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Assistant Professor in Sound Design

California State University, Fullerton
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Dec 13, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Performing Arts
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Assistant Professor in Sound Design
Department of Theatre and Dance
College of Arts
Assistant Professor
Fall 2023

The Department of Theatre and Dance in the College of the Arts at California State University, Fullerton invites applications for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor faculty position in Sound Design with appointment starting in Fall 2023.

California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) is a minority-serving institution and an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. CSUF is strongly committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community and the curriculum, and to fostering an inclusive environment within which students, staff, administrators, and faculty thrive. Candidates who can contribute to this goal through their teaching, research, advising, and other activities are encouraged to identify their strengths and experiences in this area. Individuals advancing the University's strategic diversity goals and those from groups whose underrepresentation in the American professoriate has been severe and longstanding are particularly encouraged to apply.

The qualified candidate could teach a combination of undergraduate and graduate courses in Sound Design, Technical Production, and other areas of expertise. Courses include but are not limited to Audio Techniques, Advanced Sound Design, Graduate Sound Seminar, and Show Control. The candidate could also design mainstage and developmental productions as part of their teaching load. The candidate shall work closely with the staff audio technician. They will be responsible for mentoring graduate and undergraduate student designers on departmental productions and design projects in sound, and support student showcases while maintaining a currency with emerging developments in sound and audio technologies.

The successful candidate will also be expected to contribute and collaborate regarding Department curriculum, policy, and practice, as well as pursue scholarly/creative and service activities outside of the academy.

Required Qualifications
  • Master of Fine Arts degree in Design and/or Production or related discipline by the time of appointment.
  • Professional experience in sound design including regional and or national productions as a sound designer.
  • Ability to design sound systems for plays and musicals.
  • Ability to interact effectively with a wide and culturally diverse range of students and colleagues.

    Preferred Qualifications
  • Teaching experience in higher education with a minimum of three years in higher education.
  • Demonstrated excellence in professional achievement in sound design, composition, show control, and audio engineering specific to the theatre.
  • Ability to tune a sound system in multiple spaces.
  • Knowledge of wireless microphones used for musical theatre, including troubleshooting.
  • Ability to mix for musical theatre.
  • Knowledge of music and some experience in composing for the theatre.
  • Member of United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829.

    A complete on‐line application must be received by electronic submission to be considered. To apply, please visit, choose full-time faculty, search for position 519651, and provide the following required materials:
  1. Cover letter
  2. Current Curriculum vita/professional resume
  3. Undergraduate and graduate transcripts
  4. List of three professional references
  5. Teaching Philosophy Statement
  6. Candidate Statement on Commitment to Inclusive Excellence
  7. This statement provides the candidate's unique perspective on their past and present contributions to and future aspirations for promoting diversity, inclusion, and social justice in their professional careers. The purpose of this statement is to help the department identify candidates who have professional experience, intellectual commitments, and/or willingness to engage in activities that could help CSUF contribute to its mission in these areas.

Successful Candidates will be required to submit the following materials:
  1. Three letters of recommendations
  2. Website &/or Digital Portfolio: sound system plot, line diagram, and cue sheet for three productions, at least one set of which must be for a musical.
  3. Examples of specific course materials, syllabi, handouts, PowerPoint/Keynote presentations.

Please direct all questions about the position to: Arnold Holland, Dean, College of the Arts at with “Sound Design” in the subject line or call 657-278-3256.

Rank and Salary
The position will be at the rank of Assistant Professor, tenure-track. The Assistant Professor (Academic Year) classification salary range is $5,405 to $11,994 per month (12 monthly payments per academic year). Anticipated hiring range is $6,588 to $6,737 per month. Faculty salaries are subject to budgetary authorization and any California State University System faculty contract increases. Summer research grants, moving expenses, start‐up funds, and a reduced teaching load may be available. An excellent comprehensive benefits package is available that includes: health/vision/dental plans; spouse, domestic partner and dependent fee‐waiver; access to campus child‐care; and a defined‐benefit retirement through the state system along with optional tax sheltering opportunities. For a detailed description of benefits, please visit

Application Deadline
To be assured full consideration, all application materials must be received by February 23, 2023. The anticipated start date is August, 2023.

The Department
The Department of Theatre & Dance serves approximately 450 Majors, with 27 Full-time and 28 Part-time Faculty and 14 Full-time Professional Staff in all requisite areas of design and production, and offers BA, BFA Degrees, and MFA Degrees in Directing and Design & Technical Production. The yearly season consists of up to 8 main stage, up to 8 studio series productions, and many student showcases (performed, designed, and staffed by students) including plays, musicals, dance, devised/physical theatre and opera, produced in the modernized Clayes Performing Arts Center, which houses multiple state of the arts playing spaces. The Department of Theatre and Dance is fully accredited by NAST (National Association of Schools of Theater), NASD (National Association of Schools of Dance) and is a member of URTA (University Resident Theater Association) and USITT (United States Institute for Theatre Technology). For more information about the department, please visit:

Additional Information

Multiple positions may be hired from this recruitment based on the strength of the applicant pool.

The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083, revised July 21, 2017, as a condition of employment.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be formally offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self‐disclose.

Notice of Non-Discrimination on the Basis of Gender or Sex and Contact Information for Title IX Coordinator (

CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to

In accordance with the California State University (CSU) Out-of-State Employment Policy, the CSU is a state entity whose business operations reside within the State of California and requires hiring employees to perform CSU-related work within the State of California.

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