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Assistant Professor – Theatre Scenic Design

School of the Arts
Omaha, Nebraska
Competitive and commensurate with experience.
Posted Date
Sep 8, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Performing Arts
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Assistant Professor – Theatre Scenic Design

School of the Arts

University of Nebraska at Omaha

The School of the Arts at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) seeks applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor with expertise in scenic design for its theatre program.  Applicants should have an interest in interdisciplinary development, creative activity, and collaboration across the school’s diverse programming. We seek a colleague with a love of teaching and artistic creation, plus genuine interest in helping each student be their best by finding their own unique voices. Responsibilities include designing in a season of four main stage productions alongside a team of professional educators and designers; teaching and mentoring in class and labs; and engaging in various forms of outreach, all determined by a candidate’s professional history and expertise. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. Additional duties include the supervision or execution of properties and scenic painting for productions, including mentoring student artisans.

Start date is August 14, 2023. Review of applications will begin on November 7, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.


Required Qualifications: A demonstrated expertise in scenic design, with a secondary design area specialization. An MFA in Theatre with demonstrated design and production experience outside the academy.  Preferred qualifications include previous university-level teaching experience and membership in United Scenic Artists.

UNO’s School of the Arts, comprised of Art and Art History, Theatre, and the Writer’s Workshop, is the only one of its kind in a 400-mile radius. Students anchor their learning in our excellent disciplinary programs and are encouraged to explore their full 360-degree artistic development by participating in all the school’s different areas of study. We are one learning community passionate about art-making, both on campus, in local professional partnerships, and with the various communities that make up the greater metropolitan area of Omaha.

A vibrant, metropolitan university in the state’s largest city, the University of Nebraska at Omaha has an enrollment of approximately 15,000 students. In recent decades the campus developed as a more traditional residential university supported by several new and beautifully appointed residence halls. UNO is classified as a doctoral-research university in the latest Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education and the Athletic program competes in NCAA division I. It also has the distinction of being one of the nation’s leaders in engagement and outreach with a 2015 Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation. The campus is located in the heart of Omaha, a cosmopolitan city of more than 600,000 (1.2 million including the large Omaha metro area, which is known for its excellent public-school system and strong economic base. The city has a diverse population base and a myriad of interesting places to live and shop.

The University and School have a strong commitment to diversity in its varied forms and to fostering an inclusive and welcoming learning environment where students, faculty and staff thrive and succeed. The University of Nebraska does not discriminate based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation in its programs, activities, or employment. UNO is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an E-Verify employer.

Applicants must apply online at: Candidates should submit a cover letter, CV, statement of teaching philosophy, statement of contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion, and a digital portfolio or select design samples.  Letters of recommendation will be requested for all candidates who advance to the short list (or first round interviews).  Please provide contact information for potential letter writers as part of the application.  For additional information, please contact Steven Williams at

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