The School of Theatre & Dance in the Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor to teach voice, speech, and acting at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, beginning fall semester 2023. The successful candidate should be flexible in their approach to voice, speech, and text work in a highly collaborative actor training program. Additional responsibilities of this position will include but are not limited to: student tutorials; vocal, text, and/or dialect coaching for productions; and recruiting of new students. This is a nine-month, tenure-track position. Additional responsibilities of this position will include but are not limited to student mentoring at the graduate and undergraduate level, committee service appropriate to the position, and participation in recruiting of new students.
Applicants must submit the following electronically: 1) cover letter; 2) CV; 3) list of at least three professional references who will be contacted as needed by the committee; 4) statement of teaching philosophy 5) research/creative activity statement 6) diversity statement (see below under Cluster Hire Program). Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
Applicants for the position are expected to exhibit the following core values and competencies:
Passion, energy, and tenacity
Integrity and collegiality, especially in regards to diversity
An ability to attract resources, including grants or other external sources of support that advance the school’s mission
An aptitude for building dynamic degree programs and recruiting top-tier students
An ability to find creative solutions to difficult problems.
School of Theatre & Dance faculty are also committed to:
Excellence in the arts, arts education, and arts scholarship
Fostering student growth and success
Collaboration with others, both within and cross disciplines.
This position is part of an Interdisciplinary Cluster Hire program in the studio practice disciplines in the McGovern College of the Arts. The program is one of many initiatives that advances the McGovern College’s priority of achieving an inclusive and innovative climate.
The McGovern College of the Arts understands the value of a diverse faculty, of a diversity of approaches to the arts, and of approaching the arts as an interdisciplinary area of study. The College believes that such values are fundamental to the future of arts production. To express its commitment to these values, the Interdisciplinary Cluster Hire program seeks to identify and build a diverse network of practitioners, researchers, and scholars that will inform and support the work of the College in these areas.
The McGovern College is the culturally rich and innovative home of the visual and performing arts at the University of Houston, one of the most diverse R1 institutions in the nation and situated in the thriving, dynamic, and extraordinarily diverse arts metropolis that is the twenty-first century city of Houston. Therefore, the successful candidate for this position will excel at teaching and mentoring students who are broadly diverse with regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion.
All positions in the program come with annual financial support provided by the Office of the Dean for the first three years during the faculty member's pre-tenure period, for research activities that enhance the faculty member’s research agenda and the mission of the McGovern College.
Applicants must submit a 750-word statement addressing their experience with, interest in, or contributions to diversity and inclusion efforts that impact students, faculty, staff, or the applicant’s field of study; and addressing how they envision demonstrating a similar commitment at the University of Houston. Applicants may address their experience, interest, or contributions in one or more of the following areas:
Teaching and mentoring a range of artistic expressions that reflect the diversification of the arts disciplines and the need to ensure access to an arts education to as wide a student body as possible.
Pursuing a sustainable agenda of research and artistic practice dedicated to interdisciplinary cultural studies or to an overall research agenda that supports diversity in the arts disciplines. Areas of secondary interdisciplinary interest that might be reflected in one’s practice include, for example, Comparative Cultural Studies, Cultural Anthropology, Diaspora Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Racial Inequality, Social Justice, Sociology, or others.
Collaborating across the arts disciplines with artists whose specializations or practices differ from your own.
Developing interdisciplinary curriculum that reflects diversification of the arts disciplines beyond the “Western canon” as codified in the last century.
Candidates should have an MFA or other terminal degree as well as recognition, certification, or extensive experience in voice/speech methods, and two or more years’ experience teaching at the university level. Experience teaching and/or coaching a variety of levels is preferred, including professionals, MFA candidates, and undergraduate students.
The University of Houston, with one of the most diverse student bodies in the nation, seeks to recruit and retain a diverse community of scholars. We welcome candidates whose experience in teaching, research, or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. The University of Houston is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.
The University of Houston is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution; minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The University prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.
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