Theatre & Dance: Assistant Professor of Scenic Design - 000357

University of Richmond
Richmond, VA

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Theatre & Dance: Assistant Professor of Scenic Design - 000357

The University of Richmond Department of Theatre and Dance invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position of Assistant Professor of Scenic Design, beginning August 2023. Successful candidates will have a secondary design focus including, but not limited to, props, lighting, and/or projection/media. The Department welcomes applications from artist-scholars with interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary approaches. Completion of the MFA (or equivalent professional experience) is required prior to appointment.

The position entails a teaching assignment of five courses (or the equivalent) per academic year, which includes the design of departmental productions and a rotation of introductory and advanced courses, including but not limited to Stagecraft, Scenic Design, Fundamentals of Design, and Scene Painting. The Assistant Professor of Scenic Design is expected to mentor students and continue to evolve and grow as an artist/teacher by remaining current with advancements in design and pedagogy.

Centering creative engagement at the crossroads of theatre, dance, and social justice, the Department is committed to cultivating multiple perspectives, eliminating barriers to participation in the field, and, consequently, creating inclusive spaces and finding strength in our diversity. The successful candidate will not only share these values but will collaborate effectively with colleagues to build more inclusive and equitable theatre and dance through classes, rehearsals, and artistic processes.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in properties, scenic art, construction and design techniques (e.g., hand drafting, Vectorworks, AutoCAD, Photoshop, Qlab, and model-making / 3D visualization)
  • Working knowledge of safety codes and practices, and of current trends in scenic technology
  • Experience working with diverse student populations and integrating/implementing inclusive pedagogies
  • Professional affiliations (e.g. USA829, USITT, regional, national or international associations, )

The University of Richmond is a private university located just a short drive from downtown Richmond, Virginia. Through its five schools and wide array of campus programming, the University combines the best qualities of a small liberal arts college and a large university. With approximately 4,000 students, an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, and more than 90% of traditional undergraduate students living on campus, the University is remarkably student-centered, focused on preparing students “to live lives of purpose, thoughtful inquiry, and responsible leadership in a global and pluralistic society.”

The University of Richmond is committed to developing a diverse workforce and student body, and to modeling an inclusive campus community which values the expression of difference in ways that promote excellence in teaching, learning, personal development, and institutional success. Our academic community strongly encourages applications that are in keeping with this commitment. For more information on the department and its programs, please see .

Applicants should apply online at and submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, digital (or link to online) design portfolio, and teaching statement. The teaching statement should articulate the candidate’s teaching philosophy, interests, and future professional development goals, as well as involvement in and commitment to inclusive pedagogy. We strongly encourage applications from people of color, women, first-generation artist-scholars, LGBTQ+ people, and members of other marginalized populations. Candidates for this position may be asked, at a later date, to provide the names and contact information for three references. Review of applications will commence November 1, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. Please address any questions about the position to the Chair of the Search Committee, Dr. Dorothy Holland ([email protected]).


Working at University of Richmond

Founded in 1830, the University of Richmond is one of America's premier private universities. The University blends the intimacy of a small college with exceptional academic, research, and cultural opportunities usually found only at large institutions. A nationally ranked liberal arts university, Richmond offers a unique combination of undergraduate and graduate programs through its schools of arts and sciencesbusinessleadership studieslaw, and continuing studies. The 350-acre suburban campus, including a 10-acre lake, is consistently cited by The Princeton Review as one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation.

With approximately 3,000 undergraduate students, Richmond offers 55 majors, 42 minors, and 12 concentrations at the bachelor's level. Graduate students can choose from six master's degrees programs, an MBA program, a juris doctorate, and six dual-degree programs in law. Continuing studies options include programs at the associate, bachelor, and master levels, in addition to numerous non-credit offerings.

Richmond faculty members are outstanding leaders in their fields. Of the 312 full-time faculty at the University, 98 percent hold doctorate or terminal degrees. Richmond has a student-faculty ratio of 9:1, with zero classes taught by teaching assistants. Our faculty members are in the classrooms and the labs, working closely with students to maximize their educational experiences.

U.S. News & World Report ranked Richmond one of the best liberal arts universities in the nation and in the top 35 for undergraduate research. BusinessWeek ranked The Robins School of Business in the top 20 nationally and fourth for academic quality, as well as among the top 15 part-time MBA programs. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine named Richmond in the top 25 for best value among private colleges and universities

As locals like to say, Richmond is "easy to love" because of its rich history, stunning architecture, natural beauty and quality of life. It's been named one of the top cities in which to live and work by numerous national sources, including Forbes magazine. As the capital of Virginia, Richmond is home to the state legislature, a growing number of Fortune 500 companies and industries ranging from finance to agriculture. In fact, Forbes also recently ranked Richmond as the sixth best city to get a job in the U.S. Nearly one million people live in the Greater Richmond region and enjoy an array of cultural opportunities including 35 museums; numerous theatre companies; a symphony, a ballet and an opera; a thriving public forum; three professional, minor-league sports teams; a coliseum for major concerts and sporting events; and much more. Located just 100 miles south of Washington, D.C., Richmond is only 90 minutes from Virginia's beaches and 90 minutes from the spectacular Blue Ridge Mountains.

UR is committed to developing a diverse faculty, staff and student body, and to modeling an inclusive campus community which values the expression of differences in ways that promote excellence in teaching, learning, personal development and institutional success.  In keeping with this commitment, our academic community welcomes candidates from diverse backgrounds and candidates who support diversity. EOE

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