Assistant Professor of Theatre, Technical and Design

University of Arkansas at Fort Smith
Arkansas, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Feb 28, 2023

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Type of Position:Faculty - Non-Tenure

Workstudy Position:


Job Type:Regular

Work Shift: Day Shift (United States of America)

Sponsorship Available:


Institution Name: University of Arkansas at Fort Smith

The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith is a vibrant mid-sized public university dedicated to breaking the higher education mold by bringing truly transformative, hands-on experiences to every student. From high school seniors to senior professionals, first-generation students to second-chancers, our goal is to provide a high-quality, future-focused education that honors each student's unique, personal situations and goals. Our tiered approach to learning offers students access to more than 80-degree plans and programs including certificate, associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. We seek to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse population of Arkansas, to maintain the excellence of the university, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, and perspectives.

Located on the Arkansas-Oklahoma border and situated in a region of lakes, Fort Smith is the second-largest city in Arkansas and features a vast array of cultural activities, shopping, dining, and entertainment, including a thriving downtown entertainment district. Parks, trails, and water recreation are all within the city limits, and true outdoor enthusiasts will find the area’s lakes, streams, and mountains offer adventure only minutes away from campus. Fort Smith was recently named by Forbes as the number one city in America for the cost of living, and a top city in the nation for the highest-paying tech jobs. The city is within easy driving distance of Tulsa, Kansas City, Dallas, Little Rock, and Memphis.

Thank you for your interest in joining our university. Below you will find details for the position including any supplementary documentation and/or questions you should review before submitting your application. For general application assistance or if you have questions about a job posting, please contact Human Resources at (479) 788-7080.

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Department:Music and Theatre

Department's Website:

Summary of Job Duties:The Department of Music and Theatre at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor of Theatre, Technical and Design beginning Fall 2023. The successful candidate will instruct undergraduate theatre courses with an emphasis in technical theatre and design, as well as other courses contingent upon the candidate’s expertise, interest, and department needs. Production duties include supervision and support of all design and production aspects of a 3-4 main-stage show season, working in coordination with the Technical Director to oversee shops, contracted designers, and work-study students. The successful candidate will help promote student recruitment and retention and also be active in creative and scholarly activity as well as service to the university, community, and profession. The position reports to the Department Head of Music and Theatre.


Required Education and/or Work Experience: Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Technology, Design, Production or a related field.

Preferred Education and/or Work Experience: In addition to the required qualifications, the ideal candidate will have experience teaching at the University level. The successful candidate will have extensive experience in scenic and lighting design with the ability and desire to grow all design areas. The successful candidate will have experience in shop supervision. The ideal candidate will have a broad knowledge of technical theatre and design. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated the ability to inspire students and create a collaborative working atmosphere.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: To perform the job successfully, the following competencies are required for the essential functions of this position:
  • Expertise and experience in scenic and lighting design
  • A broad knowledge of technical theatre and design
  • Knowledge of dramatic literature, history of theatrical production, and beginning directing
  • Knowledge of industry safety regulations and best practices
  • Proficiency in industry-specific software, such as Vectorworks, CAD, and QLab
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to work effectively with colleagues, students, staff, and the larger community
  • Strong leadership skills, work ethic, and organizational skills
  • Ability to track budgets effectively/efficiently
  • A commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Basic computing skills
  • Ability to adapt to a changing environment
  • Adept at using online platforms, including university systems and social media
Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Instruct all courses in theatre technical and design
  • Instruct other courses as needed by the theatre program
  • Design and implement elements for the production season
  • Mentor student designers
  • May help maintain shop areas and oversee set construction
  • Work with Technical Director to oversee contracted designers and student workers
  • Train and supervise student production crews
  • Participate in advising activities
  • Be active in student recruitment and retention
  • Be active in scholarly and/or creative activities
  • Be active in service to the university, community, and profession
  • Responsible for maintaining a positive work atmosphere by acting and communicating in a manner to foster teamwork and by providing leadership to subordinates
  • Requires consistent on-time attendance
  • Other duties as assigned
Additional Information:

Working Relationships: In the typical workday, the successful candidate will interact with the faculty of the Department of Music and Theatre, students in the department, and occasionally faculty across campus. The successful candidate may also work with local theatre educators and the local theatre community.

List Employees Supervised: N/A

Special Job Dimensions: Work performed primarily in an office, classroom, and performance space setting. While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly exhibits digital dexterity when entering data into a computer, the skills and knowledge necessary for this position, and has good interpersonal skills to work with students, faculty, and staff. The employee is active throughout the day requiring frequent standing. Vision demands may include close, relatively detailed vision when focusing on a computer screen. Employee regularly talks and hears. Employee occasionally lifts items up to 50 pounds. Routine work schedule Monday through Friday, often working nights and weekends.

Background Check Requirements. Criminal Background Check and Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR) Check.

Salary Information:


Required Documents to Apply:

Cover Letter/Letter of Application, Curriculum Vitae, List of three Professional References (name, email, business title), Other (see special instructions for details), Statement of Teaching Philosophy, Unofficial/Official Transcript(s)

Optional Documents:

Proof of Veteran Status

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Recruitment Contact Information:

Human Resources 479-788-7080

All application materials must be uploaded to the University of Arkansas System Career Site

Please do not send to listed recruitment contact.

Pre-employment Screening Requirements:

This position may be subject to a pre-employment criminal background check, sex offender registry check, financial history background check, and/or drug screening. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication and/or adverse financial history alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background checks and drug screening information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The university welcomes applications without regard to age, race, gender (including pregnancy), national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran status, military service, genetic information, sexual orientation or gender identity. Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

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Occasional Physical Activity:

Benefits Eligible:Yes

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