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
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.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- 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.
- Willingness and ability to actively follow applicable safety
rules and regulations, including necessary training and
- 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
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
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 ( https://www.wisconsin.edu
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
The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater requires that all employees
be active participants in following applicable safety rules and
regulations including necessary training and drills.
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COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS:
Well-qualified candidates can expect a starting annual salary of
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
TO ENSURE CONSIDERATION:
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.
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application packages will be considered. This
includes online submission of the following documents:
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- 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
- Name and contact information for three professional references
(letters of recommendation may be solicited at a later time)
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