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ASU School of Film, Dance and Theatre

Location: TempeAZ 85287 Document ID: A7464-2KYJ Posted on: 2013-11-2211/22/2013 Job Type: Regular

Job Schedule:Full-time
Minimum Education: Not Specified2014-01-21

Assistant Professor of Theatre and Film History

Assistant Professor of Theatre and Film History – School of Film, Dance and Theatre

Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University


The School of Film, Dance and Theatre in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University seeks an assistant professor in theatre and film history for a tenure track position in one of the most dynamic theatre and film programs in the United States.


Arizona State University’s model for the New American University dissolves the barriers between disciplines, promoting collaboration among diverse. ASU is a place where local solutions have a global impact. The university has four campuses located throughout metropolitan Phoenix, the nation’s fifth largest city. The university champions intellectual and cultural diversity and has 72,000 students and 2,800 faculty from all 50 states and more than 100 nations across the globe.


The Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts is a vibrant example of the philosophy of the New American University. The institute is built on a combination of disciplines unlike any other program in the nation. In addition to The Design School, the Herberger Institute comprises of the School of Art; School of Arts, Media + Engineering; School of Film, Dance and Theatre; School of Music; and the ASU Art Museum. The Herberger Institute is part of a university community comprising five campuses, each positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves.


At a time when many universities are choosing to reduce or eliminate studies in design and arts disciplines, ASU has elevated creative practice to one of the core values of the nation’s largest research institution. We believe that designers, artists, architects, performers and creative scholars are essential to our world today. We know that creativity not only enhances our culture, it broadens our vision, deepens our understanding and enables us to innovate, grow and change.


The School of Film, Dance and Theatre is widely recognized as one of the most innovative producers of performing arts and artists in North America. The highly experienced international faculty and staff offer a broad approach to developing artists, educators and scholars who are actively engaged with the rapidly expanding range of global contexts for artistic practice; from performance to education, from community to online contexts. We recognize and value the creativity and meaning that each student brings to the program. Our dance programs are nationally recognized as some of the best in the world and our annual slate of guest artist faculty represents a collection of the most influential artists from the world of dance culture. The film program combines a unique emphasis on ethical decision-making with exemplary productivity, including full-length features and more than two hundred student films, web series and television pilots every year. Theatre students are provided with a bleeding-edge education in devising processes and new work creation, professional development and digital technologies for design, production and interaction.


Facilities include three film and media production teaching studios, high definition and digital video equipment, three editing labs, a sound recording and mastering studio, the 482-seat Paul V. Galvin Playhouse with adjacent scene, costume and lighting shops, the 162-seat Lyceum Theatre, the flexible Prism Theatre, the Margaret Gisolo Dance Theatre and 11 well-outfitted classroom and rehearsal studios.


The School is a dynamic teaching, learning and discovery environment composed of approximately 750 undergraduate students (350 in filmmaking practices, 80 in film and media production, 230 in theatre and 100 in dance and dance education) and 50 graduate students in the PhD programs in theatre and performance of the Americas and theatre for youth and MFA programs in performance, performance design, directing, dramatic writing, theatre for youth, interdisciplinary digital media, dance and theatre for youth.


The ideal candidate will collaborate with current area faculty and to teach undergraduate and graduate level coursework as dictated by school and program needs in: dramatic analysis; theory, history and literature; film studies and filmmaking practice, as well as specialized courses in the candidate’s specific research area. Additional duties include: maintaining an active research profile through scholarly publication, conference participation or film development, production or practice, supervision of undergraduate senior projects and mentorship of individual students.


Required Qualifications:


Candidates must hold a PhD in theatre, film or a related field or an MFA with a significant record of accomplishment of published, scholarly research in film and/or theatre. Candidates must have experience as a lead instructor in a university environment. Successful candidates will also have a research record in film and/or theatre and be able to teach courses in both disciplines.


Desired Qualifications:


Though hybrid theatre/film candidates are desired, it is preferred that candidates meet at least one of the following criteria:

(1)  a degree in film

(2)  research/publication record in film/media/new media/television or

(3)  experience in film/media/new media/television development, production or practice.

Experience working with and developing coursework for online learning environments is also preferred.


Start date for this position is Aug. 16, 2014. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.


The application deadline is January 13, 2014; if not filled, every two weeks thereafter until search is closed. Electronic submissions are preferred.


Please submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae and the contact information of three references to, or mail to:

School of Film, Dance and Theatre

Chair, Theatre and Film History Search Committee

c/o Cynthia Noldy

Arizona State University

PO Box 872002

Tempe, Ariz. 85287-2002


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ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions, which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses and certifications.


Arizona State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. See ASU's complete non-discrimination statement at

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