University of Victoria, Theatre

Position ID:University of Victoria-Theatre-AP [#20522]
Position Title: Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) in Performance Design (Costume and Set)
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Victoria, BC - British Columbia V8W 2Y2, Canada [map]
Subject Area: Theatre / Performance Design (Costume and Set)
Appl Deadline:2021/12/31 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2021/11/15, listed until 2021/12/31)
Position Description:    

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Department of Theatre, University of Victoria Assistant Professor in Performance Design (Costume and Set).

The University of Victoria is consistently ranked in the top tier of Canada’s research-intensive universities. Vital impact drives the UVic sense of purpose. As an internationally renowned teaching and research hub, we tackle essential issues that matter to people, places and the planet. Situated in the Pacific Rim, our location breeds a profound passion for exploration. Defined by its edges, this extraordinary environment inspires us to defy boundaries, discover, and innovate in exciting ways. It’s different here, naturally and by design. We live, learn, work and explore on the edge of what’s next—for our planet and its peoples. Our commitment to research-inspired dynamic learning and vital impact makes this Canada’s most extraordinary environment for discovery and innovation. Experience the edge of possibilities for yourself. The Department of Theatre at the University of Victoria is one of the most comprehensive and immersive theatre programs in Canada. The majority of the undergraduate students in the Department are pursuing BFA degrees. The four-year undergraduate BFA program provides a broad foundation in the theatre arts during the first and second years and the opportunity to concentrate on one of several areas in the upper years or engage in a self-directed general program. The Department offers MFA degrees in Design and Production and Directing, as well as MA and PhD degrees in Applied Theatre and Theatre Studies. The faculty and staff of the Department are an outstanding team of dedicated and distinguished artists, scholars and production personnel at one of the finest teaching and performance facilities in Canada. For more information about the Department of Theatre at the University of Victoria, please visit our website at . The University of Victoria excels in diverse forms of research and creative activity, innovation and knowledge mobilization that advance human knowledge, improve and enrich lives, tackle global challenges, and promote the sustainability of the planet. Applicants are encouraged to familiarize themselves with The Strategic Framework for the University of Victoria. The Department of Theatre has an extensive track record integrating and aligning research/creative activity and education by fostering high-quality research/creative activity across disciplines. The Department is also a leader in research-enriched and experiential learning. Our focus on teaching excellence and an exceptional student experience ensures that graduate and undergraduate students are transformed by their time at UVic, are equipped for personal success, and contribute effectively as alumni and global citizens. All faculty and staff in the Department are committed to these values to allow us to graduate imaginative individuals capable of close collaboration - future leaders for the theatre industry and the global community.

The Department of Theatre invites applications from talented artist-scholars for a tenure-track position in Performance Design (Costume & Set) at the rank of Assistant Professor to commence July 1, 2022.

Qualified candidates will have: • A terminal degree in design for performance (e.g. MFA). • Documented success teaching Performance Design and related courses at a post-secondary institution and/or mentoring design students and emerging designers. • Significant professional theatre experience as a Costume and Set Designer (5 years minimum).

The appointee will be responsible for teaching costume design (primary area) and set design (secondary area) at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The appointee will be expected to supervise graduate students in the M.F.A. (Design and Production) program as well as serve on supervisory committees as a member. The new faculty member will mentor both graduate and undergraduate students as well as teach a mix of design foundation, history, and design genres/forms as according to the Department’s evolving program and course offerings. In addition, the new faculty member will be responsible for designing a number of the Department of Theatre’s “Mainstage” productions, and/or supervising student designers working on department productions per the Department of Theatre Unit Standard. Proficiency in the elements and principles of design, script and spatial analysis for performance, scenographic and costuming techniques, design for new work and/or devised performance, as well as fluency in new and emerging design-related technologies is desired. Experience in opera, musical theatre, film, television, multimedia, exhibition/event design, decolonial approaches to design, or green (eco) design would be considered an asset. Another design area, such as sound, lighting and/or projection design would also be considered an asset.

The successful candidate will also demonstrate the potential to meet tenure expectations for Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity, Teaching, and Service as defined in the Collective Agreement, Faculty Evaluation Policy, Fine Arts and Department of Theatre Unit Standard. Maintaining professional engagement – locally, nationally and internationally – will be encouraged.

In accordance with the University’s Equity Plan and pursuant to Section 42 of the BC Human Rights Code, preference will be given to members of the following groups: Indigenous peoples, members of visible minorities. Candidates from these groups who wish to qualify for preferential consideration are asked to self-identify in their cover letters.

To be considered, please send • Cover letter that addresses the full scope of the job requirements.

• Curriculum vitae.

• Evidence of Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity: o Portfolio of performance design work including work in progress; o If relevant to applicant’s experience, publications, including work in progress; and, o Statement of creative activity/research interests.

• Evidence of Teaching: o Statement of teaching philosophy; o Evidence of engagement with experiential learning methods (e.g. mentorship of student designers, application of academic theory in practice, supervising student designers mounting productions); o Course syllabi; and, o Evaluation data (if available).

• Evidence of Service: o Statement of service activities (post-secondary institutions, professional organizations or equivalent); and, o Statement of diversity knowledge, experience and skills.

Dr. Anthony Vickery, Chair Department of Theatre University of Victoria PO Box 1700 STN CSC Victoria, BC V8W 2Y2 Email: Telephone: 250-721-7991

In order to be considered, application packages must be received by December 31, 2021. Short-listed candidates will be asked to provide three reference letters.

Please note that reference and background checks, including credential and degree verification, may be undertaken as part of this recruitment process.

UVic is committed to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion in our living, learning and work environments. In pursuit of our values, we seek members who will work respectfully and constructively with differences and across levels of power. We actively encourage applications from members of groups experiencing barriers to equity and for this particular search, preference will be given to applicants who self-identify as Indigenous or Visible Minority scholars. Read our full equity statement here: .

The University acknowledges the potential impact that career interruptions can have on a candidate’s record of research achievement. We encourage applicants to explain in their application the impact that career interruptions have had on their record.

Persons with disabilities, who anticipate needing accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, may contact Faculty Relations and Academic Administration in the Office of the VP Academic and Provost at . Any personal information provided will be maintained in confidence.

Faculty and Librarians at the University of Victoria are governed by the provisions of the Collective Agreement. Members are represented by the University of Victoria Faculty Association (

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; in accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Please indicate in your application package if you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.

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