Visiting Assistant Professor-Scenic and Lighting Design

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Visiting Assistant Professor-Scenic and Lighting Design

Posting Number P1602F


Job Description Summary                  

The Department of Theatre and Dance at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama, invites applications for a 9-month, full-time non-tenure track Visiting Assistant Professor of Scenic and Lighting Design beginning August 16, 2024. This position includes a course load of six (6) assignments over the course of the academic year (3:3 load) through a combination of teaching in foundational, intermediate, and advanced design courses in the areas of scenic and lighting design and equivalent design assignments within our mainstage season.


Minimum Qualifications   

The successful candidate must possess an MFA in Scenic Design, Lighting Design or an applicable field at the time employment begins. Ideal candidates will have previous teaching experience at the collegiate level as well as professional design/production experience.


The successful candidate must meet eligibility requirements to work in the U.S. at the time the appointment is scheduled to begin and continue working legally for the proposed term of employment.


Desired Qualifications       

We desire a candidate that is committed to teaching undergraduates, has a passion for collaborative storytelling, excels in communication, and has a desire to be part of a compassionate team of educators and practitioners. Experience with sustainable practices within the field is desired.


Special Instructions to Applicants  

With approximately 100 majors, the Department of Theatre and Dance offers a B.A. in theatre as well as B.F.A degrees in performance, musical theatre, design & technology, and management. The department is housed in a dedicated theatre facility including a 340-seat house with proscenium/thrust stage, a black box performance space, studio theatre, design studio, fully equipped shops, a dance/movement studio, a vocal studio, a smart classroom, and a computer lab.


The Department of Theatre & Dance strives to create an environment wherein diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice are championed, practiced, embodied, and celebrated. We reiterate our commitment to help model and build an actively inclusive future and to enact the creation of such communities on our stages and in our classrooms.


Competitive salary commensurate with experience and qualifications. Starting date will be August 16, 2024. Review of applications will begin March 1, 2024. Search will remain open until position is filled.


To apply, visit and upload cover letter, CV, and a statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to equity and inclusion through teaching, research, professional activities and/or service. Official transcripts will be required for those who interview. You will also need to provide contact information for three references. Cover letters may be addressed to Sarah Chandler, Search Committee Chair, Auburn University Department of Theatre and Dance. Review of applications will begin March 1, 2024, and will continue until a suitable candidate is chosen.


Auburn University is understanding of and sensitive to the family needs of faculty, including dual-career couples


Auburn University is a comprehensive land grant, R-1 institution, one of the largest in Alabama, with an enrollment of nearly 28,000 students, within easy driving distance of Atlanta, Birmingham, and Montgomery. Auburn is home to the Gogue Performing Arts Center (GPAC), a professional performance venue that offers exciting opportunities for visiting artist workshops and other collaborations. The Department of Theatre and Dance offers a B.A. in Theatre, as well as B.F.A. degrees in Acting, Music Theatre, Design/Technology, and Production Management. The department is housed in a dedicated theatre facility including a 365-seat house with proscenium thrust stage, a black box, flexible studio theatre, large dance studio, fully equipped shops, design studio, music studio, smart classroom, and computer lab.


AUBURN UNIVERSITY IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, sex, religion, color, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other classification protected by applicable law.


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