Responsibilities will include teaching courses in improvisation and acting as well as possible courses related to the candidates’ specialties. Collaboration with the MSU College of Business and teaching for the MSU Minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation will be expected. Participation in Wharton Center’s Kennedy Center Partners in Education as a teaching artist will include conducting workshops related to professional development designed to enhance teachers’ ability to teach in and through the arts, focusing on advancing literacy. The successful candidate will also teach courses within the thriving BFA and MFA acting programs including teaching in the College of Arts and Letters’ Center of Integrative Studies in the Arts and Humanities. Improvisational and/or stage director opportunities for departmental productions will be possible based on interest/experience. The acting area at MSU is committed to augmenting actor training through the use of technology in the acting studio and will support the successful candidate’s training or ongoing use of media in the classroom.
MA in Theatre, MFA in Acting or commensurate professional experience.
A minimum of two years of teaching in higher education or professional venues.
Certification and/or advanced professional training in theatrical improvisation with such companies as The Second City, Improv Olympic, Upright Citizens Brigade, etc.
Ability to teach Innovation through Improvisation courses that explore the principles and processes of improvisation as they pertain to entrepreneurship and career development.
Other possible areas of teaching include acting, professional development, company management or other entrepreneurial approaches to theatre-making.
Excellent teaching, communication, and collaborative skills.
The ideal candidate will also have experience in designing and facilitating educational workshops in support of the creation of innovative theatre, experience working with diverse student populations, and an interdisciplinary perspective.
Required Application Materials
Applications must be submitted electronically to the Michigan State University Human Resources web site http://careers.msu.edu/. Qualified applicants should submit
a cover letter
current curriculum vitae
a statement of teaching philosophy that highlights your alignment with some of our desired qualifications
a written summary of your experience with diversity in the classroom and/or in your past or planned research endeavors, any experience mentoring diverse students or community outreach initiatives, and an explanation of how you will advance our goals of inclusive excellence and the names and
the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of 3 potential references.Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation.
For more information, contact the Chairperson of the Search Committee, Kirk Domer firstname.lastname@example.org or 517-355-6690 or for more information about the Department of Theatre go to theatre.msu.edu.
Michigan State University is a Tier I Research institution that places high value on research and creative activities. Successful candidates must be able to continue professional creative activity in acting /physical theatre or create a rigorous research agenda related to current and future trends in media performance. Additional responsibilities to include participating in recruitment activities and regular university, college and departmental service and assigned responsibilities as well as directing in the department’s season or similar approved projects, teaching foundational theatre and acting courses and fostering collaborative partnerships and networking opportunities on and off-campus. Pursuit of grants/external funding desirable.
Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.
The College of Arts & Letters promotes that an academic and organizational culture, which actively seeks out and strengthens diverse voices and perspectives among its members, results in true excellence. We are an equal opportunity / affirmative action employer. The College of Arts & Letters is interested in candidates of all backgrounds who are committed to the principle that intellectual leadership is achieved through open access and pro-active inclusion. The Department of Theatre has a strong institutional commitment to diversity in all areas and encourages candidates from underrepresented groups including the LGBTQIA community. We favor candidates who can contribute to the College of Arts & Letters’ distinctive educational objectives, which promote interdisciplinary perspectives, intercultural understanding, and values diversity and inclusion as essential to achieving excellence.
MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities.
MSU enjoys a park-like campus with outlying research facilities and natural areas. The campus is located in the city of East Lansing, adjacent to the capital city of Lansing. The Lansing metropolitan area has a diverse population of approximately 450,000. Local communities have excellent school systems and place a high value on education. The University is proactive about its obligations under the ADA, and provides individual accessibility plans to students and employees with disabilities. Michigan State University is proactive in exploring opportunities for employment for dual career families, both inside and outside the University, and respects all family forms. Information about MSU’s dual career support can be found at http://miwin.msu.edu/. Information about WorkLife at MSU can be found http://worklife.msu.edu/. Information about the Academic Advancement Network can be found http://aan.msu.edu/. Information about MSU Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives, including the Diversity Research Network can be found http://www.inclusion.msu.edu/.
The College of Arts and Letters employs 250 full-time faculty with 3300 undergraduates and 175 graduate students enrolled in 24 majors, 38 minors, and 9 graduate programs that are housed in 8 departments and 22 research centers and interdisciplinary programs. These include such outstanding programs as African and African American Studies, American Indian and Indigenous Studies, Jewish Studies, the Center for Gender in a Global Context, and the Center for Interdisciplinarity. The College also has a vibrant mentoring program at the College and Departmental levels. It works closely with MSU’s five international centers that receive Title VI funding and is also a long-time leader in international education sponsoring 70-80 programs each year. In 2016, faculty of color made up 25% of the College faculty and students of color made up 28% of its entering undergraduate class.
Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.
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