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Visiting Assistant Professor: Lighting Design

Willamette University
Oregon, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
May 12, 2023

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

Visiting Assistant Professor: Lighting Design & Production

Posting Number: R0005080
Location: Salem Campus

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Position Summary:
Willamette University invites applications for a one-year (2023-24) renewable full-time position in Theatre at the rank of Visiting Assistant Professor, beginning in August 2023 with a salary of $44,387 (for candidates with terminal degree completion) plus health and dental benefits.

Reasonable Accommodations Statement
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The Lighting Designer/Production Supervisor is responsible for designing three main stage productions; supervising the lighting & sound studio and stage management teams; teaching one course a semester in design & technology; and operating as production manager for Willamette University Theatre. Contractual obligations follow both the academic school year and a common theatrical production calendar.


A terminal degree in theatre design and/or management (MFA or PhD). Must be able to reside in or primarily work in Oregon by the first day of employment. This is an in-person teaching position.

Willamette is a small, highly selective private university of 2500 students, 1300 of them enrolled in our undergraduate College of Arts and Sciences; other schools include the Atkinson Graduate School of Management, the College of Law, and the Pacific Northwest College of Art, which enrolls both undergraduate and graduate students. We are located in Salem, Oregon, the state capital, which lies 45 miles south of Portland. The Department of Theatre currently has four full-time faculty members and a robust guest artist program. For further department information, see

Willamette University believes that a diverse, inclusive community is essential to achieving academic excellence; accordingly, we seek candidates who not only have the potential to become outstanding teachers and scholars, but whose work also furthers equity and inclusion, and who will bring to campus varied experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds. Willamette University enrolls a substantial number of low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented students of color. Over the past two years, 24% of our students were first-generation; 24% were Pell-eligible; and 33% identified as African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American/Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, or of two or more ethnic backgrounds.

Review of applications will begin immediately, and will continue until the position is filled.

All University positions require that candidates submit to a criminal conviction record check prior to hire. Conviction does not automatically preclude candidates from being hired. Nature of conviction will be considered relative to the duties of the position.

You will need to upload the following documents separately as part of your application materials in the "My Experience" section labeled Resume:
  • Letter of application describing your interest and qualifications for the position, with a description of additional course(s) you could teach within the program;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • A statement of teaching philosophy, including an explanation of how you guide students toward developing skills in design and technology for the performing arts;
  • A brief statement (500 words or less) describing ways you can contribute to the university's mission of promoting an equitable, diverse, and inclusive campus;
  • Digital Portfolio.

Questions may also be addressed to Susan Coromel, Theatre Department Chair, at

​Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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Believing that diversity contributes to academic excellence and to rich and rewarding communities, WU is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty, staff and student body. We seek candidates, particularly those from historically under-represented groups, whose work furthers diversity and who bring to campus varied experiences, perspectives and backgrounds.


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