The Department of Theatre and Dance at Central Michigan University invites applications for a tenure-track position in Directing/Acting. The successful candidate will teach in the Department of Theatre and Dance, including classes for the Acting/Directing BFA, BA, BS, and BAA undergraduate programs and advise students on projects and productions specifically focused in the area of Acting/Directing. Applicants should possess a strong background in Acting and Directing, as well as a passion for developing new work, and remaining current in the field with regard to evolving styles and techniques. The candidate should also possess a willingness to work with a collaborative spirit within a team of faculty with varied approaches, and a proven ability to teach beginning and advanced Theatre courses.
Qualifications include significant experience teaching/coaching acting and teaching directing. The successful candidate must have a comprehensive knowledge of both in order to teach confidently several of the following courses: Acting I, Acting II, Acting III (classical repertoire), Voice for the Actor, Movement for the Actor, Audition Techniques, Improvisation, Acting for the Camera, Directing I, Advanced Directing. Additionally, the candidate will be expected to develop courses in the current industry practices within the candidate's specialty, such as, but not limited to: gender or LGBTQ+ studies, African American Theatre, Native American Theatre or other cultural studies, or intimacy direction. The applicant will regularly direct productions for the University Theatre season. Applicants should submit a letter of interest, a CV, a statement of Teaching Philosophy which includes a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion philosophy and experience, and evidence of teaching effectiveness.
The ideal candidate will teach at the undergraduate level, fostering critical study, creative practice, and provocation in the classroom and beyond. Applicants must hold a terminal degree and/or have a significant record of professional accomplishments in the field. We are looking for candidates with strong skills in collaboration and communication, as well as professional networks to help bridge classroom experiences and the profession.
As an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty of all races, ethnicities, genders, backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives, we are especially interested in candidates who can demonstrate successful and ethical leadership and a passion for working within a community of diverse student, faculty, staff, and professional populations.
Terminal degree and/or an equivalent record of professional accomplishments in the field
Evidence of supporting, teaching, and/or mentoring emerging artists in the classroom and the field
Experience in Directing at the University level or higher
Evidence of successfully promoting an environment that advances diversity, equity, and inclusion
Evidence of successful collaboration
Ability to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodations.
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About Central Michigan University
Founded 125 years ago, Central Michigan University is a major, national university with 26,000 students, more than 30 remote locations in the U.S. and Canada, and 225,000 alumni worldwide.CMU offers more than 200 academic programs at the undergraduate, master’s, specialist and doctoral levels. Academic excellence is found in programs considered among the best in the nation, such as engineering, information systems, neuroscience, physician assistant, physical therapy, sales, logistics, fashion merchandising and design, advertising, marketing, public relations, and broadcasting. Central has been a pioneer in extended learning for nearly 50 years, and its online programs for undergraduates and the military, as well as its online MBA and online graduate education for teachers and school leaders, are nationally ranked.Central Michigan University expands its academics with immersive, hands-on opportunities such as research, volunteering, study abroad, internships and leadership experiences. The fourth-largest university in Michigan began with the mission of addressing a demand for teachers prepared and qualified to lead classrooms and educate future generations. That commitment to fulfil...ling unmet needs continues today through many newer programs, including our College of Medicine, which in May 2017 graduated its first class of doctors dedicated to serving medically underserved communities.Employees have access to fitness facilities and a nationally recognized wellness program as well as health care and benefits that exceed regional, state and national norms.With student-athletes who are expected to perform equally well in the classroom and on the field, CMU is a member of the NCAA Division I Mid-American Conference. CMU Athletics regularly earns accolades for student excellence in the classroom (almost 30 percent of our students were honored in spring 2017 for GPAs of 3.5 or higher) and on the field, with frequent men’s and women’s championship seasons in sports such as football, basketball, gymnastics, field hockey, soccer, baseball and softball, and wrestling. Central is located in a quaint, tight-knit community in the heart of central lower Michigan. Our community offers a robust mix of outdoor opportunities, family attractions, restaurants and brew pubs. Mount Pleasant’s small-town life is complemented by cultural activities on campus, including concerts, plays and guest speakers. Mount Pleasant is an hour or two from most Michigan destination spots, including Detroit, Grand Rapids, Lansing and Ann Arbor, as well as the state’s sunset beaches, golf and ski resorts, and our famous “Up North” communities, state parks and lakes.