Assistant/Associate Professor of Lighting Design

The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) seeks an experienced and accomplished, full-time, tenure-track assistant/associate professor of lighting design to head its lighting program and supervise the MFA lighting program.

Faculty duties include teaching courses for the MFA/BFA in lighting design (multiple levels,) special topics, independent study, as well as oversee the thesis work done by graduate students. The faculty member shall also serve as one of two resident lighting designers for division productions in theatre, musical theatre, opera, dance, and other live entertainment events. The faculty member will design annually and share mentoring of MFA/BFA candidate designers for all other division and outside productions. The faculty member will play a major role in the recruitment of both MFA and BFA students, advising graduate students academically and mentoring. All faculty are expected to provide service to the college and university by membership on such committees as promotion and tenure, academic course development, and faculty searches, in addition to regular departmental meetings regarding scheduling, logistics, and artistic planning.

As head of the lighting program, the faculty member will perform and/or lead in the following duties:

  • Manage the budget for lighting materials and needs for the division productions annually
  • Lead the staff meetings
  • Work with the Resident Master Electrician in inventory management
  • Recruiting and annual student showcases will necessitate air travel within the US

Minimum Qualifications: Candidates must hold a terminal degree in lighting design or equivalent professional experience. Candidates must have a minimum of five years teaching and lighting design experience at the university and professional levels. Essential to the position is a thorough understanding of current lighting technology.

Preferred Qualifications: Candidates should be a proven artist/teacher with excellent interpersonal and communication skills and willing to become part of a highly collaborative and experienced faculty. The ideal candidate should have design experience in a wide-range of lighting disciplines (i.e., Drama, Musical Theatre, Opera, Classical and Modern Dance, Arena/Concert, Architecture, Media and Projections.) The candidate should also have a comprehensive knowledge of the history of theatrical lighting design, lighting design philosophies, hand and computer-aided drafting, photometrics, and cueing techniques for conventional and automated lighting; with an emphasis on modern lighting control consoles and systems.

Salary: Shall be commensurate with rank, based on qualifications and experience, also very competitive.

Start Date: August 15, 2019

To Apply: To apply for position 35699, go online at and submit a cover letter, resume or curriculum vitae, contact information for at least three references, and a one page statement on diversity and inclusion as it directly relates to your teaching, research, contributions and/or mentoring. Candidates may submit materials such as publications, articles, or videos. All finalists will be required to submit their design portfolio and/or website. Review of applications will begin January 15, 2019, and applications will be accepted until the position is filled. FOR ALL FACULTY HIRES OFFICIAL ACADEMIC TRANSCRIPTS WILL BE REQUIRED AT THE TIME OF HIRE.

Department: The lighting design MFA and BFA programs are part of the Department of Theatre Design and Production, (TD&P) one of the nation’s leading and most prolific departments of its kind. Uniquely, TD&P offers a BFA/ MFA in each of the following seven areas of production: Costume Design and Technology, Lighting Design and Technology, Makeup Design and Technology, Scenic Design, Sound Design, Stage Management and Technical Production. Graduates of these programs are enjoying successful careers throughout the entertainment industry.

Division: The Department of Theatre Design and Production is part of the Division of Theatre Arts, Production, and Arts Administration (TAPAA), which has 68 members on its faculty and staff, with numerous undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The TAPAA Division produces a main stage season of two operas, two musicals and two plays in two venues: a 663 seat traditional proscenium house and a 373 seat modified thrust. In addition, the division also produces a number of studio productions in all the performance disciplines in a highly flexible and fully equipped studio theatre.

University and CCM: The University of Cincinnati is the 10th largest research institution in the country. Nationally ranked and internationally renowned, The New York Times has called CCM "one of the nation's leading conservatories.” CCM, a preeminent institution for the performing and media arts provides life-changing experiences within a highly creative and multidisciplinary artistic environment. The synergy created by housing CCM within a comprehensive public university gives the college its unique character and defines its objective: to educate and inspire the whole artist and scholar for positions on the world's stage. CCM's educational roots date back to 1867, and a solid, visionary instruction has been at its core since that time.

Diversity at the University of Cincinnati and CCM: The University of Cincinnati and CCM are strongly committed to the recruitment and retention of diverse faculty. The University invests in its faculty by sponsoring an institutional membership to the National Center for Faculty Development in Diversity and through its provostal support and active African American, Latino, and LGBTQ faculty associations and affinity groups. CCM has partnered with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO) for the CSO/CCM Diversity Fellowship program, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. CCM is also engaged in the City of Cincinnati with such programs as CCM After School/Whiz Kids after-school mentoring and tutoring program with the City Gospel Mission, the Suzuki String-Program and Grades 1-3 at the School for the Creative and Performing Arts, and the Artist-in-Residence program at Twin Towers Senior Living Community.



The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.

As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).

The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / M / F / Veteran / Disabled.

REQ: 35699


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