Purchase College, State University of New York — Assistant Professor of Theatre and Performance

Purchase College, SUNY, located 25 miles from Manhattan in Westchester, New York, serves approximately 4,000 students with a unique combination of conservatory arts training programs and liberal arts study. Purchase serves a high proportion of first-generation college students and was designated a Hispanic-serving institution in 2020. The BA program in Theatre & Performance at Purchase College, SUNY is one of three degree-granting programs in the Conservatory of Theatre Arts (alongside BFA professional training programs in Acting and Theatre Design/Technology). The Theatre & Performance program encourages creativity, intellectual curiosity, and social engagement through a hybrid “liberal arts within a conservatory” degree program. We offer a wide range of courses focusing on theatre studies and artistic practice, program two professionally-directed mainstage productions each year, and support a robust season of student-generated productions and original performances.

The Theatre & Performance program at Purchase College, SUNY seeks candidates for the tenure-track position of Assistant Professor, specializing in Black performance and creative practice. In addition to new courses the candidate will develop, the candidate should be able to teach some of the following existing courses: Acting Scene Study, Solo Performance, Introductory and Advanced Directing, Devised Theatre, Ensemble Creation, Black American Drama, and Performing Black Theatre, with an emphasis on the actor and director as generative artists. Ideal candidates for this position will actively contribute to our curriculum and programming, synthesizing creative activity, cultural theory, and political engagement through the art of the theatre. This faculty member will lead courses cross-listed between Theatre and Performance and the growing Global Black Studies program, as well as perform service including academic advising and participating in departmental and college-wide committees.

Ideal candidates will have significant experience in the field as a generative artist, a minimum of 3 years teaching experience at the undergraduate or graduate level, and a demonstrated commitment to anti-racist pedagogy. A terminal degree (MFA/PhD) is preferred but not required.

Candidates should submit a cover letter, CV, three references, and brief proposals for two new undergraduate courses in their field, focusing on their areas of expertise and articulating their pedagogical methods and goals. Letters of recommendation will be requested later in the process for those invited to interview with the search committee.

To apply for the position, please visit our Purchase College Job Vacancy website https://jobs.purchase.edu/ and complete an online application.

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