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Visiting Assistant Professor - Scenic Designer

Trinity University
San Antonio, Texas
Competitve, based on experience.
Posted Date
Sep 29, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Other Arts
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Trinity University seeks applications for a one-semester Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Department of Human Communication and Theatre, beginning in January of 2023. The VAP position is non-renewable.

The Department of Human Communication and Theatre offers two relatively independent majors and minors. The Theatre Program offers a BA education that integrates theory and practice. Our annual Stieren Guest Artist program and student-faculty research create opportunities to collaborate meaningfully with diverse theatre professionals. In addition to our facilities, the Theatre Program has access to the Center for the Sciences and Innovation (CSI) Makerspace, which has CNC routers, laser cutters, and 3D printers to fabricate components of scenery and props.

Trinity is an independent, primarily residential university, founded in 1869. Our selective admissions generate a challenging and eager student body of approximately 2,500 undergraduates, including students from all areas of the United States and many foreign countries. Trinity primarily offers a liberal arts and sciences education with a few selected professional programs. An attractive campus overlooks downtown San Antonio, a city rich in heritage and ethnic diversity with a population of well over one million.


Maintaining and satisfying minimum attendance requirements is an essential function of this position. This job classification may not include “light duty” work or allow unpredictable or unrestricted absences. On-site attendance is required.

Duties and Responsibilities

Design scenery for two mainstage shows in the spring semester; supervise paint and property studios; teach two undergraduate classes (6 contact hours).

Appointment Details

This is a full-time, one semester, Visiting Assistant Professor of Scenic Design.


  • Experience and interest in sound, lighting, and/or video production desirable and projection design desirable. Teaching experience at the university level is strongly desirable. This is a teacher/artist position that requires a strong commitment to teaching and production design in an undergraduate liberal arts and sciences context with a demonstrated commitment to Trinity’s value of intentional inclusion.

Education Requirements


M.F.A. degree in Scenic Design by time of appointment.

Physical Demands and Working Conditions

  • Work is completed in office, theater, and studio environments. May work under pressure to meet office/project deadlines; will begin discussions with directors of two Spring shows in the fall. Must be able to move about freely. Willingness to travel on behalf of Trinity University. Physical demands are moderate. Most lifting is less than 50 pounds. Occasionally, the incumbent will be required to pick up or deliver information to an off-campus office.

How to apply

Applicants should provide a cover letter that addresses the candidate’s experience, interests, and philosophy in the areas of teaching and scenic design. Please include a curriculum vitae and arrange for us to receive official graduate and undergraduate transcripts and contact information for three references. Applicants are also encouraged to provide evidence of teaching and scenic design excellence, including sample designs or a portfolio. Finally, Trinity University is committed to the values of intentional inclusion. Please provide a brief statement (250-500 words) describing your past efforts as well as your future plans to advance diversity, equity and inclusion in your teaching.

Candidates may email us links to their own online portfolios and application materials at or send hardcopy of materials via mail to:

Dr. Andrew C. Hansen, Chair Department of Human Communication and Theatre

Trinity University

One Trinity Place, San Antonio, Texas 78212

Review of Applications begins immediately and continues until a favorable candidate is selected.

Contact Information

Maria Soto

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