Job Title: ASSISTANT PROFESSOR of TECHNICAL DIRECTION / Theatre / UMKC Conservatory 75628
Location: UMKC Volker Campus
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 41960
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The Division of Theatre in the University of Missouri – Kansas City (UMKC) Conservatory

Job Description

The Division of Theatre in the University of Missouri – Kansas City (UMKC) Conservatory invites applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor of Technical Direction to begin fall semester 2022. This is a 9-month, tenure-track, full-time, benefit-eligible position teaching within the undergraduate and graduate programs.

The Assistant Professor will teach courses in technical direction, as well as basic and advanced entertainment technology to both undergraduate and graduate students; mentor students in technical direction; teach additional courses in areas of interest and specialty as needed; work as a liaison between UMKC Theatre and our producing partners at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre. The program offers intensive hands-on experience while at the same time fostering analytical and contextual skills. The practical experience of theatre-making occurs not only within the performing venues of UMKC, but also in professional theatres in Kansas City including our partner, the Kansas City Repertory Theatre.

Tenure-track faculty members engage in teaching, research/creative scholarship, and service. Theatre faculty must develop and maintain external professional accomplishments and relationships. UMKC values diversity as central to its mission as an urban-serving research university and as a driver of excellence in teaching and learning. Underrepresented minorities are encouraged to apply.

Minimum Qualifications

The ideal candidate has a solid body of professional work as a Technical Director and has experience teaching. A strong commitment to both undergraduate and graduate teaching is required. Comprehensive knowledge of scenic materials and construction techniques including welding, rigging; automation; CAD proficiency; safety standards and other standard entertainment technology. Duties include mentoring students in technical direction, teaching basic and advanced courses in entertainment technology to graduates and undergraduates, and working as a liaison between UMKC Theatre and our producing partners including the Kansas City Rep.

Full Time/Part Time

This is a full time, tenure-track, benefit eligible, nine-month appointment. Date of appointment starts fall semester 2022.


Salary is negotiable, competitive, and commensurate with qualifications, experience and internal equity.

Application Deadline

Review of application materials will begin June 17, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.

Application Instructions

Application form, application letter highlighting contributions to equity, diversity and inclusion, and curriculum vitae including educational background, previous academic appointments, professional references, and artistic credentials.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor - Human Resources at 816-235-1621.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the duties and functions of this job. If you believe you may have difficulty performing any of the duties or functions of this job, please contact the Office of Affirmative Action at (816) 235-1323.


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UMKC Statement on Diversity Diversity, equity and inclusion are central to the UMKC mission as an urban-serving institution. Kansas City is a particularly diverse city, including African, African American, Asian, German, Irish, Italian, Latino, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Native American and Slavic communities. Such ethnic diversity, in addition to our thriving neighborhoods of the Westside, Northeast Kansas City and the Eastside, fosters creativity, connection and innovation, which is showcased across the region. Major attractions such as the Annual Ethnic Enrichment Festival, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, the Filipino Cultural Center, the American Jazz Museum, Guadalupe Centers and Mattie Rhodes and Kansas City Irish Fest are a small sample of the many ways our diverse city enriches us.

For the reasons enumerated above, UMKC’s strategic plan prioritizes our commitment to multiculturalism, globalism, diversity and inclusion. The university’s values call upon its faculty, staff, students and community to position themselves as global citizens who seek out, embrace and celebrate the many benefits of diversity. UMKC received the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award in 2019 in recognition of our continued commitment to equity and inclusion. Such commitment is demonstrated across teaching, service and research. We welcome applicants to share in our commitment to these core values and know that you will quickly understand the beauty of calling Kansas City your home.

Please visit these pages to learn more about UMKC’s engagement in diversity, equity and inclusion.

Roos Advocate for Community Change

The Division of Diversity and Inclusion

Annual Report

Multicultural Student Affairs

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