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Theatre (Lighting and Set Design) – Assistant Professor [UPDATED]

Department:  Theatre
Rank: Assistant Professor
Specialization(s):  Lighting and Set Design
Search # 18-010

Southern Connecticut State University is a comprehensive university located in New Haven, a culturally vibrant environment surrounded by many fine universities with easy access to New York and Boston. SCSU is a flourishing community of approximately 10,000 students, located less than three miles from downtown New Haven near the Westville Village section of the city.  SCSU is a student-centered and intentionally diverse institution and we regard student success as our highest priority. We seek to instill in all of our students the value of the liberal arts and sciences as a foundation for professional development and life-long learning.

The Theatre Department at Southern Connecticut State University invites applicants for a full-time, tenure-track position in Lighting and Set Design at the Assistant Professor level.  The Theatre Department offers the B.A. degree. 

Brief Description of Duties/Responsibilities:

This position will design lights and sets for three departmental shows per academic year. The successful candidate will teach courses in design and various general theatre courses for majors and non-majors as needed; and contribute to the ongoing development of departmental curricula. In addition, this position will have the opportunity to mentor and advise students on independent projects and oversee student designers.  Please see our website at for more information.

Candidates must be committed to teaching within a vibrant and demanding public liberal arts and sciences environment.  Tenure-track faculty at SCSU are expected to conduct research/creative activity in their area of expertise.  Creative activities include mentoring student research leading to publication of theses, publishing articles in academic and professional journals, seeking funding in support of research and teaching needs, and contributing to workshops and conferences.

Required Qualifications:

By the time of appointment, the successful candidate must have received an M.F.A. with emphasis in Lighting and/or Set Design or an M.A. or Ph.D. with the equivalent professional design experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

Highly-qualified candidates will have experience teaching and designing at the university level, have an active professional career at the national or regional level, and be a multi-faceted theatre artist.  The ideal candidate will also demonstrate the ability to teach Introduction to Theatre, Principles of Design, Lighting, Scene Painting, and/or Drawing and Drafting.

Application Process:

Please send electronically a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research interests and plans, statement of teaching philosophy and interests, three letters of recommendation, representative reprints, teaching evaluations, and any other evidence of teaching effectiveness to:  Theatre Search Committee Chair at  Please include your personal contact information along with a work address on your CV.  In order for your application to be given full consideration, all materials must be received by Monday, October 16, 2017.  The position will remain open until filled.