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Open Rank - Professor of Theatre, Directing/Acting

University of South Carolina

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Open Rank - Professor of Theatre, Directing/Acting




College of Arts and Sciences


CAS Theatre and Dance

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We offer a competitive salary and benefits package

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Full Time

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Full-time Equivalent (FTE)

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9 months

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About University of South Carolina:

From the Upstate to the Lowcountry, the University of South Carolina system is transforming the lives of South Carolinians through the impact of our eight institutions and 20 locations throughout the state. More than 50,000 students are enrolled at one of eight institutions, including the research campus in Columbia and comprehensive four-year universities in Aiken, Upstate and Beaufort. In addition, our Palmetto College campuses in Salkehatchie, Union, Lancaster and Sumter enable students to earn associate or bachelor’s degrees through a combination of in-person, online or blended learning. All of our system institutions place strong emphasis on service — helping to build healthier, more educated communities in South Carolina and beyond.

Diversity Statement:

At the University of South Carolina, we strive to cultivate an inclusive environment that is open, welcoming, and supportive of individuals of all backgrounds. We recognize diversity in our workforce is essential to providing academic excellence and critical to our sustainability. The University is committed to eliminating barriers created by institutional discrimination through accountability and continuous process improvement. We celebrate the diverse voices, perspectives, and experiences of our employees.

Advertised Job Summary:

The Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of South Carolina is seeking applications for an Open Rank, full time (9-month), tenure-track position in Directing/Acting. The position will commence August 16, 2024.

Required Education and Experience:

MFA or PhD in Theatre required along with university-level teaching experience.

We seek an outstanding artist/scholar/teacher with primary expertise in directing and acting. Successful candidates will have expertise in theatre methodologies and approaches such as (but not limited to): Black and Afrocentric Acting Methods; Lecoq pedagogy; Devised Theatre; Stanislavski; Meisner; Michael Chekhov; Chicano, Latin American, Indigenous, and/or Asian performance practices or other practices/traditions outside the Western canon.

Successful candidates will demonstrate excellence in teaching, directing, and mentoring students, as well as significant creative accomplishment in the field. Experience working with diverse student populations at the undergraduate and/or graduate level is highly desirable, along with a demonstrated commitment to inclusive excellence and culturally responsive pedagogy. Candidates must be dedicated to building a diverse and equitable learning environment through their teaching, creative inquiry, and collaboration.

Responsibilities include serving as head of the MFA Directing Program; teaching courses in directing and acting for both undergraduate and graduate students; and teaching in other theatre performance areas as qualified. The normal teaching load is 3/3. Contribution to the Department’s production program as a director is expected. Additional duties include mentoring students, assisting in student recruitment, and supervising students as teaching assistants and in creative projects. Service on departmental and university committees is expected, as is contribution to program design and curricular development to prepare students for contemporary directing and performance practice.

The Department of Theatre and Dance is a dynamic, collaborative community that includes two of the University’s most vibrant and visible programs. Students pursue a strong liberal arts undergraduate education or highly specialized graduate degrees in Acting, Theatre Design and Technology, Theatre Education, and Directing. Students gain practical experience and develop artistic skills through annual public performance seasons, educational conservatories, workshops, film projects, and community-engaged performances.

The Theatre program is committed to high quality productions as an essential component of preparing students for work in the profession. Our students perform in a range of unique venues, from historic, arena-style Longstreet Theatre to our intimate black box, all located across the University’s downtown Columbia campus. Our venues include Longstreet Theatre (312 seat arena stage), Drayton Hall (404 seat proscenium theatre), Booker T. Washington Lab Theatre (90 seat flexible black box), and 707 Catawba Studio Theatre (60 seat flexible space).

The Department of Theatre and Dance is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST), National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD) and is a member of the University/ Resident Theatre Association (U/RTA). The department offers the MFA (directing, acting, and design emphasis in scenery, costume, or lighting), MA, MAT, and BA degree programs.

USC Columbia is one of only 56 public universities in the United States to earn both the top research classification (R1) and the top community engagement classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University places a priority on inclusion and active engagement with all the communities that we serve.

Founded in 1801 and located in the heart of the capital city, the Columbia campus is one of the oldest public universities in the country. Home to more than 35,000 students, USC Columbia offers 314 degree programs, including a dozen top-25 programs, according to U.S. News & World Report.

USC Columbia’s scholars, researchers, artists, and teachers are the heart of the University. Some 922 tenured faculty, 270 tenure-track faculty, and 621 professional-track faculty are employed full-time and represent a wide range of disciplines and experiences. Faculty at USC Columbia earn numerous accolades, placing the University within the top 5% of public universities in the nation for the number of national faculty awards. The University places a high priority on providing the resources and opportunities for promoting faculty scholarship, research, and creative achievement.

Preferred Qualifications:

Expertise in theatre methodologies and approaches such as (butnot limited to): Black and Afrocentric Acting Methods; Lecoq pedagogy; Devised Theatre;Stanislavski; Meisner; Michael Chekhov; Chicano, Latin American, Indigenous, and/or Asianperformance practices or other practices/traditions outside the Western canon.

Demonstrated excellence in teaching, directing, and mentoring students,as well as significant creative accomplishment in the field.

Experience working with diverse student populations at the undergraduate and/or graduate level.Demonstrated commitment to inclusive excellence and culturally responsive pedagogy.

Dedication to building a diverse and equitable learning environment throughtheir teaching, creative inquiry, and collaboration.

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Special Instructions to Applicant:

Review of applications begins January 15, 2024, and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should submit the following materials:
• Letter of Application (cover letter)
• Curriculum Vitae
• Statement of Teaching Philosophy (1 page max)
• Diversity Statement that addresses how the candidate works to achieve inclusive excellence (1 page max)
• Contact information for three references (letters of recommendation will be solicited after initial review) Application materials should be submitted online to:

Inquiries about the search and/or the position may be directed to the chair of the search committee, Dustin Whitehead

This position is open until filled. This employment site is updated on a regular basis. The length of the recruitment and screening process may vary from position to position, depending upon a variety of factors. Should review of your qualifications result in a decision to pursue your candidacy, you will be contacted by phone or email.

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EEO Statement:

The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities or decisions for qualified persons on the basis of age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, disability, ethnicity, familial status, gender (including transgender), gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDs status, military status, national origin, pregnancy (false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy, childbirth, recovery therefrom or related medical conditions, breastfeeding), race, religion (including religious dress and grooming practices), sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other bases under federal, state, local law, or regulations.


Working at University of South Carolina

With more than 200 years of history and tradition, the University of South Carolina is redefining itself for decades to come. There's never been a better time to be at South Carolina, the state's flagship university and one of only 62 public universities to receive the Carnegie Foundation's highest designation for research.

The University is located in the heart of South Carolina in the capital city of Columbia, which is the nexus of government, a thriving arts and culture center, a venue for big-time Southeastern Conference intercollegiate athletics, and a community that is reinventing itself with redevelopment projects citywide. Much of the development is tied to land along the scenic, slow-moving Congaree River. Working with government, business, and community leaders, Carolina has developed a unified plan that will allow the University to expand from its origins on the historic Horseshoe to its future-Innovista, a research and innovation district that will stretch to the banks of the Congaree.

Innovista represents a new vision for research by creating a vibrant, urban community where students and researchers, including those from private firms, will live, work, learn, and play. Innovista will represent the University's four core research areas-hydrogen fuel cells, nanoscience and technology, biomedical and public health, and the environment-but will include other initiatives and business partners that serve the knowledge economy. Innovista's first private tenant, for example, is a leader in software applications for the insurance industry and will create several hundred high-paying jobs.

By attracting similar companies and jobs-and by capitalizing on an attractive location for restaurants and residential and retail space-Innovista will help drive the economy and increase per-capita income in the city and state. Recreational space will include a world-class waterfront park along the Congaree River and a new stadium for the Gamecocks' nationally ranked baseball program. Greenway paths for biking, walking, and running already line much of the river area. Innovista's 8 million square feet will blend seamlessly with the Vista, the city's nearby entertainment district of restaurants, bars, shops, and art galleries.

Chartered in 1801, Carolina began classes in 1805 with nine students and a single building, Rutledge College. As the campus grew and buildings were added during the next 50 years, a horseshoe layout was adopted. Today, the Horseshoe is on the National Register of Historic Places, with 10 of its 11 buildings dating to the 19th century. Those renovated buildings house, among other areas, the South Carolina Honors College and Undergraduate Admissions, representing much of the University's current and future lifeblood.

In fact, incoming freshman classes have never been larger or more competitive. The freshmen from fall 2006 set records for their size (more than 3,700) and SAT scores (1171 average). Freshmen enrolling in the Honors College had average SAT scores of 1398. Members of the University's prestigious scholarship programs, Carolina Scholars for in-state students and McNair Scholars for out-of-state students, had average scores of 1449 and 1477, respectively. Total enrollment at Carolina for undergraduates and graduates is more than 27,300, with some 350 degree programs to choose from. Since 1994, Carolina students have earned more than $9.9 million in prestigious national scholarships such as the Goldwater, Truman, Rhodes, and NSF scholarships and the Fulbright Fellowships.

South Carolina's student body is diverse. In fact, Carolina was recently recognized as the state flagship university with the highest percentage of African-American student enrollment in the nation. Research by the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education shows African-American students made up 14.7 percent of enrollment in 2004, the latest year available. The JBHE also ranks Carolina eighth in the nation in percentage of African-American faculty at a state flagship university with 4.3 percent.

The University's faculty garnered a record $173.3 million in federal, state, and private funding for research, outreach, and training programs in 2005-06, and several key hiring plans will introduce more talent and expertise to the faculty ranks. An aggressive campus building master plan and the faculty recruiting initiatives will change the collective face of the University and the faces of many of its key teachers and researchers.

South Carolina is recruiting world-class faculty to be endowed chairs-and change agents-for a series of "research centers of economic excellence" in areas such as nanoelectronics, polymer nanocomposites, brain imaging, regenerative medicine, cancer therapeutics, drug discovery, vision research, hydrogen fuel cells, and travel and tourism technology. These centers, some in collaboration with other state research universities and health and hospital systems, are funded with $30 million annually in state lottery money, as well as private matching money. Carolina is in the midst of a faculty recruitment plan to hire 600 new members. The Faculty Excellence Initiative is recruiting 150 faculty, many in interdisciplinary clusters of emphasis, while the Centenary Plan will recruit 100 elite research faculty to lead the University's core initiatives. Additionally, 350 faculty will be hired across disciplines to replace retirees over the next few years.

The University has forged a number of international collaborations in research, and the University's global connections are also strong in academics, particularly in international business. U.S. News & World Report has consistently ranked the Moore School of Business best in the nation for its undergraduate and graduate programs in international business; the undergraduate program is No. 1 for the 10th consecutive time, while the graduate program is No. 1 among public universities for the 18th consecutive year and No. 2 overall, continuing a streak of 18 years with a top-two overall ranking.

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