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Instructor of Theatre Arts, Scenic and Lighting Design

Employer
Murray State University
Location
Murray, KY

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Faculty Jobs
Arts & Humanities, Design, Fine & Performing Arts
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Posting Number:

20240048FAC

Job Title:

Instructor of Theatre Arts, Scenic and Lighting Design

About Murray State:

Murray State blends educational opportunities found at research institutions with collaborative interactions among students, faculty and staff found at smaller universities. Students receive personalized attention from supportive faculty and staff as the University offers a 16:1 student-to-faculty ratio. Murray State University places our highest priority on student learning and excellent teaching, blending the range of educational opportunities often experienced at research institutions with the nurturing student-teacher interactions usually found at smaller universities.

Located in the West Kentucky region, Murray State University is a public, comprehensive University which offers a low cost of living, low property taxes, and a four-season climate. Murray has a friendly, small-town atmosphere with locally-owned specialty shops and restaurants, an acclaimed community theater, art guild and award-winning public schools. The area is home to Kentucky Lake and Land Between the Lakes, a 170,000-acre National Recreation Area, which offers a wide-range of activities and amenities for residents and visitors alike. Located in close proximity to major cities and nearby access to Interstate 24, Murray is just a few hours from Nashville, St. Louis, Louisville and Memphis. Learn more about Careers at Murray State University.

About Murray State Benefits:

Faculty and staff of Murray State University have access to a comprehensive benefits package including health insurance, retirement, tuition waivers, generous paid holidays, vacation, sick, and paid parental leave, as well as many other benefit offerings. Please refer to the Murray State Benefits page for more information.

Equal Opportunity Employment/Diversity Information:

Murray State embraces diversity in the workplace and values attracting, developing and maintaining a diverse, high-quality faculty, staff, and student body. The University endeavors to create and promote a culturally diverse community to be accepting of and sensitive to diversity in its many varied forms. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Murray State University is an equal education and employment opportunity, M/F/D, AA employer.

Type of Employment:

Regular Full-Time

Work Location:

Murray, KY

Employment Term:

Academic Year

Position Type:

Faculty (Non-Tenure-Track)

Department:

Global Lang and Theatre Arts

Summary of Job Duties and Responsibilities:

This is a full-time, nine moth Instructor position.

The instructor will design two-three theatre productions per semester and teach two classes per semester from which may include: scenic design, lighting design, other design-related courses, and a general education course. The faculty member will supervise, advise, and mentor students in the department, as well as, assist in preparation for job interviews, conference attendance, and other professional situations. The department utilizes two theatres (350-seat proscenium, 60-seat black box), one scene shop, one paint shop area, and various classroom facilities. Instructors are required to perform service within the department, and train student workers in Lovett Auditorium, a large auditorium used for various events, twice per semester in the areas of lighting and sound. Most events in the auditorium require microphones and general stage lighting.

Minimum Education Requirements:

MA or MFA in Design, Scenic and/or Lighting, is required.

Minimum Experience and Skill Requirements:

  • Previous experience teaching theatre students is required.
  • Computer-aided drafting (Vectorworks preferred) and rendering/ skills, sketching, rendering and drafting are required both as a member of the production team as well as required in the Instructor’s teaching assignments.
  • Strong scene painting skills, props and set dressing skills, oral and written communication skills, and the ability to work as a hands-on member of a tight production team are required.
  • Experience working and collaborating as a member of a production team is required.
  • Mentoring skills are required.

Preferred Education and/or Experience Qualifications:

Proven experience and skills in both scenic and lighting are necessary though the candidates work as a scenic designer makes an emphasis in scenic design and solid experience with lighting design preferred. Strong scenic artist paint, and supervisory skills. Experience building or designing for the camera is a plus.

Posting Date:

05/02/2024

Open Until Filled:

Yes

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Along with the application, the following items must be included:

  • Letter of application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Copies of Transcripts
  • Access to digital portfolio representative of candidates work (please upload under “Other Document”)

For best consideration, please submit a completed application along with all required materials by June 10, 2024. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Organization

For 100 years Murray State University has served students from the region, the nation and the world. Founded in 1922, the University has grown from an enrollment of 202 students to 9,500 today. Murray State blends educational opportunities found at research institutions with collaborative interactions among students, faculty and staff found at smaller universities.  Students receive personalized attention from supportive faculty and staff as the University offers a 16:1 student-to-faculty ratio.

 

Murray State University places our highest priority on student learning and excellent teaching, blending the range of educational opportunities often experienced at research institutions with the nurturing student-teacher interactions usually found at smaller universities.  Murray State embraces diversity in the workplace and values attracting, developing and maintaining a diverse, high-quality faculty, staff, and student body. The University endeavors to create and promote a culturally diverse community to be accepting of and sensitive to diversity in its many varied forms. Murray State has been continuously accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) since 1928. 

Recent Accolades: 

  • U.S. News & World Report (32 consecutive years as a top-tier university) and top 10 in south region for Top Public Schools, Best Value and Best College for Veterans 
  • Washington Monthly Best Bang for the Buck
  • G.I. Jobs Military Friendly School 
  • Forbes Best Employers List

 

 

Located in the west Kentucky region, Murray State is a public, comprehensive University with four colleges (business; science, engineering and technology; humanities and fine arts; education and human services)– and two schools (agriculture; nursing and health professions).  The University's 236-acre main campus is located in Murray, Kentucky and offers undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs, professional instruction, as well as continuing education programs. Faculty and staff of Murray State University have access to a comprehensive benefits package including health insurance, retirement, tuition waivers, paid holidays, vacation and sick time, as well as many other benefit offerings.

 

The city of Murray, located in Calloway County, offers a low cost of living, low property taxes, and a four-season climate. Murray has a friendly, small-town atmosphere with locally-owned specialty shops and restaurants, an acclaimed community theater, art guild and award-winning public schools. The area is home to Kentucky Lake and Land Between the Lakes, a 170,000-acre National Recreation Area, which offers a wide-range of activities and amenities for residents and visitors alike. Located in close proximity to major cities and nearby access to Interstate 24, Murray is just a few hours from Nashville, St. Louis, Louisville and Memphis. 

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Telephone
(270) 809-2146
Location
412 Sparks Hall
Murray
KY
42071
US

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