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Tenure-track Position: Assistant Professor in Scene Design

Tenure-track Position: Assistant Professor in Scene Design

Job Description:
The University Of Massachusetts Amherst Department of Theater in the College of Humanities and Fine Arts invites applications for a tenure-track position in Scene Design at the rank of Assistant Professor, to begin September 1, 2017.
This professor, specializing in scene design, is a committed teacher and an impressive professional practitioner who will bring experience and vision to the Department. At a time of exciting changes in our production area, we are looking for a collaborator to lead the re-imagining and development of our undergraduate and MFA Scene Design and Technology programs. The successful candidate is a teaching artist with the knowledge and professional expertise to teach foundations of design as well as advanced topics reflective of our rapidly changing industry. The professor is responsible for the scene design, scenic art and properties design of the department's main stage season, the supervision of student designers and artisans, as well as contributing other specialties to complement departmental offerings. The professor will collaborate with all production areas and work closely with scene shop faculty and staff including a Faculty Technical Director, Scenic Construction Director, graduate students, undergraduate work-study and practicum students. The Department of Theater desires a committed colleague who will thrive in the Pioneer Valley and balance teaching and professional design commitments. Participation in departmental and university service is also a responsibility. 
Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.


  • MFA in Scene Design or terminal degree in related field by time of hire
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching scene design at the college level
  • Substantial experience as a professional scene designer at the regional and/or national level
  • Evidence of ongoing creative achievement
  • An ability to collaborate across disciplines and build community partnerships
  • Working knowledge of emerging design technologies and software, digital media, and/or projection design preferred 

Additional Information:

The university is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty and student body. The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members. Because broad diversity is essential to an inclusive climate and critical to the University's goals of achieving excellence in all areas, we will holistically assess the many qualifications of each applicant and favorably consider an individual's record working with students and colleagues with broadly diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities. We will also favorably consider experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic degree and career.
We are seeking talented applicants qualified for an assistant professor position. Under exceptional circumstances, highly qualified candidates at other ranks may receive consideration.

Application Instructions:

To apply submit a letter of application, a curriculum vitae (or detailed professional resume), a link to your online portfolio, and the names and email addresses of three references to the link: https://www.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=73723
Applicants should apply by the priority deadline of October 17, 2016, in order to ensure consideration.  




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