Instructor in Theatre

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Instructor in Theatre – Search #67830
Department of Communication Arts
College of Arts and Humanities

The Department of Communication Arts in the College of Arts and Humanities invites applications and nominations for the position of Instructor in Theatre. The home campus is Armstrong; however, travel between two campuses and some evening and weekend commitments are required; the salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Georgia Southern University is a distinctive combination of Southern charm and uncompromising academics. We are a Carnegie Doctoral/R2 institution serving about 26,500 students through nine colleges on three beautiful oak-lined campuses in Statesboro, Savannah, Hinesville, and via a growing online program. Throughout its degree offerings at the associates, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral levels, Georgia Southern cultivates community collaboration, world-class scholarship, and hands-on learning opportunities.

Georgia Southern University was founded in 1906 as a school for teaching modern agricultural production techniques and homemaking skills to rural school children. Its Savannah campus was established in 1935 as Armstrong Junior College for local youth who could not afford to attend college away from home. The Liberty Center in Hinesville was established in 1998 to serve the military and their families at nearby Fort Stewart, the largest military base east of the Mississippi. All three locations came together in 2018 when Armstrong State University and Georgia Southern University consolidated. The "new" Georgia Southern University preserves a passion for serving its neighbors while preparing students for lifelong service as scholars, leaders, and responsible stewards of their communities.

Believing that diversity, equity, and inclusion contribute to excellence in the workplace and to the quality of the University's academic environment, Georgia Southern University is committed to recruiting and retaining diverse faculty and staff to support, promote, and serve a diverse student body and promote Inclusive Excellence. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups, whose work furthers the institution's Inclusive Excellence goals and who bring to campus varied life experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply.

Within this setting, the Department of Communication Arts provides a forum in which students, as part of the largest department in the College of Arts and Humanities, can develop life skills such as self-confidence in oral and written presentations, excellent communication skills, critical analysis, and problem solving. Students in Communication Arts represent a broad spectrum of majors, interests, and career possibilities in Communication Studies, Multimedia Film and Production, Multimedia Journalism, Public Relations, and Theatre, offered at the undergraduate level. They work with each other and with faculty on research projects, state-of-the-art theatre productions, events, online news media, and films. Georgia Southern's Theatre program produces on both the Statesboro and Armstrong campuses; students have the opportunity to perform, design, and direct in Statesboro's Black Box Theatre and Performing Arts Center, and Savannah's Jenkins Mainstage Theatre and Jenkins Black Box Theatre. Georgia Southern University's Theatre program is an institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST).

Position Description: Reporting to the Chair of the Department of Communication Arts, the Instructor in Theatre position requires costume design and costume shop management as well as teaching responsibilities and a terminal degree. The Instructor will supervise the Costume Shop and serve as coordinator of the Costume Design work in the Theatre Production program. The Instructor will also teach courses such as Costume Design, Stage Makeup, and Theatre Appreciation. Other duties include participation in departmental, college, and university governance. The successful candidate will have a strong commitment to the collaborative process and a dedication to excellence in theatre education within an undergraduate liberal arts setting, and will support program efforts in assessment, maintaining NAST accreditation, and providing high-quality experiences for students in premiere, peer-reviewed educational theatre for the university and region. The position is a 9-month, non-tenure track appointment.

Required qualifications:
• MFA and/or PhD in Costume Design, Costume Technology, or closely related discipline, by August 1, 2021,
• Demonstrated excellence in costume design and technology, including draping, pattern-making, and a wide range of period and contemporary construction techniques,
• Ability and experience in costume shop supervision, including budgeting,
• Ability to teach Costume Design and Stage Makeup,
• Ability to teach Theatre Appreciation, the core curriculum course,
• Excellent organizational, time-management, and communication skills,
• Willingness to engage with institutional student success initiatives,
• Commitment to engaging with best practice initiatives in instruction and pedagogy, mentoring, and curriculum design and development,
• Must be authorized to work in the United States for the duration of employment without assistance from the institution.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Ability to teach Oral Interpretation, Script Analysis, and/or African American Theatre,
• Skills in costume crafts, hair and makeup, mask-making, or other costume specialties,
• Minimum one year of teaching experience.

Screening of applications will begin January 18, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. The preferred position starting date is August 1, 2020. To equitably serve a fast growing and highly diverse student body and to fulfill the University's commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion, we actively seek candidates with a demonstrated commitment to Pillar 3 of our University Strategic Plan: Inclusive Excellence.

A complete application consists of a letter addressing the qualifications cited above, a curriculum vitae, three recent letters of recommendation, and five professional references. In addition, applicants are required to submit an Inclusive Excellence statement (2 pages). In the Inclusive Excellence statement, applicants should reflect on their experience, vision, and commitment regarding teaching and mentorship of students from diverse backgrounds and discuss past, present, and future contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the areas of research/creative scholarship, teaching, service, and outreach. Other documentation may be requested. Only complete applications submitted electronically will be considered. Finalists will be required to submit to a background investigation. Applications and nominations should be sent to:

Dr. Sarah McCarroll, Search Chair, Search #67830
		Georgia Southern University
		Email: [email protected]
		Telephone: 912-478-5615

More information is available through or The names of applicants and nominees, vitae, and other non-evaluative information may be subject to public inspection under the Georgia Open Records Act. Georgia Southern University provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, or disability. Individuals who need reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act to participate in the search process should notify Human Resources at 912-478-6947.

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Posted: 11/18/2020
Application Due: 11/18/2032
Work Type: Full Time