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Assistant Professor of Scenic and Lighting Design, tenure track

10/28/2019 10:46 am

The Rockford University Performing Arts Department invites applications for a tenure-track position in Theatrical Design to begin mid-August 2020 (Fall Term). The ideal candidate will have experience in scene design for theatrical productions and expertise in teaching scene design at the college/university level. They must also have experience in designing lights, sound, and projections. An MFA or terminal degree is required along with professional experience. The Performing Arts Department awards both a BA and a BFA in Theatre with a track in the Design and Technical field.

This position is responsible for designing five to six mainstage productions a year (two musicals, two book dramas, and one or two dance presentations); teaching courses in BFA and BA scenic design, and basic lighting design; engaging in artistic mentoring of students, academic advising; serving on academic committees; and actively recruiting for the Performing Arts Department. It is important that this candidate is willing to work collaboratively on projects both within the university and in the community of Rockford at large. We seek an excellent teacher who, if called upon, is able to teach courses in Theatre History, make-up design, and Theatre Appreciation.

We encourage scenic artists who want to develop a strong theatrical design program in a collaborative environment to apply. Rockford University is a liberal arts college with 1200 students. Opportunities for professional development and departmental creative work are available. Rockford University’s search committees and hiring managers are especially interested in candidates who through their research, teaching and/or service will contribute to the diversity and excellence of our academic community.

Applications should include a cover letter, current curriculum and professional vitae; a link to examples of the portfolio; and a list of current references with both email and phone numbers. Candidates are encouraged to read more about the university by visiting the website and to address in their letters of application the ways in which they could contribute to Rockford University’s institutional mission and goals.

The review process will begin January 15, 2020. Materials may be submitted to