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Assistant Professor of Scenic and Lighting Design

Colorado Mesa University
Colorado, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Oct 25, 2022

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Assistant Professor of Scenic and Lighting Design


Summary: The candidate will be expected to teach a range of courses, including but not limited to, Introductory Lighting Technology, Scenic and Lighting Design, CAD Rendering and Drafting, and Intro to Design. Additional courses may be developed depending on the areas of expertise/needs of students.

The standard teaching load is 12 credit hours per semester; some assigned courses may be taught on-line, hybrid, or via distance delivery modalities. Scholarship in the discipline, involvement with advising, and service to the department and profession are expected.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:
  • Provide scenic and lighting designs (or supervise student designers) for three mainstage productions (two theatres and one dance), and teach two 3-credit hour classes each semester
  • Utilize D2L for course syllabus and gradebook
  • Prepare and grade assignments, assessments
  • Advising for Design/Tech majors
  • Scholarship (Creative Work)
  • Service to the Department and University via committee work

    Minimum Qualifications Required:
  • M.F.A. (completion by May 2023) in Scenic or Lighting Design, with significant professional experience in the other discipline. Degree must be from an accredited institution.
  • Demonstrated enthusiasm for teaching, teamwork, and collegial problem-solving.

    Preferred Qualifications:
  • Three years' experience in college-level teaching and designing scenery, props, and lights.

    Salary: $50,000.00 - 52,000.00. Commensurate with education and experience. Excellent health and retirement benefits package: Click here for more information!

    Department: Colorado Mesa University

    Employment Type: Faculty


    Application Deadline: To ensure full consideration, complete applications must be received by 1/15/2023.

    How to Apply: Applicants will be asked to complete an online application by creating a profile and then providing personal and demographic information. In addition, please be prepared to upload a:
  • Cover letter addressing minimum and
    preferred qualifications, ability to perform duties listed, and overall
    teaching philosophy
  • CV
  • Access to a website or digital portfolio of lighting and design work
  • Three letters of recommendation from those who can attest to your ability to perform the job you are applying for. Letters can be emailed to, please include the candidate's name in the subject line.
  • Copy of transcripts for all degrees completed (if your transcripts include a social security number or birthdate, please redact that information before uploading the document. Official transcripts will be required upon hire)

    Direct Inquiries Contact: Jill Van Brussel (she/her), (preferred) or 970.248.1307


    Colorado Mesa University provides exceptional educational opportunities on a state-of-the-art campus located in Grand Junction. As western Colorado's largest university, CMU serves students on its main campus in Grand Junction, its satellite campus in Montrose, its community college, Western Colorado Community College and via online offerings. Founded in 1925, it's a dynamic university enrolling more than 11,000 students at the associate, baccalaureate and graduate levels.

    At the heart of the CMU experience is an integrative and experiential approach to higher education that encourages students to think differently and empowers them to challenge assumptions. CMU brings students together with expert scholars and thinkers from different disciplines to make connections between ideas and gain the skills to solve the unstructured, complex problems they'll encounter in life. Our focus is on providing quality academic programs, built on a strong liberal arts core that support students' interests and regional employment needs, as well as technical programs that respond to vocational workforce demands.

    The Grand Valley is home to some of the best outdoor recreation in the state of Colorado and you won't have to fight traffic and crowds to enjoy it. CMU is surrounded by the Grand Mesa, Book Cliffs and the Colorado National Monument. We have world-class mountain biking, rock climbing, hiking, and rafting. In addition to a mountain resort that's less than 45 minutes from campus for skiing, snowboarding and cross-country skiing. Living and working in Grand Junction, you will be able to explore one of Colorado's best kept secrets.

    Colorado Mesa University is particularly interested in candidates who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and who have a demonstrated commitment to improving the levels of access and success for underrepresented students within higher education.

    Colorado Mesa University is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include reference checks, a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history. Applicant must be able to verify U.S. employment eligibility. Colorado Mesa University is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to a culturally diverse faculty, staff and student body. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact the CMU Human Resources Office by phone or email. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed.

Colorado Mesa University

Attn: Human Resources Office

1100 North Avenue

Grand Junction, CO 81501


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