Assistant Professor of Scenic and Projections, full-time, tenure-track

Northern Kentucky University
Kentucky, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Sep 27, 2022

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Assistant Professor of Scenic and Projections, full-time, tenure-track

School of the Arts

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Commitment to Inclusive Excellence

Northern Kentucky University ( NKU ) seeks excellence by enriching its educational environment and culture through the diversity of its administration, faculty and staff and by embracing inclusiveness, equity, and global awareness in all dimensions of its work. NKU is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action institution. We encourage applications by members of diverse groups and by persons with a demonstrated commitment to issues of diversity and experience in achieving goals relative to inclusive excellence.

Purpose of Position

The Theatre & Dance Program is seeking an active, professional artist to join our collaborative, diverse, and vibrant program located in the artistically rich greater Cincinnati area. The School of the Arts at Northern Kentucky University offers a wide array of degree programs in the visual and performing arts. The Theatre & Dance Program within the School of the Arts offers a BFA in Theatre Performance (with tracks in Acting, Musical Theatre, Dance Performance, Dance Pedagogy, and Playwriting), a BFA in Theatre Design, Technology, or Stage Management (with tracks in Theatre Design or Technology, and Stage Management), a BA in Theatre Arts, a Dance Minor, and a Theatre Minor. See the Theatre & Dance website at for additional information.

Primary Responsibilities

Primary responsibilities include teaching design courses for the program, designing scenery, projections, and/or props for mainstage season productions, providing leadership and mentorship of students in the design area, and recruiting and mentoring majors within the design area of the program.
Possible teaching responsibilities may include scenic design, projection design and control, properties design, scenic painting, drafting, rendering, fundamentals of design, and special topics in design. Additional responsibilities may include paint, projections, and prop shop oversight. Other duties will be assigned based on the candidate’s strengths and the needs of the program. Responsibilities also include the development of a scholarly/creative agenda in research, performance, and/or professional creative activities.


Minimum Qualifications:
1. Master’s degree ( MFA ) required
2. Record of excellence in Scene Design with strengths in conceptual design, rendering and/or modeling, drafting and scenic painting.
3. Candidate should also have a breadth of professional creative activity.
Preferred Qualifications:
1. Evidence of potential for a successful career in teaching.
2. Working knowledge of projection design and control for theatre/ entertainment
3. Experience cultivating positive and collaborative relationships in the industry and region
4. Ability to work with students of diverse backgrounds, abilities, and goals
5. Strong organizational and communication skills to support the operation of a growing theatrical design and technology program
6. Demonstrated success in recruiting and retaining students
7. Candidates who have additional positive attributes/expertise/skills beyond the above qualifications are desirable and should reference these additional attributes in application materials

For primary consideration for this position, a complete application must be received by midnight on Thursday, October 27. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until filled. Applications received after the deadline will only be considered if additional qualified candidates are sought. Selected candidates must successfully pass a background check. Applicants who enrich the diversity of the campus community are strongly encouraged to apply. Finalist candidates should expect to give a creative/scholarly portfolio presentation, teaching demonstration, and committee interview during an on-campus interview.

Questions regarding the use of this website should be directed to the Human Resources Department at Questions regarding the nature of the position should be directed to the search committee chair, Jo Sanburg, Candidates should submit materials electronically through Northern Kentucky University’s website portal

Required materials include:
1. A 1–2-page cover letter that describes how well the applicant satisfies the qualifications, experience, and teaching effectiveness needed for this position and how the applicant will specifically contribute to the success of the Theatre and Dance program.
2. A Curriculum vitae
3. A one-page statement of your personal philosophy on diversity and inclusion and why they are important in higher education. Please include specifics regarding your commitment and/or experience promoting and fostering a learning environment that is supportive of individuals from diverse backgrounds.
4. A one-page personal teaching philosophy statement
5. A document with the names and contact information (phone and email) for at least three professional references.
6. A document with unrestricted links (please use online platforms such as YouTube, Vimeo, etc., and test all links to ensure they are working correctly) to your design portfolio
7. Unofficial transcripts

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  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  2. Transcripts
  3. Curriculum Vitae
  4. Teaching Philosophy
  5. Portfolio
  6. Names and contact information of 3 professional references
  7. Diversity Statement 1
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