Clinical Assistant Professor of Stage Management

Job description: The School of Film, Dance and Theatre in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University seeks a full-time Clinical Assistant Professor in Stage Management, with a particular focus on individuals with experience in professional venues.  This is an academic year, non-tenure-track faculty position for one year. As a Clinical Assistant Professor of Stage Management, the ideal applicant will be dedicated to fostering individual student growth and will have a broad understanding of current practices in the field. Responsibilities include teaching three or four courses per semester; mentoring and supervising undergraduate student projects and internships as well as participate in curriculum development and faculty governance. We seek an enthusiastic, imaginative, skilled Stage Manager to assist in developing and growing an exciting department of Stage/Arts Management students. The ideal candidate has initiative, drive, and is self-motivated. Active participation in service to the school and in the life of the unit is expected, as well as supervision/mentorship of undergraduate student projects, capstone experience and professional internships. The candidate will teach undergraduate core courses and develop new specialized courses in their area of expertise. Teach, mentor, and work with a diverse student population and contribute to an inclusive campus community is an essential component of the job. They will serve as technologist as needed on production. The candidate will perform appropriate service to school, institute, university, and profession.

About ASU: Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 80,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation’s fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe. About the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts: ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, the largest comprehensive design and arts school in the nation, is a vibrant example of the of the New American University philosophy. With more than 5,000 students, more than 400 faculty and faculty associates, 135 degree options and a tradition of top-ranked programs, the Herberger Institute is built on a combination of disciplines unlike any other program in the nation. The institute includes the School of Art, School of Arts, Media and Engineering, The Design School, School of Film, Dance and Theatre, School of Music, and the ASU Art Museum. Through recognizing that design and the arts are critical resources for transforming society and solving complex problems, ASU’s Herberger Institute is committed to positioning artists, scholars, designers, and educators at the center of public life. For more information on the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, visit

About the School of Film, Dance and Theatre: The School of Film, Dance and Theatre, with its emphasis on new work and socially engaged practice, is a collaborative community of artists, scholars, students, faculty and staff who are shaping the future of film, dance, and theatre through inventive curricula and innovative programming. At the center of our philosophy are the three “Cs”: creativity, community and collaboration. We build on these core values in our classrooms and studios, research endeavors, public programming and community engagement. With over 650 film majors, over 250 undergraduate theatre majors, 100 undergraduate dance majors and over 50 MA, MFA and PhD students, the School of Film, Dance and Theatre is a dynamic teaching, learning and discovery environment in which production and curriculum are mutually supportive. A new, state-of-the-art, multimillion-dollar production building for the film program will open in 2021. ASU film also has an ever-expanding presence in Los Angeles through Film Spark, our alumni outreach and student/industry networking program, as well as other planned programs housed in the historic Herald Examiner Building. The film program is composed of award-winning professionals who deliver a curriculum with a foundation based on ethical filmmaking practices and an emphasis on narrative short digital filmmaking, television, documentary and pre-professional development.

Each year, the School of Film, Dance and Theatre presents an extensive season of productions that push the boundaries of contemporary theatre and dance and an annual student film festival that highlights the best emerging talent in digital film and media production. Our programming features hundreds of live events and presentation of student films; these works engage over 20,000 community members in the metro Phoenix area. School and Institute initiatives include the Hollywood Invades Tempe series connecting students with top filmmakers, and Performance in the Borderlands lecture series, workshops, performances, and public discussions. Cross Institute initiatives include the Pave Program in Arts Entrepreneurship, including speakers, workshops and symposium; the Urban Sol collaboration of Valley area DJs, MCs, graffiti artists and dancers; and ArtsWorks, an initiative that unites artists and scholars with community leaders in research and programs focused on children and the arts.

Required qualifications: 

Required qualifications:

MFA or equivalent and sustained professional experience in Stage Management 3 years of professional experience Excellent organization skills Clear and effective communication skills Knowledge and experience in current practices and technology Experience working with diverse population and promoting equity Demonstrated excellence in teaching at the university level and/or professional mentorship in the field

Desired qualifications: 

Desired qualifications:

Experience working with first generation students Understanding of Higher Education Production Process Slack messaging and Asana Project Management Software Record of at least three years of professional and relevant industry experience Demonstrated ability to design college-level curriculum (both online and in person courses) specifically for production or stage management Experience in Stage Management for both Theatre and Dance Experience in Stage Management for non-proscenium based work, devised work, and experimental work

Instruction to apply: 

Instruction to apply: Please submit the five following items: (1) a letter of interest, (2) a one-page teaching philosophy, (3) up to two-pages on approach to, and evidence of diversity and inclusion through creative work/research, teaching, and/or service, (4) links to a portfolio of up to three representative works; for longer works, provide the in to out-points for an excerpt no longer than twenty-minutes and a brief statement to contextualize the excerpt, (5) a curriculum vitae with contact information of three references. All applications must be submitted electronically via

Application deadline: 

Application deadline:  The application deadline is June 30, 2019; if not filled, every two weeks thereafter until search is closed.

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