Sessional Assistant Professor, Acting/Performance
The Department of Theatre & Performance at York University invites highly qualified applicants for a 3-year Contractually Limited Appointment at the rank of Sessional Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream in Acting/Performance for Stage & Media to commence 1 July 2023.
The successful candidate will be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses and to provide creative educational leadership in enhancing teaching and learning through curricular and pedagogical innovation in the classroom and studio practice. The programs taught will have an emphasis on acting and integrated training for live and digital performance (e.g. mediated performance for television and film, audio formats such as voice-over, and digital performance such as performance capture).
• An MFA in Theatre (or MFA equivalent with a substantial record of professional experience) in Acting, Directing, or Performance Creation (or a related field) is required.
• Ongoing and dynamic professional theatre practice focused in one or more of the following areas: acting, acting for the camera, directing, performance creation (devised theatre), voice-over, performance capture; and significant experience teaching in two or more of these areas
• Excellence or clear potential thereof in teaching university-level courses, as evident in: the letter of application; teaching accomplishments and pedagogical innovations including in high priority areas such as experiential education, technology enhanced learning and community-based learning; teaching evaluations; and letters of reference.
• Strong commitment to pedagogy and student success, the capacity to bring a theoretical and practical orientation to teaching, learning and program design, and evidence of good judgment and a reflective approach to innovation in teaching built on an awareness of, and experience with Equity, Diversity, Decolonization and Inclusion (EDDI).
• Significant experience working with marginalized theatre artists and groups [e.g., Indigenous, Black, and People of Colour (IBPOC), persons with disabilities] and able to contribute to the diverse perspectives among our faculty and students is strongly preferred.
• Experience with curriculum development and universal design approaches to teaching and assessment is preferred.
• Clear record of, or potential for service contributions through administrative and committee work.
We acknowledge that within higher education in Canada, traditional or conventional academic and artistic pathways can reinforce biases in the filling of faculty posts. We encourage applications that may not fit all of the qualifications and that challenge our ideas of teaching, scholarship and research of teaching, and artistic practice. We are particularly interested in colleagues who bring experience in facilitating equity, diversity and inclusion practices within their teaching, and which may include contexts outside of the academic, including artistic praxis and community-based work.
• Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
• All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval.
• All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens, permanent residents and Indigenous peoples in Canada will be given priority.
• York University has a policy on Accommodation in Employment for Persons with Disabilities and is committed to working towards a barrier-free workplace and to expanding the accessibility of the workplace to persons with disabilities. Candidates who require accommodation during the selection process are invited to contact Prof. Gwenyth Dobie, Chair of the Search Committee, email@example.com.
• York University is an Affirmative Action (AA) employer and strongly values diversity, including gender and sexual diversity, within its community. The AA Program, which applies to women, members of racialized groups, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities and those who self-identify as 2SLGBTQ+, can be found at www.yorku.ca/acadjobs or by calling the AA line at 416-736-5713. Applicants wishing to self-identify as part of York University’s Affirmative Action program can do so by downloading, completing and submitting this voluntary self-identification form.
• Due date for completed applications: October 31, 2022
• Required components: 1) letter of application outlining professional experience; 2) current CV; 3) teaching dossier with evidence of excellence and innovation in teaching (e.g., sample course outlines, teaching evaluations, conference papers and publications relating to pedagogy; 4) names of three (3) referees who can speak to the candidate’s qualifications. (Letters will only be solicited from finalists.)
• Candidates must also download, complete, and submit a Work Status Declaration form. This is a mandatory form and no application will be considered without it.
• Submit materials addressed to Prof. Gwenyth Dobie, Chair of the Search committee—Acting for Stage & Media, via email to Mary Pecchia, Administrative Assistant of the Department of Theatre & Performance (firstname.lastname@example.org).
• York is a leading international teaching and research university, and a driving force for positive change. Empowered by a welcoming and diverse community with a uniquely global perspective, we are preparing our students for their long-term careers and personal success. Together, we can make things right for our communities, our planet and our future.
• York is located in Toronto, Canada’s largest city and one of the world’s most diverse. In 2022, Forbes named Toronto one of the Ten Best Cities to Live. York is accessible from Toronto by subway.