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Los Angeles

Job ID: Assistant Professor, Theatre and Dance


Performing Arts

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Date Posted:

October 2, 2018

Closing Date:

Open until filled

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Department of Theatre and Dance

College of Arts and Letters

Position: Assistant Professor

Starting Date: August 2019

Minimum Qualifications:

1) An earned MFA in Theatre Technology, Technical Direction, or Set Design from an accredited institution OR a BA in Theatre plus 10 years of relevant professional experience is required at the time of application.

2) Evidence of college or university level teaching experience in stagecraft, theatre technology, scenic design, or related fields.

3) Demonstrated advanced skills in stagecraft

4) Demonstrated advanced skills in theatrical rigging

5) Demonstrated CAD skills (AutoCAD or Vectorworks)

Preferred Qualifications:

1) Evidence of professional theatre experience.

2) Evidence of experience in theatrical design, including, but not limited to: projection, lighting, audio, multimedia or interactive design.

3) Evidence of experience with television and film production, art direction and/or production design.


The primary professional responsibilities of instructional faculty members are: teaching, research, scholarship and/or creative activity, and service to the University, profession and to the community. These responsibilities generally include: advising students, participation in campus and system-wide committees, maintaining office hours, working collaboratively and productively with colleagues, and participation in traditional academic functions.

The successful candidate will teach a combination of undergraduate and graduate courses in Stagecraft, Lighting, Sound, Scenic Design, and Advanced Topics in Theatrical Design and Technology. Additional responsibilities include: supervising Production Participation courses; mentoring student technicians/designers; and functioning as the Technical Director for selected Department productions.

Successful candidate will maintain currency in emerging stage technologies.

The successful candidate will be committed to the academic success of all of our students and to an environment that acknowledges, encourages, and celebrates diversity and differences. To this end, the successful candidate will work effectively, respectfully, and collaboratively in diverse, multicultural, and inclusive settings. In addition, the successful candidate will be ready to join faculty, staff, students, and administrators in our University's shared commitment to the principles of engagement, service, and the public good.

Salary: Initial salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The University:

California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State LA) is the premier comprehensive public university in the heart of Los Angeles. Cal State LA is ranked number one in the United States for the upward mobility of its students. The University is dedicated to engagement, service, and the public good, offering nationally recognized programs in science, the arts, business, criminal justice, engineering, nursing, education, and the humanities. Founded in 1947, Cal State LA serves more than 28,000 students and more than 240,000 distinguished alumni. A majority of the University's alumni live in the Los Angeles region, enriching their communities and contributing to the vitality of the local economy. Cal State LA is focused on developing a new bioscience entrepreneurial ecosystem in the Los Angeles and San Gabriel Valley regions through partnerships with local business. To provide increased educational opportunities, Cal State LA recently opened a campus in downtown Los Angeles that offers graduate and undergraduate programs, as well as professional development and certificate programs. The university is home to the critically acclaimed Luckman Fine Arts Complex, Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs, Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center, Hydrogen Research and Fueling Facility, Billie Jean King Sports Complex and the TV, Film and Media Center.

The College:

The College of Arts & Letters at California State University, Los Angeles, is a diverse and vibrant community committed to nurturing students in the arts and humanities, and to providing a distinctive liberal arts education to all Cal State LA students.

The College is home to nationally acclaimed undergraduate and graduate programs in the humanities and the visual, media, and performing arts, delivered by an award-winning faculty committed to helping students reach their full potential academically, professionally, creatively, and personally. Our nine departments (Art, Communication Studies, English, Liberal Studies, Modern Languages and Literatures, Music, Philosophy, Television, Film & Media Studies, and Theatre and Dance) include programs that lead to Bachelor and Masters of Arts degrees, Masters of Music degrees, and Masters of Fine Arts degrees.

Located in one of the most vibrant and creative cosmopolitan centers of the world, our students have access to renowned venues and a rich variety of scholars, artists, and performers from a host of fields and professions. Our campus boasts one of the most diverse student populations in the country, a fact that helps us to prepare Arts & Letters graduates for successful careers in today's multicultural environment and global economy.

The Department:

Studying Theatre at California State University, Los Angeles offers students the opportunity to discover and develop their own unique artistic voices in a collaborative and enriching learning environment.

Along with the BA in Theatre degree (with options in Performance and Design & Production), and two Minor Programs (Minor in Theatre and Minor in Dance) the Department of Theatre and Dance produces 6-8 theatre and dance events each academic year, offering students and audiences a array of contemporary, experimental, original and Dance production.

Cal State LA resides in the center of the entertainment industry. Students engage with Los Angeles' rich artistic community as well as across disciplines within the University. Innovative and wide-ranging production and performance opportunities promote student learning within the creative process. Through coursework and performances, our students have the opportunity to explore the theatrical world from many different perspectives.

Required Documentation:

Please submit the following to the Search Committee Chair at the email address below:

1) A cover letter specifically addressing required experience and preferred qualifications.

2) A curriculum vitae.

3) A narrative statement describing your commitment to working effectively with faculty, staff, and students in a multicultural/multiethnic urban campus environment with a substantial population of first-generation students.

4) A list of three professional references.

5) A University Application for Employment Form (http://www.calstatela.edu/sites/default/files/groups/Human%20Resources%20Management/forms/empl_application_academic_2017_11_28.pdf)

Finalists will be required to submit:

1) Official transcripts.

2) Three current letters of recommendation.

Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States.


Review of applications will begin November 20, 2018, and will continue until the position is filled.

Please email all application materials in a single PDF to: TAD@calstatela.edu. Please type "Theatre and Dance Scenic Design and Construction Tenure-Track Application" in the subject line.

Please address all questions to the search committee chair (Jose Cruz Gonzalez) at: jgonzal7@calstatela.edu or 323-343-4110.

Note: The person holding this position is considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

In addition to meeting fully its obligations under federal and state law, Cal State LA is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can live, work and learn in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual. To that end, all qualified individuals will receive equal consideration without regard to economic status, race, ethnicity, color, religion, marital status, pregnancy, national origin or cultural background, political views, sex, sexual orientation, gender identification, age, disability, disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran status.


Upon request, reasonable accommodation will be provided to individuals with protected disabilities to (a) complete the employment process and (b) perform essential job functions when this does not cause undue hardship.