Asst Prof of Lighting, WWU

Position: Assistant Professor of Lighting and Projections Design, tenure track

Organization:  Western Washington Univeristy

Job Location:  Bellingham, WA


Posting Date: November 17, 2014

Application Deadline: January 10, 2015

About the Position: The Theatre and Dance Department seeks to hire a full-time, tenure track Assistant Professor of Lighting and Projection Design, beginning September 2015. The Department of Theatre and Dance supports Western’s mission to bring together individuals of diverse backgrounds and perspectives in an inclusive, student-centered university that develops the potential of learners and the well-being of communities, and encourages applications from diverse candidates.

About the College/Department: 

The College of Fine and Performing Arts is comprised of the departments of Theatre and Dance, Music, Art and Design.  The Theatre and Dance Department includes eleven faculty, seven instructors, and a staff including a Technical Director, Costume Shop Manager, and Scene Shop Foreman/Master Electrician.  The program offers a balance of academic courses and production experiences.  During the past academic year, the department mounted seven productions in its three venues.  WWU is engaged in internationalizing the university.  As part of this initiative the Theatre and Dance Department is working toward supporting tis goal in curriculum and student experience.

Western Washington University is a comprehensive state university, with almost 15,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school.  Western is located in beautiful Bellingham, a scenic coastal city of approximately 80,000 situated between Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia.  With easy access to both the Cascade mountain range and the Pacific coast, the region is rich in cultural events and attractions as well as many recreational activities.  Western is known nationally for its successes, including being named the top public master’s granting university in the Pacific Northwest by U.S. News and World Report and one of the best colleges in the nation to work for by the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Position Responsibilities: The successful candidate will serve as a member of the design program and will be expected to participate in all facets of the department life, including designing one department production per year, mentoring theatre and dance student designers’ production work, teaching a standard course load, recruitment, curricular planning and departmental production planning. The appointee is expected to continue to be active in creative and scholarly endeavors. The appointee will teach courses such as Lighting Design for Theatre and Dance, Stage Technology, Digital Media, and Projections. Western faculty are expected to have a commitment to faculty governance and college/university committee participation.

Required Qualifications:

  • MFA in theatre design or related terminal degree
  • Professional experience in any of the following design areas: theatre, dance, film, television, entertainment or related field
  • Evidence of successful student mentoring in a production setting
  • Promise of continued creative and professional work
  • A demonstrated ability and commitment to work effectively with a diverse student population

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Evidence of successful teaching in a university setting
  • Experience teaching in a liberal arts setting
  • Demonstrated ability in lighting/projection design for theatre and dance
  • Evidence of successful collaborations with professional colleagues
  • Ability to design in another concentration
  • Strong interest in emerging digital media
  • Ability to support the university’s internationalization initiatives

Academic Emphasis: Lighting and Projection Design

Salary: Commensurate with experience and qualifications

Bargaining Union: United Faculty of Western Washington

Application Instructions and Requested Documents: Applicants must apply online via Western’s Electronic Application System for Employment (EASE) at  

Applications should include a cover letter describing teaching philosophy and research experience, curriculum vitae, a portfolio or link to an online portfolio, and contact information for three references in the cover letters and attachments section of the application system.

Other Information: Applicants may contact or direct questions to the Search Committee Chair, Mark Kuntz at

Recruitment #: 141313

Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU’s Policy on Providing Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination. EO/AA inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay); EOO.

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All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires.