Assistant Professor, Tenure Track - Theatre & Dance - 18776



The Theatre/Dance department at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater announces a full-time, tenure track Assistant Professor position in Lighting Design beginning August 2023.

The department is especially interested in the application of lighting design educators and professionals whose work reflects experience with productions that are culturally diverse. We hope these individuals will have expanded ideas regarding who is served by a production, both as an audience member and as a participant. Successful candidates will have a secondary design or specialty.




This is a full-time, nine-month, tenure track position, with a 4/4 teaching load in a fully undergraduate department. Two to five lighting departmental lighting designs (from three plays, one musical/opera, one dance concert) each academic year are included as part of the teaching load; this number varies depending upon the number of student design assignments in a given year, in which case this position serves as mentor for those student lighting design practicums. Experience/knowledge in lighting dance performance is beneficial.

In coordination with the department technical director/production manager, this position will supervise electrics crews and lighting/projection technology use for the department, mentoring lighting technology practicums and working with students to maintain equipment and inventory, as well as maintaining a safe learning and working environment.

Experience with ETC consoles and data networking is preferred. Proficiency in Vectorworks and Lightwright is expected.






  • Terminal degree (MFA or PhD) in entertainment/theatrical design, preferably lighting design. If the candidate’s terminal degree is in entertainment/theatrical design but not in lighting design, commensurate professional and previous university academic experience will be considered.
  • Evidence of successful university level teaching with focus on lighting design; a minimum of three years teaching at the university level is preferred. 
  • Evidence of professional production experience in lighting design with active practice and reputation in the field.
  • Willingness and ability to be an active participant in following applicable safety rules and regulations including necessary training and skills. 
  • Ability to interact respectfully with people from diverse socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds




Course assignments will change based on student needs, design assignments, and curricular rotation. Courses the candidate will teach may include but are not limited to Introduction to Theatrical Design, Advanced Design Seminar, Introduction to Theatre, World of the Arts, and Theatrical Design II: Graphics for Scenery and Lighting. Development of lighting focused design courses as part of overall curricular reexamination is expected.

The candidate will be expected to maintain a scholarship/creative work agenda that is reasonably balanced with university teaching and service requirements. Maintaining current knowledge of entertainment lighting technology and practice is essential, as is continuing membership in professional organizations, such as USITT.

This position will serve as academic advisor to department majors and minors as assigned.

Depending on their secondary skill set, the candidate may design in that field for departmental productions, and/or teach courses featuring that content.

As part of the position’s service component, the candidate will serve on a number of departmental committees, such as Play Selection and Scholarships, as well as various committees at the College and University levels.



The UWW Theatre/Dance Department has a staff of nine faculty/academic staff members, offering BA and BSE degrees, a dance minor, and BFA emphases in design/tech, stage management, and performances. Five live productions are mounted each year, including a musical/opera production in collaboration with the Department of Music and our annual Dancescapes dance concert. The department shares the Greenhill Center for the Arts with the departments of Music and Art & Design.

The department houses two performance spaces: the proscenium Barnett Theatre, and the black box Hicklin Theatre. The department also houses a dedicated dance studio and fully equipped scenic construction and costume construction shops within the Greenhill Center of the Arts.

Our production rotation plan allows students exposure to and practice in a wide variety of genres and production styles, both in performance and design. We are highly collaborative, practically oriented department, with an emphasis on preparing our students for a variety of careers throughout the entertainment industry.

For more information, please see www.uww.edu/cac/theatre/




Founded in 1868, UW–Whitewater is one of eleven comprehensive universities in a public higher education system that also includes two doctoral institutions and a statewide Extension. UW-Whitewater’s main campus is located in Whitewater, with a branch campus in Rock County, in the city of Janesville. Together, these campuses form a preeminent academic institution driven by the pursuit of knowledge, powered by a spirit of innovation, and focused on transforming lives. UW-Whitewater’s campuses are located conveniently near Milwaukee, Madison, and Chicago, and thus offer the advantage of beautiful small-town environments with easy access to the cultural and commercial opportunities of major metropolitan areas.


The Warhawk family — led by caring faculty and staff — is devoted to student success within a broad range of academic programs offered at the associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral levels. These include both on-campus and online programs, and span the disciplines, from the theoretical to the applied, and encompass study in the arts, business, education, humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, technology, and professional and interdisciplinary programs.


UW-Whitewater has a special mission within the UW System to serve students with disabilities and, as such, embraces the principles of universal design and is one of the most accessible campuses in the nation. The campuses have more than 200 student organizations and UW-Whitewater’s intercollegiate athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division-III level. UW-Whitewater is committed to seeking and sustaining a culturally and ethnically diverse campus environment, building a diverse faculty and staff with expertise and interest in serving students with diverse needs, backgrounds, ethnicities, abilities and other distinct characteristics in respectful, sensitive and understanding ways. The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, and actively seeks and encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and veterans.



The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is part of the 13-campus University of Wisconsin System (https://www.wisconsin.edu).

Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(b) provides that applicants may indicate in writing that their identity should be kept confidential. In response to a public records request, the University will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful final candidate will be released. See Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(a).

Per Regent Policy Document 20-19, University of Wisconsin System Criminal Background Check Policy and UW System Administrative Policy 1275 Recruitment Policies, UW-Whitewater requires criminal background checks as a contingency to employment. A criminal background check will be conducted prior to an offer of employment. All final candidates must be asked, prior to hire, whether they have been found to have engaged in, are currently under investigation for, or left employment during an active investigation in which they were accused of sexual violence or sexual harassment. When obtaining employment reference checks, these same sexual violence or sexual harassment questions must also be asked.

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater requires that all employees be active participants in following applicable safety rules and regulations including necessary training and drills.

For UW-Whitewater Campus safety information and crime statistics/annual Security Report, see http://www.uww.edu/asfr. If you would like a paper copy of the report please contact the UW-Whitewater Police at 262-472-4660.



 Well-qualified candidates can expect a starting annual salary within a range of $50,000-$52,000.

UW System employees receive an excellent benefit package. To learn more about the UW System’s comprehensive benefit package, review the UW System Employee Benefits Brochure.




 Applications received by December 7, 2022 are ensured full consideration. Applications received after that date may be given consideration at the discretion of the search committee. The most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process.

If you have questions regarding this recruitment or if you are unable to complete the application online due to a disability or system problem, please contact us at (262) 472-1072 or hrstudent@uww.edu.

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Amal Ibrahim

Search Committee Chair






Only complete application packages will be considered. This includes online submission of the following documents:

·    Letter of application

·    Current curriculum vita

·    Copy of graduate transcripts

·    Up to three sample assignment or project outlines/guidelines, with evaluation criteria

·    Portfolio

·    Statement of Inclusive Excellence/Diversity

·    List of at least three current references with contact information

Finalists will provide official transcripts, and will be required to teach classes as part of the interview process.

To apply and submit these documents, visit www.uww.edu.  Click on the Employment link located in the bottom right corner, then click on the UW-Whitewater Careers link at the top of the page. 

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