Union College — Associate or Full Professor, Full Time Tenured Faculty as Artistic Director and Chair, Department of Theatre and Dance

Details of Position 

The Department of Theatre and Dance at Union College in Schenectady, NY, invites applications for a full-time, tenured position at the rank of Associate or Full Professor. The candidate will serve as Artistic Director of the Department of Theatre and Dance with a 6 year, renewable term as Chair. Course load is typically two courses per term, three terms per academic year. Course releases will be offered for performing the duties of chair, for serving as artistic director, and for directing a theatrical production. The position starts July 1st, 2019, with an option to begin on June 1st if possible. 


This position requires a terminal degree in a theatrical discipline (M.F.A. or Ph.D., in hand).

The ideal candidate will be an established practitioner in the field of Theatre with significant teaching and administrative experience; a record of leadership at an institution of higher education; and demonstrated excellence in mission and curricular development, budgeting, hiring, and professional contracting. Experience in both theatre and dance production is preferred. The willingness to integrate theatre and dance interdepartmentally within the larger liberal arts experience, and the vision to expand our students’ involvement in professional and community performing arts opportunities beyond the campus, are necessary. The successful candidate must meet the requirements for tenure at Union College. 


The Artistic Director is responsible for overseeing season selection, curricular development, and implementation of the department’s mission, acting as producing agent for the department, and performing administrative duties related to the College as Chair of the Department. The applicant is expected to mentor and advise a range of diverse students; oversee student theses applicable to their teaching area; mentor junior faculty; encourage and facilitate interdepartmental connections in curricular and co-curricular activities; engage in appropriate service to the College; maintain a visible and active profile of scholarship and/or professional artistic practice; and uphold Union College’s commitment to offering an educational experience inclusive of all students while preparing our students for a globally interconnected world.

The candidate will be responsible for teaching several performance-related courses during the academic year, and should have significant teaching experience in higher education in various aspects of performance and/or production. These could include but are by no means limited to: various acting styles, directing, new play development, devised work, voice and speech, theatre for social change, world theatre, arts management, acting for the camera, or other specializations. The candidate will also have interest and experience in directing theatrical productions in order to contribute to the department’s performance season and cultivate the artists and audiences of the future.

About the Department

The Theatre and Dance Department at Union College is a small, production-oriented department that encourages academic excellence and engages students in inquiry and experiences that develop risk taking, collaborative skills, and critical thinking. We offer our students hands-on training with a foundation of scholarly investigation, supported by the integration of a liberal arts education and a global perspective of their artistry.

The Department of Theatre and Dance consists of  7 full-time faculty, including the Director of Dance; 1 part-time Coordinator of the Dance Program; 2 single-course theatre adjunct slots; 3 dance adjuncts; 1 part-time scene shop foreman; and 2 administrative assistants who also serve the Visual Arts and Music Departments. We aim to provide our students with a vibrant array of guest artists as presenters, instructors, directors, and designers throughout their training.

The department fully supports 3 faculty- or guest artist-directed theatre productions in each academic year, 1 faculty-directed dance concert, 2 faculty-led dance showcases, and a number of presentations of student-led performances as part of the production season in both dance and theatre (3-6+ in each academic year). The department regularly invites guest artists to campus for performances, workshops, master classes in theatre and dance, and produces a yearly Dance Residency with a co-produced performance at The Egg Center for the Performing Arts in Albany, NY. The department organizes and conducts two mini-terms abroad: the London Theatre Mini-term and the Bali Mini-term (this in conjunction with the Music Department). 

More information may be accessed at https://muse.union.edu/theatredance/

About Union College

Union College is a four-year liberal arts institution that provides a blend of intellectual, social, and cultural opportunities to facilitate the integrated academic, social, and personal development of a diverse community.

Union College is committed to helping students think across boundaries of disciplines, connecting and integrating their studies in order to make broad contributions to humanity for social change on a local or global scale. In the service of this goal, Union has a vibrant set of interdisciplinary programs to which the ideal candidate might also contribute. These include: Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies; Film Studies; Africana Studies; Asian Studies; Latin American and Caribbean Studies; Jewish Studies; World Music and Cultures, and more.

Union College is committed to educating a diverse group of talented students, and we encourage applications from a range of diversities, including, but not limited to those based on ethnicities, cultures, religions, disabilities, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, and veteran status.

Requested Materials

See position listing at: http://jobs.union.edu/cw/en-us/listing. Please submit through PageUp: (1) a cover letter outlining artistic, administrative, and teaching experience, productions, and publications. Include experience working with diverse student populations and/or your ability to contribute to a diverse community; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) a portfolio of production/administrative work and/or published writing, of no more than 25 pages in total (this may also include links to past productions); (4) evidence of teaching effectiveness including course evaluations if available. Please provide names and contact information for three references when you complete the online application. Each will automatically receive an email message requesting that he or she upload a letter of recommendation to our system. Application deadline: December 20, 2018.