Visiting Assistant Professor of Lighting Design

Oswego, New York
Oct 03, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Department of Theatre at the State University of New York at Oswego invites applications for a new one year Visiting Assistant Professor position.

Posting Date: October 2, 2017

Review Date:  Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Salary:  Commensurate with qualifications and experience. In addition, the State University of New York provides an excellent benefit package.  For more information on benefits for full-time United University Professions (UUP) faculty, visit: or

Date of Appointment: August 2018

Description of Responsibilities: The Visiting Assistant Professor will teach courses such as introductory and advanced lighting design, fundamentals of theatre design, lower and upper division theatre practica, and courses in area of expertise. Will also be responsible for designing lighting and/or supervising student designers for our mainstage and laboratory season, actively mentoring students in lighting design and lighting technology, and completing departmental and university service as needed.

In addition, this position will be expected to display a demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching and mentorship, commitment to undergraduate education, and possess communication and interpersonal skills sufficient to work effectively with an increasingly diverse array of students and colleagues.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Lighting Design or related area
  • Demonstrated teaching experience
  • Expertise with Vectorworks, Lightwright and Q-Lab software

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Three or more years of professional experience and membership in professional theatrical organizations such as IATSE, USA, USITT, etc.
  • A secondary area of emphasis such as sound or video design
  • Experience with a variety of teaching methods and curricular perspectives that address diversity and inclusion issues

To Apply: Submit a letter of application addressing qualifications, copies of unofficial transcript(s) of required degree showing degree awarded and date conferred, curriculum vitae, portfolio or website link, and contact information for three professional references to:

If you have questions about the position, please call or email:

Ola Kraszpulska, Search Committee Chair


Official transcripts at time of appointment. Files must be complete to be considered.

Visa sponsorship not available for this position.

Description of Department: The Theatre Department is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre and offers a major leading to a BA in Theatre with concentrations in Acting/Directing, Design/Technical Theatre, History/Criticism, and Music Theatre. The program provides students with the knowledge and skills to prepare for a career in the theatre and its related fields through a combination of academic and production experiences.  The Department offers students training in the foundations of the history, theory and craft of theatre and promotes interdisciplinary and innovative connections while holding itself to high artistic standards of production in the context of a Liberal Arts education. We also promote engagement in educational opportunities and work that increase awareness and understanding of diversity and inclusion. For more information visit

Description of SUNY Oswego: Founded in 1861, SUNY Oswego is a public comprehensive college located in Central New York on the beautiful shores of Lake Ontario, 45 minutes from Syracuse. Named one of "Top Up-and-Coming Schools" in U.S. News “America’s Best Colleges” in 2010, a Kiplinger's “Best College Value” for 2015, and a "Best Northeastern College" by Princeton Review every year since the first edition in 2003, Oswego offers its 8000 undergraduate and graduate students preeminent academic programs in the arts and sciences, business, communications, and teacher education. The College’s success is built on providing students outstanding educational experiences with attention to a liberal arts and sciences foundation, practical applications, interdisciplinary approaches, independent scholarly and creative work, and skills for living in multicultural and global communities. The emphasis on faculty-mentored student research and creative projects is evidenced by Quest, a daylong symposium spotlighting original student research; a stipend program for students engaged in research and creative work; and the Global Laboratory, a STEM-based research abroad program at top-ranked universities around the world. SUNY Oswego is an unusually collegial and vibrant community and is in a time of wonderful opportunities with extensive facilities construction and renovation, a forward-looking strategic plan, and expanded outreach to regional, national, and international communities.

Additional information about SUNY Oswego can be found at

Oswego is committed to enhancing its diversity. SUNY Oswego is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and is actively engaged in recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff and students.  We encourage applications from qualified applicants regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim SUNY status, or criminal conviction. Please see our full non-discrimination policy,

In accordance with USCIS regulations, successful applicants must be legally able to work in the United States per the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.

Requests for reasonable accommodations of a disability during the application and/or interview process should be made to the Human Resources Office by calling 315-312-2230 or emailing  

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