University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, Illinois
60,000 annually

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The Department of Theatre at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign https://faa.illinois.edu/units/theatre  invites applications for a Teaching Assistant Professor specializing in Art and Entertainment Technology with a proposed start date of August 16, 2022. Teaching faculty positions contribute primarily to the educational mission of the university, with distinct responsibilities and opportunities for promotion and engagement within that mission. This is a full-time, non-tenure-track (specialized faculty) appointment on an academic year (nine-month) service basis paid over twelve months, carrying an initial appointment of a one-year contract with potential for renewal based on performance.  Multi-year contracts typically follow promotion within this path.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, or veteran status. For more information, visit http://go.illinois.edu/EEO.


We seek a self-motivated professional with a creative vision for leading aspiring theatrical technicians toward mastery of the practice of new technologies combined with traditional theatre practices with a focus on craft, engineering techniques, and problem-solving skills as they relate to entertainment technology. MFA or significant professional experience in entertainment technology preferred, as well as teaching in support for areas in lighting, audio, media and/or technical systems integration. Ability to work collaboratively with faculty, production staff and guest artists in a diverse environment is a must. Essential skills include understanding of theatrical design aesthetics and principles, comprehensive knowledge of safety measures and hazards related to theatre productions, proficiency in CAD drafting, ability to teach a range of courses in the areas of engineering and drafting, scenery shop construction, stage electrics, audio support, and student technical assistant management. Courses may include CAD drafting, welding, rigging, automation, computer-networking, lighting systems and control, sound systems and engineering. Effective organizational, communication and problem-solving skills, and a passion for mentoring students and in making a positive impact toward diversity, inclusion, and equity in theatrical practice and education is essential. Must possess an ability to communicate and collaborate effectively and to draw the creative best out of any team of collaborators. The ideal candidate at the Teaching Assistant Professor level will demonstrate the potential for creative impact of community or national stature.


Responsibilities include AET program design and development; teaching courses in Art and Entertainment Technology relevant to their area of expertise; advising students in the AET major; providing project advising for AET practicums; and will have the primary responsibility to facilitate the development of professional internship experiences. The nominal load will be 80% teaching, 20% service with the understanding that project advising will be counted as teaching, and general advising and internship development will be counted as service.

The successful candidate will join a scenic, lighting, and sound technology faculty of 7, and a dynamic, collaborative team at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. We encourage applicants to apply who will bring particular thought to diversifying our curriculum with regard to race, gender, ethnicity, and ability. We particularly encourage applicants from backgrounds underrepresented in higher education and in theatrical design and technical fields. To apply, go to http://jobs.illinois.edu and upload your letter of application including a Curriculum Vitae (with email address) and names and contact information for 3 professional references familiar with your qualifications and experience. All requested information must be included with your applicant profile by June 12, 2022 in order to receive full consideration. The U of I is an AA-EOE www.inclusiveillinois.edu

Department of Theatre As a part of the College of Fine and Applied Arts at Illinois, the Department of Theatre includes 23 faculty members, 13 Krannert Center Design and Technical faculty members, 7 campus affiliated faculty members, 145 undergraduates and more than 50 graduate students. The department offers BFA programs in acting; theatre studies; and design, technology and management, as well an MA and PhD research program. The department and its production programs are housed in the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, a state of the art, multi-theatre facility that operates collaboratively within an artistic structure comprised of theatre, dance, music, opera, and professional touring performances. Theatre faculty work closely with Krannert Center staff and the faculties of the Department of Dance and the Musical Theatre & Opera Program. For further information about the Department, please visit our website at https://faa.illinois.edu/units/theatre

University of Illinois

A Tier One Research Institution, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is strongly international, and recognized for excellence in the Sciences, Engineering, Humanities and the Arts. Champaign- Urbana is located in East Central Illinois, within short driving distance to Chicago, Indianapolis, and St. Louis. For more information, please visit: www.illinois.edu for the University, and https://faa.illinois.edu for the College of Fine and Applied Arts.


Salary commensurate with experience, with a minimum for Teaching Assistant Professor level set at $60,000. All salaries at the University of Illinois are public record.

Application Procedures

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by June 12, 2022. Interviews will be conducted remotely via the Zoom platform. Please create your candidate profile at http://jobs.illinois.edu (Job ID 163719). Complete submissions must include the following: Cover letter, curriculum vitae, link to website or online portfolio, names of three references. Once all required information/documents have been submitted, references will be contacted directly with a request for a letter of recommendation.

Please clearly title all files using your last name and the contents (“lastname_curriculum_vitae” or “lastname_ltr_of_applic”)

For further information regarding application procedures, contact Tara Heiser at [email protected] For questions specific to the nature of the position, contact Professor Robert Perry, search committee chair, Department of Theatre, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, [email protected]

University of Illinois faculty, staff and students are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are not able to receive the vaccine for medical or religious reasons, you may seek approval for an exemption in accordance with applicable University processes.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Convictions are not a bar to employment. As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility. The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit Policy on Consideration of Sexual Misconduct in Prior Employment.


Since its founding in 1867, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has earned a reputation as a world-class leader in research, teaching, and public engagement.


A talented and highly respected faculty is the University's most significant resource. Many are recognized for exceptional scholarship with memberships in such organizations as the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, and the National Academy of Engineering. 

Our faculty have been awarded Nobel Prizes, Pulitzer Prizes, and the Fields Medal in Mathematics.The success of our faculty is matched by that of our alumni: 11 are Nobel laureates and another 18 have won Pulitzer Prizes.

Academic Resources

Academic resources on campus are among the finest in the world. The University Library is one of the largest public university collections in the world with 11 million volumes in its 37 unit libraries. Annually, 53,000,000 people visit its online catalog. Students have access to thousands of computer terminals in classrooms, residence halls, and campus libraries for use in classroom instruction, study, and research.


Students and scholars find the University an ideal place to conduct research. The Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology is a model for interdisciplinary research, where eighteen research groups from sixteen University departments work within and across three broadly defined themes: biological intelligence, human-computer intelligent interaction, and molecular and electronic nanostructures. The University is also home to the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA).

Undergraduate Education

The University has a fundamental commitment to undergraduate education. Nearly 28,000 undergraduate students are enrolled in nine undergraduate divisions, which together offer some 4,000 courses in more than 150 fields of study.

Undergraduate admission is highly selective. In the 2001 freshman class, students in the middle 50% had ACT scores between 25 and 30 and ranked between the 83rd and 96th percentiles of their high school graduating classes.

The University enrolls over 9,000 graduate and professional students in more than 100 disciplines. It is among the top five universities in number of earned doctorates awarded annually in the United States.

Also integral to the University's mission is a commitment to public engagement. Each year about 65,000 Illinois residents participate in scores of conferences, institutes, courses, and workshops presented statewide. Research and class projects take students and professors off campus to share expertise and technical support with Illinois farmers, manufacturing firms, and businesses. In a typical year, student volunteers log more than 60,000 volunteer hours.

The Arts

A major center for the arts, the campus attracts dozens of nationally and internationally renowned artists each year to its widely acclaimed Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. The University also supports two major museums: the Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion; and the Spurlock Museum, a museum of world history and culture. 

Other major facilities include the multipurpose Assembly Hall (16,500 seats); Memorial Stadium (70,000 seats), site of Big Ten Conference football games; and the Intramural-Physical Education Building, one of the largest recreational facilities of its kind on a university campus.

Inclusive Illinois, one campus, many voices

Inclusive Illinois is the University’s commitment to cultivating a community at Illinois where everyone is welcomed, celebrated, and respected. Illinois is about how we value difference to make a difference. http://www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu/

As evidence of the University’s commitment to enhance the working, living, and learning environment for faculty, staff, and students, the University will encourage a standard of conduct and behavior that is consistent with the values of inclusivity. In an environment of inclusivity, there is no place for acts of hatred, intolerance, insensitivity, bigotry, threats of violence, harassment or discrimination.

Inclusive Illinois, one campus, many voices

Inclusive Illinois is the University’s commitment to cultivating a community at Illinois where everyone is welcomed, celebrated, and respected. Through education, engagement, and excellence, each voice creates the Inclusive Illinois Experience.

How can we appreciate difference to make a difference?

Illinois is the place where we embrace difference. We embrace it because we value it. We value it because we know that we have so much to learn from each other in our living, learning, and working environment.

Illinois is the place where we recognize the power of possibility and where great potential is realized. Inclusive Illinois is the vision of that place: a vision made real by leadership and commitment.

Illinois is the place where consensus is forged by discourse and where everyone’s contributions are recognized: significant contributions that elevate us because they are informed and enhanced by race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and gender identity, age, physical ability, religion, class, and national origin. We are enriched by these perspectives, and we are united by the very discourse that brings these views together.

It is a process. It is transformative. And we celebrate the remarkable changes we set in motion here … taking an important step … crossing boundaries … starting with our own.

It all starts with each of us: with our willingness to embark on the journey in the search for answers, and with our openness and acceptance of the answers we find. Illinois is the place where it all comes together.

Learn more about how Inclusive Illinois promotes diversity here.

Commitment to Equal Opportunity

The commitment of the University to the most fundamental principles of academic freedom, equality of opportunity, and human dignity requires that decisions involving students and employees be based on individual merit and be free from invidious discrimination in all its forms, whether or not specifically prohibited by law. Among the forms of invidious discrimination prohibited by the University policy but not law is discrimination, including harassment, on the basis of sexual orientation. Complaints of invidious discrimination in violation of University policy are to be resolved within existing University procedures. The policy of the University of Illinois is to comply with all federal and state nondiscrimination, equal opportunity, and affirmative action laws, orders, and regulations. The University will not engage in discrimination or harassment against any person because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, disability, unfavorable discharge from the military, or status as a disabled veteran or a veteran of the Vietnam era. This nondiscrimination policy applies to admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs and activities


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