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Post-MFA in Applied Performance

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Position Information

Position Information

Working Title: Post-MFA in Applied Performance
Faculty Rank: Postdoctoral Associate
Posting Number: TR0170024
About Virginia Tech:

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Position Summary:

The Theatre Program in the School of Performing Arts , seeks a dynamic colleague for a non-tenure track position beginning August 10, 2017.

As a part of a new initiative in the Theatre Department of the School of Performing Arts at Virginia Tech, two 2-year Post-MFA Teaching Fellowships will be awarded: each fellowship recipient will teach four participatory performance-based courses each semester — either Introduction to Acting or Introduction to Applied Collaborative Techniques.

The theatre program at Virginia Tech is committed to education, training, and experience in the transformative power of the performing arts for students across the university. Our work, in the classroom and in practice, develops professional competencies for non-major students and builds character and community spirit, while catalyzing conversations about relevant issues in society. Each course taught by a Fellowship recipient is limited to non-major students (cap of 20) and is intended to serve students across the broadest possible range of academic disciplines. The teaching challenge is to apply principles of acting and of collaborative theatre performance within the context of a non-theatre focus.

Stipends and Benefits: Each of the two Fellowship recipients will be expected to be in residence for two academic years (approval for the second year depends upon a satisfactory performance review in March of the first academic year) to develop pedagogical skills in the discipline through teaching introductory performance-based courses (approximately 12 contact hours per week). In addition to base salary, additional support may be provided for workshop activities, travel, support for mentoring undergraduate students, and participation in related events, if funds are available.

Required Qualifications:

Applicants can be current MFA acting or directing students who will receive their degree before August 2017, or recent graduates with no more than 3 years since the date of their terminal MFA degree.

Applicants will need to have completed their MFA degree by the appointment date of August 10, 2017.

Preferred Qualifications:

Preference will be given to applicants with experience in teaching acting, applied theatre, and/or improvisation.

Employment Conditions:
Must have a conviction check? Yes
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Employment Comments:

Recipients of Fellowships are expected to be in residence from August 10 – May 9 for two academic years, except for holiday breaks.

How to Apply for this Job:

Qualified applicants should electronically submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and a list of three references to Apply to posting # TR0170024. Cover letter should include a brief description of your teaching philosophy, especially as it pertains to non-theatre students, your experience in applied theatre, and your commitment to a career that combines creative activity and teaching. Please address how you would plan to integrate and maintain your creative activity during your teaching experience at our institution. Please limit your letter to 2 pages, single-spaced.
Applications will be reviewed between March 31 and April 15; followed by telephone interviews April 15 through April 22; and on-campus interviews with finalists April 22 – May 5. Virginia Tech is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty and strongly encourages applications from diverse backgrounds. Inquiries should be directed to Patricia Raun, Search Committee Chair,

Employee Category: Instructional/Research Faculty
Appointment Type: Restricted
If restricted or temporary, enter end date: 05/09/2018
FLSA Status: Exempt: Not eligible for overtime
Tenure Status: Non-Tenure Track
Academic Year or Calendar Year? Standard Academic Year
Percent Employment: Full-time
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Pay Range:
Department: School of Performing Arts | Music | Theatre | Cinema
Work Location: Blacksburg
Location, if not Blacksburg:
Location Zip Code: 24061
Job Posting Date: 03/10/2017
Review Begin Date: 03/31/2017
Job Close Date: (if applicable) 04/15/2017
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Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement:

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status; or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees, or applicants; or any other basis protected by law.

For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Accessibility at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department.

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Required Documents

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  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume/Curriculum Vita
  3. List of References
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