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Assistant Professor in Scenic Design / Projection Design

University of California, Irvine
Irvine, California (US)
The salary range for this position is $83,600-$108,500.
Date posted
Jan 25, 2024

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The University of California, Irvine, Department of Drama, invites applications for a Scenic/Media Design professor.  Appointment is from Assistant Professor I to Assistant Professor III on the UC ladder rank scale, commensurate with experience. Join a dynamic design team training graduate design students in a three-year professional MFA degree and undergraduate students in a liberal arts BA.

Candidates for this position must have outstanding professional credits in theatrical media/scenic design, and a strong commitment to teaching, training, and working in a university environment. Expertise in projection design software, Vectorworks, and CGI software is important, as is experience in virtual stages, virtual production, VR, XR, and other emergent media. In addition to more traditional scenic design, we seek candidates who are equally versed in theatrical media design/projection design along with current industry standard creation and delivery platforms. The position entails recruiting and mentoring graduate students and collaborating with other design specialties and the directing and acting programs. Teaching responsibilities include graduate courses in scenic and media design and undergraduate course in those design areas. Additional responsibilities include curriculum development, departmental and university service, and maintaining and growing a professional career.

Candidates must demonstrate a pedagogical and professional profile that is compatible with distinguished training at a major research university. A BA degree is required. An MFA degree or commensurate professional experience is required by the time of hire.

The Department is particularly interested in candidates whose research intersects with contemporary art theory, such as African American or African diaspora studies, Latinx studies, Asian American or Asian diaspora studies, Native American studies, feminism and gender studies, postcolonial critique and decolonization, queer theory or performance theory.

Candidates must apply using the online application system, RECRUIT, located at (select "Apply Now"). The online application must include a Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae, Statement of Research, Statement of Teaching Philosophy, and Inclusive Excellence Activities Statement (this is a separate statement that addresses past and/or potential contributions to Inclusive Excellence). In addition, at least three letters of reference are required and to be uploaded directly to the RECRUIT system by the referees. Digital portfolio samples are required and must be submitted via the online RECRUIT system. To ensure full consideration, the application must be completed by February 29, 2024.

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

As a University employee, you will be required to comply with all applicable University policies and/or collective bargaining agreements, as may be amended from time to time. Federal, state, or local government directives may impose additional requirements. 

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