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Assistant/Associate Professor in Scenic Design (Head of Scenic Design)

Recruitment Period

Open September 19th, 2019 through Tuesday, Dec 24, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
If you apply to this recruitment by December 24th, 2019, you will have until December 27th, 2019 to complete your application.


Assistant/Associate Professor in Scenic Design (Head of Scenic Design)

The University of California, Irvine, Department of Drama invites applications for Head of Scenic Design with specializations in scenic and media design. Appointment is from Assistant Professor III to Associate Professor II 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 scenic design, and a strong commitment to teaching, training, and working in a university environment. Expertise in CAD and CGI software is important, as is experience in art direction, production design and 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 an introductory undergraduate course in scenic design. 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 graduate training at a major research university. A second scene design instructor, and professional staff in the scene shop, compliment the position. USA-829, ADG membership or other equitable professional credentials are expected, in addition to an MFA degree or equivalent professional experience.

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 Statement of Contributions to Diversity (this is a separate statement that addresses past and/or potential contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion, and must also be included in the application materials). In addition, at least three letters of reference are required and should be uploaded directly to the RECRUIT system by the referees. Digital portfolio samples may be submitted via the online RECRUIT system or may be submitted to Lonnie Alcaraz, Scenic Design Search Committee, University of California, Irvine, Department of Drama, 249 Drama, Irvine, CA 92697-2775, or To ensure full consideration, the application must be completed by December 24, 2019.

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.

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Irvine, CA

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