Adjunct faculty to teach Arts and the Community: Current Practice and New Visions in the Arts Leadership Department of the Thornton School of Music, Spring 2020 (January 13, 2020 â May 15, 2020).
Drawing on the deep artistic and intellectual resources of USC and the vibrant cultural landscape of Los Angeles, Arts Leadership at Thornton is an innovative, artist-centric graduate degree program for artists, arts administrators and cultural entrepreneurs who want to expand their personal vision to create a meaningful and sustainable life and career in the arts.
While it is situated in the USC Thornton School of Music, Arts Leadership is intentionally multi-disciplinary, drawing students from various artistic backgrounds, genres and ranges of experience. Self-directed learning and actual practice combined with mentorship from Arts Leadership faculty and guidance from working professionals in the field are hallmarks of the programâs unique design.
Principal duties will include teaching Arts and the Community: Current Practice and New Visions in Spring 2020 (January 13, 2020 â May 15, 2020).
The ideal candidate will have expertise and direct experience in contemporary practices of Community Engagement by nonprofit performing arts organizations; candidates with community engagement work and demonstrated success with innovative ways of integrating the arts into communities are encouraged to apply. An understanding of and commitment to the arts as a driver of social change is particularly relevant and desired. The successful candidate will also have a forward thinking point of view about the current environment for the arts, have significant experience working in the arts, experience teaching at the college-level, possess excellent communication skills and be able to inspire and motivate students of diverse backgrounds, ages and interests.Â Applicants with a background in any arts disciplines are encouraged to apply.
TheÂ student body at USC/Thornton is extraordinarily diverse: it is racially and ethnically a majority/minority population with a full range of expressions of gender, ability and sexual identities which we embrace as a source of institutional strength and community pride. The Universityâs commitment to building an academic environment hospitable to this wide range of diversity is full and complete. To that end, we are seeking to create as diverse a pool of candidates as possible; one which reflects the broad diversity of identities and experiences that comprise the country.
BA minimum; advanced degree preferred
5-7 years work experience
Teaching experience at the college-level; formal or informal
Individuals from nontraditional backgrounds will be considered on a case by case basis
Graduate degree in an arts discipline or Arts Education
Graduate level teaching experience
Significant professional accomplishment in community engagement and the arts
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