The Department of Theatre Arts at the UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN – LA CROSSE invites applications for a full- time, tenure track, Theatre Studies position beginning Fall of 2020.
The ideal candidate will have a strong background in theatre history, track record of successful directing, and a research focus in an aspect of theatre studies that expands and pushes forward our department offerings. We are searching for a teaching historian/artist who, through their specific experience and background, can contribute to the array of classes we can teach and the range of stories we can tell from the stage, adding to the diversity of our students’ and our region’s theatrical experiences. Persons with experience and ability to help us achieve goals relative to diversity and inclusion are especially encouraged to apply. We are particularly interested in candidates with expertise in performance traditions including but not limited to non-Western theatre, African- American theatre, postcolonial theatre and/or theatre by and for underrepresented communities.
The Department of Theatre Arts at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, with 7 tenure track faculty and 4 instructional academic staff and approximately 80 undergraduate majors and minors, strives to put quality student education and support of all department members first. We are committed to enriching our educational and artistic environment and culture through diversity in our staff, students and faculty.
We see the following as our strengths: a commitment to telling the story; a collaborative environment; the care and help we offer each other and our students; the emphasis we place on the student experience rather than ego; and our dedication to growth, learning, and trying new things. UWL and the Department of Theatre Arts support opportunities for a professional development of its faculty and staff.
Primary responsibilities will include:
- Teaching a two-course theatre history sequence covering ancient times to modern day, World Theatre, Directing, and advanced topics courses; teaching Theatre Appreciation; - Peer-reviewed creative activity and/or scholarship, including directing one production each semester; - Teaching or developing courses in your research area with particular interest in courses such as playwriting, multicultural plays, theatre by and for underrepresented groups and other areas of interest or expertise; - Supervising practicum courses; - Advising student academics and capstone projects; - Supervising publicity efforts for plays in the academic year; - Participation in department activities; - Expectation of department, college and university service.
Required qualifications: - Candidates for the appointment should have or be near to completing a PhD in Theatre or Performance Studies by the start of the employment date. Degree must be in hand by the first personnel review, no later than May 15, 2021; - Evidence of a strong background in both global and western theatre history; - Evidence of a diverse portfolio of successful directing experience at the university or professional level; - Evidence of a commitment to and/or experience with achieving goals relative to diversity and inclusion; - Evidence of successful higher education teaching experience; - Evidence of ability, background, or experience in developing and teaching a diverse array of courses; - Evidence of ability to successfully collaborate with a production team.
Preferred qualifications: - A collaborative and open-minded approach to working with students and colleagues; - Training and/or experience with playwriting, devising and/or dramaturgy; - Training and/or experience and interest in a range of styles including but not limited to post-modern, Avant garde, classic, non-Western theatre, African-American theatre, Postcolonial theatre, and/or theatre by and for underrepresented communities; - A strong interest in developing a broad cultural perspective in courses and performances; - Experience developing publicity in a variety of ways for theatre events and/or student recruitment activities.
Submit electronic application including cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching philosophy, digital portfolio, and contact information for three references. Applications accepted until position filled; first review begins November 1, 2019. Visit http:www.uwlax.edu/theatre-arts to learn more about UW- La Crosse Theatre.
Note: Electronic submission of application materials is required. For additional information about this position and to apply, please visit https://employment.uwlax.edu
Please contact the Search and Screen Chair if you have a special need/accommodation to aid your participation in our hiring process.
The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UW–La Crosse) provides a challenging, dynamic, and diverse learning environment in which the entire university community is fully engaged in supporting student success. Grounded in the liberal arts, UW-La Crosse fosters curiosity and life-long learning through collaboration, innovation, and the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge. Acknowledging and respecting the contributions of all, UW-La Crosse is a regional academic and cultural center that prepares students to take their place in a constantly changing world community.
UW-La Crosse's diversity and inclusion efforts are guided by our adherence to Inclusive Excellence. We define Inclusive Excellence as “... our active, intentional and ongoing commitment to bridge differences with understanding and respect so all can thrive." The goals of Inclusive Excellence are to increase the retention of diverse faculty, staff and students while encouraging a campus climate that is inviting and welcoming to all. UW-La Crosse strives to promote acceptance of all facets of diversity from racial/ethnic diversity to diversity of thought and experience. UW-La Crosse ranks 6th nationally among the Top LGBTQ-Friendly Colleges for 2018-19 by AffordableCollegesOnline.org (ACO).
For more than a decade UW-La Crosse has been named one of Kiplinger’s 100 Best Values in Public Universities and has appeared prominently on the U.S. News & World Report list of “America’s Best Colleges” for more than 15 years, and is ranked #4 on its list of the Best Regional Public Universities in the Midwest.
With a student population of roughly 10,500, the university offers 91 undergraduate programs, 21 graduate programs, and 2 doctoral programs in the following colleges: Liberal Studies, Science and Health, and Business Administration, including the School of Arts & Communication and the School of Education, Professional and Continuing Education. There are over 600 full- time faculty and instructional academic staff, 75 percent of whom hold terminal degrees. UW-La Crosse boasts a retention rate (freshmen returning as sophomores) of 83 percent, graduation rate (degree within six years) of 70 percent, and is among only 12 institutions cited nationally by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities for its success in linking campus culture and university leadership to outstanding graduation rates.
UW-La Crosse’s strategic plan Sustaining Excellence continues to move our community forward through its four pillars: increasing community engagement, achieving excellence through equity and diversity, investing in our people, and advancing transformational education. More information about the ongoing work of Sustaining Excellence is available at www.uwlax.edu/info/strategic-plan.
The UW-La Crosse campus is nestled in a residential area of the City of La Crosse (pop. 52,000) located in western Wisconsin. The area, known as the 7 Rivers Region, is famous for its exceptional natural beauty which includes the Mississippi River on one side, majestic bluffs on the other, and views of rolling farmland and forested valleys in between. Abundant water, woodlands and varying terrain provide ample opportunities for year-round outdoor recreation. Only a couple of hours from Minneapolis or Madison, La Crosse enjoys the affordability and charm of small town living with larger city benefits. Three colleges, two world- class medical institutions, the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, a restored nineteenth century downtown business district, and a number of galleries and art centers have made La Crosse a regional center for culture, entertainment, medical care, shopping, sports and recreation.
UW-La Crosse is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We strive to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool, and we encourage applications from persons with varied backgrounds and perspectives. In support of the Wisconsin Veteran Employment Initiative we encourage veterans and veterans with disabilities to explore employment opportunities at UW-La Crosse.
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The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UWL) provides a challenging, dynamic, and diverse learning environment in which the entire university community is fully engaged in supporting student success. Grounded in the liberal arts, UWL fosters curiosity and life-long learning through collaboration, innovation, and the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge. Acknowledging and respecting the contributions of all, UWL is a regional academic and cultural center that prepares students to take their place in a constantly changing world community.