adjust working hours to meet special jobs. May be called back periodically to perform work as needed on an emergency basis.
Must be able to successfully pass a pre-employment background check.
Under the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA): -Position classification defined as
SOU provides career-focused, comprehensive educational experiences to over 6,200 students. Along with an emphasis on student success and intellectual growth, SOU is committed to diversity, inclusion and sustainability. Theoretical and experiential learning programs provide quality, innovative experiences for students. At SOU, students build strong community connections through internships, mentorships, field studies, capstone projects, volunteer opportunities and civic engagement.