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Assistant Professor of Design, Technical Director

University of Houston - Downtown
Houston, Texas
Posted Date
Jan 23, 2023

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Design & Graphic Arts, Other Arts
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Application materials must include:


- Cover letter CV Unofficial Transcripts

- A Teaching Philosophy that addresses your experience of and approach to teaching at a Hispanic- and Minority-serving institution

- Provide an electronic portfolio link

The Department of Arts and Communication at the University of Houston-Downtown invites applications for one tenure-track position of Assistant Professor of Design/Technical Director beginning in Fall 2023.




Primary responsibilities include managing the design, construction, and installation of scenery, and creation of scenic, lighting, sound, and properties design for departmental productions, and teaching technical theatre classes. Responsible for the upkeep of production spaces, tools, and materials.  The O’Kane Theatre produces two major productions and two smaller productions per year.  The TD supervises student-workers and technical theatre students.  The TD maintains the scene shop tools, equipment, and facilities at the O’Kane Theatre.  The teaching load includes Stagecraft, Intro to Theater, Intro to Stage Design, and other classes as needed in the area of technical theater. The successful candidate will teach two courses in the fall and three courses in the spring, receiving 3 credit hours of course release in the fall and 3 credit hours of course release in the spring for all technical design responsibilities as assigned by the Director of the O'Kane Theater.


Review of applications will begin on February 1, 2023 and continue until the position is filled. Candidates with complete applications will be considered.




Qualifications   M.F.A. in Design/Technical Direction or related area with an emphasis on theatre design Knowledge in range of CAD and other design programs




About University of Houston Downtown

The second-largest university in Houston, the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is a comprehensive, four-year, urban university in the heart of downtown. Led by President Loren J. Blanchard, UHD is a community of diverse faculty, staff, students, and regional partners dedicated to nurturing talent, generating knowledge, and driving socioeconomic mobility for a just and sustainable future.  

Since opening its doors in 1974, UHD has grown in size, scope, and service, now offering 46 bachelor’s and 11 master’s degree programs and 17 fully online programs within its four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities & Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences & Technology.

UHD educates approximately 15,000 students annually. With more than 77% of UHD’s students coming directly from Harris County, UHD is not just a university in Houston, but Houston’s University and an Anchor Institution for the region.

UHD is recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military-Friendly School. While the student population is largely Hispanic at 53% and African-American at 20%, more than 64 countries are represented. Furthermore, UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston, and its graduates have the lowest student loan debt in the state. Importantly, 70% of UHD freshman students are the first in their families to attend college.

UHD is one of the four distinct and separate components of the University of Houston System, which also includes the University of Houston, University of Houston-Clear Lake, and University of Houston-Victoria.  Instructional Sites operated by UHD are University of Houston-Downtown Northwest, University of Houston-Downtown at Lone Star College-Kingwood, and University of Houston-Downtown at Lone Star College-Woodlands.

The University of Houston-Downtown is a public four-year university. UHD's dynamic campus is located in downtown Houston, minutes away from a thriving fine arts district. With dedicated faculty, small classes, and innovative course options, UHD offers excellent educational opportunities in a wide variety of degree programs. UHD is proud of its richly diverse student population.  The faculty has created a collegial community of cooperation and collaboration, pursuing opportunities to work across disciplines. The University of Houston-Downtown is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer.

  Required Attachments by Candidate: Curriculum Vitae, Cover Letter/Letter of Application, Letters of Recommendation, Unofficial Transcripts, Portfolio

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