Program Chair/Instructor, Theatre Production Program
Faculty of Fine Arts and Communications

The Theatre Production program at MacEwan University is seeking a highly-qualified individual with the experience, vision and leadership ability to manage the current diploma program and guide its development to the baccalaureate level. This is a full-time, continuing faculty appointment with teaching, production and leadership responsibilities. The successful candidate will have the ability and willingness to serve as department chair and will be appointed to the chair position for a one year term,

About MacEwan and the Program
The Theatre Production program is situated within the Faculty of Fine Arts and Communications (FFAC) of MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta and is an integral part of the city’s vibrant arts community. FFAC students benefit from the rich cultural environment in the city of Edmonton and its reputation as one of the liveliest arts communities in the country. The University anticipates the opening of a new downtown building to house FFAC programs within the next three years.

The Theatre Production program works collaboratively with MacEwan’s musical theatre training program. The focus of the two-year diploma program is on preparing students for entry level positions as technicians for the professional performing arts and entertainment industries. Courses include lighting, sound, wardrobe, carpentry, set painting, properties, video and projection technology, and stage and production management. Typically students would expect to spend approximately half of their time working on in-house productions.

The MacEwan Theatre Production program has been educating well-respected technicians for more than thirty years. As part of MacEwan’s continuing evolution as a university, internal and external degree completion options for Theatre Production students are being investigated. The program has one continuing faculty position, eight sessional faculty and approximately forty students.

This individual is responsible for teaching in the program and managing the theatre season as well as the overall administration, planning and delivery of the program. Duties include supervision of faculty, student recruitment and retention, budget oversight and curriculum development. He/she must be up to the challenge of maintaining a balanced learning environment while under the pressure of real time production. Apart from administrative duties, responsibilities will include teaching a number of courses, supervising student practicums and overseeing production processes. The theatre season has included 2-3 full-scale musicals and a number of smaller performances. Nurturing the strong relationship with Theatre Arts faculty and students is a key responsibility.

Applicants must have a graduate degree in a related discipline, extensive professional experience in production, and a good understanding of the challenges involved in the education of theatre production and entertainment technologies professionals. Consideration may be given to individuals with an equivalent combination of education and professional experience.

Building on the program’s current mission and vision, the candidate must be able to articulate a clear vision for transitioning the curriculum to the baccalaureate level and possess the curricular expertise to implement degree completion options for students. Additionally, the candidate will be required to establish and maintain the confidence and respect of faculty, students, staff, alumni and the professional communities.

The successful candidate should also have teaching experience at the post-secondary level and strong administrative, interpersonal and management skills.

Application Process
Applicants should submit a covering letter, curriculum vitae, recent teaching evaluations, a statement of teaching philosophy and instructional strategies, and names and contact information for three references.

This position is included under the Faculty Association Collective Agreement.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

Category Full-Time Continuing
Salary Commensurate with education and experience
Closing Date Open until a suitable candidate is found. Review of application will commence on March 10, 2014
Competition No. 14.02.019
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