Texas Tech University

Assistant Professor of Scenic Design

Texas Tech University
J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts
School of Theatre & Dance

Position Announcement

Assistant Professor, Scenic Design

Position Number: T96507

Appointment: Tenure-Track, beginning fall 2019

Application Deadline: Review of applicants will begin October 22, and will continue until the position is filled.

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience

The School of Theatre and Dance, within the Texas Tech University J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts, seeks applications and nominations for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Scenic Design. This position is for a nationally or internationally prominent or emerging designer with a commitment to helping to guide the theatre and dance programs to national distinction and nurturing the next generation of designers/educators/scholars enrolled in our undergraduate and graduate programs. The successful candidate will begin service in this full-time position at the beginning of the 2019 fall semester.

Position Requirements
Minimum Qualifications:
An MFA degree in Theatre with an emphasis in scenic design, or equivalent professional experience; Experience in teaching scenic design and additional courses related to expertise for two or more years at a college level beyond graduate teaching appointment, and/or commensurate professional experience; Significant professional experience in performance design at a regional, national, and/or international level; Evidence of excellence in mentorship as demonstrated by course lists/CV, student comments, letters of impact, and/or student achievements and awards; A demonstrated and ongoing commitment to serving diverse student populations, and strong evidence of the ability and desire to perform service: duties include, but are not limited to, recruiting, program-building, and commitment to extra-curricular activities in the school, college, university, and community; Commitment to quality, student-centered education and working as a collegial team member; Evidence of achievement in research (creative and/or scholarly) with clear ideas for future impactful research goals and projects; Evidence of substantial professional experience in properties, scenic art, construction techniques, and refined non-digital and/or digital design techniques (e.g.: hand drafting, hand rendering, model-making, vectorworks, AutoCad, Photoshop); and excellent communication, organization, resource / time-management skills. Candidates who have clear potential to support scholarship by extramural funding, as appropriate to research specialization, are encouraged to apply.

Preferred Qualifications: Ability to form partnerships within and outside of the university, regionally, nationally, and internationally, including community engagement; Familiarity with current and cutting-edge practices in scenic design and pedagogy; A secondary expertise in a related field (e.g.: costume design, lighting design, technical direction, projection and media design, production design, production management); Experience working with diverse student populations and first-generation students; Excellence in teaching traditional and studio classes and extensive experience in teaching related to the position of hire; Working knowledge of applicable safety codes and practices, and of current trends in scenic technology (e.g.: automation, animation); Professional affiliations (e.g.: union, USITT, international, etc.); and evidence of interdisciplinary collaborations.

Position Description
The successful candidate will be expected to:

  • Continue to engage in nationally/internationally recognized creative/professional practice, and/or scholarship.
  • Develop and teach new undergraduate and graduate courses in scenic design and technology, and stage/production management.
  • Design for the production season at the School of Theatre & Dance, including mentoring and supervising student designers and stage managers; collaborate with all production areas and work closely with the technical director and staff; work with finance and budgets in a collegiate system.
  • Embrace new forms of critically engaged disciplinary practice/scholarship in the evolving field of scenic design. Foster courses that emphasize a commitment to social responsibility, advocacy, and engagement as they relate to the field.
  • Seek interdisciplinary opportunities across the university.
  • Actively participate, as a collaborative departmental citizen, in school, college, and university service, including committee work and academic support services such as undergraduate and graduate reviews, thesis and dissertation committee work, and curriculum development; recruitment of students into the program; program review (including implementation and assessment of outcomes); maintaining the school's accreditation with NAST; and student advising across diverse communities; supervision of student organizations, and participation in sponsored off-campus activities.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to collegiality within and outside the school.
  • Maintain national service and continue professional development.
  • Pursue external grants in support of research or creative activity, when appropriate and available in the faculty member's field.

The School of Theatre and Dance is NAST and NASD accredited and offers the BA in Dance; BA in Theatre; BFAs in Acting, Design and Musical Theatre; MA; MFA in Arts Administration, Playwriting, Design, and Performance and Pedagogy; PhD. in Fine Arts with a major in Theatre. A faculty of 21 full-time professors serves approximately 140 undergraduate students and 70 students involved in graduate study. The School has many prominent alumni, including Jaston Williams (Greater Tuna), G.W. Bailey (The Closer, Major Crimes), Jennifer Smith (The Producers), Brad Leland (Friday Night Lights), Randy Cordray (The Office), Barry Corbin (No Country for Old Men). Technical and administrative support includes a total of 10 staff positions. The School's resources include a new state-of-the-art facility scheduled to open March 2019, a burgeoning Equity theatre connected to the school, the nationally-reknowned Marfa and WildWind Performance Lab programs, and annual participation in the Tennessee Williams Festival. For more information, visit www.theatre.ttu.edu.

The J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts comprises the School of Art, the School of Music, and the School of Theatre & Dance, accredited by NASAD, NASM, NAST, and NASD, respectively. TTU is the only public university in the state accredited in all four arts areas, and boasts many acclaimed alumni, including Susan Graham, Terry Cook, Ann Sanders, G.W. Bailey, Barry Corbin, Jennifer Smith, Scott Dadich, Susanne Klotz and D.J. Stout. With more than 120 faculty members and approximately 1,100 students, the College offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including the terminal M.F.A., D.M.A., and Ph.D. degrees.  Our unique Ph.D. program in Fine Arts provides interdisciplinary education in the visual & performing arts combined with philosophical aesthetics. For more information, visit www.vpa.ttu.edu.

Texas Tech University, established in 1923, is a Carnegie Highest Research Activity university and the largest comprehensive institution of higher education in the western two-thirds of the state (a region larger than 46 of the nation's 50 states). The university's 1,839-acre Spanish Renaissance style campus, which serves approximately 37,000 students, is the only one in Texas that is home to a major university, law school and medical school, and serves an increasingly diverse and multi-cultural student body. Lubbock, the hub of the South Plains, has an area population of almost 300,000 and offers a quality living experience with a semi-arid climate and housing costs below the national average. Texas Tech University recently surpassed the Hispanic student population threshold necessary for designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). The city supports a symphony orchestra; several museums; the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts; numerous galleries; and a variety of music, dance, and theatre performances. Direct flights to Lubbock are available from Austin, Dallas/Forth Worth, Houston, Denver, and Las Vegas.

Apply online at http://www.texastech.edu/careers/

Please provide the following with your application:

  1. Letter of Application with description of expertise (please address your practice/research in your letter)
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Statement of teaching philosophy, with evidence of teaching effectiveness or potential for effective teaching
  4. Statement of artistic philosophy
  5. Link to portfolio and other support documents (e.g.: sample of research, professional reviews)
  6. Transcripts
  7. Three letters of recommendation (at least one should speak to teaching effectiveness, or potential for effective teaching)
  8. An optional list of three additional references with contact information

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy: As an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, Texas Tech University is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. We actively encourage applications from all those who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community at Texas Tech University. The university welcomes applications from minorities, women, protected veterans, persons with disabilities, and dual-career couples.

Contact: Andrea Bilkey, Head of Design, School of Theatre and Dance, Chair of Scenic Search Committee