New College of Florida invites applications for a full-time, tenure track assistant professor position in theater and performance studies, to begin in August 2018. We seek an engaged scholar/artist to anchor a new interdisciplinary program in theater, dance, and performance studies, which they will be instrumental in developing.

Candidates with a Ph.D. or DFA in theater, performance studies, or other relevant fields are preferred. Applications from candidates with a MFA will be considered. Comparable and relevant experience will also be considered if candidate’s terminal degree is in a field other than theater and performance studies.

Other required qualifications include experience directing at the undergraduate level and evidence of collaborative work in a range of text and movement based modalities. Candidates must have demonstrated interest in a variety of approaches to contemporary theatrical performance; field of specialization is open, but a focus on non-Western, black, Latin American and Caribbean, devised, environmental, or social justice theater and performance is particularly welcome. This position is one of 15 new faculty lines for 2018, and part of an exciting campus growth initiative funded by the State of Florida that includes enhancements in the arts. (see https://www.ncf.edu/about/growth-2024/).

Teaching and Scholarship Expectations: The teaching load is two courses per semester plus sponsoring individual and group tutorials. In addition to classes and tutorials, faculty members provide academic advising, supervise independent study projects, sponsor senior undergraduate theses/projects, and serve on baccalaureate committees. The successful candidate is expected to establish and maintain a program of research or creative work. We are particularly interested in candidates who have a demonstrated commitment to innovative undergraduate liberal arts teaching.

Teaching responsibilities will be evenly divided between practicum courses and courses on historical, cultural studies or theoretical approaches to theatrical performance. Practicum courses will be focused on theater-making by directing existing works or devising new ones. Theoretical, cultural and historical courses will ground students in academic approaches to theatrical performance, broadly conceived, with an emphasis on contemporary performance. Teaching responsibilities also include directing one full student production at least every two years in addition to sponsoring student-directed productions.

Directing student productions serves as a significant form of research for this position, but there is also an expectation that the faculty member will develop significant scholarly projects outside the college, which should include published academic writing and may also include directing or performance work.

Diversity Statement: New College is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty. Candidates from underrepresented groups, women, and those whose knowledge or skills support an inclusive culture and learning environment are especially encouraged to apply.

About New College: Situated on the Gulf Coast of Florida and Sarasota Bay, New College is a nationally recognized, selective public honors college with an 10:1 student/faculty ratio. Students are intellectually independent and highly motivated. Undergraduate research has a central role in the curriculum, and a senior thesis/project is required of all students. Students receive narrative evaluations in lieu of grades. New College is committed to excellence in undergraduate teaching and research and encourages collaborative student-faculty scholarship.

New College is entering a period of dramatic growth, and is looking for faculty who can help us forge interdisciplinary ties both within the college and the community. Sarasota offers an exceptionally rich array of cultural and arts institutions, including the Asolo Repertory Theatre, Florida Studio Theater, West Coast Black Theater, and Urbanite Theater. Faculty at the FSU Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training work collaboratively with New College faculty and students. We anticipate that new hires across the arts will want to take advantage of these resources, and build on our existing, successful collaborations.

Application: Interested candidates should apply online here, and send the following in .docx or .pdf to theatersearch@ncf.edu:  a curriculum vitae, and an unofficial graduate transcript. In addition, applicants should provide

  1. a statement about teaching philosophy;
  2. a statement regarding the candidate’s contributions or approaches to supporting an inclusive culture and learning environment;
  3. a writing sample (under 20 pages) and/or a sample of creative work;
  4. three brief course proposals: one for a practicum course, one for an introductory performance studies course, and one for an advanced course in the candidate’s area of specialization;
  5. three letters of recommendation.

Deadline: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but they should be received by Nov. 1 to guarantee full consideration.

Queries addressed to Chair of the Search Committee, professor Nova Myhill, at theatersearch@ncf.edu.

New College of Florida is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty. Candidates from underrepresented groups or whose knowledge or skills can support an inclusive learning environment are especially encouraged to apply. Consistent with law and its respect for personal dignity, the college does not discriminate against applicants for employment based on race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. In accordance with state law, all employees are subject to a background check at the time of hiring.

Candidates’ application materials and meetings regarding applications are open to the public upon request. Applicants requesting reasonable accommodations in order to participate in the selection process must notify the chair of the search committee 48 hours in advance of a meeting.