The Theater Department of the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, seeks a dynamic individual with broad professional experience in scenic design and a comprehensive understanding of design styles and aesthetics to serve as the head of the Set Design Program. The head of Set Design will oversee the scenic design of productions in the Theater Department and work collaboratively with the Dance and Music Departments as the school develops a school-wide production and design shop.
The selected candidate will teach foundation courses in set design as well as seminars in advanced topics. He or she will also be responsible for coordinating and scheduling visiting professionals and set designers, mentoring graduate and undergraduate design students, advising on productions, and designing shows as necessary. The head of Set Design will actively participate, as a collaborative departmental citizen, in school, college, and university service, including committee work and academic support services such as undergraduate and graduate reviews, thesis and dissertation committee work, and curriculum development. He or she will also assist in the recruitment of students for the program.
The ideal candidate must be able to lead curriculum development, participate in strategic planning, and work well with other members of the faculty and staff regarding all decisions that affect the set design and production program. He or she will also embrace new forms of critically engaged disciplinary practice/scholarship in the evolving field of scenic design, while fostering courses that emphasize a commitment to social responsibility, advocacy, and engagement as they relate to the field.
Qualified applicants should have extensive professional experience, with an established portfolio of work, a strong knowledge of scenic history, and experience in multiple media, such as television, film, theater, dance, opera, and musical theater.
The appointee will be expected to be engaged in nationally/internationally recognized professional practice, or scholarship.
Rank: Assistant or Associate Professor, full-time, professional practice track with three-year renewable appointments.
Minimum Education and Experience:
MFA degree in scenic design or equivalent, ideally with teaching experience in higher education as well as extensive professional experience.
Posting Number: 19FA1019
Location: Douglass (RU-New Brunswick)
Internal Number: 82655
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