Department of Theater - Associate or Full Professor of Scenic Design

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Department of Theater - Associate or Full Professor of Scenic Design
University of California Los Angeles

Requisition Number: JPF07644

UCLA Department of Theater - Professor of Scenic Design

UCLA seeks applicants for a full time, tenured position for an Associate or Full Professor of Theater in the area of Scenic Design beginning July 1, 2023.

  • Co-lead, supervise, develop and administer a rigorous and flourishing scenic / production design program at a Research I University.
  • Maintain and grow a national and international professional career.
  • Teach undergraduate and graduate level courses including scenic design, production design, drafting, and rendering.
  • Supervise graduate and undergraduate projects in production, including thesis and capstone work.
  • Recruit promising students; mentor current students in academic and career planning.
  • Participate in department, school, and university committees, as well as other service opportunities.
  • Contribute to department, school, and university equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives.


A minimum of eight years professional experience in design and three years of teaching experience is required. An MFA in theatrical design and additional experience in film and television, art direction, and production design are desirable but not required.

The ideal candidate will have experience that demonstrates:
  • Cooperative approach to theater education that involves colleagues with different expertise as well as ongoing collaborative relationships in the field.
  • Welcoming approach to students with a broad range of knowledge and skills in theater performance, production, and scholarship.
  • Ability to teach traditional and current design practices at both the undergraduate and graduate level.
  • Additional research and teaching interests in emergent media such as projection design, extended reality, virtual production, and immersive theater.
  • Ability to nurture and work with a wide range of diverse students from different backgrounds.


A cover letter, statement of teaching philosophy, statement of contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion, names & contact information of references and digital portfolio are required. Please address your materials to the Chair of the Faculty Search Committee, Professor Jeff Burke.

Additional Information

The University of California, Los Angeles, and the Department of Theater are interested in candidates who are committed to the highest standards of professional activities and to the development of a campus climate that supports equality and diversity. Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

The University of California is committed to creating and maintaining a community dedicated to the advancement, application, and transmission of knowledge and creative endeavors through academic excellence, where all individuals who participate in University programs and activities can work and learn together in a safe and secure environment, free of violence, harassment, bullying and other demeaning behavior, discrimination, exploitation, or intimidation. With this commitment as well as a commitment to addressing all forms of academic misconduct, UCLA conducts targeted employment reference checks for finalists to whom departments or other hiring units would like to extend formal offers of appointment into Academic Senate faculty positions. The targeted employment reference checks involve contacting the finalists' current and prior places of employment to ask whether there have been substantiated findings of misconduct that would violate the University's Faculty Code of Conduct. To implement this process, UCLA requires all applicants for Academic Senate faculty positions to complete, sign, and upload the form entitled “Authorization to Release Information” into RECRUIT as part of their application. If the applicant does not include the signed authorization to release information with the application materials, the application will be considered incomplete. As with any incomplete application, the application will not receive further consideration. Although all applicants for faculty recruitments must complete the entire application, only finalists (i.e., those to whom the department or other hiring unit would like to extend a formal offer) considered for Academic Senate faculty positions will be subject to targeted employment reference checks.

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Working at University of California, Los Angeles

UCLA is a public research university located in the Westwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. It was founded in 1919 and is the second oldest of the ten campuses affiliated with the University of California system. UCLA offers over 300 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in a wide range of disciplines and enrolls about 26,000 undergraduate and about 12,000 graduate students from the United States and around the world every year.

UCLA features the College of Letters and Science, seven general campus professional schools, and four professional schools for the health sciences. The UCLA College of Letters and Science has 34 academic departments and 900 faculty, and houses the majority of UCLA's 129 undergraduate majors as well as the students in the Graduate Division of Letters and Sciences. The UCLA College Honors Program is also housed in the College. The College of Letters and Science's programs are divided into five academic divisions: humanities, social sciences, life sciences, physical sciences, and the International Institute. UCLA also offers certificate programs, undergraduate degree-credit and continuing education credits for non-full-time students through its UCLA Extension education program.

The 2010 edition of U.S. News & World Report ranked UCLA as the 24th best university in the nation and 32nd best in the world. In the 2007 edition of U.S. News and World Report, UCLA Medical Center was ranked best in the West, as well as one of the top 3 hospitals in the United States alongside Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Johns Hopkins Hospital. In 15 of the 16 medical specialty areas examined, UCLA Medical Center ranked in the top 20.

The campus' location in Los Angeles makes excursions to local museums, theaters, or other entertainment venues relatively quick and easy.

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