As part of our antiracism initiatives, Sacramento State seeks a tenure-track faculty in Race in Set Design and Technology/Scenography whose creative practice and research are centered on antiracism and the role of designers as purveyors of cultural representation and material practices.
The Department aims to expand cross curricular and university-wide expertise in the areas of race, postcoloniality, and cultural representation in design for performance and the set design/scenography faculty will combine critical, creative, and material practices that engage Black, Indigenous, People of Color (B.I.P.O.C.) epistemologies to address the institutional, systemic structures, and power relations that have shaped our disciplinary practices and representations in design for performance. Our new designer is expected to have the ability and flexibility in designing for performances that include underrepresented bodies/skin colors/ethnicities/etc.; and who understands the issues of race and representation in design (i.e., designing space, makeup/hair, lighting, costume, sound, with a wide knowledge-base, acuity, and emersion in cultural traditions, and cultural competencies with diverse groups of people).
- Teaching will include 12-units per semester. Faculty are expected to be passionate about teaching and mentoring a new cohort of student-designers in pedagogy and departmental productions, and who can respond to our ever-changing field in the 21st century to provide a multifaceted design education and career opportunities. Teaching units include Production Design; lower division Stagecraft, Lighting, and Dance Production; upper division courses in Scenic Design, Lighting Design, and Practicum in Technical Production; general education courses such as Introduction to Theatre and First Year Seminar; student mentorship in independent projects. Three (3) additional units per semester will be assigned for Academic Advising, service to campus and community, and scholarship, as required.
- Assist in maintaining our National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST) accreditation and is essential in achieving our accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD) through providing design training and mentoring.
- Assist in development of a future Certificate in Performance for Social Justice by creating, implementing, and delivering innovative approaches.
- Network across the University community, for example in the Center on Race, Immigration, and Social Justice (C.R.I.S.J.), or other centers across campus.
- In support Sacramento State’s Anchor University Initiative, foster outreach and collaboration to the Sacramento community for example, with Celebration Arts, Ballet Folklórico de Sacramento, Teatro Espejo, Sacramento Theatre Company, and others.
- Maintain professional affiliations related to the field and industry.
- Provide student mentorship for regional and national conferences such as the United States Institute for Theatre Technology, Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, American College Dance Association, and the International Association of Blacks in Dance, and other Black theatre festivals, among others.
- Participate in special events and department/college outreach and student recruitment.
- Assist with development of curriculum specifically in areas of Cultural Representations in Media and Design or other innovative design studies courses
- Work as a cooperative, collaborative, and collegial member of faculty within the teaching institution.