Utah State University

Assistant Professor of Design/Technical Theatre

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 5 months ago(11/12/2022 5:49 PM)
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Caine College of the Arts
Theatre Arts
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits
Telework Eligible


Utah State University’s Department of Theatre Arts is seeking a full-time, nine-month tenure-track Assistant Professor of Design/Technology. The ideal candidate will have experience teaching in a university setting, professional experience in projection design, a secondary emphasis in lighting or scenic design, and demonstrate a commitment to mentoring and student success. The position is defined as 50% creative activity or research, 40% teaching, 10% service.  There is also the possibility of working with the Lyric Repertory Company, the department’s professional summer theatre.


This is a tenure-track position beginning with the 2023-2024 academic year anticipated to start in August 2023. Review of applications will begin January 6, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled.


  • Teaching to be assigned from the following courses:
    • Projection Design (Disguise, QLab)
    • Computer design in Theatre (Adobe Photo Shop, Premiere, After Effects, Illustrator)
    • Theatre Practicum
    • Special Topics within area of expertise.
    • Lighting Design and/or Scenic Design
    • Drafting for Theatre
  • Teach other classes as needed (Script Analysis, Understanding Theatre).
  • Oversee and mentor student designs in Projection Design for Departmental Productions.
  • Projection design for one major production per year (with a reduction in teaching responsibility). Faculty designs will depend on design students’ needs.
  • Creative endeavors, ongoing professional development, scholarship, and university service are expected.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • MFA in Theatre with a Design or Technical Theatre specialization
  • At least 1 year of teaching experience at the university level

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 3 years of teaching experience at the university level
  • Experience teaching graduate students
  • Demonstrated passion and dedication to student success
  • Evidence of successful university teaching through student evaluation scores, awards, testimonials or other assessments 

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

  1. Resume/CV to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”.
  2. Unofficial transcripts of academic work to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Documents 1-10”. Official transcripts will be required before hiring.
  3. Names and contact information of three professional references to be entered at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile. Please include their name, title/institution, phone number, and email address (we will contact your references if you are a finalist for the position).
  4. Cover Letter (no more than three pages) to be typed/pasted at the end of your application.
  5. Be prepared to provide the following information during the application process:
    • A link to your website portfolio
    • Optional - A link to a 10 minute (minimum) teaching video posted online

**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


Employees work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes. The employee is regularly required to sit and often uses repetitive hand motions.

College/Department Highlights

The Caine College of the Arts is composed of three Departments: Art & Design, Music, and Theatre, with over 100 faculty and 900+ students in undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Degree tracks include masters programs in each department and undergraduate courses of study in over 30 different emphasis areas. The Caine College of the Arts provides a welcoming, collaborative culture in which a diverse community of the arts can thrive. The spirit of collaboration supports relationships in creative activity, research, and teaching, and fosters learning connections across artistic disciplines, as well as expanded outreach partnerships and possibilities across the University and the community. This culture of collaboration and outreach positions Utah State University as a national model for the "new land-grant university," where personal, professional, academic, and community enrichment through the arts is a significant institutional goal. The Caine College of the Arts positions students and faculty to engage in concentrated artistic study, within a liberal arts framework, at a research university.


The Department of Theatre Arts offers a BFA in Performance, Design/Tech, and Theatre Education; a BA in Theatre (general studies); and an MFA with concentrations in Costume, Set, and Lighting Design. With approximately 100 students in the combined programs and a faculty that is continually active in the profession, the Department offers a robust slate of productions during the Utah State Theatre academic season. The professional arm of the Department is the Lyric Repertory Company, which provides USU students the opportunity to transition their craft from the academy to the profession, with productions during the summer as well as the academic year. More information is available at: https://cca.usu.edu/theatre/.


Utah State University is an R1 university under the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education and is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST).


Employment in this position is contingent upon a satisfactory background check. Utah State University is an AA/EO Employer and encourages gender and ethnic diversity. In recruiting for our team, we welcome the unique and diverse contributions that you can bring in terms of education, opinions, culture, ethnicity, race, sex, gender identity and expression, nation of origin, age, veteran’s status, color, religion, disability, sexual orientation and beliefs.

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is one of only 146 research institutions in the U.S. classified as R1 “very high research activity” by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU provides a high-quality education at an affordable price. With its main campus in Logan, the university serves approximately 27,500 students, including 24,255 undergraduates and 3,171 graduate students. USU Online has served students from all 50 states and 55 countries for 25 years.


USU’s statewide system features three residential campuses, 30 total campus locations, and 23 Extension education centers. The university employs 903 full-time faculty members, 124 executive administrators, and 1,649 full-time support staff. USU offers 115 undergraduate majors, as well as 91 master’s and 42 doctoral degrees. Learn more about USU.


A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah, a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.


USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.


USU endeavors to provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access in all aspects of employment to qualified persons with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the university’s ADA Coordinator in the Human Resource office at 435-797-0122 or submit a request at hr@usu.edu.


USU Land Acknowledgment

Please visit our website to learn about Utah State’s land acknowledgment of the eight tribes of Utah.


Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:


Executive Director of the Office of Equity Matthew Pinner, discrimination@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 401, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Matthew Pinner, titleix@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 404, 435-797-1266

Mailing address: 5100 Old Main Hill, Logan, Ut 84322

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov


*updated 11/2022


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