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Assistant Professor - Tenure Track - Theatre & Dance - Lighting Scenery Design - 20182

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Wisconsin, United States
Salary Not Specified
Start date
Oct 2, 2023


The Theatre & Dance department at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater announces a full-time, tenure track Assistant Professor position in Scenery and Lighting Design beginning August 2024.


This is a full-time, nine-month, tenure-track position, with a 4/4 teaching load (including department production design assignments) in a fully undergraduate department. The department mounts five productions each academic year (three plays, one musical/opera, one dance concert). Production design assignments will be split with current design instructors and varies depending on number of student designers. Proficiency in digital design applications is required (such as Vectorworks, Lightwright, AutoCAD, SketchUp, Photoshop, and QLab). Experience with ETC consoles, data networking and lighting dance performance is beneficial. The candidates will also be expected to participate in service activities and embrace inclusion as university community members.


Minimum Qualifications:
  • Terminal degree (MFA or PhD) in entertainment/theatrical design, preferably lighting and/or scenic design. General/other production design MFAs will be considered in conjunction with professional and academic experience.
  • Strong evidence of successful university level teaching with focus on lighting and/or scenic design; a minimum of three years teaching at the university level is preferred.
  • Strong evidence of professional production experience in lighting and/or scenic design with active practice and reputation in the field.
  • Evidence of service at academic institutions and/or professional industry organizations.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Willingness and ability to actively follow applicable safety rules and regulations, including necessary training and drills.
  • Ability to interact respectfully with people from diverse socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds.

Annual course assignments will change based on regular course rotation and production design assignments.

Teaching may include but is not limited to:
  • Introduction to Theatre, Introduction to Theatrical Design, Advanced Design Seminar, World of the Arts, and Theatrical Design II: Graphics for Scenery and Lighting.
  • This position will mentor student designers and technicians in their practicums, and may serve as head electrician or scenic charge, depending on experience.
  • This position serves as academic advisor to department majors and minors as assigned. There is further opportunity to develop special topic courses and independent studies.
  • The successful candidate will be expected to maintain a scholarship/creative work agenda that is reasonably balanced with teaching and design duties.
  • Maintaining current knowledge of entertainment industry practice is essential, as is continuing membership in professional organizations such as USITT.
  • The candidate will serve on departmental committees, such as Play Selection and Scholarships, as well as various committees at the College and University levels as part of their university service requirement.

The UWW Theatre/Dance Department has a staff of nine faculty/academic staff members, offering BA and BSE degrees, a dance minor, and BFA emphases in design/tech, stage
management, and performance. Five live productions are mounted each year, including a musical/opera production in collaboration with the Department of Music and our annual
Dancescapes dance concert. The department shares the Greenhill Center for the Arts with the departments of Music, Art & Design, and the Young Auditorium.

The Theatre/Dance department houses two performance spaces: the proscenium Barnett Theatre, and the black box Hicklin Theatre. The department also houses a dedicated dance studio and fully equipped scenic construction and costume construction shops within the Greenhill Center of the Arts.

Our production rotation plan allows students exposure to and practice in a wide variety of genres and production styles, both in performance and design. We are a highly collaborative,
practically oriented department, with an emphasis on preparing our students for a variety of careers throughout the entertainment industry.


UW-Whitewater is a thriving public university located in southeastern Wisconsin. It leads the way in providing world-class, affordable higher education programs to more students than neighboring regional comprehensives in the University of Wisconsin System. A collaborative team of 1,300 faculty and staff are devoted to the success of the university's 11,000 students at its main and Rock County campuses. The team provides high-impact practices and academic programs - online and in person - from associate to doctoral levels. Recognized nationally for affordability, inclusion, and career development, UWW has approximately one-third first-generation students and boasts strength in many areas, especially business and education. The campus and community embrace the Warhawk Family spirit, supporting the university's arts and nationally recognized NCAA Division-III level championship athletics. As a proud institution of access, more than 10 percent of undergraduate students use the acclaimed Center for Students with Disabilities - a priority mission since the 1970s.

UW-Whitewater's campuses are located centrally near Milwaukee, Madison, and Chicago, offering easy access to the cultural and commercial opportunities of major metropolitan areas. Near both Lake Geneva and the Wisconsin Dells, the area attracts numerous visitors from across the country. Whitewater is a vibrant college community near the Kettle Moraine State Forest offering area residents seasonal outdoor enjoyment. The nearby Rock County campus is located in Janesville, a town of 60,000 located on the Rock River and known as Wisconsin's Park Place.

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, and actively seeks and encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and veterans.


The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is part of the 13-campus University of Wisconsin System ( ).

Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(b) provides that applicants may indicate in writing that their identity should be kept confidential. In response to a public records request, the University will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful final candidate will be released. See Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(a).

Per Regent Policy Document 20-19, University of Wisconsin System Criminal Background Check Policy and UW System Administrative Policy 1275 Recruitment Policies, UW-Whitewater requires criminal background checks as a contingency to employment. A criminal background check will be conducted prior to an offer of employment. All final candidates must be asked, prior to hire, whether they have been found to have engaged in, are currently under investigation for, or left employment during an active investigation in which they were accused of sexual violence or sexual harassment. When obtaining employment reference checks, these same sexual violence or sexual harassment questions must also be asked.

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater requires that all employees be active participants in following applicable safety rules and regulations including necessary training and drills.

For UW-Whitewater Campus safety information and crime statistics/annual Security Report, see . If you would like a paper copy of the report please contact the UW-Whitewater Police at 262-472-4660.


Well-qualified candidates can expect a starting annual salary of $52,000.00.

UW System employees receive an excellent benefit package. To learn more about the UW System’s comprehensive benefit package, review the UW System Employee Benefits Brochure .


Applications received by January 5, 2024 are ensured full consideration. Applications received after that date may be given consideration at the discretion of the search committee. The most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process.

If you have questions regarding this recruitment or if you are unable to complete the application online due to a disability or system problem, please contact us at (262) 472-1024 or .

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Ruth Conrad-Proulx

Search Committee Chair



Only complete application packages will be considered. This includes online submission of the following documents:
  • Cover letter/letter of interest
  • Curriculum Vita
  • Statement of teaching philosophy
  • Copy of graduate transcripts
  • Up to three sample syllabi
  • Up to three sample assignments or project outlines, guidelines, with evaluation criteria
  • Portfolio materials or active website, including process paperwork
  • Name and contact information for three professional references (letters of recommendation may be solicited at a later time)
This Job ID is 20182.

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