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Assistant Professor of Scenic Design/Scenography

Northern Arizona University
Theatre Department

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Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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Job Title: Assistant Professor of Scenic Design/Scenography
Location: Theatre Department
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 605911
Workplace Culture

NAU is a community devoted to student success and sustained by an unshakable commitment to our shared mission, vision, and values. We—faculty, staff, and administrators—thrive by combining our efforts and working side by side to further NAU’s culture of excellence.

Core Values One NAU side by side Student Centered | Integrity | Diversity | Service | Discovery | Excellence Northern Arizona University

Special Information

Northern Arizona University Department of Theatre is a NAST accredited program. We seek to give the undergraduate theatre students the broadest possible understanding of the art and craft of theatre through the creative, critical, and applied practice of theatre, and provide opportunity through performance and production for the students to learn their art by doing their art in a learner centered environment. The program seeks to prepare students for the global society by creating an awareness of other, practicing empathetical thinking, and sustainability with a global perspective.

Job Description

Northern Arizona University, Department of Theatre seeks full-time Assistant Professor in the area of scenic design or scenography. This is a tenure track, full-time, benefit eligible, nine month appointed position on the Flagstaff Mountain campus beginning Fall 2022.

Duties include: teach 3 classes a semester in scenic design, hand drafting/model making, CAD/Vector works, production lab, and related courses as determined by the chair; provide scenic and props design or mentor student designers for main stage productions; commitment to working along side students and technical director in the laboratory of our production season in both the scene shop and theatre. Secondary areas of design could include lighting, sound, projection, stage management, or other.

Expectations include: Recruitment of a diverse student body; rebuilding of the scenic design program; contributing to the continuing growth of the collaborative design process; contribute to the continuing growth of the design and technology curriculum with particular interest in global and diverse theatrical design; effective collaboration with faculty and student production teams; knowledge of and active participation in the drafting (hand and CAD), construction, painting, and dressing of all sets and properties.

There is an expectation the successful candidate has progressed toward an established regional design portfolio; will work toward both continued and progressive growth in their professional career; has an excitement and demonstrated commitment to representing diverse voices of the global majority in all aspects of the curriculum; has the ability to continue building interdisciplinary partnerships across campus.

Northern Arizona University is a Hispanic-Serving Institution that values cultural and intellectual diversity and strives to become the nation’s leading university serving Native Americans. We share an institutional commitment to the advancement and success of students and faculty from all ethnic backgrounds, as well as to support efforts promoting justice, equity, diversity and inclusion.

Minimum Qualifications
  • MFA in Scenic Design or Scenography.
  • Experience teaching in a college or university setting.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in curriculum, recruitment, and production on a college campus and in their profession through DEIJ training
  • Demonstrated University teaching experience with a commitment to a general studies based theatrical education and diverse and first-generation student experience and success.
  • Demonstrated progress toward an established regional design portfolio.
  • Demonstrated commitment to working in a collaborative environment with faculty and students.
  • Demonstrated commitment to student mentorship in the classroom and to the undergraduate student production experience.
  • Ability to teach the following:
    • Scenic Design
    • Drafting & model making
    • Stagecraft
    • Introduction to Design
    • Specialty courses in related topics
  • Ability to design and execute scenery and properties for up to four productions yearly, or mentor student designers in these areas.
  • Ability and readiness to design and/or teach in a secondary design area, especially lighting, media, and/or sound design or stage management
  • Experience with both mechanical (hand) drafting as well as CAD. Vectorworks preferred.
  • Experience with and readiness to work, alongside professional TD and students, in the scene shop on the construction, painting, and dressing of all sets and properties.
  • Ability to be an active and effective colleague in the area of service to the department, college, university, and profession.

General Information

Northern Arizona University has a student population of 29,569, including approximately 21,000 on its main campus in Flagstaff and the remainder at more than 20 locations statewide and online.

Committed to a diverse and civil working and learning environment, NAU has earned a solid reputation as a university with all the features of a large institution but with a personal touch, with a faculty and staff dedicated to each student’s success. All faculty members are expected to promote student learning and help students achieve academic outcomes.

While our emphasis is undergraduate education, we offer a wide range of graduate programs and research. Our institution has carefully integrated on-campus education with distance learning, forming seamless avenues for students to earn degrees.

Flagstaff has a population of about 70,000, rich in cultural diversity. Located at the base of the majestic San Francisco Peaks, Flagstaff is 140 miles north of Phoenix at intersection of Interstate 17 and Interstate 40.

For information about diversity, access and equity at NAU, see the Center for University Access and Inclusion webpage.

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement

As of 12/10/21, the Safer Federal Workforce employee vaccination requirement is currently suspended pending the outcome of a federal court-issued injunction. This injunction has suspended the recent executive order issued by President Biden requiring all employees of federal contractors to receive COVID-19 vaccinations. For current status of the vaccine requirement and/or questions, please visit FAQs for Employee Vaccination Requirement.

Background Information

Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following: a criminal background investigation, an employment history verification and a degree verification (in some cases) prior to employment. You may also be required to complete a fingerprint background check. Additionally, as an employer in the state of Arizona, NAU is required to participate in the federal E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees' right to work in the United States. Finally, each year Northern Arizona University releases an Annual Security Report. The report is a result of a federal law known as the Clery Act. The report includes Clery reportable crime statistics for the three most recent completed calendar years and discloses procedures, practices and programs NAU uses to keep students and employees safe including how to report crimes or other emergencies occurring on campus. In addition, the Fire Safety Report is combined with the Annual Security Report for the NAU Flagstaff Mountain Campus as this campus has on-campus student housing. This report discloses fire safety policies and procedures related to on-campus student housing and statistics for fires that occurred in those facilities. If you would like a free paper copy of the report, please contact the NAUPD Records Department at (928) 523-8884 or by visiting the department at 525 E. Pine Knoll Drive in Flagstaff.


Salary range begins at $60,000. Annual salary commensurate with candidate's qualifications and related experience.


This is a Faculty (FAC) position. NAU offers an excellent benefit package including generous health, dental and vision insurance; participation in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) or the Optional Retirement Program (ORP); sick leave accruals and 10 holidays per year; and tuition reduction for employees and qualified family members. More information on benefits at NAU is available at the NAU HR benefits page. Faculty are hired on a contract basis, renewable according to terms of the Conditions of Faculty Service. Employees offered a position will be eligible for state health plans (including NAU's BCBS Plan). Employees will have 31 days from date of hire to enroll in benefits, and their benefits will then be effective the first day of the pay period following their completed enrollment. If a new employee chooses the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) retirement option, participation in the ASRS Plan (and the long-term disability coverage that accompanies it) will begin on the first of the pay period following 183 days of employment. New employees who choose to participate in the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP; an alternative to the ASRS plan) will begin to participate on the first day of employment. The long-term disability plan that accompanies the ORP will begin on the first day of the pay period following 90 days of employment. More information about NAU benefits is available at the NAU HR benefits page.

Submission Deadline

This vacancy will be open until filled or closed. Review of applications will begin on February 21, 2022.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply" button at the end of the job description if viewing this position through the NAU HR website. Otherwise, to view the original post and to apply, proceed to, follow the 'Faculty and Administrator Openings' link, locate vacancy 605911, and then "Apply" at the bottom of the page.

Complete the online application and attach the following required materials as pdf or Word documents:

  • Letter of Interest
  • CV or resume
  • Contact information for 3 professional references
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice (DEIJ) statement. For the DEIJ statement, please address how your past and/or potential contributions to DEIJ will advance NAU’s commitment to inclusive excellence. Please highlight your understanding of the role of social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion in a university setting. Please include examples from your past experiences and your future plans to advance DEIJ including the following: your experience fostering diverse perspectives in your research/creative activity, teaching, and/or service; your efforts and/or involvement with fostering DEIJ competence and understanding; how you have furthered your knowledge about DEIJ; and how you demonstrate what you have learned to your colleagues and students. Please discuss how the work you hope to do at NAU will enhance the University’s and our Department’s commitment to DEIJ. The Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice statement should be no more than two pages
  • Professional website address with design portfolio that features your scenic design and my include other areas.*

*If your design portfolio is not online, please mail materials to: Scenic Design/Scenography Search Committee, Department of Theatre, Northern Arizona University, P.O. Box 6040, Flagstaff, AZ 86011-6040.

If you need assistance completing your application there are instructions available on the HR website or in person in the Human Resources Department located in Building 91 on the NAU Campus - on the corner of Beaver and DuPont Streets.

If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable accommodation to participate in the hiring process please contact the Office of Equity and Access at: 928-523-3312/TDD - 928-523-1006 or PO Box 4083, Flagstaff AZ 86011.

FLSA Status

This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and therefore will not earn overtime or compensatory time for additional time worked.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

EEO is the Law Poster and Supplements

NAU is an Employer of National Service. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other National Service alumni are encouraged to apply.


Northern Arizona University (NAU) is a public university offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees of high quality and societal value.  Students are at the center of the NAU experience, which is guided by a dedicated and distinguished faculty committed to teaching, individual engagement, and research excellence.

Our educational programs are designed to prepare our students for personal and professional success after graduation.

Whether they earn their degrees at our historic Flagstaff campus, regionally throughout Arizona, or online, we prepare our students to achieve their human potential in ways that serve the state, the region, the nation, and the world.

If you can see yourself as part of a university community dedicated to its students and their success, NAU might be the right fit for you.

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