Binghamton University seeks a full time, tenure-track Assistant Professor of Acting & Directing. The successful candidate will have expertise in Black, Indigenous, Latinx, AAPI (Asian American/Pacific Islander) or MENA (Middle Eastern North African) theatre, significant experience teaching college-level acting, and a professional background in acting and/or directing. Experience in teaching directing at the college level is desired. The preferred candidate's pedagogical approach will be informed by professional practice and influenced by traditional and emerging trends in actor training. We seek an artist-teacher whose pedagogy, creative activity, and/or professional experience is rooted in diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion as fundamental cornerstones of a public education and has experience working with diverse student populations.
Position responsibilities include teaching all levels of acting classes and directing one mainstage production each year. Other classes may be taught depending upon the candidate's field of specialization. Additional performance specializations (physical theater, clown, stage combat, voice, intimacy direction, etc.) are welcome. In addition to teaching, the position carries an expectation for research and/or creative activity in acting, directing, and/or performance pedagogy, leading to tenure. The position will contribute to the program by undertaking administrative commitments, serving on department and university committees, participating in student mentorship and advising, and modeling excellent collaborative skills.
The university has prioritized increasing opportunities for historically underrepresented faculty members among its ranks and recognizes the importance of faculty diversity in advancing the goals of this program.
This position is part of an Arts Practice, Performance and Research in the 21st Century Cluster Hire initiative. This program aims to establish a network of artists and scholars who see their mission as foundational to an intellectually rigorous liberal arts education and who take an expansive approach to their creative activities, research programs, and pedagogy. The program seeks artists and scholars who represent the front edge of thinking and engagement in their own disciplines, while also connecting to other knowledge domains and areas of praxis within the arts and other fields. https://www.binghamton.edu/harpur/research/cluster-hire.html#acc-10-2
- Terminal degree in relevant field (MFA or equivalent)
- Expertise in acting pedagogy at the university level
- Significant professional/educational theatre experience
- Expertise in Black, Indigenous, Latinx, AAPI or MENA theatre
- Directing experience
- Additional performance specializations and/or certifications
- Directing experience at the university and/or professional level
- Experience in teaching directing
Applicants should submit a letter of application, a Curriculum Vitae/resume, a statement of teaching philosophy, and if available, link(s) to website or directing samples. Binghamton University is committed to cultivating a diverse learning community, so we also ask for statement in which applicants should address how their classroom and scholarly practices will serve to create and sustain an equitable and inclusive learning environment. Please also include the names and contact information for three references who are able to speak to the candidate's teaching technique and/or directing abilities/artistry. This information may be used to solicit reference letters. Review of applicants will begin on December 15, 2021. The position will remain open until filled.