Assistant Professor in Scene/Light Design & Technical Director (Fall 2019), School of Arts and Letters

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Job Description

Assistant Professor:  Scene/Light Design & TD

 

Truman State University’s Department of Theatre seeks a candidate with expertise in lighting and scenic design, technical direction, and facility with sound and projection design and technology.  The successful candidate will be committed to teaching excellence and to maintaining an active undergraduate program.  This tenure-track position will commence August 12, 2019.

RESPONSIBILITIES 

  1. Teach Stagecraft, Stage Lighting, Scene Design, and either Freshman Theatre Seminar or Senior Theatre Seminar
  2. Serve as technical director and scene shop supervisor for mainstage productions
  3. Design & construct scenery and lighting for mainstage productions (or supervise student designers)
  4. Design sound for mainstage productions (or supervise student sound designers)
  5. Supervise student interns, scholarship workers, lab show technicians, and volunteers in the scene shop
  6. Serving as academic advisor for students
  7. Other duties as assigned (committee service, rotate in as department chair, advise Alpha Psi Omega, coordinate participation in KCACTF, teach Intro to Theatre, maintain website, direct, etc.)

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • MFA in Scene and/or Light Design by August 12, 2019
  • Demonstrated excellence in design and construction

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Evidence of:

  • Teaching effectiveness or potential for teaching effectiveness
  • Commitment to scholarship and/or creative work beyond the academy
  • Significant professional design, construction, and/or technical direction experience
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Planning and organizational skills
  • Commitment to collegiality and collaboration
  • Commitment to the department’s continuous improvement
  • Commitment to learn, develop, and teach emerging theatre technologies

SALARY: Salary is commensurate with experience and education.  The benefits package includes life, health and disability insurance, retirement contributions, and reimbursed assistance for moving expenses. 

THE THEATRE DEPARTMENT:  The program offers the degree Bachelor of Arts in Theatre.  With four full-time instructors (and one part-time), the department currently enrolls approximately 60 majors.  As part of the School of Arts and Letters, along with visual arts and music, the department provides liberal arts experiences for non-theatre majors as well. 

THE UNIVERSITY:  Truman State University is home to a vibrant educational community. The approximately 6,000 students who make up its student body are well prepared for the academic rigors of a highly selective university. More than 20 percent engage in significant undergraduate research and creative projects. Most gain leadership experience and nearly half go on to graduate or professional school within a year of earning a degree. 

Founded in 1867, Truman is known for its focus on student learning and outcomes and places an emphasis on high-impact experiences such as internships, research, and study abroad opportunities. Truman has the highest overall graduation rate among the state’s public colleges and universities. For more than two decades, Truman has been recognized as the No. 1 public university in the Midwest regional category by U.S. News & World ReportWashington Monthly has included Truman in the top five of its master’s university rankings in each of the past five years. For more information regarding additional rankings and acknowledgements, visit truman.edu/about.

THE COMMUNITY:  Located in Northeast Missouri, Kirksville is a cultural and economic hub in the region. In addition to Truman, Kirksville is the birthplace of osteopathic medicine and has a medical school, dental school, and community college.  The Kirksville School District is consistently recognized for academic excellence, and the community takes pride in several annual events including the Red Barn Arts and Crafts Festival, the FLATS Trail Half-Marathon, and the Red, White, and Blue Festival. Just a few minutes outside of town is beautiful Thousand Hills State Park with hiking and biking opportunities surrounding the 700-acre Forest Lake.  Kirksville offers easy access by car to Kansas City, St. Louis, Chicago and Des Moines. Daily flights from Kirksville Regional Airport to St. Louis provide quick access to one of the Midwest’s major metropolitan areas. More information about Kirksville can be found at kirksvillechamber.com.

APPLICATION:

The application process is coordinated through the School of Arts and Letters. Electronic submission of applications is required and must be completed at http://employment.truman.edu. Completed applications must include:

  • Cover letter that addresses: 1) the required and preferred qualifications, 2) creative/scholarly activity interests, 3) any other applicant characteristics that merit emphasis, 4) your understanding of the role of theatre in a liberal arts environment, and 5) your commitment to student development
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable)
  • A link to an online portfolio or images of design work
  • Contact information for at least three references

Review of applications will begin January 11, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. If hired, applicants must provide official graduate transcripts or documentation of degrees if transcripts are not available.

Questions about this position may be directed to Dr. James O’Donnell, Dean of the School of Arts and Letters, at: saldean@truman.edu.

Truman State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer committed to cultural diversity and compliance
with the Americans with Disabilities Act; women and minority candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.
 

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