Position Overview: 'Off-scale salaries' and other components of pay, i.e., a salary that is higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated rank and step, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions, qualifications, and experience. A reasonable estimated salary range for this position is $91,000-$121,000, inclusive of the salary scale and off-scale salary components.
The Departments of Theatre and Dance as well as Cinema and Digital Media at the University of California, Davis seek an artist/ practitioner with a demonstrated engagement in one or more of the following areas: production/set design; visual storytelling; cinematography; movement and performance capture; sound/sound studies; and/or directing live and film/digital performance. The position comes with a .50/.50 co-appointment in Theatre and Dance (TAD) and Cinema and Media Studies (CDM), and the appointment would be for an Assistant Professor of Teaching. The successful candidate should have university and/or professional theatre experience as well as an MFA and/or Ph.D. As one of the country's leading R1 institutions, UC Davis seeks candidates with a demonstrable record of and exceptional potential for research, teaching, and inclusive excellence. We are seeking applicants who express an indication of awareness of inequities and challenges in education faced by historically underrepresented minority students and faculty (African-American, Latina/Chicana/o/, Indigenous, and people with disabilities), and the negative consequences of underutilization. The successful candidate will also offer a clearly articulated vision of how their work at UC Davis will continue to contribute to the University's mission of serving the needs of our diverse state and student population.
The tenure-track Professor of Teaching positions at the University of California are designed to support our campuses' academic mission by emphasizing excellence in undergraduate education. Traditional tenure track positions primarily emphasize professional contribution (e.g., research or creative works) while professors of teaching are expected to primarily support the teaching mission. As members of the Academic Senate, professors of teaching are also expected to serve on departmental and campus committees and to continue developing a national and international profile of professional accomplishments.
The ideal candidate will have a master's or doctoral degree in technical theatre, or in a related field, or have equivalent experience.
Applications should include a cover letter that summarizes the candidate's relevant experience and outlines how the candidate might fulfill the requirements summarized above. Please also include Curriculum Vitae, a list of three references, a Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and provide no more than five links to creative work that best represent the candidate's abilities.
Salary Range: The salary range is $91-121K, commensurate with experience.
Applications should be received by December 22, 2023 to ensure full consideration.
The University of California is committed to creating and maintaining a community dedicated to the advancement, application, and transmission of knowledge and creative endeavors through academic excellence, where all individuals who participate in University programs and activities can work and learn together in a safe and secure environment, free of violence, harassment, discrimination, exploitation, or intimidation. With this commitment, UC Davis conducts a reference check on all first choice candidates for Academic Senate Assistant Professor or Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment, Steps 4, 5, or 6, or Acting Professor of Law positions. The reference check involves contacting the administration of the applicant's previous institution(s) to ask whether there have been substantiated findings of misconduct that would violate the University's Faculty Code of Conduct. To implement this process, UC Davis requires all applicants for any open search for assistant professor to complete, sign, and upload the form entitled 'Authorization to Release Information' into RECRUIT as part of their application. If an applicant does not include the signed authorization with the application materials, the application will be considered incomplete, and as with any incomplete application, will not receive further consideration. Although all applicants for faculty recruitments must complete the entire application, only finalists considered for Academic Senate Assistant Professor or Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment, Steps 4, 5, or 6, or Acting Professor of Law positions will be subject to reference checks.
Description of the Departments
The Department of Theatre and Dance produces up to three mainstage shows and one showcase during the academic year. Facilities include a 450-seat proscenium main stage a 200-seat thrust stage, a flexible black box, and two studio spaces. There are five full-time professors, five classified staff, and several lecturers.
The Department of Cinema and Digital Media was formed as a program in 2011-12 and then as a department in 2015-16 as an interdisciplinary program that strives to catalyze students in the process and practice of combining media theory, media history and media-making, in order to develop a robust understanding of creative and computational media technologies. CDM fosters an environment of collaborative research and critically engaged practice that responds to the challenges and opportunities of ever-changing technical, political, and cultural realities. We encourage deep engagement with media in order to promote social justice, diversity, and inclusivity. We train students to develop their own unique aesthetic perspectives, and to investigate and intervene in the world by understanding how technologies and cinematic arts operate, make meaning, and effect change. CDM, as we practice it, is a profoundly interdisciplinary field, drawing from the traditions of communications, art, computer science, history, critical theory, and cultural studies.
UC Davis is the home of the Aggies — go-getters, change makers and problem solvers who make their mark at one of the top public universities in the United States. Since we first opened in 1908, we’ve been known for standout academics, sustainability and Aggie Pride as well as valuing the Northern California lifestyle. These themes are woven into our 100-plus-year history and our reputation for solving problems related to food, health, the environment and society.Our 5,300-acre campus is in the city of Davis, a vibrant college town of about 68,000 located in Yolo County. The state capital is 20 minutes away, and world-class destinations such as the San Francisco Bay Area, Lake Tahoe and the Napa Valley are within a two-hour drive.