RANK AND SALARY: Assistant Professor, Tenure-Track Salary commensurate with credentials and experience
RESPONSIBILITIES: The Design and Technology area of the School of Theatre, Television, and Film is seeking an Assistant Professor of Theatre with a specialization in Technical Direction. Primary duties will include teaching lower division, upper division, and graduate courses in a wide range of topics which could include Technical Direction, Rigging, Structural Engineering, Welding, Specialized Fabrication, Practicum in Production, and Stage Automation. The faculty member will mentor and supervise students in Technical Direction as part of the School’s theatre season, collaborating with colleagues in theatre, television, film, dance, and music, and with advanced undergraduate and graduate students from the Design and Technology areas. Focus on teaching safe practices in the production process is highly valued. Theatre Production staff currently includes a Scene Shop Supervisor, Properties Master/Scenic Charge Artist, and a Lighting/Sound/Projections Supervisor.
The successful candidate will have a substantial and demonstrated record of professional Technical Direction experience and will be expected to maintain a trajectory of professional growth and/or creative activity. San Diego, California is an international hub of arts, entertainment, innovation, diversity, and culture with leading cultural and technology institutions known around the globe. SDSU values innovation in research and strongly supports outside professional creative activities and research at the national and international levels for tenure track faculty.
Other responsibilities include recruiting and promoting the School on local and national levels and providing service to the university and professional community. This position participates in production/design meetings as a full member of the collaborative artistic team and attends Technical Rehearsals.
QUALIFICATIONS: Terminal degree required in Technical Direction, Design and Technology, Stage Automation, or a related field. The ideal candidate should have at least 5 years of experience in production for professional entertainment and preferably a minimum of two years of university-level teaching experience in technical direction.
We are seeking a cutting-edge professional dedicated to mentorship with the vision to develop and grow a strong undergraduate and a nationally recognized MFA program. The chosen candidate will join a nationally recognized faculty in Design and Technology and will serve as the mentor and principal instructor for the Technical Direction/Automation students in the MFA in Design and Technology program. The successful candidate has experience with the assignment, instruction, and operation of production running crews, safety policy, and production budgeting.
The candidate’s primary experience must be in technical direction for theatre. A secondary area of expertise is desirable, which might include: Stage Automation, Themed Entertainment production, Project Management, software and technology for theatrical production, Production Management or related fields.
SDSU is a Hispanic-Serving Institution with an extremely diverse student population. Applicants with experience in and/or training to work in a multicultural environment are greatly valued.
The School of Theatre, Television, and Film is committed to practicing policies of inclusion, equity, diversity, and access in student advising, faculty hiring and mentoring, and the tenure and promotion process. We encourage applicants whose teaching experience and / or research activity demonstrate commitment to working with underrepresented populations and communities.
Applicants should submit:
3-5 references with current contact information
Web address of applicant's website or a digital portfolio of their production work
Three current letters of recommendation that address the candidate's qualifications for this position
SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY With more than 1500 faculty and over 33,000 students, San Diego State University is one of the largest universities in the western United States. Located in a large and ethnically diverse metropolitan center bordering Mexico and on the Pacific Rim, the University uses the social, cultural, scientific, and technical resources of this region to enrich its teaching and research programs. SDSU celebrated its centennial in 1997 and currently offers the Bachelor's degree in 78 areas, the Master's degree in 62 and the Doctorate in 14. SDSU is a large, diverse, urban university and Hispanic-Serving Institution with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. Our campus community is diverse in many ways, including race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, pregnancy, medical condition, and covered veteran status. We strive to build and sustain a welcoming environment for all. SDSU is seeking applicants with demonstrated experience in and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups. SDSU is an established and acknowledged leader in the twenty-three-campus California State University system. Web site: www.sdsu.edu
THE COLLEGE OF PROFESSIONAL STUDIES AND FINE ARTS The College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts comprises 11 diverse departments / schools committed to the pursuit of excellence in academic and artistic endeavors geared to enhancing the human enterprise. The College is recognized for its excellent academic programs that prepare students for professional careers in a wide spectrum of artistic, cultural, educational, social, and technical fields. The College highly values interdisciplinary studies. Web site: http://psfa.sdsu.edu/
SCHOOL OF THEATRE, TELEVISION, AND FILM The School of Theatre, Television, and Film provides high quality education for undergraduate and graduate students that emphasizes excellence in the arts and technology, grounded in conceptual and historical foundations. Leading by example, the School’s faculty helps students realize their creative potential as artists, scholars, leaders, and global citizens who celebrate cultural diversity and promote social equality through theoretical explorations and practical experience. Courses combine concept and craft to lead students from critical analysis through problem solving into practical action and the production of tangible products. The School of Theatre, Television, and Film is an important contributor to the efforts and continued success of Arts Alive SDSU, a campus-wide strategic initiative housed within the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts that is designed to elevate the role of arts events and arts practices as an integral part of the university experience.
Please visit our web site at http://ttf.sdsu.edu for information on the School of Theatre, Television, and Film and its programs.
APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Review of applications will begin November 5th, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should apply via Interfolio at https://apply.interfolio.com/69933.
The person holding this position is considered a mandated reporter under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.
A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.
SDSU is a Title IX, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.
The mission of San Diego State University is to provide research-oriented, high-quality education for under - graduate and graduate students and to contribute to the solution of problems through excellence and distinction in teaching, research, and service. The university strives to impart an appreciation and broad understanding of the human experience throughout the world and the ages. This education extends to diverse cultural legacies and accomplishments in many areas, such as the arts and technology; the advancement of human thought, including philosophy and science; the development of economic, political, and social institutions; and the physical and biological evolution of humans and their environment. San Diego State University pursues its mission through its many diverse departments and interdisciplinary programs in the creative and performing arts, the humanities, the sciences, and the social and behavioral sciences.
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