Assistant Professor of Theatre

Minnesota, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Dec 18, 2020
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Part Time

Salary and Terms:  .875 (7/8 time), 9-month fixed term position.  Salary placement is based on education and experience.

Application Deadline:  Review of applications will begin January 19, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

Appointment Date:  August 16, 2021

Position Description: The faculty member in this position will:

  • Design or oversee the design of scenery, lighting, props, and sound for 3-4 Theatre Program productions per year.
  • Serve as Technical Director and Scene Shop Manager, overseeing the work of student crews to construct and paint sets and install and run lighting, sound, props, and special effects.
  • Serve as the primary safety officer for all theatre spaces, enforcing safety polices, maintaining safety equipment, and responding to deficiencies, infractions, and injuries.
  • Teach a variety of courses (2-3per semester) for the major, minors, and MnTC, possibly including but not limited to: THTR 100 Theatre Appreciation; THTR 140/340 Stagecraft I and II; THTR 245/445 Scenic Design I and II; THTR 250/450 Lighting and Sound Design I and II; THTR 265/365 Stage Management I and II; and Special Topics courses or and Independent Studies in Theatre as needed.
  • Provide safety oversight and technical support for other SMSU and non-SMSU events taking place in the Fine Arts Theatre or Black Box (music concerts, touring performers, orientation events, community events, etc.)
  • Provide safety oversight, as well as technical advice and guidance, for 2-3 student-produced Drama Club productions and additional events each academic year.
  • This position may also include the opportunity to direct Theatre Program productions, and/or to work with the SMSU Children’s Theatre and High School Musical Theatre Workshop summer programs.
  • The regular total credit hour (or equivalent) load for this position is 21 credits per academic year.
  • Duties also include recruitment, student advising, participating in program assessment contribution to student growth and development, evaluating student performance, creative/scholarly activity, and services to the University community. SMSU, in its commitment to meeting the service needs of the region, expects faculty to engage in regional service, education or study as part of their community service responsibility.

Minimum Qualifications:       

  • A minimum of an MFA in Scenic Design, Lighting Design, or Scenography required.
  • Experience designing scenery and lighting for at least three (3) university or professional productions.
  • Experience as a Technical Director, Assistant TD, or Scene Shop Supervisor for at least three (3) university or professional productions.
  • Experience teaching university-level theatre design and technical courses.
  • Demonstrated commitment or proven strategies for fostering a diverse and inclusive environment; demonstrated ability or proven strategies to teach and work with persons from diverse backgrounds are required.
  • Student-centered approach to education and a commitment to helping grow the Theatre program.
  • Must have an understanding and appreciation for liberal education.

The University:  Southwest Minnesota State University is one of seven universities in the Minnesota State system.  SMSU gives highest priority to excellence in teaching and preparing students to be lifelong learners through quality undergraduate teaching/advising and close student/faculty relationships.  Its mission, dating back to 1967, provides access to university-level programs in liberal arts & professional studies. The University has a special commitment to the educational needs of the people in its service region reflected through its curricula, cultural programs, diversity of staff and students, cooperative relationships with the public and private sectors, and regional institutions.  The 216-acre campus encompasses 24 modern, interconnected, and accessible buildings.  Marshall (pop. 14,000) is the hub of a rich agricultural area and offers a variety of cultural, recreational and educational opportunities.  The position is an opportunity to be part of a vibrant, dynamic and growing institution that is searching for exceptionally talented people.

Application Data: Letter of application addressing position description and qualifications, resume/curriculum vitae, student evaluations if available and unofficial transcripts of undergraduate and graduate coursework should be attached to your application.  To apply for this position, please complete the online application process at Additional information on Southwest Minnesota State University can be found at

*Nine Month Appointments- Along with all other Universities that are part of the Minnesota State system, standard faculty appointments are for 168 duty days distributed over any nine consecutive months.  The nine months need not align with the traditional academic year and may be changed every two years.  Initial faculty appointments at SMSU are expected to be similar to or the same as the academic year unless otherwise indicated on the vacancy notice.

Southwest Minnesota State University is a member of the Minnesota State system and is an equal opportunity educator and employer.  The University is committed to affirmative recruitment and encourages applications from women, persons of color, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.  Applicants must be able to lawfully accept employment in the United States.  Requests for reasonable accommodation of a disability during the application and/or interview process should be made to the Affirmative Action Office, 507-537-6208.  For TTY communications, contact Minnesota Relay Service at 1-800-627-3529.  This vacancy notice is available in alternative format upon request.