Assistant Professor of Theatre

The University of Mobile and Alabama School of the Arts  (ASOTA) invites applications for or Assistant Professor of Theatre Technology and Design.  The successful candidate will enhance the work of ASOTA by expert teaching, management of the technical elements of the production programs,  supervision and mentorship of students in production and design areas, and resourceful and innovative collaboration with faculty and staff. This position includes a resourceful graduate and undergraduate paid assistant to help design and build.

TO APPLY: Applicants must submit a portfolio of design and tech work along with all application materials below to the ASOTA Search Committee Coordinator, Dr. Patrick Jacobs: pjacobs@umobile.edu

  • A cover letter
  • An UM Faculty application form: https://umobile.edu/employment/
  • Summary of the development of your personal, Christian faith and commitment. Answer the question, "in what ways does your faith affect your personal and professional lives?"
  • Description of your philosophy of Christian higher education
  • Curriculum vita
  • Three current letters of recommendation
  • Graduate transcripts

    Essential Functions

    • Teach courses in the undergraduate theatre curriculum specifically pertaining to theatre technology, production, stagecraft, and design as listed in the Academic Catalog such as Foundations of Theatre, Scenic Design, Make-Up Design, Introduction to Design, Stagecraft, Stage Management, and any other specialty you might have in your field of theatre
    • Serve as Production Manager and Technical Director for the ASOTA season
    • Serve as Shop Supervisor of all shop spaces, supervising maintenance of shop spaces,
    • Provide one complete design for each of the mainstage shows within the academic year’s theatre season, (4-5) main stage shows annually
    • Serve as Design Mentor to undergraduate students as assigned
    • Train and supervise student workers, particularly in the scenic and properties area
    • Collaborate with the Theatre Chair​, Director of Opera and students to produce high quality theatre productions (4-5 main stage shows annually)
    • Participate in recruitment activities of the Alabama School of the Arts; collaborate with the Director of Theatre in all recruitment and retention activities specific to the theatre program

      Other Duties

      • Enhance and promote the creative output of students pursuing a degree in Theatre
      • Work collaboratively with colleagues, and activate professional networks to provide students with guided, real-world opportunities
      • Recognize current trends in theatre technology and design that inform classroom instruction, production processes, curriculum development, equipment procurement, and the vocational objectives of students
      • Teach additional undergraduate courses in your other specialty area if needed.
      • Activate skills and expertise in service to ASOTA as needed
      • Serve as academic advisor to students as assigned
      • Supervise and travel with students on student development activities, e.g., KCACTF, SETC

        Questions about the role may be submitted to the Chair, Division of Theatre, Stewart Hawley at shawley@umobile.edu.  

        Qualifications

        Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

        • Proven teaching skills at the undergraduate level in both classroom and laboratory environments
        • Provide on-going scholarly and creative output
        • Proficient skills with current production hardware and software as appropriate to Theatre Design and Technology
        • Engage as a team player to enhance collaborative work, advance recruitment, and facilitate retention
        • Ability to travel, occasionally overnight, for recruitment purposes and to attend professional conferences and/or high school productions
        • Ability to work some evenings and weekends
        • Ability to move lumber, building materials, lighting instruments, and similar equipment
        • Proven competence with standard power tools and scenic rigging
        • Proficient with drafting software such as Vectorworks or AutoCAD and other software pertinent to specific design area

            Education

            • Preferred: MFA in Theatre Design/Technical Direction or a related field
            • Required: Completed MA in Theatre Technology/Scenography/Design or a related area, plus professional experience (see below)

              Experience

              • Preferred: Successful teaching at the undergraduate level and 2-5 years of professional theatre experience
              • Required: 2-5years of technical direction or related experience in three of the areas listed below:
                • Production management
                • Scene shop supervision
                • Scenic engineering and construction
                • Rigging/fly systems
                • Costume patterning and construction
                • Electrics (DMX)
                • Sound design and engineering ​
                • Lighting/projection design
                • Stage management

                  Commitments ​

                  • Active membership of a local evangelical church and commitment to the essentials of the Christian faith
                  • Willing to commit to the vision and mission of The University of Mobile.

                  The University of Mobile is a Southern Baptist affiliated liberal arts university with an enrollment of approximately 1,500 students.  Candidates will demonstrate a strong commitment to the mission of a Christian university and the integration of faith and discipline.  More information may be found on the University website at www.umobile.edu .

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