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Howard and Eloise Mulder Endowed Chair in the Arts

DEPARTMENT: Arts, English, and Humanities

POSITION TITLE: Howard and Eloise Mulder Endowed Chair in the Arts

SUPERVISOR: Arts, English, and Humanities Department Chair with oversight by the Provost & Chancellor

The Department of Arts, English, and Humanities at Louisiana State University at Alexandria (LSUA) invites applications for the Howard and Eloise Mulder Eminent Scholar Chair in the Arts. This is a nine-month faculty position that reports directly to the Chair of the Department of Arts, English, and Humanities. The successful candidate will have a terminal degree in theatre; a national/international reputation as an eminent scholar and/or teacher within his/her discipline; a social network that can assist students in connecting effectively with employment opportunities, graduate and professional schools, and other related activities; a demonstrated record of innovation and creativity; evidence of attracting extramural support for the arts; and an acclaimed performance/creative portfolio and/or publication record and/or a record of prominent leadership roles on such entities as editorial boards, advisory boards, and professional associations. The search committee is especially interested in candidates with extensive experience in areas of theater directing; set, lighting and/or sound design; performance; choreography; and/or play writing. Faculty rank, tenure, and compensation are contingent on academic credentials and life experiences.


RESPONSIBILITES: The holder of the Endowed Chair will be in a position to be responsible for carrying out the following duties that are vital to both the maintenance and expansion of the theatre program as well as existing arts programs and activities:
• Serve as the Program Coordinator for degree programs in the Arts;
• Coordinate efforts to recruit both currently-enrolled and prospective students to arts programs offered by the University, such coordination will require the holder of the chair to work effectively with the University’s admission’s office, with local and regional high schools, particularly those with arts specialization such as Pineville High School, with the University’s media relations office, with the Chair of the Department of Arts, English, and Humanities, and with faculty members in arts disciplines;
• Work with faculty and the Chair of the Department of Arts, English, and Humanities to make revisions to existing arts courses and curricula and to develop new courses and curricula in the arts, based on student feedback, community needs, and institutional effectiveness data;
• Improve existing and forge new relationships with the Alexandria Museum of Art and other arts organizations in Alexandria, the region, state, and nation in order to secure internship opportunities and employment for students in the University’s arts programs;
• Manage and monitor existing theatre space and develop ways to use LSUA’s existing infrastructure and facilities to generate additional revenue for the University’s arts programs;
• Work with the LSUA Foundation and Institutional Advancement staff to secure additional donations and grant money for the purpose of fully staffing the University’s arts programs;
• Support the current arts programs by teaching two upper-level theatre courses each regular semester and by serving as a mentor to other faculty in arts and arts-related disciplines;
• Advise students seeking positions in graduate and professional schools as well as immediate full-time employment in the arts.
• Engage actively with and provide services for the local arts and civic organizations; and
• Serve as a positive role model for students and faculty.
QUALIFICATIONS:
• A terminal degree in theatre;
• A national/international reputation as an eminent scholar and/or teacher within his/her discipline;
• A social network that can help students connect effectively with employment opportunities, graduate and professional schools, and other related activities;
• A demonstrated record of innovation and creativity;
• Evidence of attracting extramural support for the arts from a variety of sources (local, state, national);
• An acclaimed performance/creative portfolio; and/or an outstanding publication record; and/or a record of prominent leadership roles on such entities as editorial boards, advisory boards, and professional associations; and
• A record of external research or recognition for innovation in teaching and development of grants and awards.


Preferred Qualifications:
• Extensive experience in theatre including some, if not all, of the following: directing; set, light and/or sound design; performing; choreography; and/or play writing.

Applications should include a detailed cover letter, vita, unofficial transcripts, and contact information for three references. Applications will be received until the position is filled.

Submit application materials to Ms. Lynette Burlew, HRM Director, 8100 Highway 71 South, Alexandria LA 71302 or e-mail lburlew@lsua.edu.
LSUA is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer

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