Birmingham-Southern College (BSC) invites applications for a Visiting Instructor in Theatre Design and Technical Direction beginning in the fall of 2019 through January 2020.  This is a sabbatical replacement position. We seek a faculty member with broad teaching and design interests who will support, enhance, and expand the Theatre curriculum at all levels and who can collaborate with colleagues and students across disciplinary lines in a liberal arts environment. BSC is committed to diversifying our faculty and access to higher education, and our department strives to increase access to theatre majors and careers among underrepresented groups. We seek a colleague who shares these aspirations, and we value faculty engagement with the professional and wider community.

Applicants should hold a M.F.A. in Theatre Design and Technology. Applicants with hours towards a graduate degree with professional experience will also be considered.  Providing an outstanding undergraduate education is the primary mission of the college, and applicants must demonstrate a commitment to excellence in undergraduate teaching. The applicant is expected to teach 2.5 units in Fall and 1 unit in January. The successful candidate will also be expected to maintain continued scholarly activity (design and technical direction) that engages undergraduate students.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Teach courses in Lighting Design, Technical Workshop and Theatre Practicum.

Design scenery and/or lights for productions in Fall (Falsettos) and January (new script TBA)

Run the technical production program for two (2) Fall and one (1) January productions.

Mentor student designers in scenery, lights, projections.

Maintain departmental technical theatre area budgets.

Act as department’s Technical Director/Production Manager

Required Skills:

Use of Vectorworks as design and drafting tool for productions and for teaching in Light Design class

Experience in design of scenery and lighting.

Experience in sound production.

Experience in classroom teaching (preferably in lighting design)

To apply, email (1) a letter of application addressing your interest in teaching at a liberal arts college and how your experiences with teaching, scholarship, and/or service might contribute to a college community whose core values include a commitment to diversity and inclusion, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) a statement of teaching philosophy, (4) (unofficial) graduate transcripts, and (5) three letters of recommendation to alitsey@bsc.edu.

Questions may be addressed to Dr. Alan Litsey at alitsey@bsc.edu. Screening of applications will be ongoing as the position will remain open until filled.

Birmingham-Southern College is a selective residential liberal arts college enrolling approximately 1,300 undergraduate students. BSC is included in Pope’s Colleges that Change Lives and is a sheltering institution for Phi Beta Kappa. The college’s curriculum is based on close faculty-student interaction in teaching, advising, and research. For more on the college’s faculty, students, educational mission, and national reputation, visit www.bsc.edu.

Birmingham-Southern College is located just minutes from downtown Birmingham, which is the largest city in Alabama and a leading hub for banking and medical research in the Southeast. Birmingham is also a vibrant center for entertainment, commerce, and recreational activities. There are six higher education institutions within a short commute. The city also hosts a symphony, zoo, botanical garden, the largest art museum in the Southeast, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, and annual art, music, and film festivals as well as numerous opportunities for outdoor adventure activities. In 2015, Birmingham was ranked as the #1 “next hot food city” by Zagat’s. Forbes recently rated Birmingham as one of the top 10 cities where one’s paycheck goes the furthest.

BSC is an equal opportunity employer and is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute through their teaching, research, and/or service to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. BSC is also committed to expanding the diversity of the faculty, staff and the student body and in creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for all. Individuals from diverse populations are encouraged to apply. BSC complies with the Alabama Child Protection Act and E-Verify and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

To apply for this job email your details to alitsey@bsc.edu