Assistant Professor - Theatre Design

Oneonta, New York
Mar 22, 2017
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Theatre Arts: The Department of Theatre Arts at Hartwick College invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor starting in August 2017, pending final administrative approval. We seek candidates with expertise in Scenic Design and Technologies, with knowledge in sound or lighting design, with preference given to those with working knowledge of construction techniques, rigging, scene painting, sound design, sound reinforcement, emerging design technologies and software, digital media, and/or projection design.  Minimum qualifications include MFA in Design by the time of the appointment, experience teaching all levels of undergraduate design courses, and mentoring student design and/or technology students.   Specific teaching assignments will include Fundamentals of Design and advanced design courses, Intro. to Theatre, Play Production and other related design/production courses, and possibly general education courses, including First Year Seminars.  Design and/or design mentorship for all departmental and theatre club productions (average 20 productions per year) with active participation in the KCACTF Region 1 annual festival are also expected.  Teaching load will average 20 semester credit hours or their equivalent per academic year, and all faculty members teach during the College’s distinctive four-week January Term. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to excellence, innovation and diversity in undergraduate teaching active engagement in scholarly or creative activities, and close interaction with students in a small college environment. Academic advising and committee service also are expected with this appointment.

An independent, residential liberal arts college enrolling approximately 1400 full-time undergraduates, Hartwick embraces the teacher-scholar model, with teaching excellence as the first priority, and seeks to recruit, retain and promote a diverse workforce.  Located in the scenic Susquehanna River valley in Oneonta, NY, near the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains, the College features a Liberal Arts in Practice general education curriculum and aspires to “be the best at melding liberal arts education with experiential learning.” 

Hartwick offers health benefits to domestic partners of employees, and prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation/preference and gender identity/expression.  Hartwick is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to broadening “the understanding, awareness, and appreciation of diversity among all members of the Hartwick community.” Underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.  Additional information about Hartwick (an institutional member of the Council on Undergraduate Research) and the Department may be found on our web site at

Hartwick College is committed to providing a safe and secure educational environment. Employment at Hartwick College is therefore contingent upon a successful background check on every new employee. Candidates to whom an offer of employment is made will be required to sign a Release of Information Form authorizing the College to conduct a thorough background check.

To apply, please send

  • cover letter
  • curriculum vitae
  • statements of teaching philosophy and research interests
  • evidence of teaching and scholarly/creative excellence or the potential for it
  • digital portfolio or website link
  • Diversity Statement – a statement addressing how past and/or potential contributions to diversity will support Hartwick College’s Diversity Statement (
  • and three letters of reference sent directly by your referees. 

Letters should be addressed to Malissa Kano-White, Chair, Department of Theatre Arts and all materials must be sent electronically to  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.