Open Rank Faculty Position in Performing and Directing Physical Comedy
Description: Emerson College's visionary president, Lee Pelton, has initiated the Presidential Faculty Inclusive Excellence Program in order to advance the values of diversity and inclusiveness at the college. As part of this program, the college seeks scholars and artists who bring innovation, creativity, and impact to the campus, and who bring greater depth, breadth, and diversity to our educational offerings.
The Department of Performing Arts and the Interdepartmental BFA Program in Comedic Arts invite applications for a full-time faculty position in Performing and Directing Physical Comedy. The position will be at the rank that best reflects the current status of the successful candidate and can be a tenure-track, Assistant Professor, or an Associate Professor or Professor with tenure, or a full-time Artist-in-Residence, which is an appointment for one or more years. The college seeks candidates who can contribute to the scope and excellence of an academically diverse community through ongoing engagement with students both inside and outside of the classroom in addition to pursuing creative work, teaching, and service. The appointment begins August 23, 2018.
Primary Duties, Responsibilities, and Tasks: Emerson College is committed to an active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversityin people, in the curriculum, in the co-curriculum, and in the Colleges intellectual, social, cultural, and geographical communities. Emerson endorses a framework of inclusive excellence, which recognizes that institutional excellence comes from fully engaging with diversity in all aspects of institutional activities. Emerson is committed to strengthening communities, including our workplace, by fostering the development of the intercultural competencies necessary for meaningful citizenship in an increasingly complex, pluralistic society.
The Department of Performing Arts is home to one of the nations leading programs in theatrical performance, design, stage management, and theatre education. With a team of 90 full- and part-time faculty and theatre staff members, the department enrolls 550 students innine distinctundergraduate programs and one graduate program. Emerson Stage, the production organization within the department, produces eight to ten fully staged major productions annually in five theatres, with additional production opportunities available to our students through curricular projects, student theatre organizations and ArtsEmerson, the Colleges professional presenting company.
TheBFAprogram in Comedic Arts, the first in the country, draws on the synergies between faculty and curriculum from media production and studies, literature and dramatic literature, performing arts and performance studies, and comedic writing to create an innovative and comprehensive program of study. With more than 80 first- and second-year majors the program is expected to grow to almost 200 majors in the next two years.
Emerson College is the nations only four-year institution dedicated exclusively to majors in communication and the arts in a liberal arts context. Its main campus is located in the center of the dynamic multicultural city of Boston, in close proximity to major publishing houses, arts institutions and research centers. The college also has campuses in Los Angeles and the Netherlands. Emerson College enrolls over 4,300 graduate and undergraduate students from more than 70 countries and all 50 states.
The ideal candidate will have a terminal degree (preferred) or a bachelors degree and significant professional experience in performing and directing physical comedy.Areas of specialization might include:improvisation such as Action Theater or Theatresports, clowning, mime, orcommedia. While our ideal candidates emphasis would be on comedy performance, their work could easily intersect with any of the following: Critical Ethnic Studies, Feminist Studies, Masculinity, Race and Gender, Gender Identification, Queer Studies, or Pop Culture.
The successful candidate should have teaching experience at the college level in a diverse college community and a demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse communities and cultures. In addition to teaching performance skills and practice, our candidate will also impart to students the kind of cultural awareness that is necessary to craft comedy in todays world. We seek someone who has a deep understanding of and sensitivity to issues surrounding race, gender and class. Our ideal candidate is someone whose work embracers these areas and who can lead discussions around these sensitive issues.
In addition to teaching a full course load, all faculty members advise and mentor students and participate in the colleges system of shared governance. This position includes service to the comedic arts steering committee, participating in curriculum development, and helping to recruit new students. Tenured or tenure-track faculty are also expected to maintain or develop professional work and research on a national scale.
Special Instructions to Applicants: Please submit a letter of application, current curriculum vita, and the names and contact information for three references. Preference will be given to applications received by January 17, but the position remains open until filled.
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Emerson College is the nation’s premier private college dedicated exclusively to majors in communication and the arts in a liberal arts context. It is located in the theater district in the dynamic multi-cultural city of Boston in close proximity to major arts institutions, media outlets, and research centers. The College enrolls 3,783 undergraduate students and 641 graduate students from 71 count...ries and 48 states. Emerson College is committed to an active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity – in its people, in the curriculum, and in the College’s intellectual, social, cultural and geographical communities. Our inclusive excellence framework recognizes that institutional excellence comes from fully engaging with diversity in all aspects of institutional activities. Members of historically under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.