The Department of Theater at Connecticut College is seeking to fill two full-time faculty positions at the rank of assistant professor or early stage associate professor, to begin Fall 2013. We seek expertise in the following areas, and are especially interested in candidates with hybrid specializations: contemporary and diverse world dramatic literatures, theater
history, criticism, playwriting, performance studies, or directing.
Given these open areas of specialization and the characteristics of our department (described below), we are hoping to hire two new colleagues whose backgrounds will complement each other as well as those of the current members of the department.
Our ideal candidate for one of the positions will hold a Ph.D., with or without an MFA; our minimum requirement for the other position is an MFA, both with at least three years of teaching at the collegiate level. One of the successful candidates will regularly direct on the main stage.
Including these two open positions, the department consists of four full-time faculty members, and we make use of frequent adjuncts, guest artists, designers and residencies. The departmental performances are supported by a Technical Director and Associate TD who provide the production services for the College. We serve enthusiastic and deeply curious students by maintaining an active production schedule and a comprehensive curriculum.
The department sees the study of theater as elemental in the fulfillment of the College’s mission, "Connecticut College educates students to put the liberal arts into action as citizens in a global society." We have built a vibrant, spirited and creative department, and are committed to articulating new and imaginative ways to approach the field in the classroom, studio, and theater. We are seeking collaborative colleagues whose presence will be felt on campus, strengthening our already vital department and helping us to deepen our interdisciplinary partnerships, increase our connection to the area communities, engage in a continuing effort to marry the dynamic work of theater to the liberal arts, and make substantial contributions to the field. Connecticut College is a private, highly selective institution with a demonstrated commitment to outstanding faculty teaching and research. Recognizing that intellectual vitality and diversity are inseparable, the College has embarked on a significantly successful initiative to diversify its faculty, student body and curriculum. The College seeks creative scholars excited about working in a liberal arts setting, with its strong focus on engaged teaching, participation in shared governance, and active involvement in an institution-wide advancement of diversity. AA/EEO.
Tenure-track faculty members teach a 3-2 load (2-2 in the first year). In addition to providing ongoing strong support for teaching and research, the College offers the following resources for pre-tenured faculty: a summer stipend for the first two years, a supplementary research fund, and a semester’s sabbatical after a successful third-year review. An established record of professional achievement and evidence of ongoing creative and/or scholarly research in the field of theater is required and is given substantial weight in tenure decisions.
Please note that finalists will be asked to provide syllabi and work samples appropriate to their area(s) of expertise. Review of applications will begin on Monday, November 12, 2012 and continue until the position is filled.
Please send a letter of application that addresses your view of theater study within the liberal arts along with a statement of your teaching philosophy, curriculum vitae and three letters of reference, in PDF, to:
David B. Jaffe, Theater Department Chair