Design or oversee the design of scenery, lighting, props, and sound for 3-4 Theatre Program productions per year.
Serve as Technical Director and Scene Shop Manager, overseeing the work of student crews to construct and paint sets and install and run lighting, sound, props, and special effects.
Serve as the primary safety officer for all theatre spaces, enforcing safety polices, maintaining safety equipment, and responding to deficiencies, infractions, and injuries.
Teach a variety of courses (2-3per semester) for the major, minors, and MnTC, possibly including but not limited to: THTR 100 Theatre Appreciation; THTR 140/340 Stagecraft I and II; THTR 245/445 Scenic Design I and II; THTR 250/450 Lighting and Sound Design I and II; THTR 265/365 Stage Management I and II; and Special Topics courses or and Independent Studies in Theatre as needed.
Provide safety oversight and technical support for other SMSU and non-SMSU events taking place in the Fine Arts Theatre or Black Box (music concerts, touring performers, orientation events, community events, etc.)
Provide safety oversight, as well as technical advice and guidance, for 2-3 student-produced Drama Club productions and additional events each academic year.
This position may also include the opportunity to direct Theatre Program productions, and/or to work with the SMSU Children's Theatre and High School Musical Theatre Workshop summer programs.
The regular total credit hour (or equivalent) load for this position is 21 credits per academic year.
Duties also include recruitment, student advising, participating in program assessment contribution to student growth and development, evaluating student performance, creative/scholarly activity, and services to the University community. SMSU, in its commitment to meeting the service needs of the region, expects faculty to engage in regional service, education or study as part of their community service responsibility.
A minimum of an MFA in Scenic Design, Lighting Design, or Scenography required.
Experience designing scenery and lighting for at least three (3) university or professional productions.
Experience as a Technical Director, Assistant TD, or Scene Shop Supervisor for at least three (3) university or professional productions.
Experience teaching university-level theatre design and technical courses.
Demonstrated commitment or proven strategies for fostering a diverse and inclusive environment; demonstrated ability or proven strategies to teach and work with persons from diverse backgrounds are required.
Student-centered approach to education and a commitment to helping grow the Theatre program.
Must have an understanding and appreciation for liberal education.
Southwest Minnesota State University is one of seven universities in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. SMSU gives highest priority to excellence in teaching and preparing students to be lifelong learners through quality undergraduate and graduate teaching/advising and strong student/faculty relationships. We area a public institution offering over 50 majors and minors and four master's degrees. Its mission, dating back to 1967, provides access to university-level programs in liberal arts & professional studies. The University has a special commitment to the educational needs of the people in its service region reflected through its curricula, cultural programs, diversity of staff and students, cooperative relationships with the public and private sectors, and regional institutions. The 216-acre campus encompasses 24 modern, interconnected, and accessible buildings. Marshall (pop. 14,000) is the hub of a rich agricultural area and offers a variety of cultural, recreational and educational opportunities.
SMSU offers a comprehensive benefit package including life, health and dental insurance, a retirement program, tuition waiver for employee and dependents, as well as a variety of other benefits as defined by the individual Collective Bargaining Agreements or Plans. For information on our benefits including Medical and Dental Insurance; Life Insurance; Disability and Long-Term Care; Pre-Tax Benefits; and Health and Wellness, please refer to SEGIP's website http://mn.gov/mmb/segip/index.jsp For information on Minnesota State's Retirement Plan(s), please go to: http://www.minnstate.edu/system/hr/employees/retirement/index.html
Desired Start Date: 08/16/2021
Internal Number: 1558
About Southwest Minnesota State University
Southwest Minnesota State University is a four-year public university offering a high quality education in the liberal arts and professions to prepare students for a life that is successful both personally and professionally. SMSU has grown into a university of choice with high national rankings, producing scholars who become the leaders, thinkers, and entrepreneurs of the future. Students and faculty alike come here to engage in the rich "Southwest Experience," which starts with strong academics, fulfilling social opportunities and support from fellow Mustangs.