Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies
Berkeley, CA

Expires: 12/20/19

Job Dates

Candidates must be available to teach: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:00-3:30pm from January 14 - May


Salary is commensurate with experience in accordan per month

Lecturer Design for Performance Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies at UC Berkeley

The Department of Theater, Dance + Performance Studies is part of the Division of Arts and Humanities in the College of Letters and Science. Its programs integrate undergraduate and graduate instruction with student participation in theater, dance, and performance studies. There are approximately 100 majors in addition to 25 students pursuing a Ph.D. in the Graduate Group in Performance Studies. Approximately 400 students are enrolled per semester in courses that engage in participation in productions as actors, dancers, builders, stage crew, stage managers, directors, choreographers, or designers. The department has an active performance season and offers upper division courses in theatrical design and technical theater. We are beginning to expand our design coursework as part of a larger campus initiative to engage in the broader topic of design.

The department is seeking a Lecturer to teach a new introductory-level course entitled: Design for Performance in the spring term of 2020. Candidates must have expertise in one of these areas of theatrical design: scenic, costume, or lighting and the ability to teach entry level design theory, history, and practice in all of these areas. Design for Performance (Theater 160) introduces students to the creative/collaborative process of design for theater and dance production. The course offers an overview of the history of theater design and introduces students to basic design theory for the stage. The class then delves deeper into three specific theatrical design fields of scenic design, costume design, and lighting design.

The course objectives are to create a vocabulary for the discussion, appreciation, participation and evaluation of theatrical design. Much of the course work involves engaging with readings, lecture material, and creating projects that are made with basic digital tools or modest physical prototyping. The goal is to enable students to understand and experience the basic elements of design through a series of lectures, exercises, and exams, and apply the course content to a final project and a written paper. Candidates should have some experience with the following software: ProCreate, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Sketchup, and/or Vectorworks, and have excellent writing and communication skills, including experience using electronic/digital platforms. Candidates must be available to teach: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:00-3:30pm from January 14 - May 15, 2020.

General Duties
In addition to teaching responsibilities, general duties include (but are not limited to) managing graders and/or graduate student instructors (teaching assistants), holding office hours, assigning grades, advising students, preparing course materials (e.g., syllabus), and maintaining a course website.

Basic Qualifications (by time of application):

Bachelor's degree or equivalent international degree.
Additional Qualifications (by start date):

1 year of teaching experience at the high school or college level.
Preferred Qualifications:

MFA degree (or equivalent international degree) in related design area and/or equivalent experience/training.
Some basic experience with video and sound design.
Experience with the following software: ProCreate, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Sketchup, and/or Vectorworks.
Excellent writing and communication skills, including experience using electronic/digital platforms.
Salary is commensurate with experience in accordance with the current Unit-18 lecturer salary scale and its provisions. Annual minimum lecturer salary is $56,381. Single semester appointments take place over the course of 5 months and are likely to be between 33% and 67%, meaning one or two classes per semester will be available with this position. This is a part-time position. Minimum compensation per course will be approximately $9,303.

UC Lecturers are academic appointees in an organized bargaining unit and are exclusively represented by American Federation of Teachers - Unit 18.

To apply, please go to the following link:

Applicants are required to submit the names of 3-5 references (contact information only). Letters of reference may be solicited for finalists. 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/evalltr.html) prior to submitting their letters.

The position will remain open until filled.

Please direct questions Megan Lowe (mlowe@berkeley.edu).

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