Assistant Professor Department of Theatre Designer/Generalist

Job description

Category:: Academic / Faculty
Department:: Theatre
Locations:: Pella, IA
Posted:: Aug 28, 2019
Closes:: Jan 31, 2020 - 11:59 PM EST
Type:: Faculty

About Central College:

Central College of Pella, Iowa, is a private, four-year liberal arts college. Central is known for its academic rigor, leadership and character formation, global experiential learning, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and sustainability education, athletics and service. The Central experience is rooted in exploration and self-discovery and enhanced by life in a residential community of 1,100 students. Founded in 1853, Central values its long-standing relationship with the Reformed Church in America. The college participates in NCAA Division III athletics and is a member of the American Rivers Conference. Central is an active part of the Greater Des Moines region and just minutes from Lake Red Rock, Iowa's largest lake.

Job Description:

Central College seeks to hire a tenure-line assistant professor to join three dynamic colleagues committed to the education of undergraduate students and passionate about theatre. This position will start in August 2020.

QUALIFICATIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Successful candidates will have an MFA and portfolio of design productivity. Responsibilities include teaching introduction to theatre design, lighting courses and other areas of scenic specialization. Course load includes designs for the main stage season of classical and modern plays. Expectations include supervision of student designers and technicians and collaboration with faculty and guest artists. Candidates should be committed to undergraduate teaching in a liberal arts environment that encourages interdisciplinary working relationships across the campus. College level teaching experience preferred.

DEPARTMENT OF THEATRE : Theatre taught in a liberal arts context offers the student a way of exploring humanity, cultures, literature, design, the communication process, and many interdisciplinary arts. Utilizing classical, contemporary and newly created works, the Central College Theatre Department intentionally offers balance between the traditional artistic elements of theatre and an intellectual understanding of the diverse theoretical, historical, and cultural aspects of this art. Theatre faculty intentionally mentor students through a process of quality theory, practice, and experiential opportunities with departmental productions designed to engage, inspire and challenge our community of learners to create, evolve and transform their global perspective. Theatre students prepare for careers in theatre, for further studies in theatre at the graduate level, or for the pursuit of careers in diverse fields outside of professional theatre. Faculty members in the Theatre Department also have the privilege of working with undergraduate students who represent majors from across the campus community.

The Theatre Department is housed in the Kruidenier Center and includes a 160 seat main stage black box (with fly system), a black box studio theatre, scenic and costume shops, classroom with computer lab and additional dedicated theatre space


Successful candidates will have an MFA and portfolio of design productivity. Responsibilities include teaching introduction to theatre design, lighting courses and other areas of scenic specialization.

Additional Information:

Central College is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to creating a diverse community. Individuals from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. Central College is a drug/tobacco free workplace. Academic positions at Central College use E-verify.

Application Instructions:

To apply for this position please click "apply now". Review of applications will begin 20 September 2019. Candidates recommended for employment are subject to a background check. Please submit the following materials online:

  1. a letter of application relating your qualifications to the position and the College
  2. an updated curriculum vita
  3. copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts
  4. a statement of teaching philosophy
    Three confidential letters of reference addressing the candidate's qualifications sent electronically to [email protected] or mailed to: Vice President for Academic Affairs & Dean of the Faculty, Central College, 812 University, Pella, Iowa 50219.




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Posted: 8/30/2019
Application Due: 11/28/2019
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