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Assistant Professor in Acting and Performance

Job Opening


Deadline December 1, 2021
Sponsor University of Florida School of Theatre and Dance
Location Gainesville , FL


School of Theatre + Dance
Faculty Position Announcement
Assistant Professor in Acting and Performance

Position: Full-time, 9-month, tenure accruing faculty position
Date of Expected Hire: August 16, 2022
Salary: Competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. Eligible for comprehensive and highly competitive benefits package.

The School of Theatre + Dance seeks an Assistant Professor in Acting and Performance. The successful candidate will work with undergraduate and graduate actors on a variety of content areas that could include one or more of the following: foundational skills, scene study, period styles, directing, and/or devised performance. The School is especially interested in applicants with a progressive perspective on acting training in the 21st Century and the ability to teach courses in the University of Florida Quest 1 program. Preferred qualifications include demonstrated capacity to offer perspectives within existing curriculum and/or specialized coursework in Black, Latinx, Asian/Asian American, or Indigenous American theatre/performance and an understanding of culturally informed pedagogy. The position entails active participation in our learning community while finding innovative ways to engage in critical discourse across the arts and other disciplines.

The University of Florida College of the Arts intends to be a transformative community, responding to and generating paradigmatic shifts in the arts and beyond. As artists and scholars, we embrace the complexity of our evolving human experience and seek to empower our students and faculty to shape that experience fearlessly through critical study, creative practice, and provocation. We seek a colleague who identifies as a change-maker. We seek a colleague who will prepare students to access and unsettle centers of power in a radically changing world. We seek a colleague who will position emerging artists and researchers as catalysts for equity on local and global levels.

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty, seeking faculty of all races, ethnicities, genders, backgrounds, experiences and perspectives.

• Teach undergraduate and graduate curricula in acting and performance. Courses may include but are not limited to the following subject areas: acting fundamentals, beginning scene study, devising, directing, period styles, solo performance
• Teach Autobiography in Literature and Performance and/or develop new courses for the UF Quest program:
• Maintain active national and international research and publication profile in area(s) of specialization.
• Advise BA and BFA senior projects and MFA thesis projects
• Contribute to curricular efforts in performance-related areas
• Participate in shared governance through service to School, College, and University committees
• Participate in the organizational and administrative activities of the Performance Area

Minimum Qualifications: PhD or MFA in theatre, performance studies, or closely related field. Evidence of success in promoting an environment that advances diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Preferred Qualifications: The successful candidate will bring to the position:
• A substantial record of creative and/or scholarly activities.
• Two years teaching experience in higher education or professional theatre setting with evidence of commitment to collaboration, diversity, and excellence in the arts and higher education.
• Engagement in the field consistent with the expectations of a research-focused institution in which creative endeavors such as performance and production work are valued as research.
• Demonstrated capacity to offer perspectives and/or specialized coursework in Black, Latinx, Asian/Asian American, or Indigenous American theatre/performance and an understanding of culturally informed pedagogy.
• Demonstrated success working toward structural and strategic change in support of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
• Strong organizational, management, and communication skills.

How to Participate

Application Deadline: Review of applications will begin immediately. To ensure full consideration, all application documents must be submitted by December 1, 2021. Applications received after this date may be considered at the discretion of the committee.

Application Process: Applications must be submitted via the University of Florida’s online application system at Faculty Jobs at UF. Online applications must include the following: (1) a detailed letter of application that explains how you match the particular qualifications of this position and how your work and perspective will contribute to and enhance our transformative community; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) names and contact information of three professional references; (4) one page Artist Statement; (5) link to work samples. The Search Committee may request additional materials at a later time, including letters of reference.

This opportunity has been submitted by Jeni Lomnick Higgins. The listing of the opportunity does not imply endorsement by the Division of Cultural Affairs or the Department of State. Contact University of Florida School of Theatre and Dance with questions or for more information.