Assistant Professor of Design in Drama, Tenure Track
Location: Poughkeepsie, New York
Internal Number: 4660300
Assistant Professor of Design in Drama, Tenure Track
Department: Drama Department Posting Removal Date: Posting Number: F096P
For full consideration applicants should apply by: 11/06/2023
About Vassar College Vassar is a highly selective, coeducational liberal arts college of about 2400 undergraduate students, located in the Hudson Valley, seventy-five miles north of New York City. Vassar stands upon the homelands of the Munsee Lenape. The College is located in Poughkeepsie, home to a culturally diverse community, and benefits from convenient commuter rail access to New York City. Vassar faculty are committed teachers/scholars who bring research and creative discovery to life for students in classrooms, labs, and studios and in individually-mentored projects. They teach broadly in the curricula of their departments, advise students, and serve on college-wide and departmental committees. The College maintains a generous leave policy, provides strong support for research, and encourages multidisciplinary approaches to teaching.
Position Introduction The Drama Department at Vassar College is seeking a Scenic Designer to join our department as a tenure-track Assistant Professor beginning August 2024.
AA Statement Vassar College is deeply committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community and the curriculum, and to promoting an environment of equality, inclusion, and respect for difference. Candidates who can contribute to this goal through their teaching, research, advising, and other activities are encouraged to identify their strengths and experiences in this area. The College is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer, and especially welcomes applications from veterans, women, individuals with disabilities, and members of racial, ethnic, and other groups whose underrepresentation in the American professoriate has been severe and longstanding.
Position Description We invite applications from scenic designers with demonstrated interest and experience in undergraduate teaching to apply. Candidates who can contribute to one or several of Vassar's rich multidisciplinary programs (such as Africana Studies, American Studies, Asian Studies, and/or Women, Feminist, and Queer Studies) are especially encouraged to apply. The teaching load in the first year is four courses. In ensuing years, faculty may either teach five classroom units, or teach four classroom units and provide flexible, closely mentored experiences for undergraduates. Some teaching assignments will be closely related to designing and advising on the department's busy production season (7-9 shows annually), but others will include additional design courses. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate strong evidence of professional design work. Evidence of successful teaching at the undergraduate level is required, 1-3 years of experience is preferred. Experience and/or interest with sustainable design practices is preferred. Evidence of working effectively with students from diverse backgrounds is also preferred. In addition to having expertise in one area of design, the successful candidate should also be able and willing to mentor and teach elementary courses in other areas of the curriculum. An MFA in Scenic Design or a field related to Design is required by time of appointment.
Salary Wage Range Pay Transparency Disclosure: The annual base starting salary range for this position is $89,000 to $99,000 (USD). This range includes new faculty appointments beginning the first year of a standard tenure clock as well as Assistant Professors with previous tenure-line experience who will be on an accelerated tenure clock. When extending an offer of employment, Vassar College considers factors such as (but not limited to) candidates education/training, work experience, internal peer equity, as well as market and organizational considerations. This salary range represents the Colleges good faith and reasonable estimate at the time of posting. The starting salary for an Assistant Professor in this position with a PhD beginning the first year of a standard tenure clock in Fall 2024 is $93,000.
How to Apply Candidates should submit:- A letter of application- Teaching statement which addresses the candidates approach to teaching design in a liberal arts context- CV- 3-5 image examples of production work, digital or website/ Sample images showcasing 3-5 different productions (Please upload to field 'Other 1')- Graduate transcript (an unofficial copy is acceptable for initial application)- A statement highlighting contributions to or future plans for promoting diversity and inclusion through teaching, research, and other involvements (additional information can be found at https://offices.vassar.edu/dean-of-the-faculty/positions/candidate-diversity-statement/)- Contact information for 3 professional references; letters of recommendation may be requested at a later date Applications should be addressed to Christopher Grabowski and submitted online at https://employment.vassar.edu/postings/3494 . Address any questions to Rosemary Fritz Grabowska, Drama Administrative Assistant, by emailing [email protected]. Review of applicant materials will begin on November 6, 2023, and will continue until the position has been filled. There is no guarantee that applications received after that date will be reviewed.
Founded in 1861, Vassar College is a highly selective, residential, coeducational liberal arts college. Consistently ranked among the top liberal arts colleges in the country, Vassar is renowned for pioneering achievements in education, for its long history of curricular innovation, and for the beauty of its campus.