Oakland University — Theatre (Department Chair) – Associate / Full Professor

Job Description:
COVID-19 vaccinations are now required for all Oakland University students, faculty and staff. 

The Department of Theatre in the College of Arts and Sciences’ School of Music, Theatre and Dance at Oakland University invites candidates to apply for an Associate/Full Professor and Chair of Theatre position beginning August 15, 2022. The successful candidate will also be appointed to an initial 3-year term as Department Chair. This position is eligible for renewal during the 3rd year of each 3-year appointment. The chair position includes a 1/1 teaching load.

As a member of the theatre faculty, the successful candidate will be expected to demonstrate a strong commitment to teaching excellence and contribute to curriculum in the area of the candidate’s area of expertise through directing, acting, designing or managing stage productions (including new works), or other areas of specialization, including dramaturgy, community engagement, practice as research, or production. Expertise as a producer or in production management preferred.  Additional expectations include:  1) Working collaboratively to maintain an innovative curriculum for a broad range of students of varied identities and backgrounds who seek to explore a range of educational opportunities and career pathways, 2) Recruiting and retaining students of exceptional promise, 3) Developing and maintaining a visible national and international profile as a theatre artist and teacher. The successful candidate will demonstrate experience with and a commitment to diversity and inclusion.

The expectations for the Chair of the Department of Theatre, one of 3 chairs in the School of Music, Theatre and Dance, include but are not limited to: 1) Leading the Department of Theatre (a department with multiple undergraduate degree programs of approximately 120 students, 8 full time and 21 part time faculty, and 2 staff), 2) Providing overall supervision of the department and its administration, 3) Advocating for the department, 3) Serving as administrative head of the department with oversight of faculty (including faculty teaching assignments), staff, curriculum, budget, and strategic direction, 4) Representing the department in outreach and engagement activities, 5) Overseeing department recruitment, 6) Exercising artistic leadership over season selection and productions, 7) Providing visionary and inspiring leadership, 7) Articulating and enact a vision infusing anti-racism and social justice as a fundamental value of theatre practice, scholarship, and community engagement, 8) Engaging in interdisciplinary initiatives and collaborations across campus, and 9) Overseeing the department’s National Association of Schools of Theatre accreditation. As both faculty member and chair, the successful candidate will be expected to participate in faculty governance, attend faculty meetings and serve on faculty and University committees as appropriate.

Minimum Qualifications:
Appointment as Associate Professor: a consistent record of achievement, as recognized by peers, involving teaching, artistic, and/or scholarly activity, and recognized professional contribution. Appointment as Professor: a high level of distinction as reflected in a record of mature artistic and/or scholarly work, a consistent level of teaching excellence, and demonstrated leadership at the candidate’s institution and in their field of expertise. For either rank, this record is expected to have been continuous. Terminal Degree or commensurate professional experience for appointment as Associate Professor or Full Professor required.

School/College/Dept Summary:
Oakland University’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance, housed in the College of Arts and Sciences, is a leading center of performing arts education in southeastern Michigan, offering outstanding educational and performance opportunities to undergraduate, and community members.  SMTD students learn and grow as musicians, actors, dancers, designers, arts educators and researchers in a collaborative and supportive environment.www.oakland.edu/smtd

OU Standard: Oakland University is a nationally recognized doctoral university of high research activity located on 1,443 acres of scenic land in the cities of Rochester Hills and Auburn Hills in Oakland County, Michigan. The University has 142 bachelor’s degree programs and 138 graduate degree and certificate programs. Academics include programs in the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business Administration, School of Education and Human Services, School of Engineering and Computer Science, School of Health Sciences, School of Medicine and School of Nursing. As an anchor institution in southeastern Michigan, Oakland University is committed to building ongoing and collaborative relationships with the surrounding communities. Community and civic engagement enhances the lives of our students and has a positive impact on our broader community.

Special Instructions:
All applications must be submitted via the following link: https://jobs.oakland.edu/postings/22514. To apply, candidates must provide a Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae (CV), Unofficial Transcripts, Teaching Philosophy and Diversity Statement that describes their interest or efforts in furthering diversity and Inclusion, e.g., through mentoring, pedagogy, activism, faculty recruitment/retention, or research on issues related to diversity and social inequality. The cover letter should explicitly  address qualifications to serve as department chair. Contact information for references will be requested in the Professional References section of the application and a link provided through which references can submit letters. Candidates may submit additional materials in support of their application through the optional Other Documents.

For full consideration please submit your materials by November 30, 2021. Questions regarding this position may be directed to Gregory Patterson, Search Committee Chair, via email (patterso@oakland.edu).

Link: https://jobs.oakland.edu/postings/22514 

EEO: Oakland University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from women and minorities.