COLLEGE: Arts & Letters
DEPARTMENT: Theatre & Dance
POSITION TITLE: Assistant Professor of African Diasporic Theatre, Performance and Practice
The California State University, Sacramento Department of Theatre and Dance, one of 10 departments housed in the College of Arts and Letters, provides a broad and thorough foundation of the history, theory, literature and the practice of theatre and dance to students who wish to pursue post graduate studies or join the profession. As a teaching institution, our department offers a collaborative, artistic environment that reflects a richly complex and diverse global perspective complimented by national and international faculty and staff experience. Each year we offer four to six major productions and minor productions of one-acts, originals, and other shows, all of which provide an excellent showcase for the students of Theatre and Dance at Sacramento State. Physical facilities for these productions include the University Theatre for proscenium productions, the Playwright’s Theatre for original and experimental productions, the Solano 1010 Dancespace used as a black box theater for dance productions, and the Studio Theatre for student-directed productions. The Sacramento State Theatre and Dance BA’s are committed to training in studio practice, theory, performance, and all areas of technical theater including set, costume, lighting, sound, make-up, and hair design. Included in the program are Black and Chicanx/Latinx Theatre productions that make this department unique in the State University System.
The Department of Theatre and Dance, California State University, Sacramento is committed to ongoing antiracism initiatives and work around racial reckoning to decolonize pedagogies, season planning, curricula, and community engagement. Our Antiracism Action Plan (Living Document) can be found on our website: https://www.csus.edu/college/arts-letters/theatre-dance/action.html
The Department of Theatre and Dance at Sacramento State seeks a tenure track professor of African Diasporic Theatre, Performance and Practice, whose creative research and scholarship engages with social practice and community engagement. The department’s ideal candidate will provide examples of teaching in African American Theory and Criticism, African Diasporic Performance Studies, Global Theatre History and Dramatic Literature.
The successful candidate will join a department that serves a diverse student population. The university is committed to committed to diversity within its community and welcomes applications from racialized persons/persons of color, women, indigenous/Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, Queer/ feminist performance studies, as well as others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.
This position is part of a cluster hire initiative, launched by the College of Arts and Letters, focused on Social Practice and Social Justice in the Arts. By hiring in a thematic cluster, the college hopes to: increase faculty diversity; foster interdepartmental community and support; and decolonize across curricula and departmental lines (see https://www.csus.edu/college/arts-letters/employment-opportunities.html for more information).
The classification annual salary range for this position is $64,860 - $143,928; the anticipated annual starting salary is $74,642.
-Teach a 12-unit per semester course-load including African Diasporic Theatre, African-American and Multicultural Theatre, Theory and Criticism; Script Analysis; and General Education Theatre courses
-Direct and provide leadership for Sons and Ancestors Theatre Organization
-Engaging in and producing scholarly and creative activities that contribute to the field and professional profile
-Actively participating in service to the Theatre major, Department of Theatre and Dance, College of Arts and Letters, and University through committee work (i.e., NAST accrediting agency committee responsibilities, season planning, department curricular committee activities, etc.)
-Advising students to degree completion.
-Advise student theatre organizations including the participation, coordination, and accompaniment of students to regional and national conferences such as the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Black Theatre Festivals among others
-Participate in department/college special events, outreach and student recruitment; assisting with development of curriculum; working as a cooperative, collaborative, and collegial member of faculty; serving the region, state, and nation in areas relevant to teaching, scholarship and creative work
-PhD, DFA, or MFA in a related field or disciple at the time of appointment
-Minimum two years of teaching experience at the University or Community College level, including post-doctoral appointments, artist-in-residence and part-time faculty appointments
-Expertise or specialties in at least two of the following: African Diasporic Theatre; World/Global Theatre; Playwriting; Black Women’s Theatre and Drama; American Cultural Studies; Teaching Methodologies
-Evidence of scholarly work and research.
-Evidence of a professional body of work on the regional or national level
-Demonstrated ability to direct, mentor and produce for faculty and student productions
-Ability to teach large classes
Review of files will begin at the beginning of February 3, 2023. The position remains open until filled.
For full consideration, applications must include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, a one-page statement of teaching philosophy, a Diversity statement, and transcripts.
Candidates under further consideration will be asked to submit a one page creative or research statement, three letters of recommendation and three letters of recommendation (with phone numbers).
About Sacramento State
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