Department of Theatre

Assistant Professor - Scenic & Lighting Design

Vacancy: #14F027
Position # 6801

The Department of Theatre at the University of North Carolina Wilmington seeks a tenure track Assistant Professor in scenic and lighting design to begin August, 2014.  Responsibilities include teaching scenic and lighting design introductory, advanced, and lab courses and designing four productions (eight total designs) per year.  Some designs may involve supervising advanced undergraduate students or facilitating the work of an external guest designer by serving as liaison between the guest artist and the resident production manager/technical director.  A typical year will consist of six personal designs and two supervised or facilitated designs.

The Department of Theatre B.A. program provides a liberal arts education coupled with applied instruction in three concentration areas: performance, design and technology, and a customized option.  Under the guidance of a talented, dedicated faculty and staff, approximately 140 undergraduate majors and minors occupy an elegant 300-seat proscenium theatre and 125-seat flexible studio space.  In addition, students work in a variety of other on- and off-campus venues through applied learning projects, extra-curricular activities, and as community volunteers.  Department alumni thrive in graduate programs as scholars, designers, and performers and enjoy professional credits in theatre, film, television and related industries. 

The historic coastal city of Wilmington, NC, provides a rich, creative environment for theatre students and professionals, and the Department of Theatre is a key member of the arts community.  For eleven consecutive years, U. S. News & World Report has ranked UNCW as one of the top ten public master’s universities in the South.

Qualifications: Applicants must possess an MFA or other terminal degree in Theatre with an emphasis in scenic and lighting design.  Beyond design responsibilities, candidates must demonstrate potential for excellent teaching, significant creative productivity, and service to the department and university.  

To apply, please complete the online application available on the Web at  A letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three professional references should be uploaded to the online application – not emailed, mailed or faxed.  Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF attachments are required. Applicants must submit an electronic design portfolio to Interim Chair Phil Furia via e-mail at  For questions regarding the online application process, contact Sue Wilder at 910.962.2061 or   For questions regarding the position, e-mail or phone 910.962.3321

Priority screening of applicants will begin January 2, 2014 (extended from original date of November 21, 2013), and will continue until the position is filled. 

UNCW is an EEO/AA Employer. UNC Wilmington actively fosters a diverse and inclusive working and learning environment and is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified men and women from all racial, ethnic, or other minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

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