Assistant or Associate Teaching Professor, Theatre Design and Technology

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Assistant or Associate Teaching Professor, Theatre Design and Technology


Humanities & Arts Department

Worcester Polytechnic Institute - WPI

Worcester Polytechnic Institute's Humanities and Arts Department invites applications for an experienced Assistant or Associate Teaching Professor (teaching and research track, full time) in the area of Theatre Design and Technology to begin in August of 2021. Preference for expertise in lighting with the ability to teach other design disciplines (projections, sound, scenic, costumes, etc.). Desirable additional specializations include stage management, production management, and arts administration.

WPI students may study theatre as part of the six course Humanities and Arts undergraduate requirement and may also continue to pursue a Minor or a Major Concentration in Theatre. WPI Theatre presents 1-2 faculty directed productions per year and facilitates student productions (both plays and musicals). In addition to performance and design opportunities, the Theatre division offers a small number of academic courses, including a new Fundamentals of Theatrical Design course. In their application materials, the successful candidate will demonstrate an ability to teach this core course and related practicums and should discuss how they would develop additional design, production, and management courses to complement courses in drama, playwriting, and acting. The candidate should be able to create structured classes with projects that bring students through basic and advanced skills and concepts in theatrical design and technology.

The position requires teaching excellence, versatility, and strong evidence of professional engagement as well as the ability to contribute to an evolving culture of diversity and inclusion at WPI. Candidates must have an MFA or relevant terminal degree in hand before August 2021.


Job responsibilities will include:

  • teaching courses and practicums as assigned, including TH 111x Fundamentals of Theatrical Design

  • developing additional courses in individual design/tech disciplines and other areas of specialization (e.g. stage management)

  • serving as resident designer for WPI Theatre productions and other live entertainment events, designing as needed

  • participating in mentoring and supervision of student design and technical practicums and projects

  • coordinating with theatre faculty and resident technical director about the general operation of the program including curriculum development, equipment inventory, and coordination and supervision of student workers

  • participating in initiatives conducted by the Humanities and Arts Department


  • MFA in theatrical design (lighting preferred) or terminal degree in a relevant field

  • Minimum of two years (or commensurate experience) of professional design/technology experience

  • Minimum of three years and evidence of successful teaching at the university level

  • An understanding of current design and area-specific theatrical technology (e.g Vectorworks, QLab)

  • The ability to work creatively and collaboratively with faculty across disciplines


    As part of your application, please submit:

  • cover letter that addresses your teaching philosophy and experience, your professional experience, how you would teach Fundamentals of Theatrical design and which courses you would develop, and how you see yourself adding to WPI's efforts to build more diverse, equitable, inclusive learning and working environments

  • current C.V. that contains academic and professional experience

  • materials that show evidence of professional design/tech experience (e.g. portfolio, link to professional website, etc)

  • contact information for three professional references

    Review of materials will begin on March 21, 2021 and will remain open until the position is filled.

    United States of America (Exempt)

    WPI is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or disability. We are seeking individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences who will contribute to a culture of creativity and collaboration, inclusion, problem solving and change making.

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    About WPI
    WPI is a vibrant, active, and diverse community of extraordinary students, world-renowned faculty, and state of the art research facilities. At WPI, we have competitive and comprehensive benefits, including health insurance, long-term care, retirement, tuition assistance, flexible spending accounts, work-life balance and much more.

    Diversity & Inclusion at WPI
    WPI is committed to creating an inclusive workplace where everyone feels valued and respected; a place where every student, faculty and staff member can be themselves, so that they can study, live, and work comfortably, to reach their full potential, and make meaningful contributions in order to meet departmental and institutional goals. WPI thrives on innovative practice and welcomes diverse perspectives, insight, and people from diverse lived experiences, to enhance the community environment and propel the institution to the next level in a competitive, global marketplace.

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    Job No:
    Posted: 3/16/2021
    Application Due: 3/16/2033
    Work Type: Full Time