Theatre | Assistant Professor, Scene Design

Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts (VCUarts)
Position F40750
Full-time 9-month tenure-eligible position beginning August 16, 2017
Review of Applications Begins: January 9, 2017, and continues until the position is filled.

The Opportunity:

The VCUarts Department of Theatre ( is seeking an energetic and dynamic Assistant Professor to lead the Scene Design area. Located in Richmond, VA, the School of the Arts is ranked the #1 public university arts & design program in the country (by U.S. News & World Report). The Department of Theatre is one of the largest departments among the School’s 16 programs and has a long history and a distinguished reputation for training theatre artists. The department offers multiple degrees: a B.A in Theatre; B.F.A. degrees in Theatre with emphases in Performance, Scene Design and Technical Production, Costume Design and Technical Production, Lighting Design and Technical Production, and Stage Management; and M.F.A. degrees in Pedagogy, Scene Design and Costume Design.

Major Responsibilities:

This is a 9-month tenure-eligible faculty position in the area of scene design with an academic rank of Assistant Professor. This position will develop and teach undergraduate and graduate courses in scene design to support the BFA and MFA requirements of the programs. This position will mentor and coach design students and will educate, organize, and mobilize student designers and/or crew members which are essential to the realization of Mainstage productions and other performances.

The Assistant Professor will maintain a professional design career on a national or international level that reflects a high standard of quality of competence in noted professional venues from at least two of the following: Broadway, Off-Broadway, regional theatre (LORT), or Opera. Maintaining an active professional membership in United Scenic Artists Local 829 is preferred. An established research agenda and a clear potential for external funding, as appropriate, and potential for scholarship or creative expression to complement and expand existing expertise in the department is required. The faculty member’s creative activities will be related to the program’s curriculum and be consistent with and support the mission and initiatives of the department, School, and University.

This position will perform service to the school and department, as designated by the chair, and will work collaboratively with theatre faculty, students and guest artists. Active recruitment for students in the undergraduate and graduate programs is expected, as is contributing to departmental advising in collaboration with the department’s Academic Advisor, and other duties as assigned by the Chair.


Applicants must have an MFA in a related field, or an equivalent combination of professional experience and training. A minimum of five years of professional experience as a scenic designer from at least two of the following venues: Broadway, Off-Broadway or noted regional theatres (LORT) is required, as is appropriate teaching experience beyond graduate school. Theatre VCU faculty are expected to have demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or have a commitment to do so.

Application Instructions:

Submit the following application materials via VCU eJobs at to the attention of Associate Professor Toni-Leslie James, search committee chair:

-Letter of interest that addresses strengths relative to the responsibilities and qualifications cited above;

-One-page statement of teaching philosophy;

-Current curriculum vitae; and

-List of five references familiar with the applicant’s record as an instructor, and/or professional colleague, including names, addresses, and phone numbers (references will not be checked prior candidates’ approval).

Only electronic applications submitted via VCU eJobs will be accepted. The Letter of Interest and Teaching Philosophy should be submitted as one document in the “Cover Letter/Letter of Application” section in eJobs; the CV should be submitted in the “Curriculum Vitae (CV)” section of eJobs; and the list of references should be submitted in the “Other Document” section in eJobs.

Review of applications begins January 9, 2017, and continues until the position is filled.

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