Assistant Professor of Acting (Voice & Speech), College of Fine Arts

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Boston University
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BOSTON, Massachusetts, United States

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Assistant Professor of Acting (Voice & Speech), College of Fine Arts

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Boston University's College of Fine Arts invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor of Acting -- Voice & Speech, with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2022.

CFA's School of Theatre is a prominent beacon for the arts in New England. With accomplished, award-winning alumni (including actors Jason Alexander, Geena Davis, Julianne Moore, Alfre Woodard, and Ginnifer Goodwin); five dedicated theatres, including the stunning state-of-the-art Booth Theatre; 40 faculty who are actively engaged in the profession of theatre-making, CFA's School of Theatre is widely recognized as one of the premier theatre programs in the nation.

This faculty member will teach primarily in the School's BFA Acting and Theatre Arts programs, advise and mentor students and projects, assist in providing voice/speech/text support for School of Theatre productions and classes, maintain a vibrant professional creative or scholarly research agenda, and provide ongoing service to the University and profession.

Applicants should have significant experience and/or certifications in an approach to voice training (e.g., Linklater, Roy Hart, Fitzmaurice, Rodenburg), as well as in speech-training methods; candidates with experience in descriptive (non-prescriptive) and/or embodied, exploratory approaches to speech and phonetics (e.g., Knight-Thompson or Colaianni speech work), are preferred. The ability to engage with identity-conscious, culturally sensitive, and inclusive accent­dialect teaching strategies is a must, as is an understanding of the changing linguistic needs of the 21st-century actor in an evolving professional and global landscape. Teaching proficiency as a text coach, with range and versatility in engaging with diverse worldviews and textual forms in a variety of styles is important. As a contributing part of the community, this faculty member should be committed to the artistic process as fundamentally collaborative in nature, engaging in flexible and creative partnerships with students and colleagues, sharing in the School of Theatre's strong commitment to supporting new work and the exploration of new ways of working.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Terminal degree -- MFA, DFA, or PhD -- or an equivalent record of professional accomplishments in the field
  • A record of professional accomplishments that merit a professorial rank appointment at Boston University
  • Evidence of supporting, teaching, and/or mentoring emerging artists in the classroom and the field
  • Evidence of successfully promoting an environment that advances diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Experience and/or certification in Voice approaches and training (e.g. Linklater, Roy Hart, Fitzmaurice, Rodenburg), as well as in speech-training methods
  • The ability to engage with identity-conscious, culturally sensitive, and inclusive accent­dialect teaching strategies is a must, as is an understanding of the changing linguistic needs of the 21st-century actor in an evolving professional and global landscape.
  • A commitment to shared governance
  • Dedicated collaborator

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience teaching graduate or undergraduate students
  • Experience in curriculum development
  • Experience in descriptive (non-prescriptive) and/or embodied, exploratory approaches to speech and phonetics (e.g., Knight-Thompson or Colaianni speech work)
  • A passion for innovative and cross-disciplinary programs
  • A commitment to new work

DO NOT APPLY THROUGH THE BOSTON UNIVERSITY HR WEBSITE.

Review of applications will begin December 1, 2021. The position will remain open until filled.

Please submit directly to SOT Business Manager Beth Barefoot at [email protected] (Subject: Assistant Professor -- V&S):

  • A one to two-page letter of application that speaks to the required and preferred qualifications of the position
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A link to personal website with work samples that speak to professional success (i.e., artistic, teaching/mentoring, and diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives). Feel free to provide a two-to-three sentence-description to provide context.
  • A statement of teaching philosophy which includes a description of how, as a scholar, teacher, or community member, you would engage and sustain the commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion articulated in Boston University's diversity statement https://www.bu.edu/diversity/about/diversity-statement/;
  • Three letters of recommendations
  • Additional materials such as full letters of support may be requested at a later date.

Boston University is an AAU institution with a rich tradition dedicated to inclusion and social justice. We are proud that we were the first American university to award a Ph.D. to a woman and of our record of inclusiveness. The College of Fine Arts includes diversity as one of its core strategic goals. We are dedicated to increasing the participation of all talented students and are committed to the pursuit of excellence in the arts by underrepresented groups at BU and beyond.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

Job Location BOSTON, Massachusetts, United StatesPosition TypeFull-Time/Regular

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