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Job ID: Assistant Professor, Theatrical Design, 25.19
School of Theatre & Dance
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Date Posted:
August 7, 2019
Closing Date:
Open until filled
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Faculty (Unit 3)
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San Francisco State University, School of Theatre & Dance offers an exciting opportunity for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Theatrical Design and Design Coordination beginning August 2020.

We seek a colleague, whose primary assignment will be on teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in theatrical design, leading the undergraduate and graduate design programs, and coordinating design areas for all Theatre and Dance productions in the School. We are especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their creative work, teaching, and/or service, through diversity, to the excellence of the academic community.

The School of Theatre & Dance offers a comprehensive program of both practical and theoretical courses for undergraduate and graduate students whose interests center on various aspects of educational and professional theatre and/or dance. As a center for the training of future theatre artists, the School of Theatre & Dance is committed to introducing a diversity of theatrical traditions and cultures to students.

The School of Theatre & Dance is the leading program of its kind in Northern California, public or private, as well as a highly regarded program nationally. With an average of 300 undergraduate students, it is one of the largest of such programs in the country. The National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST) accredits the theatre degree within the School of Theatre & Dance.

The mission of San Francisco State University is to create and maintain an environment for learning that promotes respect for and appreciation of scholarship, freedom, human diversity, and the cultural mosaic of the City of San Francisco and the Bay Area; to promote excellence in instruction and intellectual accomplishment; and to provide broadly accessible higher education for residents of the region and state, as well as the nation and world. To fulfill its mission, the University is committed to the following goals:
•Attracting, retaining and graduating a highly diverse student body
•Providing disciplinary and interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional education that is academically rigorous and intellectually challenging
•Providing curricula that reflect all dimensions of human diversity, and that encourage critical thinking and a commitment to social justice
•Recruiting, retaining and supporting a diverse faculty whose teaching demonstrates an active engagement with their individual fields of study and whose creative and scholarly work is an extension of the classroom, laboratory or studio
•Employing a staff and administration reflecting the diversity of our student community and the values of the campus;
•Fostering a collegial and cooperative intellectual environment that includes recognition and appreciation of differing viewpoints and promotes academic freedom within the University community; and
•Serving the communities with which its students and faculty are engaged.


The position requires a primary assignment of undergraduate teaching in at least one area of live performance design, mentoring and advising undergraduate and/or graduate students, continuing an active and ongoing program of professional creative work in one’s area of design, committee and service assignments, building and supporting an MFA degree program, and graduate teaching. Detailed position description is available at


•MFA or equivalent terminal degree from an accredited program. Terminal degree must be completed by the first day of employment.
•Professional level expertise in design in AT LEAST one distinct area of theatrical or entertainment design.
•Record of working and communicating effectively with colleagues and students.

•Record of teaching contributions in more than one area of theatrical design.
•Two years of successful university-level teaching in theatrical or entertainment design.
•Proven professional experience that demonstrates an ability to guide and coordinate a design process for all areas of theatrical design, including but not limited to: scenery, costume, lighting, sound, projection, properties, special effects, and video.
•A record of working, collaborating, and communicating with a collegial and constructive spirit.
•Active in national or international theatre associations or other equivalent and recognized design organizations.
•Active record of creative professional work and/or scholarly activity related to the specialty area(s) of design
•Evidence of external support or the potential for external funding of creative and/or scholarly work.
•Demonstrated ability to incorporate inclusion, diversity, and educational equity in teaching, and/or scholarship/creative works
•Experience teaching and working closely with students from diverse communities

Rank and salary:

Assistant Professor. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. The California State University (CSU) provides generous health, retirement and other benefits.


Submit letter of intent/interest, a current CV, a statement on how your teaching and creative work align with the commitment of the School of Theatre & Dance to foster an inclusive and diverse academic community; creative work portfolio, teaching philosophy, description of research interests, and other relevant items; plus names and contact information of three references. Letters of recommendation upon request at a later date.

Via email: or via postal mail: 1600 Holloway Ave., Creative Arts 103, San Francisco, CA 94132. Attention: Design Search Committee

San Francisco State is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, National origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting the Senior Human Resources Manager.