California Institute of the Arts — Speech Instructor

Position Category: Academic
Position title: Speech Instructor
School: School of Theater
Program: Performance
Reports to: Dean
Time:  Full-Time
Appointment: Regular
Position starts: July 1 2022
Review of applications will begin: December 30 2021
Search closes: upon hiring 

Description:
CalArts School of Theater, one of the foremost performance programs in the world, is seeking a dynamic Speech Instructor for a full-time faculty position to begin in the Fall of 2022. 

Dedicated to the development of new voices and new forms, the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) School of Theater is one of the preeminent theater training programs in the country. Our goal is to educate the whole person, preparing fully equipped theater artists to enter and transform the world. We particularly encourage our students to build professional experiences and relationships while in school, mining every opportunity for them to create effective careers after graduation. The CalArts Center for New Performance, the Institute’s professional producing arm, embodies our firm commitment to open exactly such possibilities for talented, ambitious students. Central to this mission, The School of Theater embraces and fosters equity, inclusion, and diversity in all aspects of its pedagogy, production activity, and recruitment of faculty and students.  Our educational mission is to forge a community of citizen artists who are rigorously trained in their respective métiers and who are able to work effectively and innovatively across a broad spectrum of artistic settings, media, and technologies.

Joining one of the premiere faculties in the nation, the position includes teaching métier (major) BFA and MFA Speech courses, mentoring both BFA and MFA theater students in their professional and artistic goals, advising students involved in Theater School projects, and being part of a collaborative faculty with experimental and cross-disciplinary impulses dedicated to fostering programmatic growth in this area. The position also includes, annual recruitment duties, service on committees, and administrative responsibilities. The ideal candidate is a practicing professional with a firm commitment to teaching, a dedication to working with a culturally, economically and  intellectually diverse community of artists, and an appreciation for the  ever-expanding demands of speaking effectively in the complex arena of 21st century performance.  

We seek to employ faculty who can engage our diverse communities of learners at the highest levels of artistic endeavor and critical thinking. We welcome candidates who possess a global perspective and are dedicated to the principles of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. Candidates should demonstrate a deep cultural curiosity to support teaching and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students of varied backgrounds, capabilities, perspectives, social identities and gender expressions. CalArts is an equal opportunity employer.  

Responsibilities Include: 

  • Class preparation and grading; 
  • 12 hours per week of classroom instruction; 
  • Significant student mentoring; 
  • Attending performance faculty and full faculty meetings as scheduled throughout the year; 
  • Participating in students’ reviews each semester and providing written evaluations, mentor reports, and reviews for each of the students; 
  • Coaching at least two curricular productions per year; and 
  • Various other duties, as assigned by the Program Director and Dean’s Office. 

Mentorship:
Mentorship of students is the cornerstone of the CalArts School of Theater. Even though each student is assigned to one specific mentor, it is the responsibility of the faculty to advise any student in the School of Theater if they have the knowledge or expertise that the student requires. Speech faculty will be assigned both BFA and MFA students to mentor. 

Requirements:
Qualifications include: 

  • A teacher with demonstrable professional experience and with significant, evidenced associations and proficiency in current industry practices (stage, screen, television, etc). The successful candidate will exhibit a strong record of accomplishment and enjoy an ongoing career in their field of expertise.
  • Evidenced experience teaching at the college level or in an equivalent pedagogical setting is preferred.   
  • Candidates with MFA degree or equivalent professional experience are encouraged to apply and will be seriously considered. 
  • Skills traditionally associated with excellent speech instruction (IPA and associated pedagogies, dialect and accent training, text work, classical to contemporary and related vocal techniques).  

How to apply:
Applications are due Dec 30 2021. For full consideration please submit by that date. Applications will be accepted via Interfolio, follow this link to apply: http://apply.interfolio.com/97900

Interested applicants should submit the following:

  • A cover letter that describes your interest in the position, relevant qualifications, and approach to teaching. 
  • A statement on your past and potential contributions to AntiRacist teaching and/or Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Justice.
  • A brief proposal for a course that reflects your interests as a practitioner and teacher of Speech (250 words).
  • A current CV.
  • Links to a minimum of three work samples (coaching credits, teaching video or audio samples, syllabi, etc.).
  • Names and contact information for three references.

All submissions are confidential.

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