Lecturer in Theatre & Dance

Washington, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Sep 11, 2020
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA invites applications for a full-time, non-tenure-track faculty position at the rank of lecturer in Theatre & Dance, beginning January 2021. This is a growing, student-focused department that seeks an outstanding artist/scholar/practitioner to provide academic leadership for the Design, Technology, and Management (DTM) Concentration within the Theatre major. The successful candidate will have production experience in both professional and academic settings; key responsibilities will be scenic and lighting design for mainstage productions, providing mentorship to students in the theatre arts fields of design, technology, and management (DTM), facilitating professional internships, and offering career advice. Teaching responsibilities for Spring 2021 include teaching Lighting Design and Technical Lab for our Mainstage and 2nd Stage productions. The position includes designing lighting and production management for the Theatre & Dance Department (production management and design count in the course load). This position works with the Technical Director and supervises student workers in the scene shop. Commitment to fostering a safe and effective educational environment is essential. Experience facilitating production processes and managing budgets is crucial. Candidates must be committed to pursuing excellence in teaching, joining a dynamic, forward-looking Theatre & Dance program that engages undergraduate students, and promoting an inclusive learning environment in teaching, creative inquiry, and collaboration. Service to the department includes: senior project supervision; attending department meetings; and developing innovative curriculum and assessment strategies. Excellence in student development, including experience taking students to competitions and festivals, such as KCACTF, is highly desired.



Required Qualifications:


  • M.F.A. or PhD in scenic design or related discipline;
  • Evidence of excellence in scenic design and/or lighting design and realization;
  • Evidence of excellence in teaching theatre design, technology, and management topics to undergraduates;
  • Stage-managing or production managing outstanding theatrical productions at the university and professional level.
  • An active professional development profile including scholarly and/or creative activity is essential.
  • Demonstrated achievement in professional stagecraft is preferred, as is demonstrated excellence in lighting design and scenic painting.
  • Candidates must demonstrate a commitment to quality undergraduate teaching.



Preferred Qualifications:


  • Evidence of ability to work effectively with students, colleagues, and collaborators of diverse backgrounds
  • Demonstrated achievement at the university and professional levels in interdisciplinary/cross-disciplinary collaboration.
  • Demonstrated achievement in designing for dance productions
  • Demonstrated achievement in professional stagecraft, including excellence in lighting design and scenic painting.
  • Demonstrated achievement at the university and professional levels in interdisciplinary/cross-disciplinary collaboration.
  • Demonstrated achievement in projection design, image mapping, and associated engineering
  • Demonstrated achievement in and a proven commitment to one or more of the following areas: devised theatre processes, site-specific performance, mediated / livestreamed performance, conceptual art/performance art installation, theatre for social change, and designing for and managing production tours.

Application Procedure:


To apply, please visit our website at: www.gonzaga.edu/jobs.  Applicants must complete an online application and submit the following: (1) cover letter, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) the names and email addresses for three persons who will be writing letters of recommendation, (4) unofficial transcripts, (5) statement of teaching philosophy (1-page), (6) artist statement (300 words), (7) design portfolio, or links to website portfolio, and (8) a statement of the relevance of your academic training to the position.  The Theatre & Dance Department and the College of Arts and Sciences are committed to inclusive excellence by promoting the success of a diverse population of students. For information about the institution, visit Gonzaga at www.gonzaga.edu. Questions about this position can be directed to Dr. Charlie Pepiton, Chair, Department of Theatre & Dance at pepiton@gonzaga.edu. Position closes October 6, 2020 at midnight, PDT.  For assistance with your online application, call (509) 313-5996.


Gonzaga University is a Jesuit, Catholic, humanistic institution, and is therefore interested in candidates who will contribute to its distinctive mission. Gonzaga University is a committed EEO/AA employer and diversity candidates are encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their disability status and/or protected veteran status.