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Lecturer(s) - Scenic Design, Costume Design, Design for Performance

Position overview

Position title: Lecturer
Salary range: $64,329 - $100,223; commensurate with college teaching experience.
Percent time: 67%-100%
Anticipated start: July 1, 2023
Position duration: Initial appointment of 1 year (renewable).

Application Window

Open date: September 1, 2022

Most recent review date: Monday, Oct 31, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Wednesday, May 31, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies at the University of California, Berkeley seeks applications for Lecturer faculty positions in the areas of Set Design for Performance and Costume Design for Performance.

The Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies (TDPS) teaches performance as a mode of critical inquiry, creative expression, and public engagement. Through performance training and research, we create liberal arts graduates with expanded analytical, technical, and imaginative capacities. As a public institution, we make diversity, equity, and inclusion a key part of our teaching, art making, and public programming. Successful candidates for our design faculty positions will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to advancing equity and inclusion through their teaching, research, and service.

The Department seeks candidates who are interested in designing at least one production per semester in addition to their teaching duties. It is expected that all courses will be conducted in person, and that instructors will be present in the classroom.

Courses include:

Scenic Design for Performance
This introductory course teaches some fundamentals of scenic design. Design for live performance will be approached as an integration of all the performative tools – text, visuals, sound, space, kinetics, etc – with particular focus in this class on the overall scenographic environment. Through personal development and group explorations students will be given basic conceptual and art-making tools allowing them to evolve, communicate and realize scenic and environmental solutions. Previous art training is helpful but not essential. The student must provide most art supplies. The final evaluation will include a presentation in lieu of an exam.

Costume Design for Performance
This studio class explores some fundamental approaches and techniques for designing costume. Performance design will be approached as a product of all the performative tools and contexts – text, visuals, sound, space, kinetics, etc – with particular focus for this class on the scenographic role of the performer. Through personal expression and collaborative investigation students will be given some basic tools allowing them to conceptualize, communicate and realize costumes. Previous art training is helpful but not essential. The student must provide most art supplies. The final evaluation will include a presentation in lieu of an exam.

Design for Performance
The course introduces students to the creative/collaborative process of design for theater, dance, & performance production, and is an overview of both the history of design for the stage and basic design theory. Specific theater design fields, including scenic, costume, & lighting design are explored to create a vocabulary for the discussion, appreciation, participation & evaluation of theatrical design. The course also covers the collaborative processes involved in designing for performance. It is a project-based class, and course work consists of engaging with readings, lecture material, research, critical analysis, and rendering with basic digital tools and physical prototyping.

In addition to teaching responsibilities, general duties include office hours, assigning grades, advising students, preparing course materials (e.g., syllabus), and interacting with students outside of class time via email and/or bCourses. Some courses may require supervision of discussion sections taught by graduate students.

Qualifications

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Bachelor's Degree (or equivalent international degree) or equivalent professional experience.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

Minimum of 2 years of teaching at College/University or Secondary School level.

Preferred qualifications

MFA, or equivalent international degree, or extensive professional experience.
3-5 years' experience at College/University level.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Statement on Contributions to Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired at Berkeley (for additional information go to https://ofew.berkeley.edu/recruitment/contributions-diversity).

  • Website/Portfolio - Include examples of your design work via website referral, online portfolio, or video link submission.

Reference requirements
  • 2-4 required (contact information only)

References will be solicited from candidates who are under serious consideration, and will not be contacted without prior consent of the candidate.

Apply link: https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/JPF03587

Help contact: jean-paul@berkeley.edu

Campus Information

Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are core values at UC Berkeley. Our excellence can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and academic and non-academic staff who share our commitment to these values. Successful candidates for our academic positions will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to advancing equity, inclusion, and belonging.

The University of California, Berkeley is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct

In searches when letters of reference are required all letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality (http://apo.berkeley.edu/ucb-confidentiality-policy) prior to submitting their letter.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for the deadlines applicable to new University of California employees. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

Positions that are represented by a collective bargaining unit or agent have particular contracts. For more information, please refer to the relevant contract: Lecturer contract, Postdoctoral contract, Research Series contract, and Librarian contract. Questions about represented positions can be directed to the hiring unit.

Job location

Berkeley, CA