Naropa University: Announces a vacant position for Chair MFA Theater Program

Job Description


Position Title: Faculty Chair MFA Theater: Contemporary Performance Program

Job Code: FAC01

Department or School: School of the Arts

Reports to:  Dean of the School of the Arts

FLSA Classification:

Pay Rate: $46,000 – 48,760, depending on rank

Rank: To be Determined

HR Review Date:

Job Summary: Naropa University is searching for a Faculty Chair of the MFA Theater: Contemporary Performance program entering as a full time faculty candidate with a 3 year contract, renewable upon review. We seek a visionary individual with the ability to manage a program of two MFA cohorts, four core faculty and yearly guest artists. The Faculty Chair must be deeply committed to Naropa’s mission and vision of contemplative education and to mentoring the next generation of innovators and practitioners of contemporary performance. They must be able to clearly articulate the unique and cutting edge training that is developing in the MFA curriculum and effectively lead our MFA to the next level of national and international recognition. This is a full time position starting July 1, 2015.



•      20 credit load combining teaching courses in the MFA, and administrative Chair duties.

•      Mentoring and Advising – the Faculty Chair is responsible for the oversight of each student’s journey through the MFA curriculum. This includes guiding faculty in their mentoring and advising roles within the program.

•      Manage all aspects of production in collaboration with the Office of Events, MFA Production Coordinator and MFA faculty.


•      Planning and implementation of the interdisciplinary MFA curriculum in collaboration with MFA faculty and the Dean of the School of the Arts

•      Attend and actively participate in committees and meetings at the program, school and University level commensurate with Full Time Core Faculty employment outlined in faculty handbook.

•      Assure the delivery of curriculum including: course syllabi, assessment of training module content and its delivery, and course schedule management.

•      Develop and oversee curriculum assessment and design and community building in collaboration with MFA faculty and the Dean.

•      Collaborate with offices of Marketing, Admissions, Development, and Academic Affairs in support of the MFA in these areas.

•      Collaborate with School of the Arts Dean regarding budgets and staffing.

•      Program budget development and oversight: Instructional, Operational, and Student Fees/Production budgets.

Minimum Qualifications: 

•      Qualified candidates will possess a Master of Fine Arts or Doctorate degree in a Contemporary Performance-related field (Acting, Directing, Performance Studies, Dance or Movement Studies) or consistently demonstrated leadership in the performing arts within an academic setting.

•      Minimum 5 years of successful university level teaching in performance techniques directly related to the MFA’s aesthetics and interdisciplinary, physical pedagogy.  The program especially seeks expertise in the area of physical actor training, Viewpoints, Suzuki and/or academic credentials in the area of Performance Studies, critical theory and context.

•      Commitment to graduate teaching and mentoring in an experimental conservatory and contemplative education setting.

•      Successful applicants will be familiar with contemporary arts trends, issues, theories and methods, and demonstrate teaching experience informed by contemplative practice.

•      Demonstrated ability to collaborate with others in an administrative and leadership capacity.

•      Familiarity with the vision and mission of Naropa University and the MFA Theater: Contemporary Performance program is preferred.

Preferred Qualifications

·      Demonstrated ability to provide at least one element of physical studio training at a graduate level and/or qualified to teach critical theory, history and context based on a graduate degree in this area.

•      Demonstrated ability as a teacher in contemplative education. 

Applications: Application review begins December 15th and continues until position is filled. Qualified candidates should apply online and include : Curriculum Vitae, one page Teaching Philosophy, three professional references, and digital representation of work (e.g. website, portfolio, publication links, etc.).

Naropa University is actively engaged in creating an inclusive, diverse community and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. In keeping with our diversity initiatives, we encourage applications from persons of historically under-represented groups and those who support diversity.


3. Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation – USArtists International – Guidelines – Baltimore, Maryland

USArtists International Guidelines
The application deadlines for USArtists International (USAI) 2015 grant rounds are:
> CLOSED: September 5, 2014 for projects taking place between November 1, 2014 and October 31, 2015.
> December 5, 2014 for projects taking place between March 1, 2015 and February 29, 2016
> April 17, 2015 for projects taking place between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016.

Guidelines are available below:
Download USAI Guidelines (pdf)
To access the USAI online eGRANT application click here.


4. An Opportunity for US and European Professionals in Arts and Culture:Cultural Fellowships in Russia 

CEC ArtsLink is pleased to share with you the request for fellowship applications by our Russian colleagues at the Likhachev Foundation. If you are interested in applying, review the information below and respond directly to the competition coordinator, Elena Vitenberg, and The subject line should read “Application for the Fellowship”. Please note that CEC ArtsLink does not administer this program and has no hand in the selection process. 

The Likhachev Foundation (St. Petersburg, Russia) and the Fund of the First Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin (Moscow, Russia), with support of the Committee on External Relations of St. Petersburg, announce a competition for 2-week cultural fellowships in St. Petersburg on  May 11-24, 2015.
The application deadline is February 1, 2015.  The Likhachev Foundation will accept applications from the US and European professionals in the fields of culture, history and arts who are working on creative projects related to Russian culture or history. Command of the Russian language is very helpful but not required. Students are not eligible. Working languages of the program are English and Russian.
Creative project could be a museum exhibition, a theater performance, a film, photo exhibition, preparation of fiction or research books, etc. related to Russian culture or history. Creative project should be conceived in the USA or Europe for a broad American or European audience. Residence in Russia should serve as an important stage in the realization of the applicant’s cultural project.
The Likhachev Foundation will prepare individual programs for the fellows according to their projects’ specifics, to help them achieve maximum results during their fellowships. These programs will include meetings with Russian colleagues, possibilities to work at St. Petersburg museums, libraries, archives and other organizations.
Ten two-week fellowships will be organized on May 11-24, 2015 in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Deadline for submitted applications is February 1, 2015.
Applicants will be notified by March 1, 2015.
Application should include : 

  • CV (including information on Russian language skills, previous creative projects related to Russia and previous visits to Russia).
  • Description of creative project (up to 3 pages) such as museum or exhibition project, theater performance, film, preparation of fiction or research book and other types of cultural projects related to Russian culture or history. It should contain, in particular, a paragraph on how a residency in St. Petersburg will benefit the applicant’s creative project and which cultural organizations in St. Petersburg the applicant would like to work with. 

Email your application in Russian or English to the competition coordinator Elena Vitenberg and with subject line «application for the fellowship».   

The D. S. Likhachev International Charitable Foundation

B. Yeltsin Presidential Center

Committee on External Relations of Saint Petersburg