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Lecturer - Sound Design - Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

University of California, Berkeley
San Francisco

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Four-Year Institution

Lecturer - Sound Design - Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

Position overview Position title: Lecturer in Sound Design
Salary range: The UC academic salary scales set the minimum pay at appointment. See the following table for the current salary scale for this position: A reasonable estimate for Lecturer positions is$64,329 - $100,223; commensurate with college teaching experience.

Percent time: 50%

Anticipated start: July 1, 2023

Position duration: Initial appointment of 1 year (renewable).

Application Window
Open date: April 3, 2023

Most recent review date: Thursday, Jun 1, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Monday, Apr 1, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies at the University of California, Berkeley seeks applications for Lecturer faculty positions in the areas of Sound Design for Performance.

The Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies (TDPS) teaches performance as a mode of critical inquiry, creative expression, and public engagement. Through performance training and research, we create liberal arts graduates with expanded analytical, technical, and imaginative capacities. As a public institution, we make diversity, equity, and inclusion a key part of our teaching, art making, and public programming. Successful candidates for our design faculty positions will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to advancing equity and inclusion through their teaching, research, and service.

The Department seeks candidates who are interested in designing at least one production per semester in addition to their teaching duties. It is expected that all courses will be conducted in person, and that instructors will be present in the classroom. The Department seeks a candidate well-versed in sound engineering, with the capacity to lead lab sessions in sound engineering, in addition to supporting theatrical sound design with system setup and maintenance.


Sound Design For Performance
In this course, undergraduate students learn to construct sound cues and soundtracks for theater performances and videos using industry standard software, and will learn fundamental principles of incorporating video and sound into stage productions. Students are exposed to the writings and works of prominent sound theorists, designers, and engineers and multimedia performance artists. The most successful students may be invited to participate in UC Berkeley theater productions as sound designers.

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Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
Basic Qualifications (by time of application): Bachelor's degree (or international equivalent degree) or professional certificate.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)
Additional Qualifications (by start date): At least 1 year of experience teaching at college/university or high school level.

Preferred qualifications
Preferred Qualifications (by start date): 3 years of professional experience working in the theater in sound design, with a supportive background in sound engineering. Experience teaching classes to students who have various levels of sound design skills and ability; experience and interest in community engagement; experience mentoring and advising students; experience working in collaboration with other faculty members (specifically theater design faculty and staff, as well as technical director and production manager). Finally, the applicant should contribute to the overall curriculum; and have an understanding of the larger intellectual context of performance studies. An MFA or other terminal degree in sound design is preferred but not required.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • Sample Syllabus - Sample Syllabus for a college level course in sound design for the stage
  • Statement on Contributions to Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired at Berkeley (for additional information go to

Reference requirements
  • 2-3 required (contact information only)

References will be solicited from candidates who are under serious consideration, and will not be contacted without prior consent of the candidate.
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Campus Information

Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are core values at UC Berkeley. Our excellence can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and academic and non-academic staff who share our commitment to these values. Successful candidates for our academic positions will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to advancing equity, inclusion, and belonging.

The University of California, Berkeley is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

In searches when letters of reference are required all letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality prior to submitting their letter.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California Policy on Vaccination Programs - With Updated Interim Amendments. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine Primary Series or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, Religious Objection, and/or Deferral based on pregnancy or recent COVID-19 diagnosis and/or treatment) no later than the applicable deadline. All Covered Individuals must also provide proof of receiving the most recent CDC-recommended COVID-19 booster or properly decline such booster no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees should refer to Exhibit 2, Section II.C. of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Attachment for applicable deadlines. All Covered Individuals must also provide proof of being Up-To-Date on seasonal influenza vaccination or properly decline such vaccination no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to the Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Program Attachment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

Positions that are represented by a collective bargaining unit or agent have particular contracts. For more information, please refer to the relevant contract: Lecturer (IX) contract, Postdoctoral (PX) contract, Academic Researcher (RA) contract, and Librarian (LX ) contract. Questions about represented positions can be directed to the hiring unit.

Job location
Berkeley, CA

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