How to Apply
DO NOT APPLY TO THIS JOB ON THIS WEB SITE. MATERIALS ARE ONLY BEING ACCEPTED VIA
This is a one year appointment within the Department of Theatre & Drama; Appointment will begin August 30, 2021 and end April 30, 2022.
Materials are only being accepted via Interfolio. Required documents to be uploaded are:
- Letter of Interest
- Curriculum Vitae
- Evidence of professional and teaching activities including a Portfolio link or attachment
- Statement of Teaching philosophy
- A list of at least 5 references with contact information
To apply, please visit Interfolio apply.interfolio.com/81833. Please ensure you upload documents
to the position for which you are applying and not your personal Interfolio account.
Who We Are
ABOUT THE SCHOOL OF MUSIC, THEATRE & DANCE. As a comprehensive performing arts school set in
one of the world’s finest public institutions of higher education, the School of Music, Theatre & Dance
(SMTD) is deeply engaged in the creation, practice, scholarship, and pedagogy of music, theatre, and
dance. We aim to provide leadership, nationally and internationally, in all three fields. We assert and
celebrate the value of the arts to the mission of the University of Michigan. SMTD is strongly committed
to diversity and inclusion as a means of achieving and sustaining excellence.
University Productions (UProd) typically presents ten fully-mounted main stage shows each year, serving
the departments of Theatre & Drama, Musical Theatre, Dance, and Voice in three different venues.
These productions are directed by faculty and guest directors, and crewed by performance and design
and production majors. Additional faculty, guests, and BFA students complete the creative production
teams. Design & Production majors work as stage managers, shop assistants, and technicians for each
production; talented students may design costumes, sets, or lighting for these productions. UProd
manages all of the production shops and facilities including an electrics shop, two scene shops, two
paint shops and a prop shop managed by professional staff. Students work in the shops as work study,
paid staff, or for credit.
The Department of Theatre & Drama, in a commitment to its evolution, feels that it is important that the
department come together in order to amplify, protect and support those who are most vulnerable and
those who are emboldened to speak out, especially those artists at the beginning of their careers. In
that spirit, we acknowledge the dominant white culture that has existed within our department and its
damaging impact on our community. The department recognizes that it has more work to do to create
the conditions needed in classrooms, rehearsal and audition rooms, and other spaces to make students,
faculty, and staff from historically marginalized communities feel welcome, safe and supported. In
addition, the department commits to inquiry and self-assessment, ongoing dialogue, and above all, to
actions that will lead to equitable theatre processes.
The select candidate would have a 3-3 appointment: teach two courses and design one show for
University Productions (projections, lighting or scenery) each term; a course is defined as 2 or more
credits. The ideal candidate would teach an introductory level of a Digital Media course and a
Specialization course in Projection Design allowing us to introduce digital design techniques across all
disciplines within Design & Production. An advanced course in Digital Media could be offered as well. In
order to broaden the applicant pool, there is flexibility with what the additional courses would be based
on their expertise. Additional responsibilities include advising student designers and technicians,
customary meetings, assistance with recruiting, and participation in our annual portfolio review.
- Terminal degree; significant professional experience in lieu of a terminal degree may be considered
- Experience with digital media design applications
- Strong background in design rooted in professional performance practices
- Commitment to nurturing a broad range of students of diverse identities and experiences as demonstrated through pedagogy, service, and activities
- Ability to relate to and collaborate with students and colleagues in a university environment
- Demonstrated supervisory and collaborative abilities; ability to adhere to production timelines while remaining flexible to the evolving needs during the pandemic
- Superlative organizational practices, time management skills, and communication skills
- Projection design and technology
- Experience with on-line learning environments
- Advanced abilities in ETC product line including ION, EOS, and moving light technologies
- Advanced ability to use and teach Vectorworks
- Ability to teach 3-D fabrication
This position is covered under the collective bargaining agreement between the U-M and the Lecturers Employee Organization, AFL-CIO, which contains and settles all matters with respect to wages, benefits, hours and other terms and conditions of employment.
U-M EEO/AA Statement
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.