Theatre & Dance Asst. Professor, Lighting Designer 150014

Macomb, McDonough County
Jan 08, 2014
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track

Company Description:

Western Illinois University, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, serves more than 12,000 students at its traditional, residential four-year campus in Macomb, IL and its metropolitan, non-residential campus in Moline, IL. Compliance to state and federal hiring standards is coordinated through WIU's Office of Equal Opportunity & Access.

Western Illinois University is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity employer with a strong commitment to diversity. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including, but not limited to, minorities, women and individuals with disabilities. WIU has a non-discrimination policy that includes sex, race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, and veteran status.

Job Description:

APPOINTMENT: August 2014

The Department of Theatre and Dance at Western Illinois University seeks an enthusiastic lighting designer with excellent collaborative and communication skills to serve as lighting designer in a production-centered community of faculty and student artists in a diverse, NAST accredited program offering MFA, BFA, and BA degrees.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The Department of Theatre and Dance seeks an individual to serve as assistant professor of Lighting Design, tenure track. The position will design or oversee a season of 5-7 mainstage and 8-10 studio productions; collaborate to create a shared vision for the design program; mentor all lighting related designers, artisans and crews for the departmental supported productions; communicate effectively with faculty and staff within the Department of Theatre and Dance; and provide academic advisement to students in design. Teaching responsibilities include undergraduate and graduate lighting design, lighting technology, Vectorworks/LightWright and additional courses in décor and arts technology.

RANK & SALARY: Appointment is tenure-track assistant professor.  Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Western Illinois University offers a competitive benefits package including domestic partner benefits. For full benefit information visit:


REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: MFA in Lighting Design, proficiency with Vectorworks, a demonstrated record of successful teaching and a commitment to diversity.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: A preferred candidate is a faculty and student advocate who exhibits the following: professional design credits and experience in a secondary field (sound, scenic or stage management preferred).

Additional Information:

THE DEPARTMENT: The Department of Theatre and Dance offers a BA in Theatre with options in acting, directing, and production design, the BFA in Musical Theatre, and the MFA in acting, directing or design, and minors in Dance and Theatre. A Department Chair, sixteen faculty members, a technical director, a scene shop technician, a costume supervisor, and an office manager serve approximately 60 undergraduate majors and 15 graduate students.  Three theatres (proscenium, thrust, and flexible) are used for theatre productions.  The University has completed the design phases for a new $72 million Center for Performing Arts.  The department is NAST accredited and will be undergoing re-accreditation during the 2014-15 academic year.  For more information about the Department of Theatre and Dance, please visit our website:  http://www/

THE UNIVERSITY: Recognized as a "Best Midwestern College" by the Princeton Review and one of 39 public universities ranked a top tier "Best Midwestern University" by U.S.News & World Report, Western Illinois University (WIU) serves approximately 12,200 students in the heart of the Midwest through its traditional residential campus in Macomb and its metropolitan, non-residential location in Moline, Illinois.

The WIU-Macomb and -Quad Cities campuses are comprised of accomplished faculty, state-of-the-art technology and facilities, and a wide range of academic and extracurricular opportunities. Western is a comprehensive university offering 65 undergraduate and 37 graduate degree programs, including a doctorate in education. With a student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1, the University's 612 full-time faculty members teach 93.5 percent of all undergraduate and graduate courses, in addition to 10 pre-professional degree programs and 19 certificate programs.

Western offers a broad-based athletics program, sponsoring 20 NCAA Division I intercollegiate varsity sports. Football competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision through the Missouri Valley Football Conference; all other varsity sports compete at the Division I level through The Summit League. WIU is the cultural center of the region. University Libraries house an extensive collection and offer online database access to thousands of academic periodic journals and publications.

WIU-Macomb, IL (Student Population: 10,003): A traditional, residential four-year campus with select graduate programs, WIU-Macomb is located in the heart of west central Illinois in Macomb (population 20,000). Macomb is an Amtrak city with twice-daily service to Chicago. Macomb is located approximately 75 miles from the Quad Cities International Airport (Moline, IL) and 70 miles from the Greater Peoria Regional Airport (Peoria, IL).

WIU-Quad Cities (Student Population: 1,204): The only public university in the Quad Cities area, WIU-QC offers select undergraduate and graduate programs, including a doctorate in education, at its metropolitan, non-residential campuses in Moline, IL (population 44,000). The Quad Cities (population 376,000) rests on the banks of the Mississippi River and is comprised of Moline and Rock Island in western Illinois and Davenport and Bettendorf in eastern Iowa. Moline, Illinois is home to the Quad Cities International Airport.

Application Instructions:

APPLICATION: Complete applications include:

1) a letter of application

2) current curriculum vita or resume

3) the names, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three current professional references

4) copies of unofficial academic transcripts, official transcripts will be requested of selected candidate Unofficial transcripts will be accepted, however top candidates will be asked to supply official transcripts

5) Digital portfolio or a link to portfolio website.  Reply to: Jason Conner, Chair, Design Search Committee, Department of Theatre and Dance, Western Illinois University; 1 University Circle; Macomb, IL 61455-1390.

Please upload the requested documents by clicking APPLY NOW or by navigating to the WIU Employment page at the following URL

**Note** In order to upload Individual documents must be under 2 MB in size.

Screening will begin on February 10, 2014  and continue until the position is filled.

Questions regarding the search may be directed to:  Jason Conner  at

For assistance with the online application system contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access at (309)298-1977 or via email at