Lecturer or Assistant Professor - Communication Arts (Theatre/Dance Lighting and Sound Designer)

Job Title: Lecturer or Assistant Professor - Communication Arts (Theatre/Dance Lighting and Sound Designer)
Location: Valdosta State University
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 252978
About Us

As a comprehensive institution of the University System of Georgia, Valdosta State University (VSU) is a welcoming, aware, and vibrant community founded on and dedicated to serving our communities’ rich and diverse heritages. VSU is proud to have a highly diverse student body and we are seeking to recruit and retain outstanding candidates who exhibit a clear commitment to diversity and inclusion and who will enhance the diversity of our faculty and staff. Through excellence in teaching, basic and applied research, and service, VSU provides rigorous programs and opportunities that enrich our students, our university, and our region. As such, the VSU mission consists of three interrelated parts that includes a student mission, university mission and regional mission. The university is equally dedicated to the core values of community, including a commitment to practice civility, integrity and citizenship. As members of this community and proud Blazers we strive to uphold these core values for the advancement of the University.

Job Summary The Department of Communication Arts seeks applicants for a Lecturer (non-tenure track) or Assistant Professor (tenure-track) faculty position beginning August 1, 2023. The selected candidate will serve as the Lighting and Sound Designer for the Theatre and Dance areas and will be responsible for teaching courses in the candidate’s area of expertise. Rank is dependent upon credentials.

The VSU College of the Arts includes the Department of Art & Design, the Department of Music, and the Department of Communication Arts (Communication, Mass Media, Theatre & Dance, and MAIC). The College of the Arts is also home to the award-winning Valdosta Symphony Orchestra and the Peach State Summer Theatre, designated as the Official Musical Theatre of the State of Georgia. VSU is accredited by NASAD, NASM, and NAST. With nearly 90 faculty members and approximately 800 students, the College offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs. For more information, https://www.valdosta.edu/coa.

Review of completed applications will begin February 13, 2023, and continues until position is filled. For more information contact Dr. Nicole Cox, Interim Dept. Head, via email [email protected] or phone 229-333-5820.

Responsibilities This position will be responsible for teaching a full course load—4/4 or 5/5 (dependent on rank) in fall and spring—in Theatre. This position is primarily responsible for teaching courses that are central to the production track such as Stage Management, Lighting Design, Intro to Design, AutoCAD, Stage Management Practicum, Theatre Production Practicum, and Theatre Design Practicum. Other teaching assignments based on qualifications may also be part of the teaching load. Courses may be delivered in traditional, online, hybrid, and in off-campus formats. Faculty members are expected to make substantive contributions to the Department including department, university, and community service.

This position will also oversee students working in lighting and sound technology and will oversee stage management for a five-production season. This individual is responsible for training students on the safe use of the theater equipment, systems, and facilities; maintain equipment as needed; and supervise student work in the production shop; among other things.

Typical Allocations of Duties:

Teaching and scholarship - 80%
Teaches classes and conducts/presents research in the employee's academic discipline.

Service - 20%
Participates in service at the department, college, and university levels.

Required Qualifications
  • For the Lecturer rank, Master’s degree in Technical Theatre or Theatre Production;
  • For the Assistant Professor (TT) rank, terminal degree in Technical Theatre or Theatre Production or closely related field;
  • Technical Theatre experience;Working knowledge of lighting technology, sound systems, and troubleshooting and maintenance of equipment;
  • Understanding of industry-standard safety practices and protocols;Ability to work effectively in a collaborative setting;
  • Ability to work nights and weekends;
  • Ability to lift a minimum of 50 pounds, climb ladders, and use mechanical lifts;
  • Demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching and learning as well as scholarship;
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Preferred Qualifications

• A record of effective teaching appropriate to the applicant’s career stage;
• A record of mentoring students of diverse backgrounds;
• Professional/industry technical theatre experience.

Proposed Salary

Commensurate with experience.

Conditions of Employment

Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check. Position May Require Credit Check (if using P-Card, working with Cash, etc.).

Position Requires completion of VSU's Annual Compliance Training course (such as State Business Transactions, Drug Free Workplace, Anti-Harassment Policy, Introduction to Information Security, Workers Compensation, Motor Vehicle Policy, USG Ethics Policy, Conflict of Interest/ Outside Activities Policy, Leave Procedures for Faculty and Staff, Georgia Open Records Act, Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and Contracts 101. Supervisory positions require training in FMLA and Worker's Compensation.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Valdosta State University is an Equal Opportunity educational institution and has a strong institutional commitment to diversity and inclusion. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including, but not limited to minorities and individuals with disabilities. Valdosta State University has a non-discrimination policy that includes sex, race, color, sexual orientation, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, and veteran status.

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