Assistant Professor in Movement for Actors

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Emerson College

Assistant Professor in Movement for Actors

The Department of Performing Arts invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Movement for Actors. The Department seeks candidates who can contribute to the excellence and diversity of the academic community through ongoing engagement with students both inside and outside of the classroom in addition to traditional creative work, teaching, and service. The appointment begins September 1, 2019 with a mandatory 2-day orientation August 22 & 23, 2019.

Primary Duties, Responsibilities, and Tasks:

Emerson College is committed to an active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity—in people, in the curriculum, in the co-curriculum, and in the College’s intellectual, social, cultural, and geographical communities. Emerson endorses a framework of inclusive excellence, which recognizes that institutional excellence comes from fully engaging with diversity in all aspects of institutional activities. Emerson is committed to strengthening communities, including our workplace, by fostering the development of the intercultural competencies necessary for meaningful citizenship in an increasingly complex, pluralistic society.

The Department of Performing Arts is home to one of the nation’s leading programs in theatrical performance, design, stage management, and theatre education. With a team of 90 full- and part-time faculty and theatre staff members, the department enrolls 530 students innine distinctundergraduate programs and one graduate program. The department offers BFA degrees inTheatre, Theatre Education,Theatre Design Technology, Stage & Screen Design Technology, Stage & Production Management, Musical Theatre, Acting, Theatre & Performance, and Theatre Education & Performance; general education courses in theatre studies; and an MA degree in Theatre Education. Emerson Stage, the production organization within the department, produces eight to ten fully staged major productions annually in five theatres, with additional production opportunities available to our students through curricular projects, student theatre organizations and ArtsEmerson, the College’s professional presenting company. Emerson College is the nation’s only four-year institution dedicated exclusively to majors in communication and the arts in a liberal arts context. It is located in the dynamic multi-cultural city of Boston in close proximity to major arts institutions, performing art venues, and research centers. The college enrolls 4,446 undergraduate and graduate students from 52 countries and all 50 states.

The ideal candidate will have an MFA degree with a specialization in movement, or extensive professional credits, and experience teaching movement for actors on the college level or in a conservatory setting. Teaching methodologies and a philosophy that fosters collaboration, imagination, self-awareness, and provides the bridge between the internal life of the actor and physical expression is essential. An ability to draw from a range of movement approaches (Contact Improvisation, Laban, Butoh, etc.) with a specialization in Action Theater™ or similar body-based approach to performance skills is desirable. Candidates whose strengths and orientation may also reflect other global traditions (e.g., capoeira, Suzuki, Kathakali, physical/total theatre) are encouraged to apply.

We encourage applications from candidates use theatre to expose power relationships and oppressive practices that are normalized in dominant culture. Candidates must have demonstrated ability to work effectively with faculty, students, and staff from diverse backgrounds. A strong commitment to undergraduate education beyond the classroom is essential.

Primary teaching duties include first-year and upper-level movement courses in the BFA Theater & Performance and BFA Acting programs. Additional responsibilities include academic advising, student mentorship, assisting in the admission audition process, advising on Emerson Stage productions, and serving on department and college committees.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applicants must submit a cover letter, curriculum vita, a Statement of Teaching Philosophy, support material/links to professional work, and contact information for three references.

Priority will be given to applications received by November 1, 2018 but the position will remain open until filled.

Annual Clery Report:

In accordance with the federal Clery and Campus SaVE Acts, Emerson College commits to providing all current and prospective students and employees with access to the annual campus security reports for each of our campuses. This report may be accessed from the Emerson College Police Department website.

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Open Date: 08/22/2019

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Posted: 9/25/2018
Application Due: 5/2/2019
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