Assistant Professor of Theatre

Mary Baldwin University

Position Announcement: Mary Baldwin University’s Department of Theatre invites applications for an assistant professor of theatre, a fixed-term, full-time position beginning July 1, 2019. This position requires a theatre generalist with experience in devising and directing, and an interest in areas of technical production. A focus on contemporary, non-Western drama, devised work, and dramaturgy is desirable, as well as a demonstrated ability to engage with Mary Baldwin’s highly diverse student body. We seek candidates who are passionate collaborators, dedicated recruiters, and are committed to working alongside faculty and students in the performing and visual arts to develop and deliver the department’s core competencies and the University’s central mission. We particularly seek and encourage applications from minorities, women, and persons with disabilities. The appointment may include graduate instruction.

Duties and Responsibilities: Primary responsibilities include teaching, devising, and directing in the undergraduate theatre department; possible teaching and supervision at the graduate level; participation on departmental, college, and university level committees; advising, recruitment, programming, and assigned departmental duties and responsibilities.

Qualifications: The successful candidate will have professional experience as a theatre maker as well as teaching experience at the university level with diverse student bodies. An MFA or PhD in Theatre is required. A broad knowledge of core theatrical disciplines is desirable as well as a demonstrable interest in non-Western forms of drama and performance. The candidate should have strong interpersonal and collaborative skills, a commitment to excellence in teaching and advising and recruiting, a vision for new program development, and a promising record of professional work.

Emphasis on Diversity: Mary Baldwin University is an intentionally diverse educational community, with a vibrant population of over 1900 undergraduate and graduate students in its residential and online programs. More than fifty percent of MBU’s residential undergraduates  are students of color and the University aspires to develop a faculty and staff that reflect its demographic. The University places a high priority on the cultivation of a community in which all students are both seen and heard. As such, we seek and encourage applications from members of groups underrepresented in higher education and with academic experience with diverse student bodies. Above all, Mary Baldwin seeks candidates eager to embrace and empower an ethic of equity, diversity, and inclusivity.

Applications:

Please send C.V. and a letter of application to Fine Arts Resource Coordinator Donna Bowyers at Donna Bowyer dbowyer@marybaldwin.edu. Please have recommendations available upon request. Deadline for consideration is March 7, 2019. Mary Baldwin University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Equal Access Employer and especially encourages applications from minorities, women, and persons with disabilities.

Mary Baldwin University and Staunton, Virginia

Founded in 1842, Mary Baldwin University is a small, coeducational university offering a range of degree programs from bachelor to doctoral. It serves a growing student population on its main campus in Staunton, Virginia; at its nearby health sciences campus in Augusta County; and online. Two hours from the nation’s capital, located on the western edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the picturesque and historic Shenandoah Valley, the university’s main campus is on 58 hilltop acres and opens onto downtown Staunton, regularly named one of the best small towns in America.

The university welcomed its largest ever incoming class in Fall 2018, and it is a pivotal and exciting time in the institution’s distinguished 177-year history. A radical belief in student potential and in the transformative power of the liberal arts and sciences has guided Mary Baldwin University since its founding. Mary Baldwin’s history began with founder Rufus Bailey and what was then a revolutionary idea: that women, like men, should be well educated. A generation later, namesake Mary Julia Baldwin took the reins during the Civil War; afterward her cutting-edge innovations made the institution thrive. Augusta Female Seminary was renamed Mary Baldwin Seminary in 1895 in honor of Miss Baldwin, and became Mary Baldwin College in 1923. In 2016, the institution became Mary Baldwin University to reflect its growing range of bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs, and in 2017 the university welcomed its first residential men students to campus. Imbued with an entrepreneurial spirit, the university has repeatedly introduced new methods and programs at the forward edge of educational trends and societal needs. Emphasizing global leadership and citizenship, MBU is noted for high academic standards, strong leadership development programs, a diverse student body, and innovative programs including the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership.

Staunton is conveniently located in the beautiful and historic Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Known for its historic architecture and charming downtown, it is home to a vibrant arts and music scene and offers a range of excellent dining, wine bars, and micro-breweries. With five National Historic Districts, Staunton is easily explored by foot. Its compact downtown features over one hundred unique shops, art galleries and restaurants. Founded in 1747, the city is the birthplace of President Woodrow Wilson, and the city manager form of government. At the crossroads of Virginia, Staunton is a transportation hub with advanced rail, highway, and air access. The city lies at the heart of Virginia’s Education and Technology Corridor with nine colleges and universities regionally and a “Blue Ribbon” local school system. Staunton is within Augusta County which hosts corporate residents including Best Buy, Specialty Blades, Bruin, U.S.A., McKee Foods, Hershey Chocolate, and a host of other fine companies.

Opportunities to explore the arts and culture abound in Staunton. Located on the edge of campus are the Blackfriars Playhouse, the only replica of Shakespeare’s indoor theater, and the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library. The Heifetz International Music Institute makes its home at Mary Baldwin University each summer; along with the Staunton Music Festival, music lovers can fill the summer months with performances of superior quality. The community supports a thriving farmers’ market and excellent restaurants.

The Shenandoah Valley with the adjacent Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains offer scenic beauty and abundant opportunity for outdoor activities. The region features Shenandoah National Park, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the George Washington National Forest, includes over 100 miles of the Appalachian Trail, and offers numerous other hiking and biking trails, spectacular caverns, trout fishing in mountain streams, golf, kayaking, and skiing. Vineyards and wineries abound in the region along with a growing range of other agribusinesses.

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