Assistant Professor in Residence and Director of MFA Program in Arts Administration

Job Title: Assistant Professor in Residence and Director of MFA Program in Arts Administration
Job ID: 2017678
Location: Storrs Campus
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

Job Posting

The University of Connecticut (UConn) is entering a transformational period of growth supported by the $1.7B Next Generation Connecticut (http://nextgenct.uconn.edu/ ) and the $1B Bioscience Connecticut (http://biosciencect.uchc.edu/ ) investments and a bold new Academic Plan: Path to Excellence (http://issuu.com/uconnprovost/docs/academic-plan-single-hi-optimized_1 ). As part of these initiatives, UConn has hired more than 450 new faculty at all ranks during the past three years. We are pleased to continue these investments by inviting applications for a non-tenure track, one-year Assistant Professor in Residence in Arts Administration within the Department of Dramatic Arts in the School of Fine Arts (SFA).

The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to research and scholarship through extramural funding (in disciplines where applicable), high quality publications, impact as measured through citations, performances and exhibits (in disciplines where applicable), and national recognition as through honorific awards. In the area of teaching, the successful candidate will share a deep commitment to effective instruction at the undergraduate and graduate levels, development of innovative courses and mentoring of students in research, outreach and professional development. Successful candidates will also be expected to broaden participation among members of under-represented groups; demonstrate through their research, teaching, and/or public engagement the richness of diversity in the learning experience; integrate multicultural experiences into instructional methods and research tools; and provide leadership in developing pedagogical techniques designed to meet the needs of diverse learning styles and intellectual interests.

The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching courses in the department's MFA program in Arts Administration as well as distance-learning, certificate programs in the same field. The department is seeking a talented, collegial, insightful individual with experience both as a professional arts administrator and a teacher of that subject, who is dedicated to training and mentoring the next generation of arts administrators.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Assistant Professor in Residence responsibilities:
  • Teach 3:2 undergraduate or graduate courses in Arts Administration, both on-campus and online.
  • Advising/mentoring graduate students in Arts Administration, including students from diverse backgrounds
  • Attending faculty functions including Departmental and SFA meetings as required
  • Other assignments as determined by Department Head

Director of MFA Program responsibilities:
  • Recruiting students for both Online Graduate Certificate and MFA program
  • Determining and coordinating Graduate Assistantship assignments in consultation with the CRT Managing Director and other colleagues
  • Coordinating admissions process, managing budget for the program
  • Establishing a national presence in professional organizations and among peers in academic and professional arts administration
  • Interfacing with e-campus and other university department

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
  • MFA or Ph.D. degree in Arts Administration or related field
  • At least three years professional experience in arts administration field such as non-profit management, museum management, cultural studies, or visual and performing arts management.
  • Experience teaching at the University-level
  • Experience in financial management and budgeting
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task and work effectively in a flexible, dynamic environment
  • Strong leadership, communication, and organizational skills, and a solid record of teaching excellence.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS
  • Three years of experience in a high-ranking administrative position with a theatre operating under a contract with Actors Equity Association
  • Demonstrated excellence in data management and fact-based communications planning
  • Experience with community outreach and fundraising for a professional theatre
  • Demonstrated success in audience development/arts marketing
  • Teaching and advising experience at the graduate level
  • Experience teaching online/distance learning courses
  • Experience working successfully in a highly collaborative environment

APPOINTMENT TERM

This is a full time Ten month non-tenure track one year position with a start date of August 23, 2017. Salary and benefits will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The successful candidate's primary appointment will be at the Storrs campus, however faculty may be asked to teach at one of the University of Connecticut's regional campuses as part of their assigned duties.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Please submit all documents online through UConn Jobs on the UConn HR website: www.jobs.uconn.edu . Applications must include: One-page letter of application detailing experiences relevant to this position; curriculum vitae or resume; One-page statement of evidence of teaching effectiveness; commitment to diversity statement; research and scholarship statement (innovative concepts that will form the basis of academic career, experience in proposal development, mentorship of graduate students, etc.) Three letters of recommendation; Names and contact information for three (3) references. Review of applications will begin immediately and the position will remain open until filled.

The position will remain open until filled; however, preference will be given to applications received by August 4, 2017. Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. (Search # 2017678)

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at http://www.ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp .

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University's teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn's ranking as one of the nation's top research universities. UConn's faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

RELATED INFORMATION

The Department of Dramatic Arts and its theatre production arm, the Connecticut Repertory Theatre (CRT), combine to create an exciting center for excellence in the dramatic arts. Each year young theatre artists from across the United States choose to pursue education, training, and production experience through undergraduate and graduate study in the Department of Dramatic Arts and CRT. The goal of the department is twofold. First, it aims to provide the finest possible professional training through classroom and studio instruction. Second, it aims to supplement and enrich that classroom and studio training by providing maximal opportunities for students to obtain professional level production experience through active participation in plays produced by the Connecticut Repertory Theatre.

Connecticut Repertory Theatre (CRT) is the production organization of the Department of Dramatic Arts. Through CRT, the Department produces a subscription series of plays and musicals during the academic year, as well as a separate series of plays during the summer. In mounting and producing plays, CRT operates in a manner that is essentially identical to a typical regional repertory theatre and it does so with similar artistic aspirations. In fact, CRT seeks to maintain active, working associations with regional repertory theatres whereby co-sponsored productions may originate at CRT and tour to the co-producing professional theatres. The CRT's contract with the Actor's Equity Association permits our acting majors, both graduate and undergraduate, to participate in the Equity Candidacy Program through which many of them are eligible for union membership upon their graduation.

The UConn Arts Administration Online Graduate Certificate covers the fields of Dance Administration, Theatre Administration, Orchestra Administration, Visual Arts Administration, Performing Arts Administration, and Symphony Administration. The four courses in the program emphasize the critical areas of governance/leadership, budgeting/finance, fundraising, and marketing. The goal of the curriculum is to provide a deep conceptual context for the work of arts organizations coupled with practical classroom training in an active online learning environment.

The program incorporates case studies, group work, project-based assignments, and guest lecturers that bring real-world knowledge to the classroom. In addition, our faculty members have worked for years in different capacities as arts administrators and will share their personal stories that showcase how they resolved specific challenges, turning failures into successes.

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