The Theatre and Dance Program within the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) seeks an Acting and Speech Tenure Track Assistant Professor. The ideal candidate will be expected to help guide and strengthen speech and acting as we emerge from the pandemic. The program expects growth in visibility and enrollment in our new 90,000-square foot Ent Center for the Performing Arts. Our program values connection to our community and sees UCCS and Colorado Springs as a burgeoning arts incubator.
The programmatic ethos of the integration of theatre and dance within the arts broadly, is important to our faculty and a central focus of this new position. Following a liberal arts model, the Program encourages students to explore interdisciplinarity in scholarship and practice. UCCS has a diverse student body and seeks a similarly inclusive and diverse pedagogy across disciplines.
We expect this new position to bring enthusiasm in helping develop student actors through new class ideas and plans for colloquia and master classes. The preferred candidate’s experience and practice will be influenced by traditional and emerging trends in actor training and be guided by a commitment to equity and inclusivity. Ideal candidates with be teacher-artists with the ability to teach acting, voice for performance and, occasionally, may direct and dialect coach student shows. They will maintain a connection to the professional arts world and continue a professional practice.
With the Ent Center and through connections across Colorado Springs, UCCS Theatre and Dance has unique professional adjacencies. These include with Theatreworks, our resident equity theatre company, and the other professional arts programs housed within the Ent Center. This provides opportunity for collaborations as well as residencies and master classes by nationally renowned theatre artists. We seek a faculty member who will actively pursue the organization and promotion of these collaborations for our students.
The UCCS Film Studies Program within the Department of Visual and Performing Arts is currently seeking a full-time tenure track Assistant Professor of Film Studies commencing with the Fall 2022 semester. The primary teaching assignment involves teaching introductory and core courses in Film Studies (i.e. courses focused on film history, the critical analysis of cinema & media, film theory, national cinemas, genre/auteur studies). The ideal candidate will have a research/creative work focus that further develops examination of film in a global context and/or underrepresented communities. The programmatic ethos of integration of theory and practice in film studies and the arts broadly is important to our faculty and a central focus of this new position. The position also includes curriculum development, participation in the shared governance process through work in normal professional activities, committee work, and student activities. The ideal candidate will be expected to help the continued growth and development of Film Studies. We expect that the new professor will bring enthusiasm in helping develop young filmmakers and film scholars through new class ideas, curriculum development and plans for creative collaboration across the department, the campus and the community.