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Lighting and Sound Designer Theatre/Dance - Lecturer/Assistant Professor

Valdosta State University
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Arts & Humanities, Fine & Performing Arts
Position Type
Assistant Professor
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Job Title: Lighting and Sound Designer Theatre/Dance - Lecturer/Assistant Professor
Location: Valdosta State University
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 271795
Job Summary

The Department of Communication Arts seeks applicants for a faculty position beginning August 1, 2024. Rank will be either Lecturer (non-tenure track) or Assistant Professor (tenure track). The selected candidate will be responsible for teaching courses in the candidate¿s area of expertise as well as providing service to the department, college, and University. If hired at the Assistant Professor rank the position will be responsible for maintaining scholarly productivity.

The College of the Arts includes the Department of Art & Design, the Department of Music, and the Department of Communication Arts (Communication, Mass Media, Theatre & Dance, and MAIC). The College of the Arts is also home to the award-winning Valdosta Symphony Orchestra and the Peach State Summer Theatre, designated as the Official Musical Theatre of the State of Georgia. VSU is accredited by NASAD, NASM, and NAST. With ~80 faculty/staff members and approximately 700 students, the College offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs. For more information,

Applications should include the following:


    Cover Letter


    List of References (3-5)

    Portfolio of design work (website ok)

Review of applications completed applications will begin May 31, 2024, and continue until the position is filled. For more information contact Sarah Wildes Arnett, Interim Department Head, via email or phone 229-333-5820.


This position will be responsible for teaching a full course load 4/4 or 5/5 (dependent on rank) in fall and spring in Theatre. This position is primarily responsible for teaching courses that are central to the production track such as Introduction to Design, Lighting Design, Sound Design, Theatre Production Practicum, Theatre Design Practicum, Theatre Appreciation. Other teaching assignments based on qualifications may also be part of the teaching load. Faculty members are expected to make substantive contributions to the Department including department, university, and community service. This individual may be asked to participate in support of relevant scholarship fundraiser activities as part of their service responsibilities.

This position will also oversee students working in lighting and sound technology for a six-production season. This individual is responsible for training students on the safe use of the theater equipment, systems, and facilities; maintain equipment as needed; and supervise student work in the production shop; among other things. This individual will be expected to work collaboratively with the Technical Director and Scene Shop Supervisor, supervising students in areas such as basic carpentry, power tools, master electrician functions, etc. during scene shop hours (Monday-Friday 1-5pm throughout the academic fall/spring semesters). This position is expected to provide lighting and sound designs for the full production season or supervise student designers, as identified.

Typical Allocation of Duties

Teaching and scholarship - 80%
Teaches classes and conducts/presents research in the employee's academic discipline.

Service - 20%
Participates in service at the department, college, and university levels.

Required Qualifications
  • For the Lecturer rank, Master's degree in related field;

  • For the Assistant Professor tenure-track rank, terminal degree (i.e. MFA in Technical Theatre/Lighting & Sound Design) or related field;

  • Technical Theatre experience;

  • Working knowledge of lighting technology, sound systems, automated and manual fly systems, and troubleshooting and maintenance of equipment;

  • Understanding of industry-standard safety practices and protocols;

  • Ability to work effectively in a collaborative setting;

  • Ability to work nights and weekends;

  • Ability to lift a minimum of 50 pounds, climb ladders, and use mechanical lifts.

Preferred Qualifications
  • A record of effective teaching appropriate to the applicant's career stage;

  • A record of mentoring students;

  • Overseeing and managing students, including paid student assistants and work-study students.

Proposed Salary

Commensurate with experience.

Conditions of Employment

Applicant Requirements & Conditions of Employment

Applicants are required to provide:

  • professional references with current contact information

  • documentation of academic credentials

  • employment history

Please note that during the search process, VSU reserves the right to:

    ask candidates who will serve in Positions of Trust to disclose criminal record history during the initial screening process and prior to a conditional offer of employment,

    view social media outlets, and

    remove job postings without additional notification.

Employment is contingent upon:

    successful completion of a background check investigation, including a criminal background check

    reference checks

Employment may also be contingent upon the job-based requirements if applicable for your position:

    satisfactory credit check

    successful completion of a Motor Vehicle Report (MVR)

    pre-employment drug testing

    confirmation of credentials

After initial hiring, employees will be required to successfully complete all of the following training:

    New employee orientation

    VSU's Annual Compliance Training:

    USG Cybersecurity Training (required twice yearly)

Equal Employment Opportunity

Valdosta State University is an equal opportunity educational institution. It is not the intent of the institution to discriminate against any applicant for admission or any student or employee of the institution based on the age, sex, race, religion, color, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation of the individual.

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