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Assistant Professor of Scenic Design - 000357

University of Richmond
Virginia, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Oct 18, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Art, Art History
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Theatre & Dance: Assistant Professor of Scenic Design - 000357

The University of Richmond Department of Theatre and Dance invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position of Assistant Professor of Scenic Design, beginning August 2023. Successful candidates will have a secondary design focus including, but not limited to, props, lighting, and/or projection/media. The Department welcomes applications from artist-scholars with interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary approaches. Completion of the MFA (or equivalent professional experience) is required prior to appointment.

The position entails a teaching assignment of five courses (or the equivalent) per academic year, which includes the design of departmental productions and a rotation of introductory and advanced courses, including but not limited to Stagecraft, Scenic Design, Fundamentals of Design, and Scene Painting. The Assistant Professor of Scenic Design is expected to mentor students and continue to evolve and grow as an artist/teacher by remaining current with advancements in design and pedagogy.

Centering creative engagement at the crossroads of theatre, dance, and social justice, the Department is committed to cultivating multiple perspectives, eliminating barriers to participation in the field, and, consequently, creating inclusive spaces and finding strength in our diversity. The successful candidate will not only share these values but will collaborate effectively with colleagues to build more inclusive and equitable theatre and dance through classes, rehearsals, and artistic processes.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in properties, scenic art, construction and design techniques (e.g., hand drafting, Vectorworks, AutoCAD, Photoshop, Qlab, and model-making / 3D visualization)
  • Working knowledge of safety codes and practices, and of current trends in scenic technology
  • Experience working with diverse student populations and integrating/implementing inclusive pedagogies
  • Professional affiliations (e.g. USA829, USITT, regional, national or international associations, )

The University of Richmond is a private university located just a short drive from downtown Richmond, Virginia. Through its five schools and wide array of campus programming, the University combines the best qualities of a small liberal arts college and a large university. With approximately 4,000 students, an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, and more than 90% of traditional undergraduate students living on campus, the University is remarkably student-centered, focused on preparing students "to live lives of purpose, thoughtful inquiry, and responsible leadership in a global and pluralistic society."

The University of Richmond is committed to developing a diverse workforce and student body, and to modeling an inclusive campus community which values the expression of difference in ways that promote excellence in teaching, learning, personal development, and institutional success. Our academic community strongly encourages applications that are in keeping with this commitment. For more information on the department and its programs, please see .

Applicants should apply online at and submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, digital (or link to online) design portfolio, and teaching statement. The teaching statement should articulate the candidate's teaching philosophy, interests, and future professional development goals, as well as involvement in and commitment to inclusive pedagogy. We strongly encourage applications from people of color, women, first-generation artist-scholars, LGBTQ+ people, and members of other marginalized populations. Candidates for this position may be asked, at a later date, to provide the names and contact information for three references. Review of applications will commence November 1, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. Please address any questions about the position to the Chair of the Search Committee, Dr. Dorothy Holland (

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