UB Department of Theatre and Dance Seeks Assistant Teaching Professor of Entertainment Technology

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The Department of Theatre & Dance at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York (UB), invites applications for an Assistant Teaching Professor (official state title: Clinical Assistant Professor) in Entertainment Technology. This is a full-time (10 month) non-tenure-track faculty position with an emphasis on teaching, recruitment, and artistic service. The initial appointment will be for a three-year term with opportunity for renewal.

This position will have a 3-3 teaching load and service to the Design and Technology program and the Department of Theatre and Dance. Depending on rotation, semester, and faculty expertise, teaching responsibilities may include:

  • TH106 – Intro to Technical Theatre (To be updated to Entertainment Technology)
  • TH199 – UB Seminar – Live Event Production
  • TH332 – Lighting Design 1
  • TH440 – Studies in Design (sound, lighting, and video technology)
  • The opportunity to create a Sound Design Course
  • The opportunity to create a large seated or online course for non-majors interested in live event design and technology

The position will also regularly leading TH349 – Technical Studio (sound, lighting, and video technology), which involves:

  • Coordinating and directing the work of students assigned to design and technology roles within the THD production season;
  • Assuring compliance with safety standards; and
  • Teaching and mentoring across subject areas including sound consoles/live sound mix, theatre dimming and other electrical and digital stage systems, computer networking and show control systems for live and recorded events.

Artistic Service may include:

  • Providing instructional, operational, and technical support for audio, video, lighting, and other technical systems for THD lab spaces in the CFA (Drama Theatre, Black Box Theatre, Rehearsal Workshop, Dance Studios), Alumni Arena (AA188 and AA190), and Katharine Cornell Theatre. Work includes but is not limited to setup; strike; sound, lighting, video, and power operation; maintenance and repair of equipment used; and onsite support of technical coursework, faculty research, performances, and academic ad-hoc events.
  • Acting as the lighting and sound supervisor for the KCT, which includes supervising technical rehearsals and performances at the KCT, including those for groups renting the facilities. This includes maintaining familiarity with and working knowledge of KCT equipment, maintaining and gaining understanding of how new media may enhance KCT and departmental productions, and bringing technical/equipment issues promptly to the attention of appropriate faculty. This role also attends technical rehearsals at the KCT.
  • Installing and skillfully operating sound, lighting, power, and video production equipment at varied locations. In consultation with production management and technical direction, determining safe and effective equipment deployment required for specific projects.
  • Facilitating and managing the integration of new media for departmental productions and/or for general use in studios, labs, and theatres.

Other service may include:

  • Building strategic relationships with professional theatres and organizations.
  • Contributing to development and implementation of the technical theatre certificate program.
  • Maintaining regular office hours, contributing to department and system-
  • wide committees, and attending department meetings.
  • Participating in recruitment and retention initiatives as well as interdisciplinary projects within and outside the University.

Additional information and how to apply:

Please be advised, all application materials should be submitted via UB Jobs. Application materials submitted directly to the posting contact will not be acknowledged and cannot be considered. The Search Committee will begin review of applications after the start of the fall 2023 semester. The position is open until filled.

University at Buffalo is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and, in keeping with our commitment, welcomes all to apply including veterans and individuals with disabilities.