Lecturer/Instructor in Theater (Scene Design)

Working Title:

Lecturer/Instructor in Theater (Scene Design)

Appointment Type:

Full Time

Purpose of Position:

The Department of Theater and Dance at Christopher Newport University invites applications for the position of Lecturer in Theater specializing in Scene Design, effective August, 2022. This position is a full-time, non-tenure-track appointment with a nominal teaching load of 4-4, and is eligible for appropriate releases for design assignments. The successful candidate will be expected to teach studio classes in scene design and drawing & drafting, intro to theater, and other areas of specialization for both majors and non-majors. Special consideration will be given to those with the ability to teach in an additional area. Production responsibilities include serving as Scenic Designer for four shows in our mainstage season. All CNU Theater Faculty participate in departmental advising and recruiting, and actively assist in the theater program’s continued development. The successful candidate will be committed to undergraduate teaching within a liberal arts environment, and teaching in the Liberal Learning Core Curriculum is expected of all CNU faculty.

The terminal degree in Theater, Scenic Design, or a closely related field, is required for appointment at the rank of Lecturer. Individuals who will not hold an MFA or Ph.D. by the time of appointment, but possess a master’s degree in a related field and/or who have extensive design experience may be considered for appointment at the rank of Instructor. Preference will be given to candidates with experience as a professional scene designer; who hold professional affiliations (USA or other); and who will be an energetic and collegial collaborator. Phi Beta Kappa membership is highly desirable.

Departmental Information:

The Department of Theater & Dance at CNU is an energetic, production-driven program with 11 full-time faculty and 100 majors. Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theater (NAST), the University offers a BA in theater with a choice of six concentrations and a popular dance minor. In addition to an ambitious production schedule, the program also offers an annual dance concert and various student directed performances. The Department is housed in the world-class Ferguson Center for the Arts boasting state-of-the-art studios and classrooms, fully equipped design labs and construction shops, and three distinct performance venues. The Theater and Dance faculty is comprised of highly credentialed theater professionals who maintain an atmosphere of collegiality and supportive collaboration. Candidates wishing to know more about the program and its exceptionally high production values are invited to visit http://www.cnu.edu/theatercnu.edu

Faculty Information:

Selected by The Princeton Review to be included in The 387 Best Colleges: 2022 Edition, Christopher Newport University is a public school offering a private school experience – great teaching, small classes, and a safe, vibrant campus. The University is located in Newport News, Virginia, enrolls approximately 5,000 students, and is dedicated to the ideals of scholarship, leadership, and service. Our Fall 2021 incoming class presented average high school GPA and SAT scores of 3.8 and 1213, respectively. Academic programs at Christopher Newport University encompass more than 90 areas of study, from biology to business administration and political science to the performing arts. The University is ranked by U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges guide as 3rd among public regional universities in the South and 6th overall, and has recently completed more than $1 billion in capital construction on its 260-acre campus.

Christopher Newport is committed to ensuring that all people are welcomed, honored and fully engaged in the life of our academic community. We recruit exceptional and diverse faculty and encourage applications from individuals who are underrepresented in their profession. Our faculty enjoy an atmosphere of collegiality and mutual respect that rewards outstanding teaching and fosters active intellectual and creative engagement. Faculty are productive scholars and researchers, supported by professional development funds. Faculty and administrators regularly consult and collaborate as the University works to sustain a culture of scholarly inquiry, informed debate, and civic action that enriches students, faculty, and the surrounding community. The result is a supportive and cohesive academic setting in which the University cultivates and carries forward its mission. The University is among the highest ranked in the nation for its quality of life and innovative spirit. Competitive salary with excellent health and retirement benefits and a well-designed family leave policy further enhance the CNU workplace. CNU also offers promotion opportunities for non-tenure-track appointments. For further information on CNU, please visit our website at http://www.cnu.edu.

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Application Instructions :

To apply, please visit https://jobs.cnu.edu/postings/ to upload a letter of interest, current curriculum vitae, graduate transcripts (photocopies acceptable for initial screening), statement of teaching philosophy, a one-page statement articulating how your teaching, scholarship and service would contribute toward fostering an inclusive learning environment on campus, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and a list of three references. Three letters of recommendation will be required if selected for an on-campus interview but are not required at time of application. (Letters should be emailed to [email protected] if submitted after the application deadline).

Review of applications will begin on May 8, 2022. Applications received after May 8, 2022, will be accepted but considered only if needed.

Search finalists are required to complete a CNU sponsored background check.

Christopher Newport University (CNU) will make a reasonable effort to accommodate persons with disabilities in the application and/or interview process. Persons with disabilities who require accommodation should contact the CNU Human Resources Office by calling (757) 594-7145.

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