Assistant Professor – Theatre Performance

Ithaca College

Situated in the beautiful Finger Lake region of New York, the Ithaca College School of Music, Theatre, and Dance invites applications for a tenure eligible appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor of Theatre Performance to begin August 16, 2024. We value input of multiple viewpoints and perspectives across the college; our goal is to create an equitable and inclusive academic community. Members of underrepresented groups whose exclusion has been longstanding, and who have demonstrated a commitment to minoritized communities in their teaching service, and/or research, are strongly encouraged to apply.

Position Description: The successful candidate will teach assigned classes at the undergraduate level in beginning to advanced levels of acting practice and coordinate the intimacy choreography, as needed, in the production season as well as intimacy education in classes. In addition, the successful applicant would have secondary areas of expertise in two or more of the following: audition techniques/career preparation, stage combat, acting for the camera, movement for the stage, integrated voice and movement, voice and speech, or directing.

Ongoing scholarly/creative/professional activity will be expected and supported. In addition to staging intimacy, opportunities may exist for the candidate to contribute as a stage director in the production season. Faculty participate in the life of the department by auditioning prospective students, advising majors, and serving on committees in the practice of shared governance.

We seek individuals who share our commitment to embrace inclusive ideas and practices in all they do – from materials, current events and history taught in courses, to de-colonizing the curriculum, our production season, and our points of view towards admissions, recruitment, and retention.

Qualifications: A terminal degree in an appropriate or related discipline (such as an MFA in acting, performance, or directing) is required; a current record of professional activity and demonstrable potential for successful college-level teaching within the context of an interdisciplinary and immersive liberal arts education is preferred. Special consideration will be given to applicants who have experience working with consent-forward performance techniques.

About Us: The Ithaca College Center for Theatre and Dance, housed within the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, combines conservatory style training with a broad education in the liberal arts. Degree programs include four B.F.A. pre-professional programs (acting, musical theatre, stage management, and theatre production & design), a B.S. in theatre administration, a B.A. in theatre studies, and minors in Theater or Dance. The Center is consistently ranked among the top undergraduate programs in the nation by The Princeton Review and is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST). Our robust production season includes plays, musicals, dance, and opera in three venues housed in the Dillingham Center for the Performing Arts.

Our learning community is committed to significant actions fostering conscientious, accessible, and antiracist practices, curriculum, and policies, so marginalized voices are amplified and LGBTQIA+ identities are valued and represented. Our culture, decision-making, and communications are led by shared governance, accountability, transparency, and representation, towards a goal of meaningful, impactful change.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Review of applications will begin October 2, 2023. Apply online and submit your current CV and theatrical resume, along with names and contact information for five professional and/or academic references. In addition, please submit a cover letter (not to exceed 1500 words) that includes:

  1. Briefly describe your approaches to teaching acting at the beginning, intermediate and advanced levels. Consider the needs of a graduating student as they enter the acting profession. What knowledge and skills would that student need? How might you structure acting courses to achieve those goals?
  2. Some students begin their training at Ithaca College with a great deal of experience and some begin with no formal training. Share how you would approach teaching a class that has students at different levels of experience.
  3. Please speak about your experience with consent-forward performance practices as well as your other secondary areas of expertise.
  4. Include highlights of your contributions to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging through your professional activity and teaching experience.

Questions about the online application may be directed to the Office of Human Resources at (607) 274-8000 or Screening of applications will begin October 2 and the search will remain open until filled.

Ithaca College is building a diverse academic community and encourages members of underrepresented groups to apply. Experience that contributes to the diversity of the College is appreciated.

Visa sponsorship will be considered for this position.

Hiring Range:  $60,100 – $79,500, dependent on discipline, qualifications and experience.

About Ithaca College: At Ithaca College, a comprehensive residential campus community of 6,500 students, we strive to be at the forefront of the higher education landscape. We offer a distinct integrative learning experience that makes students ready for the personal, professional, and global challenges of our age.

We seek candidates who embrace integrative learning and want to be a part of this exciting time in Ithaca College history. We encourage creative collaboration and innovation in our faculty and staff, providing support and resources for them to grow in their fields and lead students to their own innovative ideas and achievements.

We welcome different ways of thinking and look for candidates with unique points of view and life experiences. We are inclusive of individuals with a wide range of cultural, personal, and professional backgrounds, talents, and skills. Our campus is a vibrant and rewarding community where diverse minds can learn, succeed, and excel.

When reviewing candidates, we are looking for indicators of a number of core competencies. Prospective candidates must be adaptable, collaborative, inclusive, respectful, responsive, results driven, and sustainable. They must communicate effectively, demonstrate leadership, exhibit professional integrity and ethics, take initiative, value personal and professional development, and show that they will engage in the college.

Nestled in the heart of New York State’s scenic Finger Lakes region, Ithaca College sits atop South Hill overlooking picturesque Cayuga Lake and is just minutes away from the city center. Combining small town warmth and charm with the vibrancy of a college community, the thriving and culturally diverse city of Ithaca has been rated by Kiplinger’s as one of the top 10 places to live in the United States.

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